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Oktoberfest arrives in Tysons this month

Oktoberfest will return to The Boro in Tysons this Saturday, Sept. 23 (courtesy The Boro)

(Updated at 1:25 p.m. on 9/21/2023) Tysons residents looking to usher in fall by tossing back some cold brews will have a couple of options this month.

Oktoberfest at The Boro

Update — The Boro’s Oktoberfest was scheduled for this Saturday (Sept. 23), but with rain in the forecast, it has been postponed to the following Saturday, Sept. 30.

The Boro’s annual Oktoberfest celebration is set to return from 2-5 p.m. with a biergarten at The Sandlot (1680 Boro Place), food trucks, live polka music, a beer stein-holding competition and some more kid-friendly activities, such as crafts, face painting and glitter tattoos.

Beers on tap at the biergarten will include:

  • Eggenberg Helle Weizen
  • Eggenberg Hopfenkonig Pils
  • Tucher Festbier
  • Weihenstephaner Hefe-Weissbier
  • Solace Gute Nacht Oktoberfest
  • Zero Gravity Oktoberfest
  • Aslin No Backsies Hefeweizen

The winner of the stein-holding contest will be rewarded with a gift certificate to one of The Boro’s retailers. Some branded beer mugs will also be up for grabs, going to the first 150 people to show up at Oktoberfest.

In recognition of September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, The Boro is using the event “to raise funds and awareness” for a local chapter of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, per a media alert. The Pennsylvania-based nonprofit supports cancer research and provides resources to families of children diagnosed with cancer.

The Boro’s Oktoberfest celebration is free to attend, but registration through Eventbrite is encouraged.

Oktoberfest Wine, Cider & Beer Festival

Shipgarten (7581 Colshire Drive) in the Scotts Run neighborhood will also celebrate Oktoberfest on Saturday (Sept. 23) with a Wine, Cider & Beer Festival.

Running from 1-6 p.m., the festival will feature dozens of international and Virginian wines, spiked and bourbon apple ciders, and beers from both local and out-of-state breweries. Samples of the venue’s regular draft beers from Tysons Biergarten and Waffles & Tacos will also be offered.

Event highlights outside of the booze include bratwursts and other food, outdoor games, live music from 12:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., a kids’ corner with a moon bounce, face painting and more, and a whole lineup of apple and pie games:

  • 1:15 p.m. — Apple bobbing competition
  • 2 p.m. — Apple grabbing race
  • 3 p.m. — Apple toss
  • 4 p.m. — Pie toss
  • 5 p.m. — Pie-eating competition

Admission is free, but tickets can be reserved through Eventbrite. With no parking on site, Shipgarten provides complimentary shuttle service from 1700 Old Meadow Road as well as $20 valet service.

For Oktoberfest celebrations outside of Tysons, G34.3 Brewing Company (8532 Terminal Road, Suite L) in Lorton is throwing a party from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday with a beer release, German food and music. Tickets cost $29.99.

The Town of Vienna’s annual Oktoberfest is also returning on Oct. 7.