Oktober festivals

If you missed the world’s largest Oktoberfest celebration in Munich, no need to cry in your stein.

In the Hofbrau tent at the world's largest Oktoberfest celebration in Munich.

There still are beer specials and parties to be had closer to home. So put on your lederhosen and check out what’s going on around town:

• From this Thursday to Sunday, Oct. 11-14, Doner Bistro in Leesburg promises a little “Bavarian Craziness” with special beer on tap and sauerkraut dishes to pair. Each day offers something different at this small German hotspot: live “schunkel” music, group singing, bier-boot activities and more. Patrons are encouraged to dress Bavarian-style and bring their own steins.

• Family-friendly activities for kids and 100 beers on tap for adults are in store at Snallygaster, an Oktoberfest celebration from 1-5 pm Oct. 13 at Yards Park in DC. There of course will be  German Oktoberfest beers, American harvest ales and pumpkin beers and a selection of seasonal ciders. The chefs from Red Apron Butchery and Birch and Barley will serve bratwurst, subs and cheese fries with gravy.

• Charles County Oktoberfest will be held this weekend, from noon – 5pm Oct. 13-14 at   the Charles County Fairgrounds in La Plata, MD.  The family friendly event features German foods, beer, wine, music, children’s activities, and live Bavarian entertainment.

The DC Beer blog has a list of their favorite O’fests, while About.com offers a look at family-friendly events. The Washington Post makes its picks here for the best Oktoberfest celebrations.

Remember, it’s best to be safe and designate a driver for your beer-swilling adventures. Or, book transportation with  Reston Limousine for a safe, reliable ride to and from your favorite biergarten.

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