Oktoberfest Returns to Reston Town Center

Northern Virginia’s largest outdoor fall festival is Friday through Sunday, Oct. 11-13.

Members of the Alpine Dancers, an ensemble specializing in dance from Austria, Germany and Switzerland, perform at the Reston Oktoberfest 2012.

Members of the Alpine Dancers, an ensemble specializing in dance from Austria, Germany and Switzerland, perform at the Reston Oktoberfest 2012. Photo by Alex McVeigh.


Bob Westin of the Kings Park German Band plays his strumphfiddle at last year’s Reston Oktoberfest.


Herbert Traxler of the Alpine Dancers leads a toast at the Reston Oktoberfest 2012.


Friday, Oct. 11, 3-11 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 12, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (Race begins at 8:30 a.m.)

Sunday, Oct. 13, Noon-8 p.m.


Reston Town Center, 11900 Market Street, Reston


Beers on tap throughout event: Devil’s Backbone Vienna Logger, Dominion Okoberfest and Widmer Hefeweizen

Beer on tap at select times: Bold Rock Hard Cider, Devil’s Backbone Schwartz Bier, Fordham Brewing Company Spiced Harvest Ale, James River Brewing Company, Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat, Starr Hill Northern Lights and Three Brothers

Wine provided by: Market Cellars and The Wine Cabinet


Buffalo Wing Factory, Clyde’s of Reston, Hooked Seafood & Sushi Bar, Milwaukee Frozen Custard, The Melting Pot, Naked Pizza, Obi Sushi, Paolo’s Ristorante, Paradise Ice Cream, The Counter and Vie de France


Love Seed Mama Jump, 2U, White Ford Bronco, Kings Park German Band, Low’n’Brows German Band, Alpine Dancers


HOST SPONSOR Reston Town Center

VIP SPONSOR Whole Foods Market Reston


To view the complete event schedule and sponsor line up visit www.OktoberfestReston.com.

The beer and wine will be flowing at Oktoberfest Reston produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, www.OktoberfestReston.com, the largest fall festival in Northern Virginia drawing crowds of up to 85,000 over three days. This event features the best in fall brews with traditional Oktoberfest fare from area restaurants.

Beginning on Friday, Oct. 11, at 3 p.m., restaurants and vendors will line the streets of the Reston Town Center. Live music will fill the air with traditional German tunes from the Low’n’Brows and Kings Park German Band as well as favorites from headliners Love Seed Mama Jump, 2U and White Ford Bronco. Children won’t feel left out with the Oktoberfest Carnival open during event hours throughout the weekend and a special “All You Can Ride” wrist band time on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oktoberfest Reston is offering two special Craft Brew Showcases at select times on Saturday and Sunday featuring seasonal and local beers. The Northern Virginia Police and Fire and Rescue Departments will face off on Saturday afternoon in the Guns ‘n Hoses Chili Cook-Off, with the winner to be announced at 4 p.m. The Great Pumpkin 5k, Pumpkin Smash Mile and Kids Pumpkin Dash, produced by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance and benefiting the YMCA Fairfax County Reston, kicks off Saturday’s events with an 8:30 a.m. 5k race start time. Oktoberfest Scrambled Legs Breakfast will help runners refuel with Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat Ale and breakfast items served up from specific Oktoberfest vendors.

Oktoberfest Reston event admission is free. Food tickets are $1 per ticket or $20 for 24 tickets. Carnival tickets are $1 per ticket or $20 for 24 tickets. All-you-can-ride carnival wristbands will be on sale for $20 ahead of the event and for $25 at the event; wristbands are good only for Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Advance tickets are on sale online now at www.OktoberfestReston.com or at the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, 1763 Fountain Drive, Reston.