It’s the biggest Oktoberfest weekend of the month, with at least six events throughout the county from Sterling to Leesburg and Waterford to Middleburg where you can quaff beer by the stein and maybe do a chicken dance or two. 

Kicking off the festivities on Friday is Wheatland Spring Farm + Brewery’s inaugural Oktoberfest, a three-day authentic Bavarian celebration complete with specialty German dishes by Market Table Bistro; German music; and traditional competitions such as dirndl and lederhosen costumes, fingerhakeln (coaster flipping), stein holding and horse shoes.

“We’re trying to bring back the Oktoberfest that we know from Munich,” said owner John Branding, who lived with his wife, Bonnie, in Germany for five years.

Among the beers on tap for the celebration will be three new releases:

  • Festbier is their showcase Oktoberfest beer, a lager brewed with single-origin barley sourced  from a family farm in Bavaria.  
  • Bavarian Helles, a pale lager brewed from the same barley used in the Festbier.
  • Weizenland, their first estate-grown beer brewed with 60 percent product from their 18 acres of wheat.

Wheatland Spring’s Inaugural Oktoberfest takes place Sept. 20-22 from 12-8 p.m. For details, go to wheatlandspring.com/events

 Also on Friday, The National Conference Center hosts Blocktoberfest at Black Olive Bar & Grill from 5-8 p.m. Sip brews from more than 17 local and national breweries in a beer garden while enjoying live music and dining on German dishes from restaurants including Black Olive Bar & GrillDolce & Ciabatta Bakery, The Conche and others. Chief Wine Officer Mary Watson-DeLauder also will be hosting tastings from Bluemont Vineyard.

Participating Loudoun breweries include Solace, Lost Rhino, Crooked Run, Vanish, Quattro Goombas, Bear Chase, Adroit Theory, House 6, and Phase 2. 

Admission is free. Tasting bracelets are 415 each, $6 for wine or beer, and $6 per plate. Part of the proceeds will benefit Loudoun Hunger Relief.  

On Saturday, the Town of Middleburg hosts its first Middleburg Oktoberfest, held in conjunction with the bi-annual Art in the Burg and in partnership with Old Ox Middleburg. The celebration and arts festival takes place from 10 a.m.-8 p.m, with the first keg of Old Ox’s Oxtober Bier arriving on a horse-drawn wagon at noon. The biergarten is open 12-8 p.m.

Entertainment will include a German five-piece band, German competitions, and a smorgasbord of food choices. Other craft beverage vendors participating include Greenhill Winery and Vineyards, Boxwood Winery and Mount Defiance Distillery. 

For details, go to facebook.com/MiddleburgOktoberfest/

OTHER OKTOBERFESTS SATURDAY