Toast the End of Summer at Busch Gardens® Bier Fest

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There’s more to love about Bier Fest this year at Busch Gardens® – more tasty beer, more tantalizing food and more days to enjoy it all. The festival returns Friday, Sept. 2, for its second year and will run for eight days over three straight weekends – Sept. 2-5, 10-11 and 17-18. That’s twice as many days as last year’s inaugural event, which was a big hit.


More than 200 years of Oktoberfest traditions come to life at Bier Fest. Guests can raise a glass to toast the end of summer with a variety of craft beers from around the globe, and this year there are more options than ever. Over 100 beers will be represented over the course of the event.

“We add 32 taps to the Oktoberfest Village for Bier Fest. Plus we have 30 taps at the Brauhaus Craft Bier Room and all the taps that are available in Das Festhaus,” said Busch Gardens Executive Chef Justin Watson. “It’s lots of beer and lots of great food. It’s a great festival.”

Stop by Beer Row, near Curse of DarKastle, to find your favorite local brewery. Each weekend, two breweries will be on-site, including AleWerks, O’Connor, Virginia Beer Co., Wasserhund, Tradition,and Oozlefinch. And beer is only the beginning of what this unique Bavarian celebration has to offer.

Enjoy authentic German food, like beer-battered bratwurst and homemade pretzels. Or grab a turkey leg or pretzel nuggets if you’re on the go. Live music will be provided throughout the festival by local acts Harley Boone, the Happy Dutchmen and the Kevin MaC Band.

Enjoy Bier Fest from 11 a.m. until park close on Sept. 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 17 and 18.

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