Over a half mile of Oktoberfest, custom-designed for you!
When is Oktoberfest?
Lovettsville celebrates Oktoberfest at the traditional time of year: the last full weekend of September; in 2018 we will celebrate on September 29 (with a little bit on the 28th)
How much does it cost?
(Well, OK, Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control won't allow us to give the beer away, but the rest of the Oktoberfest experience IS all free! Stroll through the street vendors, enjoy Kinderfest, enjoy all the music at any of the venues with no charge! Buy what you like from the vendors, buy as much food and drink as you can hold; but the rest of the festival is on us!)
What should you expect at Lovettsville's Oktoberfest?
A full schedule is available on our website HERE!
Friday, September 28, 2018, features our Kick-off dinner -a home-cooked German feast- cooked and served by the Lovettsville Lions Club at the Community Center (57 East Broad Way) from 5:00-7:30. At the Main Tent (6 E. Pennsylvania Ave.) Friday night is when we celebrate Rock-toberfest, with music and beer from 7:00-11:00, and home-cooked food from the Lovettsville Game Club available from 7:00-9:00. The highlight of Friday's entertainment is the incredible music of Ghost Pepper and the Bohemian Rhapsody Sing-along (the Officials at the Guinness Book of World Records said last year that we were 104,300 people short of the current record, so we are going to try for it again this year.)
Saturday, September 29, 2018, is when you want to come if you are looking for the full Oktoberfest experience. Over 120 street vendors will be set up throughout the streets of Lovettsville...in Old Town (Pennsylvania Avenue), in "New Town" (on the Town Square), and in-between (inside the Town Square)...over a half-mile of vendors! The Main Tent at 6 East Pennsylvania Ave. features traditional music and dancing all day, and more modern music starting at 5:00. Beer and food will be available at the Main Tent from 10AM-11:30PM, check out our Food & Drink page for full details. For the Kids, Kinderfest will be on the Town Green (11 Spring Farm Drive) and will continue to be a fun atmosphere for parents and kids alike! We offer you Free carnival games, Free inflatable rides, Free climbing wall, Free pony rides, Free face-painting, Free interactive sports activities, and Free live entertainment in the Walker Pavilion from 10-5 on Saturday. Food and Beverages will be available at Kinderfest.
On all three days of the Fest, Lovettsville's downtown restaurants will feature special beer, food, and entertainment: 1836 Kitchen and Taproom, Andy's, Bonnie's Country Kitchen, Lovettsville Pizza & Subs, Market Table Bistro, Rascos, and Thaiverse Restaurant.
What is new this year?
Last year we expanded our Stein Hoisting competition by joining the Sam Adams Stein Hoisting circuit where participants will compete across the nation! If you have one of the top five longest stein hoisting times (5 women and 5 men) in the country, and you and a guest will be off to Las Vegas for a three day, two-night trip to compete for the national title at the historic Caesars Palace! Winner of the National competition, gets an expense paid trip to Munich, Germany! Start Practicing! See Sam Adam's webpage for more details about the contest! Signups will be on-site.
What is Kinderfest?
Kinderfest is part of the Lovettsville Oktoberfest celebration. Situated on the Town Green (11 Spring Farm Drive), this year's Kinderfest will feature its own beer tent, food vendors, entertainment at the Walker Pavilion and a host of free activities for children. Free activities, range in age from toddler to teen, and include carnival games, sports games, pony rides, face painting, inflatables, and climbing wall. We do have a trolley stop and will have crossing guards on Berlin Turnpike to allow for safe participation throughout the festival.
Can I bring my pet?
Pets are not allowed in the Beer Garden or any other food establishment. Pets are allowed on the streets, but are discouraged because of the extremely high number of pedestrians on our narrow streets. If you choose to bring your pet, we trust you will be responsible to clean up any messes.
Where should I absolutely not park?
The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office will STRICTLY enforce no parking on Loudoun Street, Locust Street, and East Broad Way. Cars parked here will be towed. Seriously. After a long day of Oktoberfesting, the last thing you want to do is come back and find your car has been towed. Please park in our FREE lots and ride our FREE trolley, which runs until Midnight on Saturday.
Where is handicapped parking?
Handicapped parking is available next to the trolley stops at the Lovettsville Game Protective Association (16 South Berlin Pike). Please refer to the map below.
Where is Lovettsville, and where is this "Free Parking"?
Lovettsville is located in Northern Loudoun County, Virginia; just an hour west of DC.
Our FREE parking is available at the Lovettsville Community Park (on Milltown Road just 1/8 mile south of the Lovettsville Community Center) and also at the Lovettsville Game Protective Association (16 S. Berlin Pike). Free trolleys run in a loop between parking lots all day long on Saturday, from 9AM until Midnight.
Insider Tip: Arrive via Milltown Road or Lovettsville Road for quickest access to our free parking at the Community Park.