Will there be shade?
Our HUGE “Bierhalle” tents offer shaded seating for hundreds of our guests.
Where do I park? Is it free? Can I park in the neighborhood?
We are located in the Museum District. Limited parking will be available at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts parking deck located at Sheppard Street at Stuart Avenue for $3. Otherwise, on-street parking is permitted.
Is the “Festplatz” accessible for wheelchairs?
The Festplatz is accessible to wheelchairs.
If it rains do I get refunded any tickets I bought?
Food and drink tickets can only be used on the three days of the St. Benedict Oktoberfest. Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds on unused tickets.
Can I bring my stein back the next day and reuse it for a discount?
As a current year steinholder, you get the benefit of steinholder pricing on each day of the event. Note that you must be in possession of BOTH a St. Benedict Oktoberfest commemorative stein and a steinholder wristband.
Are there rain dates?
Due to scheduling conflicts with the school and Church, as well as the demand for our featured Oktoberfest entertainment, we cannot schedule a rain date. Our event occurs “rain or shine” but there is plenty of shelter to enjoy Oktoberfest!
Do you offer Babysitting services?
We ask that parents please monitor their children at Oktoberfest. Whereas no babysitting services are provided, your children will want to participate in the children’s activities that are offered – like the Chicken Dance!
Do I HAVE to bring an ID?
If you wish to consume alcoholic beverages, you will be asked to present a photo ID – regardless of age. We do this to assure that our consuming guests are of legal age, in compliance with state law.
When are the dancers dancing?
Please check out our schedule under the “Events” section of this Website.
What can my child eat? Will there be children’s portions?
A la carte items include Kinderdog (hot dog), pretzels, gingerbread hearts and assorted German desserts and treats. We are also offering a special Kinder Meal, which includes a Kinderdog, drink, and apple sauce, all served in an Alpine Hat!
Will there be Gingerbread Cookie Hearts?
Any true Oktoberfest must have Lebkuchenherzen! Look for them in Christkindlmarkt.
Will there be a moonbounce?
Our Children’s area will have several activities, including a “Moonbounce.”
Are dogs (pets) allowed?
We ask that you leave your pets at home.
Can I bring my stein from last year and get a discount?
Beer will only be served in current year St. Benedict Oktoberfest commemorative steins or in the plastic cups provided at our event (if you are not a steinholder).