Kalia Visits Octoberfest at the National Harbor, MD


I had been waiting all month to go to Oktoberfest at the National Harbor, MD this past Saturday, when it was finally time to go the weather didn’t sound promising. The website said the event would take place rain or shine so we were excited anways. We met at a friend’s house and got dressed, that’s right, some of us dressed up in costume! (We were not the only ones)

We then headed out to the event around 1pm and got in the Will Call line to pick up our tickets. We were given bracelets and those of us who dressed up got a few extra beer tokens. The next line was to pick up our beerfest mugs and the rest of our tokens. We then headed to the main tent passing tons of seating and a live band playing German music. In the tents were venders selling jewelry, stines, wooden kegs, German foods and beer. 1 token would fill a 1/3 of your mug and 3 would top it off. Some vendors were very generous with these fill lines and others were very stingy. My favorite beer was a Sarnac Pomagranite Wheat beer. They offered a bunch of German beers as well as a couple of Irish beers and domestics. (I wish I had, had the foresight to take pictures of the signs that said what beers were at which stands so I could relay the offerings to you now, but unfortunately I was too drunk) On the other side of the main tent there was a stage with a guy playing your standard mix of American music with some of the party goers dancing on stage behind him.

Food offerings were brats with krout, pulled pork sandwiches, crab cakes, potato pancakes as well as cheeses, nuts and funnel cakes. My friend Erin and I decided to split a Chesapeake brat and a pulled pork sandwich, both were excellent! Another friend had the crab cake and said it was excellent! The funnel cake was also very tasty.

The weather was very humid with scatters of very light sprinklings here and there. At one point the sun came out and it was apparently pretty strong as I now have tan lines from the puffy sleeves on the beer girl costume I wore. The turn out was pretty good, although I had expected more people to show. I think the weather earlier in the day scared a lot of people off. This was also the National Harbor’s first year to host Oktoberfest so there were a few things that could have been better…they started running out of beer and brats around 2pm (the event ran til 8pm). We were a little disappointed with that, but all in all we had a great time and we willl probably go again next year. I think I would def recommend Oktoberfest at the National Harbor to anyone looking for a fun day, but definitely buy your tickets online for the cheaper price and be sure to hit up your beer selections and food earlier rather than later. If I had to give this a grade I would say B- More photos after the jump.



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  • I forgot to mention that the Chesapeake brat had crab meat in it…why it was called a Chesapeake brat.

  • Speaking of Oktoberfest: The best way to drink a seasonal brew is in a large glass boot. And apparently Cafe Berlin in Capitol Hill has that option plus Oktoberfest beer and food. Has anyone ever gone there? Is it a decent place for German fare?


  • I like Cafe Berlin. It’s got a pretty authentic feeling. The weiner schnitzel is great!

  • What fun! Kalia, you must get PoP in one of those costumes. Now, who gets to keep all the plastic mugs?

  • PoP, if you need a halloween costume this year…let me know-I am also selling a blonde heidi wig!

    And the plastic mugs we got to keep ourselves!

  • Hot women, but I’m sorry-the whole Bavarian thing gives me the willies…

  • saf

    Katie – yeah, it’s pretty good food and a nice variety of beer.

    Also worth trying, although I don’t know if they have glass boots, Old Europe in Glover Park, and Cafe Mozart downtown.

  • Shirlington is also hosting an Oktoberfest this weekend, Oct 4th.

  • thanks for the suggestions!

  • We drove out to National Harbor and after pulling into the parking deck/lot that charged $10 bucks to park, we walked over to the entrance gates and had more surprises …. $20 to enter – $30 is you wanted beer, cash only – no credit cars and a single ATM machine that had a line of 10-12 people behind it. We looked around, heard music that was anything BUT german and decided it wasn’t worth our time. It would have cost us $40 bucks just to get in and have some beer and that wouldn’t hve counted the food $$$ … it wasn’t worth paying $70 to look at vendor’s booths. We cut our losses ($10) and went back to DC (Penn Quarter) and gave them out $$$.

  • Cafe Mozart= A+

  • TR, they sold tickets online in advanced that were cheaper. I paid 20.00 for my ticket. Also we carpooled so 10.00 wasn’t too bad. There was a VIP option that was unlimited beer and a plate of food for 50.00.

  • Parkwood Person– hah! I used to waitress/bartend at Cafe Mozart. It does some things OK, but it could definitely be a lot better. For what you are getting, the food is way overpriced. Also, they deep fry rather than pan-fry their breaded schnitzels. That definitely hurts the flavor and texture.

    For the best food, go on Monday, Friday, or (maybe) Saturday nights, when the actual chef is in the kitchen. Also, don’t go for any fish aside from the tuna special…it’s all frozen. Soups are also a crapshoot, terribly inconsistent. Best to stick with sausages or the Jaegerschnitzel, potato pancakes, and spaetzle. Tuesday nights have beer specials in the (old man) bar, but you have to deal with a moody crackhead bartender. Ugh.

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