22nd Annual Oktoberfest
- General Public
Event is open to all (100% ID Check) with free entry to Fremont Field
Once a year, Fort Belvoir Army Garrison welcomes the general public to celebrate Oktoberfest. That means, in addition to all regular Military Card Holders, the general public with a State Drivers' License and their Dependents can enter & enjoy this four-day festival celebrating all things German! Children 12 and younger need to be accompanied by an adult at all times. Non-Military must enter Fort Belvoir through the Tulley Gate Visitor Center, 9500 Pohick Rd, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060. (Map) Visitors are encouraged to go to the visitors center days before Oktoberfest and receive their pass. This will greatly reduce gate wait times.
100% ID Check. Political activity is prohibited. All bags are subject to search.
PROHIBITED ITEMS: pets, backpacks, large bags, ice chests, coolers, bikes, narcotics, camera bags larger than 1 cubic foot, roller blades, skates, skateboards, weapons, beverages (baby formula allowed), food (diabetic foods allowed).
- Carnival Prices
Unlimited Rides Daily Pass = Fun for the Whole Family!
While entry is Fremont Field is cost-free, a daily wristband or tickets must be purchased per person for all carnival rides.
Day Date Hours Unlimited Carnival Wristband Price Thursday Sep 27 6 - 10 p.m. $20 Friday Sep 28 4 - 11 p.m. $25 Saturday Sep 29 12 - 11 p.m. $35 Sunday Sep 30 12 - 8 p.m.
$25 General Public/$15 Active Duty
*Sunday is Military Appreciation Day
All Active Duty Military and their Dependents can purchase a Carnival wristband for $15 on Sunday, Sep 30. Must have valid Active Duty ID Card for discounted wristband.
The wristband provides all-day unlimited rides but you may purchase individual tickets for $1.50 each. Each ride has a sign posted stating how many tickets are required to ride.
Number of Tickets Price Single Tickets $1.50 30 Tickets $35 50 Tickets $55
Please note also that the Jolly Shows Carnival reserves the right to determine at which point in the evening it is no longer going to sell wristbands but only sell individual tickets - it may determine that it is more efficient for getting customers through the line. No refunds will be given for any reason, including inclement weather.
- Beer & Wine
3 Authentic German Beers On Tap
Enjoy a collection of Oktoberfest Beer from one of the six breweries who provide Beer for Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. This Oktoberfest features Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen, Paulaner Hefe Weizen, Paulaner Wiesn, and Miller Lite on tap. Additionally, Clausthaler Non-Alcoholic beer, Red Wine and White Wine will be available. If driving, please make sure to use a designated driver.
Beer & Wine Price Ticket(s) Beer $5 1 Wine $5 1 Non-alcoholic Beer $5 1 Pitcher of Beer $15 3 Bottle of Wine $25 5
Cash and Credit Cards will be accepted for purchasing beer tickets. There will also be ATMs on site but patrons are encouraged to bring cash.
All Drinkers must have 100% Age Verification performed at the BOSS Designated Driver Booth to receive Drinking Age Verified wristbands. Beer and Wine tickets will be available for purchase in the Beer Ticket Tent. Patrons must have tickets and wristband in order to receive drinks inside of the Fest Tent. The Mugs and Steins may be purchased at the register along with tickets in the Beer Ticket Tent.
Steins and Mugs
Steins - $25
Glass Mug with new logo - $15
Glass Mug with old logo - $10
No mugs or steins will be filled directly from the tap. Patrons are permitted to bring any mug or stein to Oktoberfest to pour their drink into but they cannot be filled from the tap.
Make sure to work up an appetite - we have a variety of speciality items to tempt your taste buds. If German food isn't for you, don't worry! There are plenty of other options:
Babci's Potato Pancakes
Potato pancakes are shallow-fried pancakes of grated potato and onion with some flour and seasoning. Potato pancakes are normally topped with a variety or condiments to include sour cream, applesauce, salt, pepper, sugar, powdered sugar, maple syrup, and the list goes on and on. The potato pancake is best served hot and fresh right off the griddle.
