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The family friendly “Richmond Oktoberfest” is the most authentic German-American Oktoberfest event in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As an amazed visitor from the German Embassy in Washington DC once said, “This is just like a Folksfest back home in Germany.” We play host to about 5,000 people over two days in the air conditioned Old Dominion Building, which is decorated with the flags of all the German states and, of course, especially Bavaria, the home of the Munich Oktoberfest. The high sloping roof over the large, ribbon festooned dance floor reminds one of the beer tents in Munich and the “Gemütlichkeit” atmosphere is pure German.

Come hungry! With four kinds of German sausages; pork loin and roast chicken; sweet, spicy red cabbage and sauerkraut; potato salad; potato pancakes; pretzels and a truck load of German pastries from Reinecker’s Bakery in Macedonia, Ohio, you can’t leave hungry.

Come thirsty! With endless kegs of beer, both imported from Germany and domestic, as well as a variety of wine and other drinks, you can’t leave thirsty.

Come ready to dance! With the Sauerkrauts and our feature band, Die Lustigen Almdudler, you can dance all night, except when the Hirschjaeger are demonstrating German folk dancing or when you and your friends are participating in the Men’s and Women’s Beer Stein Hoisting Contests.

Don’t forget to take home a souvenir, whether it is the 2017 Richmond Oktoberfest Beer Stein or something from one of our vendors or the Oktoberfest’s own Souvenir Booth.

The Richmond Oktoberfest has something for everyone and for all ages, so come, enjoy the “Gemütlichkeit” and be German for a night.



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