The Basics

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS: At this time, we are planning for a typical Oktoberfest Festival with modifications for safety as needed depending on COVID-19 factors. You may notice fewer non-food and beer-vendors. Additionally, use of the Fest Hall is under review. We reserve the right to limit attendance and reduce operations as needed to ensure you and our volunteers enjoy the event in a safe way.

PARKING: No cost, but we urge you to support the Rotary Interact Club volunteers from local high schools who run the parking lots with a donation.

WEATHER: Rain or shine! We have both indoor and outdoor festivities, most under tents. If the weather forecast is grim, we will post updates to our offerings on our social media channels. 

PETS: The Fairgrounds has a strict “No Pets” policy, and we have to abide by it.  So please leave your furry loved ones at home, even the well behaved ones. This is not something that we can control it is part of our contract.

KIDS’ ZONE: Bring children of any age to our children’s area, which includes arts and crafts + concerts. Saturday only – closes at 6PM.

SMOKING: There will be one area designated as the smoking area within our event; we kindly ask you to abide and only smoke in this area.


AUTHENTIC DRESS: If you wear an authentic Dirndl or Lederhosen to Frederick’s Oktoberfest, your admission is FREE. Partial dress, German t-shirts, and/or hats do not qualify as free admission.

GREEN EFFORTS:  We are committed to recycling and composting to reduce our waste throughout the weekend. Please help us! Stations throughout the festival will have a bin for single-stream recycling [cans, bottles and plastic cups], another bin for composting [all food paper and utensils] the last bin is for whatever trash is left.

GROUP SALES:  Group packages are available for Oktoberfest! For more information email

GERMAN HERITAGE BOOTH, sponsored by the Heritage Frederick. Learn about your German heritage through online research, fact sheets, books, puzzles, crafts, and games! Marian Currens, the Historical Society’s Librarian/Archivist, and Carlee Harbaugh, Curator, will answer your questions and provide interesting new insights on Frederick County’s German traditions. Sign up for additional research services!

VOLKSMARCH:  2022 TBD  (In 2021 the Seneca Valley Sugarloafers Volksmarch Club  sponsored a walk on October 2, 2021. The 5km/10km trails, rated 2A, went to the Airport and then through Historic Downtown Frederick along Carroll Creek Park. The start time was between 9AM-12PM with a required FINISH BY 3:00 p.m. Restrooms were available at the Start/Finish point and along the trail. Walkers enjoyed free entry into Oktoberfest. 2021 Frederick Oktoberfest Brochure)

Frederick's Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest 2022

Friday, September 30 • 6PM–10PM
Saturday, October 1 • 11AM–10PM
Frederick Fairgrounds