Clink Your Steins At These Oktoberfests (And Other Fall Fests)
Activities include brewery bingo, dog shows and incredibly fast pie-eating.
Crystal City Oktoberfest
When: Sept. 28, 1-4 p.m.
Where: The Grounds, 1102 S. Eads St., Arlington
New District Brewing has been tapped for this second annual fall event that promises traditional German eats among its slew of food trucks. Custom brews will also be available from a handful of other breweries. And let’s not forget oompah band Alte Kumpel. Ages 21+. $30-$60.
Dogtoberfest at Tysons Biergarten
When: Sept. 28, 3-7 p.m.
Where: Tysons Biergarten, 8346 Leesburg Pike
Pick up a new pet with your beer; this event (which appropriately features Flying Dog Brewery) is hosting dog adoptions from several area organizations. Plus, there’s a bit of a Best in Show element, with a series of dog competitions (might want to pull out the smartphone camera for the owner/pet look-a-like round). Free admission.
When: Sept. 29, 12-5 p.m.
Where: New District Brewing Company, 2709 S. Oakland St., Arlington (Shirlington)
The third annual Valley Fest features music and dance performances, local art (including a “featured pop-up artist”), a Kidz Zone, bites (barbecue, Acme Pie Co.) and, of course, beer. Free admission.
Oktoberfest at Courthaus
When: Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: Courthaus Social, 2300 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington
Cornhole and brewery bingo are on the roster of events at this 4th annual Oktoberfest, as well as live music. A special import of Hofbräuhaus München is on hand, as well as several local beers, and dogs are welcome. Free admission.
Oktoberfest at Bronson Bierhall
When: Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Where: 4100 Fairfax Dr Suite 100, Arlington (Ballston)
There will be all-day live music, German beer tastings and some outdoor BBQ for a variety of sausages at this inaugural Oktoberfest at this new Ballston beer hall. Cornhole and ping-pong are available on their patio. Free admission.