Event Info

Kick Off Event featuring Flying Dog Brewery
Friday, September 28th, 6pm-10pm

Join us Friday night for an exclusive Oktoberfest Kickoff Event (Age 21+). Enjoy Flying Dog’s Brewhouse Rarities and Limited Releases, special food pairings and live music.

Where: Eventplex at the Frederick Fairgrounds. Rain or Shine!

Admission Options


Oktoberfest Festival
Saturday, September 29th, 11am–10pm 

Where: Eventplex at the Frederick Fairgrounds. Rain or Shine & all ages!

Admission Options

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


Important Reminders and Details

PARKING: No cost, but we urge you to support the 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.

CHILDREN’S AREA: Bring children of any age to our children’s area, which includes pumpkin decorating, scarecrow making, inflatable slides, face painting and more!

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.


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. We have been doing this since 2010 and have now reached diverting 70 % of our waste from the landfill.

GROUP SALES:  Group packages are available for Oktoberfest! Complimentary admission is provided to both the motor coach driver and group escort with a minimum of thirty participants. Groups also receive free parking and will be greeted by an event ambassador. Suggested itineraries that include Oktoberfest, a step on guide tour of Frederick’s historic district and visit to the Schifferstadt Architectural Museum are also available. For groups wanting a two-day/overnight itinerary, group friendly lodging is available within close proximity to the event. For more information email groupsales@frederickoktoberfest.org

GERMAN HERITAGE BOOTH, sponsored by the Historical Society of Frederick County. 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 Saturday, September 30, 2017. The 6km/10km trails, rated 2A, go through Historic Frederick, along Carroll Creek Park, onto the campus of the Maryland School for the Deaf, and into Mount Olivet Cemetery.  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.



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