Oktoberfest at Soldiers’ Home This Sunday, Oct. 7

Washington DC German Band

Here’s a great opportunity for those who have never visited the old Soldiers’ Home!

The Friends of the Soldiers’ Home in cooperation with the Armed Forces Retirement Home will be hosting an Oktoberfest open to the community this Sunday. The event will feature live music, dancing, local food vendors, craft beer, kite flying, storytelling, family fun, picnicking, art bazaar, and antique cars.

The event is scheduled for Sunday, October 7th, from  1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the southern grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home (Gate Entrance 333 Rock Creek Church Road, NW, intersection of Rock Creek and Randolph).

The Oktoberfest will star the Polka Hall of Fame inductees, Washington DC German Band! along with the Bairisch und Steierisch Dancers. The DC German Band has entertained audiences from Munich to Milwaukee since 1942, including Presidents Reagan and Clinton, with authentic German music.

Below are additional details:


Carry in a picnic or purchase local craft beer and food, including treats from:

  • Captain Cookie: Back by popular demand from July 4 — now with fresh-baked pretzels in addition to cookies, local creamery milk and made-to-order ice cream sandwiches.
  • DC Crepes: Brings excitement of freshly-made crepes, as they are enjoyed throughout Europe. You watch the delicacies being made fresh right in front of you.
  • Rolls in Rolls: Healthy Indian food serving Kathi Rolls, meal-sized wraps stuffed with choice of fillings, topped with cabbage, carrots, homemade chutneys.


The event will have a supervised crafts station for children to create, and a supervised kite-flying area for kids to stretch a line skyward in the beautiful open space.

Storyteller JOHN FARISS will share special tales from the South involving life in the Appalachian mountains, home remedies, the Civil War and things that go bump in the night, as he carries on the tradition of Johnson Jones Hooper, Will Rogers and Jerry Clower.

KIDS IN SPORTS (kismetro.com) will offer tug of war, races, obstacle courses and more activities geared for children ages 3 to 10.


Artists from the community as well as veterans from the Armed Forces Retirement Home will be displaying their creations for your viewing enjoyment and possible purchase.


The Armed Forces Retirement Home will have its annual antique car show that morning (which you are invited to attend) and several of the cars will be parked on display on the lower grounds during Oktoberfest for you to enjoy.

Of course you are also welcome to bring in your bike and go for a ride, or simply take a hike and enjoy the beautiful rolling hills and trees of the Armed Forces Retirement Home


  • No glass containers.
  • Please help keep the grounds clean by using the trash bin or removing your own waste.
  • This event will happen rain or shine.

The Friends of the Soldiers’ Home is a volunteer nonprofit organization serving members of the Armed Forces Retirement Home. Friends extends enormous thanks to the veterans and staff of the Home for inviting the community inside the gates for this very special event.

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3 Comments on “Oktoberfest at Soldiers’ Home This Sunday, Oct. 7”

  1. […] Sunday, don’t forget the Oktoberfest on the Soldiers’ Home’s grounds from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 […]

  2. […] to host events on the AFRH grounds. The two most notable events of 2012 were the Fourth of July and Oktoberfest. The Friends group also partnered in the annual cyclocross at the AFRH helping to make that a […]

  3. Chuck McDonald Says:

    Is the start time 1PM ?????????

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