The Basics

PARKING: No cost, but we urge you to support the Rotary Interact Club volunteers from local high schools who run the parking lots.

WEATHER: Rain or shine! We have both indoor and outdoor festivities, most under tents. If the weather forecast is grim, we will post updates to our offerings on our social media channels. 

PETS: The Fairgrounds has a strict “No Pets” policy, and we have to abide by it.  So please leave your furry loved ones at home, even the well behaved ones. This is not something that we can control it is part of our contract.

KIDS’ ZONE: Bring children of any age to our children’s area, which includes pumpkin decorating, scarecrow making, inflatable slides, face painting and more! Saturday only – closes at 6PM.

SMOKING: There will be one area designated as the smoking area within our event; we kindly ask you to abide and only smoke in this area.


AUTHENTIC DRESS: If you wear an authentic Dirndl or Lederhosen to Frederick’s Oktoberfest, your admission is FREE. Partial dress, German t-shirts, and/or hats do not qualify as free admission.

GREEN EFFORTS:  We are committed to recycling and composting to reduce our waste throughout the weekend. Please help us! Stations throughout the festival will have a bin for single-stream recycling [cans, bottles and plastic cups], another bin for composting [all food paper and utensils] the last bin is for whatever trash is left.

GROUP SALES:  Group packages are available for Oktoberfest! For more information email

GERMAN HERITAGE BOOTH, sponsored by the Heritage Frederick. Learn about your German heritage through online research, fact sheets, books, puzzles, crafts, and games! Marian Currens, the Historical Society’s Librarian/Archivist, and Carlee Harbaugh, Curator, will answer your questions and provide interesting new insights on Frederick County’s German traditions. Sign up for additional research services!

VOLKSMARCH:  The Seneca Valley Sugarloafers Volksmarch Club is sponsoring a walk on October 2, 2020. The 6km/10km trails, rated 2A, go through Historic Frederick, along Carroll Creek Park; the 10 km continues on tree-lined trails, over several types of bridges, through other Frederick Parks and on paths at Hood College. The start time is between 9AM-12PM. You must FINISH BY 3:00 p.m. Restrooms are available at the Start/Finish point and along the trail. Walkers will enjoy free entry into Oktoberfest. For more information, view the brochure.

Frederick's Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest 2021

Friday, October 1 • 6PM–10PM
Saturday, October 2 • 11AM–10PM
Frederick Fairgrounds