Enjoy the oompah, the German food and, of course, the beer. But know that proceeds from what has grown to be Fredericksburg’s largest event go to support the arts in this community.
In 1981, when Fredericksburg was a much sleepier small hamlet, organizers put together an event to celebrate this town’s German heritage and history, with roots reaching back to the 1840s.
Since that first small celebration, Oktoberfest has grown to host an estimated 30,000 people. Visitors and locals alike love the tuba-led bands, the Chicken Dance, the bratwurst and potato pancakes, polkas and waltzes, bands from all corners of Marktplatz and beers on tap from local and German producers.
With all the games and additions over the years, it is truly a family fun celebration.