Frederick's Oktoberfest returns to the Frederick Fairgrounds on
September 29-30, 2023!

In September and October, Oktoberfest-style and other fall festivals in the area will be in full swing. One of the largest festivals in the area is Frederick’s Oktoberfest, led by the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek and the Rotary Club of Southern Frederick County

So, what should you expect at Frederick's Oktoberfest? German food, beer, wine, music, dancing, and fun! And it’s all to raise funds for Frederick's community needs.


Man cooking bratwurst at Frederick Oktoberfest

Food and Beer

With four beer stations and two food centers, you will have the option of eating and drinking inside in our Fest Hall or outside in tents or in the sunshine. The kraut is back and so is the amazing German potato salad…yum! Additionally, non-alcoholic beer, ciders, and wine options are also available.


Man pouring a beer at Frederick Oktoberfest


Attendees will have plenty of entertainment options, too. The Dan McGuire Group is back to kick us off on Friday night at our outside stage. A crowd favorite – Mike and the Continentals – will be in the Fest Hall on Saturday Night and Festival newbies, Kiti Gartner and the Drifting Valentines, will close down the outside stage on Saturday. The Sports Tent will again showcase college football throughout the weekend. The Kids Zone will be open 12-6 PM on Saturday with two performances by kids favorite Mr. Jon. 


Man playing a trumpet at Frederick Oktoberfest

Group and Family Fun

Don’t forget that Frederick’s Oktoberfest is a great place to have a friend and family day/night out! We have long tables and open spaces for group gatherings. If you are planning to bring a big group, reach out! We offer group ticket sale discounts. In the past, we have hosted birthday parties, rehearsal dinners, and class reunions!  


Group wearing traditional clothing from Germany in Frederick Oktoberfest

Community Impact 

Frederick’s Oktoberfest celebrates our county’s German heritage, brings friends and neighbors together for a weekend full of good food and drink, and raises money to support our community’s many causes and charities. Over the last 10+ years, this event has raised over $1,200,000 for the Frederick community. You are drinking and eating for charity!


Commitment to Sustainability 

Frederick's Oktoberfest has been diverting close to 65% of our waste from the landfill annually for years. The goal at Oktoberfest is to be zero waste and here is how you can help:

There will be stations throughout the event that have three containers: one for recycling {we will take cans, plastic bottles, and glass bottles}; one for compost {all food and compostable napkins, plates, and utensils will go here}, and one will be trash which is anything that does not fit into the other containers. There will be signs on each container showing examples. The Oktoberfest Green Team asks that you be mindful of the trash you produce at this event and dispose of it properly and even better, do not bring or produce something that cannot be recycled or composted.

Zicke zacke, zicke zacke, hoi hoi hoi – ARE YOU READY? Get your tickets at


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