St. Benedict Oktoberfest is back in the Museum District this weekend, from Friday, September 15th to Sunday, September 17th. This celebration, deeply embedded in the German traditions of the St. Benedict Parish, is open to the public and free of charge, with a-la-carte food purchase options.
Food offerings range from the classic Kinderdog (hot dog) and pretzels to gingerbread hearts and other German treats. Beer, an essential part of the Oktoberfest experience, will be served in the event’s commemorative steins or in provided plastic cups.
Families with children can look forward to engaging in activities like the Chicken Dance, a Moonbounce, and even face painting for a nominal fee. A standout feature is the double-arm steinholding contest, where participants challenge themselves to hold water-filled steins without spilling.
The event isn’t just about fun; it’s also for a good cause. All proceeds are channeled towards supporting Catholic education, especially assisting students of Saint Benedict Catholic School. The Oktoberfest is a nod to St. Benedict Parish’s German roots, which trace back to the Benedictine monks of St. Mary’s German Catholic Church in downtown Richmond. Many of the early members of the parish were of German origin, with some even being brewers, making the Oktoberfest a fitting tribute to this legacy.
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