I know what you are thinking. “But SPY” you say, “despite your captivating wit, beauty and general timeliness, you sadly missed the mark on this one. Even though it’s called Oktoberfest, the celebration is actually in September and ends today.” True. I learned this…today. However, for the lazy, uncultured beer-loving denizens like myself, fear not! There are many other Oktoberfest events still going on. I have listed 4 that look particularly amazing:
Oktoberfest at Blob’s Park (Jessup, MD): The DC area’s largest Bavarian beer garden and home to the first Oktoberfest celebrated in the USA (1947), Blob’s Park is only open on Friday nights, Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons. Their Oktoberfest celebrations take place every Saturday night in October, complete with a 2,000 sq. ft dance floor, extensive German beer menu and many German snacks. They are also vying for the title of Polka capital of the east coast. Who’s excited?!
Old Europe (Glover Park): This place is unreal. A German restaurant that describes its atmosphere as “Old World Gemütlichkeit,” Old Europe celebrates Oktoberfest through October with steins of Spaten beer and specialty German dishes. They were voted one of the top 10 German restaurants in the USA, have accordion entertainment, celebrate Wurstwochen in the summer (Sausage week!), and people write on their facebook wall in German. I want to go there.
Maryland Brewer’s Oktoberfest (Timonium, MD): The most massive of the Oktoberfest events, this one will be held on October 9th from 12 to 6, rain or shine, at a tented fairgrounds. It features beers from 12 different breweries across Maryland, classic German food, Oompah bands and local musicians. There are also many contests, including a beer belly contest, Miss Oktoberfest and a Finnish carry-your-wife contest, where you… carry your wife? Admission is $25 at the door ($20 in advance) but gets you a souvenir tasting glass, 6 beer tokens for sampling and all the entertainment. If you want a festival, this is IT. They even offer transport for the car-less.
Rustico’s OctoBEERfest (Alexandria): ALSO running on October 9th from 12 to 6, Rustico’s OctoBEERfest is a block party. There will be at least 30 Oktoberfest and autumnal beer varieties along with food from Rustico’s delicious sister restaurants (Birch & Barley, Columbia Firehouse, Tallula, Eatbar, Evening Star Cafe, Vermilion and Buzz). There will also be a moon bounce for the children, or the man-children. Don’t worry, they have bike-cabs to take you to the Braddock metro so you your moon bouncing self doesn’t drink and drive.
O’ zapft is (it is tapped)!!!!! Oktoberfest is still ON.