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Shirlington Oktoberfest Among Slew of Events This Weekend

by ARLnow.com October 1, 2010 at 3:37 pm 4,014 7 Comments

What are you doing tonight? Nothing? Good. That will give you plenty of time to rest up for a Saturday and Sunday chock full of events around Arlington.

From noon to 6:00 on Saturday, thousands of beer drinkers will jam Campbell Avenue in Shirlington Village for the 10th annual Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest. Wear your best lederhosen and bring extra cash for bratwurst. Oh, and bring a non-drinking friend who can help you get home safely AND provide a few extra sample tickets to your group (for $25, each attendee gets 10 tickets good for one 4 oz. beer sample each).

Dog lovers skipping the Oktoberfest may want to check out Dogtober Day and Barker’s Bash, a dog show and festival full of fun and games. It’s taking place at Lacey Woods Park (1200 N. George Mason Dr.)  from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.

On Sunday, Arlington will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Thomas Jefferson Theater (125 S. Old Glebe Rd.). Community members of all ages and backgrounds are invited to enjoy Latin music, food and dancing from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

In addition to those events, there’s also a pair of fundraisers going on, which we wrote about earlier. See our events calendar for even more options.

  • Katie

    I think Oktoberfest goes until 7 pm.

    • G

      Yup, last call is 6pm.

  • Do not go to Octoberfest. It is not in any way fun or one of the best events of the year & is crowded enough as it is.

  • CS

    You only get 10 tickets now for the $25? Pretty sure you used to be able to sample each of the beers. Now you’re basically paying $10 per pint of beer.

  • John

    Not a single bit of this event embodied the tradition and spirit of Oktoberfest. Parking was a catastrophe, beer lines were never ending, overpriced tickets and a healthy supply of stuck up twenty-somethings. Do us all a favor and rename this event.

  • Katie

    I had tickets leftover. That was a lot of beer.

    There must have been some very unhappy revelers whose cars got towed. In the garage near Harris Teeter, I nearly got HIT by speed demon tow truck drivers from A-1 and Advanced. It was as though they were in frenzied competition.

    As far as I could tell, they were mainly towing from the Hilton Garden Inn spots on the top floor. There were a lot of spaces. Really, Hilton Garden Inn, you couldn’t have called off the dogs during a friendly community event like this?

  • MikeC

    A co-worker told me there were terrible lines and huge crowds for madly overpriced beer. Glad I went to Crafty Bastards instead!

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