The 4th Annual Wunder Garten takes place from Friday, September 28 through Sunday, September 30th. This year’s celebrations include the Big Party Saturday night and Dogtoberfest on Sunday alongside a weekend of traditional German food, games, beer and pet-friendly events.
Wunder Garten (First & L Street NE) is bringing the real Oktoberfest atmosphere to Washington. It all starts Friday, when the first Spaten Oktoberfest Keg will be tapped. Traditionally, Munich Oktoberfest begins with the mayor of Munich tapping the first keg of Spaten beer and then shouting, “O’zapft is!” (“It’s tapped!”). (Fun fact: The skill the mayor displays and the number of hammer blows it takes are a total factor in his approval ratings).
The beer hall will offer Märzen-style draft beers hailing from Bavaria’s oldest breweries like Spaten, Weihenstephaner, and Hofbräuhaus, accompanied by a select lineup of seasonal, locally brewed beers.
Throughout the weekend, Café Berlin will provide authentic German fare, including grilled bratwurst, bauernwurst, bretzels und obatzter, original potato salad, gurkensalat, and sauerkraut.
Die Drei Band will play traditional live Oktoberfest music all weekend long.
On Saturday, ‘Herman the German’ will host the Bavarian Olympics, including competitive stein holding, yodeling and other Bavarian -themed games with prizes to the winners. The games end just before the start of the ‘Big Oktoberfest Party,’ featuring DJ Reuben and MC Lederhosen on the turntables.
On Sunday, bring your little Haustier (pet, or house animal) along for Dogtoberfest! Enter the best-dressed pet costume contest and bring along a toy, blanket or food item to support dogs in shelter.
Inspired by the Bavarian beer gardens made famous in Germany, Wunder Garten began in 2015 as a pop-up beer garden, taking advantage of the unused lots throughout NoMa, giving the underserved residents of the neighborhood a fun place to gather with family and friends for ice cold beers and sunshine. For more information, visit www.wundergartendc.com.