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Road Closures Planned for Shirlington Oktoberfest

by ARLnow.com October 4, 2012 at 2:15 pm 6,093 44 Comments

The 13th annual Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest will be held in Shirlington on Saturday.

The event, hosted by Shirlington’s Capital City Brewing Company, is being billed as the “biggest one yet,” with beers on tap from 75 breweries. There will also be traditional German music and German food, like bratwurst, sauerkraut and soft pretzels.

The event starts at noon and runs through 7:00 p.m., though the taps will be turned off at 6:00. Admission is $25 and includes a tasting glass and 10 beer tickets. Additional tickets are $1 each, with a 5 ticket minimum.

To accommodate the event, Arlington County police will be shutting down the following roads around Shirlington Village, from about 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

  • Campbell Avenue from Arlington Mill Drive to S. Quincy Street
  • S. Randolph Street from Arlington Mill Drive to the alley behind Charlie Chang’s

“Additionally, vehicles will not be allowed to exit the covered Harris Teeter parking structure onto Campbell Avenue,” police said in a press release. “Drivers should be reminded that traffic in the immediate area may be congested throughout the event, parking will be limited, and alternative modes of transportation are recommended.”

As in years past, police and paramedics will be keeping an eye on the event, which attracts a large crowd of beer drinkers.

Photo courtesy Capitol City Brewing Company

  • novasteve

    Gee where will the DUI checkpoint be? duhhh

    • CW

      IDK but I saw this place opened the other day in Adams Morgan. You’re always asking about doner kebap here so maybe give it a go and report back.


      • MC 703

        The Leesburg location is the real deal. Reminds me of the stalls in Rome and Amsterdam.

        • CW

          Mmm, now we’re talking. It always gives me hope when I see a place that’s had success in a small town first before coming to D.C. If they can make it in Leesburg, I figure they’ve got to have something going for them.

        • WD

          I second that. Glad I don’t have to drive to Leesburg anymore for it!

      • novasteve

        Face it, there’s no better night food than a Doner. Too bad you cant get it in arlington after a night out like you can in Germany.

    • SHLady

      Don’t be silly, the police will be busy checking parking decals.

  • Trolly Troll

    I assume a handful of pretzels will be the only thing one ticket will buy.

  • 1RLI

    Mmmm…Doner Box. I’ll have to give it a go as well. Thanks CW.

  • udderlyfascinated

    Im sure this sausagefest will be the “biggest one yet”

    • Clarendon Skank

      I’m there!

    • Grindr

      There is a sausage 192 feet away.

  • NoVapologist

    Gudentag frauleins!

    • novasteve

      No more jerky beef.

  • G Clifford Prout (now moderated for extra purity)

    Listen, don’t mention the war! I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it all right. So! It’s all forgotten now, and let’s hear no more about it. So, that’s two egg mayonnaise, a prawn Goebbels, a Hermann Goering, and four Colditz salads.

    • esmith69

      Watery Fowls!

    • Gleber

      “Will you stop talking about the war?!”

      “Me?! You started it!”

      “We did not start it!”

      “Yes you did, you invaded Poland!”

    • nom de guerre

      Yes, yes. We must have our little jokes, mustn’t we?
      Yes, we must, mustn’t we? My god, you’re ugly aren’t you? Mind boggling!
      I’ll get the Doctor.
      You need a plastic surgeon dear, not a doctor.

  • Wiz

    What do you get for one ticket?

    • Duh

      “What do you get for one ticket?”

      A ticket……

  • JimPB

    ARLCO police should have alcohol breath analyzers at pedestrian exits so participants in the beer tasting can check their blood alcohol levels before getting behind the wheel. Coffee servers should have portable stands by the blood alcohol testing sites.

    • Quoth the Raven

      Can’t tell if you’re kidding or not.

    • GodFila

      Need “nanny” much?

      Here’s a novel idea —
      plan ahead and don’t drive.

  • Kern

    Pay attention to the signs if you park in a garage. Many WILL tow you if you decide to leave the car overnight.

  • Mr. Quackers

    Who likes bumper cars?

  • SHLady

    Thanks for reminding to me stay away from Shirlington that day. Public drunks!

  • drax

    This event attracts a large crowd of beer drinkers? Who knew? 🙂

  • Arlingtonienne

    Can anyone confirm or deny the music situation? Early in the day it’s fun to take the kids and have a small, almost German experience, but last year’s DJ was terrible and the Rheinlanders (a local troupe of aging German folk dancers) weren’t there. I only want to go if there is going to be LIVE polka and not some DJ from the local club scene with his iPod…

    • NoVapologist

      Now is ze time on Sprockets vhen ve dance!

      • YTK

        Ve Danss Dannss Dannss

      • nom de guerre

        Ich liebe dich nicht, du liebst mich nicht, aha
        Ich liebe dich nicht, du liebst mich nicht, aha
        Ich liebe dich nicht, du liebst mich nicht, aha
        Ich liebe dich nicht, du liebst mich nicht, da da da

        da da da
        da da da
        da da da

        • RammStein

          Ooooo Du hast
          Du hast nicht

    • nom de guerre

      My sources tell me that this trio will be performing.


      And there will be traditional German Schuhplattler dancing.


    • drax

      This was barely an Oktoberfest when it started, and every year it turns more into just another overpriced beer festival in the street. That process is now complete. Enjoy your overpriced, overcrowded party, Clarendouches.

      • Deadite

        This is in Shirlington, not Clarendon. Did you even bother reading the headline, let alone the article?

        • CW

          Bro, nobody actually lives in Shirlington. It is like, so easy for me and my boys to grab an Uber over after we finish watching the Tech game at Whitlow’s.

          • Sherriff Gonna Getcha

            come on brah- nobody watches Tech or State at Whitlows.

            We watch the first half at our 5-guy group house shotgunning Natty Lights, then we go to Carpool or Baileys in Ballston for the second half.

        • drax

          Um, all the Clarendouche go to Shirlington that day. They are allowed out, you know.

  • YTK

    Looking at the photo of thosel ovely lasses cannot help but remind me of a specific song and dance routine in Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” .

  • Book Lover

    Remember that the ART77 now runs on Saturdays – that is your best bet for getting to/from Shirlington for this event.

    • Tabs


      And echoing the earlier point about the towing companies being out in force that day in the garages.

  • Ted

    Keeping an eye on the event? Hope so. There will be some seriously intoxicated people attending.

    • Sherriff Gonna Getcha

      are they going to be intoxicated before they go? Cuz that sounds like things could escalate.

  • Cocktoberfest

    This event is a great place to hang out with other dudes.


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