RESCHEDULED: Oktoberfest Weekend at The Wharf

calendar icon Sept. 30, 2022 – Oct. 2, 2022
map marker icon District Pier
Event Hours
Friday: 7pm - 9pm
Saturday: 2pm - 5pm
Sunday: 2pm - 5pm

It’s that time of year—put on your dirndl or lederhosen, grab your Dachshund, and head to The Wharf for a weekend of free Oktoberfest festivities. Kick off the weekend with Polka dance lessons on the pier and cheer on the dogs competing in the 10th Annual Wiener 500 Dachshund Dash to benefit Rural Dog Rescue. Or try your hand in The Wharf stein hoisting contest. Throughout the weekend, enjoy German fare, Bavarian decor and costumes, and Sam Adam Octoberfest beer.

CANCELED: Friday, September 30, 7-9pm - Polka on the Pier

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, Polka on the Pier has been canceled. 

NEW DATE: Sunday, October 16, 2pm-5pm: Stein Hoisting Competition and German Fare

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, Stein Hoisting has been moved from Sunday 10/2 to Sunday 10/16 from 2-5pm.

Visit Wharf restaurants for German inspired fare, Sam Adam Octoberfest bier, and to test your strength in an official stein hoisting contest. Participating restaurants include Cantina Bambina, Brighton SW1Boardwalk Bar & Arcade, Rappahannock Oyster Bar, Kaliwa and Kirwan's Irish Pub.

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NEW DATE: Sunday, October 16, 2-5pm: Wiener 500 Dachshund Dash

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, the Wiener 500 has been moved from Saturday 10/1 to Sunday 10/16 from 2-5pm.

The highlight of Oktoberfest at The Wharf is the 10th Annual Wiener 500 Dachshund Dash which benefits Rural Dog Rescue. Watch the speediest Dachshunds in DC race for fame and fortune on the District Pier race track. Register your Dachshund to race!

Catch all the action on our jumbotron screen while partying with DJ Oktoberfest and enjoying ice cold Sam Adams Octoberfest beer.

RSVP on Facebook for the Wiener 500 Dachshund Dash

You must be 21+ to consume alcohol. Prost!

Get Your Fill at The Wharf

Fresh seafood is a given on the waterfront. But The Wharf offers more, including a wide selection of distinctive choices for food, drinks, and entertainment while you eat. Watch the chefs prepare your meal. Listen to music. Or just people-watch while you savor the flavors of The Wharf.

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Browse the Shops

Whether you’re looking for something specific or simply like to spend a few hours in our unique collection of stores, chances are you’ll find just what you’re looking for at our shops at The Wharf. And, of course, you can always treat yourself to a delicious dessert—or celebrate your shopping finds with a drink at one of our restaurants.

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