Gates open at 11:30 a.m. The 800 and 900 blocks of Caroline Street will be closed 12 - 10 p.m. Saturday, as festival goers enjoy live musical performances, German dance groups and the family-friendly Kinderplatz -- a kids space with giant inflatables, face-painting, balloon animals and other family features. [Festival map]
The 100 and 200 blocks of George Street will be closed 4:30 a.m. Saturday through 2 a.m. Sunday to allow for set up and clean-up.
Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw will ceremoniously tap the keg at noon, officially kicking off Oktoberfest celebrations. The festival runs until 10 p.m. The Capital Ale House restaurant will remain open until 1:30 a.m.
The festival's $2 cover charge will benefit Fredericksburg's Main Street Program Each guest of legal drinking age can purchase a traditional one-liter Capital Ale House stein for $3 (while supplies last), though guests are also welcome to bring their own stein.
Families are welcome, though a parent or guardian must accompany anyone under the age of 21. VIP tables are available for groups of all sizes; please call Capital Ale House at 540-371-2337 in advance for reservations.
More than 100 craft and imported brews will be offered, including Legend Brewing, Starr Hill Brewing, Devil's Backbone Brewing, Hardywood Brewing, Center of the Universe Brewing, Blue Mountain Brewing, St. George Brewing, Strangeways Brewing and Bold Rock Cidery.
items will include giant pretzels with sweet mustard, bratwurst,
knockwurst, sauerbraten and dumplings with ginger snap gravy,
Jaegerschnitzel, roast chicken, German potato salad, red cabbage and
sauerkraut as well as our regular menu offerings in the restaurant.