- General Public
Event is open to all (100% ID Check) with free entry to Fremont Field
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 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)
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 28 6-10 p.m. $15 Friday Sep 29 6 p.m.-12 a.m. $25 Saturday Sep 30 12 p.m.-12 a.m. $30 Sunday Oct 1 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, Oct 1. 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
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 Mug ($10 or) and the Stein ($15) may be purchased at the register along with tickets in the Beer Ticket Tent.
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:
The Lazy Pig BBQ Comfort Food at its Best
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-$8 | Drinks $2
Menu items may include:
Chicken Tenders & Fries
Bratwurst & Italian Sausage
Hamburger / Cheese Burgers
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
Schnitzel Bites Basket
Beer Baked Bratwurst with grilled onions
Beer Braised Brisket
German Potato and Beer Soup w/ Kaiser - Weather depending
Sauerkraut with bacon (sides)
Sauteed Sweet Red Cabbage (sides)
German Potato Salad (Sides)
Pommes Frites (wedge style) (Sides)
Apple Streusel Cake Pops (Dessert)
German Chocolate Cake Pops (Dessert)
German "funnel cake" with toppings (Dessert)
- 5K/10K Volksmarch
Dog-Friendly & Stroller-Friendly 5K/10K Volksmarch (Sep 30 - Oct 1)
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 28 German Military Band 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday, Sep 28 Kings Park 6 - 10 p.m. Friday, Sep 29 Alt-Washingtonia (Dance Group) 6 - 10 p.m. Friday, Sep 29 Alte Kameraden 6 p.m. - 12 a.m. Saturday, Sep 30 Kings Park 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, Sep 30 Alt-Washingtonia (Dance Group) 5 - 9 p.m. Saturday, Sep 30 Alte Kameraden 6 p.m. - 12 a.m. Sunday, Oct 1 Low n Brows 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct 1 Down Range 4 - 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct 1 New Dominion Band 6 - 8 p.m.
- Bazaar & Bake Sale
Hosted by the Belvoir Enlisted Spouses’ Club at Specker Field House Sep 30 - Oct 1 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
This popular event during Oktoberfest features a variety of booths showcasing homemade crafts, pottery, baked goods, stationery, jewelry, wood carvings, hand-bags, photography and more! Every year is different and full of surprises!
- Directions to Fest
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.
All visitors must enter through Tulley Gate (24 hour gate). Visitors without a valid Military/DoD ID card 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 recieve their pass. This will greatly reduce gate wait times.
Visit the Gate Access and Hours page for more information.
* IMPORTANT: Lampert Gate will not be open for incoming or exiting vehicle traffic during Oktoberfest 2017
- Volunteer Information
Get involved with MWR's largest annual special event! Individuals 18 and older may volunteer. Some available volunteer positions include:
- Road guards
- Beer pourers
- Entrance gate guards
Need additional info or interested in volunteering? Please contact the Special Events Coordinator at +1 (703)805-8472.
- Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When is Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest?
A:Thursday-Sunday, Sep 28 - Oct 1, 2017
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 Pence Gate. Lampert Gate will NOT be open for any incoming and exiting vehicle traffic for Oktoberfest 2017.
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
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.
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: 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 tickets for military?
A: Sunday, October 2, 2016 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. 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 (28 Sep - 1 Oct 2017)
|Thursday||6 p.m. - 10 p.m.|
|Friday||6 p.m. - 12 a.m.|
|Saturday||12 p.m. - 12 a.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 21st 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, a vendor market (Specker Field House), 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.