Oktoberfest 2017

October 7,  Noon – 7:00pm

Q:  Where other than Bavaria can you visit an actual German farm during Oktoberfest?
A:  Only at the Frontier Culture Museum!

Join us for our annual Oktoberfest celebration Saturday, October 7th at the Frontier Culture Museum!  Gates open at 9:00 am. Come early and tour the German Farm relocated from Hordt, Germany. The Festival opens at noon and we’ll have traditional food, dancing, good beer, authentic music, and plenty of fun for all ages.

Tickets Go On Sale August 1, 2017

Ticket Prices: 

– Adults: $10 advance ($15 at the gate)
– Children (6-12): $5 advance ($10 at the gate)
– Children (under 6):  Free
– Annual Pass Holders: Call the Welcome Center at 540-332-7850 to reserve your discounted tickets

Oktoberfest is brought to you by BRB_300ppi_VECTOR - APPROVED-01
Stable Crafts Brewery

and by Blue Ridge Beverage
Virginia’s largest full-service beverage distributor


Entertainment Schedule:

Schwartz Sauerkraut Band

12:30-1:30   Schwartz Sauerkraut Band *
1:45-2:15     Hirschjaegar Dancers **
2:30-3:30    Rhythm Road Band ***
3:45-4:30    Hordt Municipal Band ****
4:30-5:15    Sauerkraut Band (joins Hordt Band)
5:30-6:00    Hirschjaegar Dancers
6:00-7:00    Rhythm Road Band

* The Schwartz Sauerkraut Band is a professional musical organization based in the New River Valley in Southwest Virginia performing authentic German style music in traditional Bavarian style clothing. The musical styles include traditional beer tent favorites such as Leichtensteiner Polka, Rosemunde (Beer Barrel Polka), Alte Kameraden Marsch, Yorkshire Marsch, and group-participation numbers such as The Chicken Dance and Rucki Zucki.

Let’s Dance!

** S.G.T.E.V. Hirschjäger is a group of Bavarian Dancers whose mission is to preserve the traditional German Dance and the Tracht (clothing) by performing at different venues throughout the state of Virginia. Come to Oktoberfest and dance with them!

*** Rhthym Road is Staunton’s very own American 4 piece band playing Irish, German, French, New Orleans, and American Roots Music.

The Hordt Municipal Band will be visiting from Germany

**** The Hordt Municipal Band, or as they refer to themselves, Klänni Kapell, is a Palatine oompha band that will be joining us from Germany once again this year!  They are members of the Förderverein Hördt, Pfalz – Staunton VA eV, an association with the goal of promoting and deepening German-American friendship. The association enables the promotion of international goodwill, worldliness and tolerance, as well as the preservation and exploration of German-American immigration history as communicated by the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, VA.

Museum Activities:

The Museum’s Exhibits Are Open All Day (9:00 am-5:00 pm)

  • German Farm: Games, Music, Full Meal Preparation (Stuffed stomach, sauerkraut, curd dumplings

    Games for Kids of All Ages

    with apple butter)

  • West Africa: Games 8-­11, 3-­5; Goats: All day
  • English Farm: Quoits 8-­11, 3-­5; Brewing: throughout the day
  • Irish Farm: Spinning and flax work
  • Ganatastwi: Games/pigments & face painting 10-­12, 3-­4
  • 1740’s Farm: Basketmaking: 10-­12, 3­-4; String games: throughout the day
  • 1820’s Farm: Apple fritters: 10-­12; Music: 1-­4
  • 1850’s Farm: Roast pork and vegetables 10-­2; Herbals/Garden 3-­5



Food Vendors:

– The Bavarian Chef
Saucy Dogs

– Joe’s Sausages
– The Breakfast Guy
– Rick’s BBQ of Waynesboro
– Smiley’s Ice Cream




2016 Oktoberfest Site Layout – Cochran Pavilion (update pending)