Menu items may include:
Entrees from $5 - $30 | Drinks $2
Menu items may include:
Whole Slab of Pork Ribs
Half Slab of Pork Ribs
Rib Sandwich (3 bones)
Order of Chicken Wings (3)
Rib Dinner (3 bones)
Chicken Wing Dinner (3 wing)
Combo Chicken & Rib Dinner (Includes 5 pieces of meat)
Side Orders: Baked beans, green beans, collard greens
All Dinners include 2 sides & 2 slices of bread
Carol's Concessions Classic American Fare
Entrees from $5 - $10 | Drinks $2
Menu items may include:
Chicken Tenders & Fries
Bratwurst & Italian Sausage
All Beef Hot Dogs with Chips
Lemonade, Soda, Water, Gatorade
Menu items may include:
Jumbo Hot Bavarian Pretzels
Bratwurst with sauerkraut on a roll
Laugen Cheese Rolls
Menu items may include:
Foot-long Corn Dog
Philly Steak & Chicken
Lamb, Beef, or Chicken Gyros
Bag Lady Catering
Beer Baked Bratwurst with Grilled Onions
German Lemon Chicken
Knockwurst - based on availability
Sauerkraut with bacon (sides)
Sauteed Sweet Red Cabbage (sides)
German Potato Salad (Sides)
Pommes Frites (wedge style) (Sides)
Sauerkraut Balls (Special)
Pretzel Sticks (Special)
Mini Apple Strudel Pies (Dessert)
German Chocolate Sandwich Cookies (Dessert)
Kids Meal - Hot Dog, Chips and a Capri Sun
Nut N Better
Authentic German Roasted Almonds, Pecans and various other Nuts.
- 5K/10K Volksmarch
Dog-Friendly & Stroller-Friendly 5K/10K Volksmarch (Sep 29 - Sep 30)
The trail route planned for this event takes you along sidewalks and post roads on Fort Belvoir’s North and South Post. The course is largely flat with some hills. The slopes on the hills are not steep. The route is rated 2B due to the hills. Weather conditions should have little effect on the trail rating. Please do not bring backpacks, large bags or ice chests/coolers into the fenced fest area. All bags are subject to search. 100% ID check.
The event will take place regardless of most weather. The trail can accommodate strollers and wagons; however, they may require portaging over road curbs. Trail is unsuitable for wheelchairs.
Participants will meet at the Volksmarch Tent Saturday or Sunday and start the Volksmarch anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Participants must complete the event by 5 p.m.
Read the brochure (PDF) and get your comfortable walking shoes ready. Pets can come too! Just remember they must be on a leash and unfortunately they are not allowed in the fenced fest area.
- Live Music
Live Musical Entertainment Schedule
Date Band Time Thursday, Sep 27 Alt-Washingtonia (Dance Group) 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday, Sep 27 Kings Park 6 - 10 p.m. Friday, Sep 28 Alt-Washingtonia (Dance Group) 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, Sep 28 Alte Kameraden 4 - 9 p.m. Friday, Sep 28 Karaoke DJ (DJ Mike) 9 - 11 p.m. Saturday, Sep 29 Spinphony 1 - 4 p.m. Saturday, Sep 29 Alt-Washingtonia (Dance Group) 5 - 9 p.m. Saturday, Sep 29 Lionel Ward & The New World Band 8 - 11 p.m. Sunday, Sep 30 Kings Park 12 - 4 p.m. Sunday, Sep 30 House Music 4 - 6 p.m. Sunday, Sep 30 Spinphony 6 - 8 p.m.
- Oktoberfest Store
Brand new this year is an official Oktoberfest store on-site! Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase authentic German clothing, hats, steins, souvenirs and more! Take a look at some of the offerings below.
- Upcoming Special Events
Haunted House: October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 (2 -5 p.m. Lights On kids trick or treat), 27 (7 - 11 p.m.), 30, and 31.
2018 Army Ten Miler: October 7, 2018.
Breast Cancer Awareness 5k: October 20, 2018.
Turkey Trot: November 17, 2018.
Turkey Shoot: November 17, 2018.
Thanksgiving Buffet: November 22, 2018.
- Directions to Fest and Gate Access/Hours
Directions To Fort Belvoir
From Washington DC (I-95 South)
If you are traveling south on I-95, take the Fairfax Parkway/Backlick Road (7100) exit 166 A.
Take the Fairfax County Parkway to its end at U.S. Rt. 1 (Richmond Highway.)
At the first light, on the right, is the entrance for Tulley Gate onto Fort Belvoir. To enter using Pence Gate, continue North on Route 1 (past Tulley) and exit at the next available right (it will be directly across from Oktoberfest & Carnival on Fremont Field).
From Richmond (I-95 North)
If you are traveling north on I-95 North, take the Fort Belvoir Exit 161 B. (U.S. Rt 1 -- Richmond Highway)
You will travel five miles to Fort Belvoir.
Continue through the light at the Fairfax County Parkway (VA 7100). At the next stop light, on the right side you will see the entrance for Tulley Gate, turn right.
Gate Information *times are subject to change*
Day Times Thursday, Sep 27 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday, Sep 28 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday, Sep 29 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday, Sep 30 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Day Times Thursday, Sep 27 5 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, Sep 28 5 a.m. - 1 a.m. Saturday, Sep 29 12 p.m - 1 a.m. Sunday, Sep 30 Closed
Walker Gate - Open during normal hours.
Telegraph Gate - Open during normal hours (24 hrs).
