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Maymont toasts the arrival of fall with the Bier-Garden, a two-night Bavarian-style festival, on September 23-24. Bring family and friends to the Festhaus on Carriage House Lawn to raise a full mug of Paulaner’s Oktoberfest bier, a local craft beer or cider.

Enjoy live music, lawn games and campfires while eating authentic German food, including bratwurst from The Mayor Meats and schnitzel, sauerkraut, pretzels and more made by Capital Ale House. Lederhosen and dirndls cheer!

Kids are welcome, especially on Saturdays, when Kinderzone offers live entertainment, crafts, and games from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Everyone can join in a traditional chicken dance or enter the Stein-Hoisting contest presented by Capital Ale House.

Entertainment in the big top Festhaus features Pay Rent Brass Band on Friday nights; polka by The Original Elbe Musikanten German Band on Saturday with a German dance performance; and the local group Dalton Dash on Saturday night.

“When the trees begin to change color and the air turns crisp, Maymont is the perfect place for an outdoor celebration,” said Parke Richeson, CEO of Maymont. “We love hosting big events on the lawn that bring in community members from all over the area to get some fresh air and have a good time together.”

Guests are encouraged to register early, with all proceeds benefiting Maymont. Admission is $10 per person; $5 for children under 12 years old. Members and children under 2 years free admission. As a participant in the national Museums for All program, Maymont will provide free admission to anyone with an EBT card, along with up to three guests (onsite only). Food and drinks are available on site for separate purchase.

For adults 21 and older, an $18 Capital Ale House pitcher upgrade includes a commemorative 16-ounce glass pitcher, with a free serving token and 16-ounce servings for each additional beverage purchase.

Tickets are non-refundable. Bier-Garden is a rain or shine event, except in inclement weather.

Kinderzone for children, Saturday, 11 am – 6:30 pm

  • Live entertainment from Tony Tunes and Jonathan Austin
  • Bavarian crafts, including lebkuchen (gingerbread heart necklace) and coloring sheets
  • face painting
  • inflatable games

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A selection of German-style meals and fun treats will be available for purchase separately; drink tickets* are $7 each for a 12-ounce serving of German beer, craft beer or cider.

  • Drink options include four selections from Paulaner, plus Bingo Beer Co., Stone Brewing, and Potters Cider
  • Capital Ale House Pitcher Upgrade ($18) includes a commemorative 16-ounce glass pitcher, free drink token and 16-ounce servings for each additional drink purchase
  • Roasted Chicken and Pork Schnitzel, garnished with German Potato Salad, Sauerkraut, Red Cabbage, Pretzels and Charcuterie made by Capital Ale House
  • Bratwurst from The Mayor Meats
  • Jiji Frozen Custard
  • Kettle Corn Pops
  • funnel cake recess

Event parking is available at the entrance to The Robins Heritage and Nature Center, in addition to street parking. The Farm entrance is closed for the event. Guests attending the Bier-Garden will enter through the Magnolia Gates at the north end of the Historic Estate parking lot.
For more details on the Bier-Garden and other events in Maymont, visit the events calendar.

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