Festival to Celebrate German Traditions & Craft Beer

Bier Fest at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

More than 200 years of Oktoberfest traditions come to life this fall at Busch Gardens® Bier Fest. Raise a glass to toast the end of summer with a variety of craft beers from around the globe, including all your favorite local brews.

This three-weekend festival will feature a large selection of beers, including twice as many from local breweries compared to previous years. Sample traditional German food, listen to festive music, and experience all this unique Bavarian celebration has to offer. Prost!

Unsure of what beer suits your palate? Take a look below to discover your style, then try them out at the park with a Bier Fest Sampler.

The park will open at 12 p.m. on Sept. 9, 10, 16 & 17

Bier Fest 2017 Calendar

Enjoy Bier Fest on Sept. 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 16 & 17. Opening time varies -- please check our park hours prior to your visit.

Join us for the tapping of the Firkin Keg each day on the Bier Garden Stage in Oktoberfest Village.

What is a firkin keg?

A firkin is a type of keg, wooden or metal, used to produce unfiltered beer without nitrogen or carbon dioxide pressure. It is laid on its side and tapped horizontally, using only gravity to carbonate and push the beer out. With this, you get a naturally fermented and carbonated beer in a small batch.

Do you think beer tastes better when it comes from a Firkin Keg? Let us know on social media using #BGBierFest.

Brewery Talks

Representatives from popular craft breweries will be on-site in the Brauhaus Craft Bier Room (located in Das Festhaus ® in Oktoberfest) and Grogan's Pub (located in Ireland) to explain their brewing processes.

Brewery Talks at Busch Gardens' Bier Fest

Festive Music

Enjoy live music in the Oktoberfest Village throughout the event.

Happy Dutchman

Performing outside of Das Festhaus on the performance deck above the entrance.

September 1 - 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.

September 2 & 3 - 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.

September 4 - 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. & 5 p.m.

September 9 - 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.

September 10, 16 & 17 - 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.

The Deloreans

Performing inside Das Festhaus on the Festhaus Stage

September 9 - 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. & 5 p.m.

September 10 - 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

Kevin Mac Band

Performing inside Das Festhaus on the Festhaus Stage

September 16 & 17 - 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

Bier Fest Sampler

Challenge your taste buds with brews from around the world, ranging from traditional Oktoberfest drafts to tropical IPAs. Purchase your Bier Fest Sampler online or at the park. Samplers are available at The Fuzzy Hats™ in England or in the Oktoberfest Village.

Bier Sampler $22: 10 Tastings

Must be 21 years of age to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages. Beer selections, dates and times are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice. Only valid for draft beer at The Fuzzy Hats™ in England, Grogan's Pub in Ireland and in the Oktoberfest Village. Not available outside of festival dates. Event is included with park admission.

Bier Fest I.D. Wristband

Cut back on the hassle and time of showing your I.D. for each beer purchase. Wristbands are available at The Fuzzy Hats in England or in the Oktoberfest Village.

Must be 21 years or age. Proof of age required. Wristbands are optional and for convenience.

Bier Fest Snacks

Bier Fest Snacks

NEW - Visit Frost Drinks located across from Verbolten® in Oktoberfest for frozen cider & specialty beverages.

Pair your favorite brews with authentic German snacks, like beer-battered bratwurst or homemade pretzels. Below is just a preview of the specialty food items offered in Oktoberfest Village and Grogan's Pub during the Bier Fest event.

Oktoberfest Village

• Hähnchen Schnitzel Brötchen – Chicken schnitzel on a bun with caper sauce & a lemon slice

• Landjäger – German-style smoked & dried sausage

• Jaeger Schnitzel – Hand-breaded pork schnitzel drizzled with a creamy mushroom & bacon sauce, served on a skewer

• Bratwurst Sandwich – Grilled sausage simmered in beer on a wheat roll with cranberry & rosemary mustard, Swiss cheese & sauerkraut

• Currywurst Spirale – Knockwurst pigtails topped with curry-spiced tomato ketchup

• Beer-Battered Bratwurst – Hand-dipped & served with whole-grain beer mustard, infused with rosemary & caraway

Grogan's Pub

• Shepherd’s Pie – Ground beef with peas & carrots topped with mashed potatoes & cheddar

• Annie’s Beer Float – Vanilla Ice cream topped with Annie Grogan’s Stout

What's Your Beer Style?

Find out what beer best suits you