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    Celebrate Oktoberfest Near These Military Bases!

    We love fall! And even if celebrating the autumn season has become something of a social media cliché involving salted caramel lattes, pumpkin everything, and pictures of crunchy fall leaves paired with tall boots, there’s one thing many military families can agree on: Oktoberfest!

    If you’ve been stationed in Germany, I doubt you need an explanation of Oktoberfest. For everyone else, here’s a little history from Brittanica.com

    “Oktoberfest, an annual festival in Munich, Germany, is held over a two-week period and ends on the first Sunday in October. The festival originated on October 12, 1810, in celebration of the marriage of the crown prince of Bavaria, who later became King Louis I, to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.”

    Oktoberfest in Munich, GermanyOktoberfest in Munich, Germany. Photo by Chandramohan Sudar on Unsplash

    But for most people, Oktoberfest = beer + celebration. While Oktoberfest in Munich, the largest folk festival in the world, has been canceled again this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, there are still plenty of opportunities for you to find Oktoberfest festivities near many military bases. Oktoberfest traditionally ends in early October, but in true American fashion, we let the celebration go on much longer. 


    Check out these Oktoberfest events at a military base near you! 


    National Capital Region

    If you’re at Fort Belvoir, the Pentagon, Joint Base Andrews, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, or any of the military bases in the D.C. area, you can easily get your fill of beer, bratwurst, and outdoor activities! While some of these events end in late September, there are many that extend into October. Learn more at the Washingtonian’s Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest Around DC. 


    Robins AFB, Georgia

    If you missed the Robins AFB’s Oktoberfest event in September, head to nearby Macon from October 15-17 for Oktoberfest at the Garden. Sample German sausage and pretzels from Satterfields and enjoy live music including a live polka band! 

    Munich biergarten with pretzels and German beer. Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash


    Joint Base San Antonio

    The San Antonio area loves to celebrate Oktoberfest! Find events throughout October 2021: All Events in San Antonio.

    The nearby New Braunfels Wurstfest is legendary, and runs from November 5-14. While not strictly an Oktoberfest, this festival celebrates the area’s rich German heritage with food, music, dancing, carnival rides and games, German, Texan and domestic beer, and special events.


    San Diego Area

    Enjoy your beer with a view of the Pacific Ocean! If you’re stationed in San Diego, nearby Ocean Beach is hosting the OB Oktoberfest October 8-9. Grab your lederhosen or dirndl and enjoy local bands throughout the weekend. You’ll also find free entry to the food and craft vendor area on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    German men wearing lederhosen OktoberfestPhoto by Markus Spiske on Unsplash


    Hampton Roads, Virginia

    Oktoberfest in the Hampton Roads region is a go for 2021! Whether in the cities of Hampton, Yorktown, Virginia Beach, or Norfolk, you won’t run out of fall and Oktoberfest events. See below for details and dates. There are many to choose from!  


    Fort Campbell, Kentucky

    Bikers Who Care is hosting the Clarksville Oktoberfest 2021 on October 23. A Kids Zone, live music, German food, and, of course, cold beer are on the menu. 


    Typical German food of pretzels, beer, and bratwurst. Image from Canva


    MacDill AFB

    The Tampa area will hold Oktoberfest Tampa over 3 days from October 8-10 at Curtis Hixon Park. Known as one of the “Top 5 Oktoberfests in the Country,” tickets are available for pre-sale.  


    Fort Bragg, NC

    The cities of Fayetteville and Wilmington are both playing host to numerous events during the Oktoberfest season. Learn more: My Area Network. 


    Find Oktoberfest events near your military base. Image from Canva


    Lakenheath AFB, England

    On October 2, the Liberty Club at Lakenheath will put on its annual Oktoberfest, complete with family friendly events, as well as “adults only” later in the evening, and an after-party. Get the details from Lakenheath’s FSS.  


    Is there an Oktoberfest happening at a military installation near you? Tell us about it in the comments! In the meantime, Prost!

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    Oktoberfest Events Near Military Bases

    Jen McDonald


    Jen McDonald

    Jen McDonald is the Content Editor for MilitaryByOwner Advertising. She's a longtime writer, the author of the book You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse, the host of the Milspouse Matters podcast, and has been published in several books and numerous national publications. She was a military spouse for nearly 30 years and is the mom of four (including one son in the military). One of her happiest roles now is being a grandmother. She and her newly retired Air Force husband have been stationed all around the world from Europe to the Pacific and won’t count how many houses they’ve lived in because that would be too depressing. Her passion is encouraging young military spouses and regularly sharing about topics like military life, parenting, homeschooling...and now grandparenting! See more from Jen at her site, Jen McDonald and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram , and Pinterest.

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