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While Munich’s 186th Oktoberfest (2021) has been officially canceled, that doesn’t mean you can’t still indulge in this amazing German tradition. The Bier Garden has once again made it possible without ever having to leave the country. This Oktoberfest comes to Olde Towne Portsmouth for the first time since 2019; and will be taking place Saturday, October 2nd, from 12 p.m. until 9 p.m. Oktoberfest 2021 is sponsored and produced by The Bier Garden Restaurant, a Portsmouth favorite for more than twenty years.
A quaint celebration based on the lore of the world’s original Oktoberfest in Munich, this annual event has become famous for its traditions, old-world ambiance, and good times. A “volksfest” like no other! This phenomenal event gives everyone the chance to experience the atmosphere and quality of German food, beverages, and live entertainment that will make you think you are in Bavaria.
At the 2019 Oktoberfest, they tapped over thirty kegs, served almost a thousand pounds of brats, and drew beer-lovers from as far away as Miami. Historic High Street in Olde Towne Portsmouth will be closed between Court and Dinwiddie giving guests plenty of room to move around and enjoy the celebration. Oktoberfest is a signature event for Olde Towne Portsmouth and one not to be missed.
Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased online. Upon arrival at the event, the bar code on your ticket will be scanned from your phone or printed copy, granting you admission. Tickets may be purchased on the Bier Garden website by clicking here.
The vibrant, Elbe Musikanten, performs authentic German Oktoberfest music all throughout the day.
Elbe Musikanten is a 14-piece Oktoberfest Band including brass, woodwinds, percussion, and vocals. The band was founded in 1994 and maintains many of the founding members.
The Elbe Musikanten band is located in Richmond, VA, but performs all over the state for Oktoberfest’s, military bases, festivals, and many, many others.
This event is filled with all types of activities for anyone, at any age. For the grown ups, play some Corn-Hole or test your skills in the “strong man” competitions to show your true German standing! Or just sit back, talk to your friends, and try your luck in the raffle and win some prizes.
There is plenty of room for the kids to play, including inside a large bounce house.
As typical with any Oktoberfest celebration, there is a large tent with festhaus seating, a common area where strangers meet, enjoy beers and food, and make friendships to last a lifetime.
While the restaurant will operate as close to usual as possible, there will also be a variety of food offered at the party on the street for your convenience. Inside, guests find 23 draughts and more than 300 beers from bottle or can, plus wine and a full bar. The full menu is available for dining room seating or take out. Outside, guests enjoy traditional Oktoberfest beers straight from the tap, ciders and traditional wines. Those on hand at 1 pm will experience the ceremonial tapping of a wooden keg. How many blows will it take to get the beer flowing? Food items consist of traditional sausages, potato salad, sauerkraut, pretzels, and more!
Popular beer demand for Oktoberfest in Portsmouth will be:
Paulaner is a German brewery, established in 1634 in Munich by the Minim friars of the Neudeck ob der Au cloister. The mendicant order and the brewery are named after
Francis of Paola, the founder of the order. Paulaner is one of the six breweries who provide beer for Portsmouth’s Olde Towne Oktoberfest. Paulaner ranks number six among Germany’s best-selling beers.
Hacker Pschorr is a brewery in Munich, formed in 1972 out of the merger of two breweries, Hacker and Pschorr. Hacker was founded in 1417, nearly a century before the enactment of Germany’s Reinheitsgebot beer purity law of 1516. One of six breweries located within Munich’s city limits, its beers are one of the most popular served at Portsmouth’s Oktoberfest.
Don’t think we forgot about the young one’s of the family, it wouldn’t be traditional! Oktoberfest offers kid friendly foods, drinks, and a bounce house on-site, as well as a variety of other fun activities for them.
The Bier Garden’s Oktoberfest 2021, in Olde Towne Portsmouth, is all you could want for authentic German food and beer. So, shake off your finest lederhosen and polish your stein and indulge in beer-drinking and take in the festivities.
Come on out and enjoy the day at one the year’s most anticipated events around the globe. Can’t wait to see you there!
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