Open 24 hours a day and is the required gate of entry for visitors without a valid Military/DoD ID Card. Visitors must obtain a visitors pass by presenting a valid state license, registration, and insurance. Visitors are encouraged to go to the visitors center days before Oktoberfest and receive their pass. This will greatly reduce gate wait times. Google Map to Tulley Gate and Visitors Center.
Visit the Gate Access and Hours page for more information on regular gate hours.
- Volunteer Information
Get involved with MWR's largest annual special event! Individuals 18 and older may volunteer. Some available volunteer positions include:
- Beer pourers/servers
- Entrance gate guards
Need additional info or interested in volunteering? Please contact the Special Events Coordinator at email@example.com
- Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When is Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest?
A:Thursday-Sunday, Sep 27 - Sep 30, 2018
Q: Where is Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest?
A: Fremont Field, North Post of Fort Belvoir
Q: Is Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest free?
A: Entry to Fremont Field, Parking, Volksmarch, Music Entertainment, and entry to Bazaar are all free. A daily wristband or individual tickets must be purchased per person for all carnival rides. Food and Beer is not free and while ATMs will be on-site bringing CASH is encouraged for all.
Q: Who's allowed to come to Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest?
A: Once a year, Fort Belvoir Army Garrison opens its gates to the general public to celebrate Oktoberfest. That means, in addition to all regular Military Card Holders, the general public with a State Drivers' License (100% ID Check) and their Dependents can enter & enjoy this four-day festival celebrating all things German! Political activity is prohibited. All bags are subject to search.
Q: Which gate do I enter for Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest?
A: On Thursday-Sunday before 9 pm all Non-Military visitors must come in Tulley Gate. After 9 pm, all visitors must enter through Tulley Gate.
Q: Where do I park for Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest?
A: Several lots within walking distance are available for parking. Parking is free and is first-come-first-served.
Q: Is Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest a rain or shine event?
A: Yes; please follow our Facebook Page for the latest updates on the condition of the fest site. By attending this event, you are assuming the risk of injury by inclement weather. Oktoberfest will be cancelled only in the event of extreme weather conditions. Such a decision will be posted on both the MWR and Garrison Facebook pages as well as the MWR and Garrison website.
Q: Can I buy individual tickets for carnival rides or do I have to buy the wristband?
A: The wristband provides all-day unlimited rides but you may purchase individual tickets for $1.50 each. Each ride has a sign posted how many tickets is required to ride. Potential or actual inclement weather conditions may also impact the availability of wristbands.
Please note also that the Jolly Shows Carnival reserves the right to determine at which point in the evening it is no longer going to sell wristbands but only sell individual tickets - it may determine that it is more efficient for getting customers through the lines & for customers to get the biggest bang for their buck to sell only individual tickets an hour or more before the end of the Carnival.
Q: Which Oktoberfest activities take credit card payments?
A: Payment for beer can be made with a credit card on any day of the event. Military wristbands, avaialble ONLY on Sunday, can also be purchased with a credit card. All other transactions are limited to cash. ATMS will be available on site.
Q: What credit cards will be accepted?
A: Visa, Mastercard, and Discover. We do NOT accept American Express.
Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: All pets are prohibited on Fremont Field (service dogs are an exception), but dogs are welcome to take part in the 10K Volksmarch.
Q: Which day is the discount ticket sales for military?
A: Sunday, Sep 30, 2018 is Military Appreciation Day.
Q: Is there a Lost and Found? Is there a First Aid station?
A:Yes, the Oktoberfest Lost & Found is located in the white trailer behind the main fest tent performance stage. The First Aid station is also located here.
Q: Are any MWR facility hours affected by Oktoberfest?
A: Check Facebook for updates.
All MWR Events, Programs, Prices, and Details highlighted on the Fort Belvoir MWR website, Facebook, and all media are subject to change without notice. That said, we do our very best to provide our Fort Belvoir Soldiers, Families, Retirees, and Civilians with the most up-do-date information as we receive it. Thank you for your understanding.
- Photo Gallery
20th Annual Oktoberfest
Hours of Operation (Sep 27 - Sep 30 2018)
|Thursday||6 p.m. - 10 p.m.|
|Friday||4 p.m. - 11 p.m.|
|Saturday||12 p.m. - 11 p.m.|
|Sunday||12 p.m. - 8 p.m.|
Fort Belvoir’s Family and MWR hosts one of the most anticipated events of the year: The 22nd annual Oktoberfest! Located at Fremont Field on Fort Belvoir, Oktoberfest is a four-day festival that highlights authentic German cuisine, beverages, music, and dancing.
Enjoy an exciting carnival, Volksmarch 10K Walk and much more. This is a fun-filled event geared toward the whole family!
Thank you to our Sponsors!
*No Federal endorsement implied by the U.S. Army.