NoMa Community Events Calendar
7th Annual Oktoberfest Festival
September 17 - October 10
The German themed beer garden’s favorite and largest event of the year will feature four weekends chock-full of German cuisine, live bands, Bavarian games, DJ parties, and of course lots of beer! It will begin Friday, September 17th with the traditional “Tapping of the Keg” with special guests Brigadier General Frank Gräfe, the Embassy of Germany, Theresa Belpulsi, Vice President of Tourism, Sports and Visitor Services at Destination DC, and Mara Brophy, President and CEO of the NoMa Business Improvement District. The annual festival will conclude on Sunday, October 10th.
Revelers will sip on beers in the Märzen-style hailing from Bavaria’s oldest breweries like Spaten Franziskaner, and Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan, as well as the best Oktoberfest brews from local and regional breweries like Devils Backbone, Port City Brewing, Left Hand Brewing Co., and Red Bear Brewing. Oktoberfest beer flights will be available, and guest will be able to purchase their beers in one-liter steins.
Café Berlin, a DMV favorite, will anchor Friday nights bringing authentic tastes of German cuisine to Wunder Garten. Mainstays, Swizzler and La Buena Empanadas will offer additional fare to satiate the palette.
The popular Bavarian Olympics returns with stein holding contests and traditional Bavarian games. Guests can compete to win an array of prizes including a 3-hour cabana rental and $100 drink tab. Guest are encouraged to wear traditional German fashions, Lederhosen & Dirndl, for additional chances to win on the spot prizes.
Wunder Garten’s popular Sunday Yappy Hour becomes DOGtoberfest from 12 Noon to 3 PM. Pups are encouraged to dawn their best Oktoberfest costumes for chances to win prizes. Doggie vendors include Kamaji Co. and Brewery Bones will be onsite offering a selection of doggie treats and fashions. DOGtoberfest will also feature live performances from the best of the DMV’s local bands and conclude with our popular Sunday KIKI: The Fräulein Edition, the DMV’s largest LGBTQ+ garden party.
Wunder Garten will produce PRIDEtoberfest in partnership with the Capital Pride Alliance and media partner METRO Weekly. PRIDEtoberfest which will take place Thursday, September 30 and October 7 from 4 PM – 11 PM. PRIDEtoberfest will feature performances by the DMV’s leading drag performers, LGBTQ vendor pop-ups, and artist/maker’s row, games, and entertainment.