Where to celebrate Oktoberfest in DC

Across the world, the beginning of fall marks a period of tradition and celebration as the harvest takes hold and people prepare for another cold winter. There are many different ways that people celebrate the change of the seasons, but perhaps none is more universally loved than the German tradition of Oktoberfest. Indeed, this annual festival paying homage to German beer, food and culture has spread across the globe and even made its way to the District. Each fall, people who own real estate in Washington, DC, gather for one of the country's largest Oktoberfest celebrations.

In fact, with its profusion of international residents and government dignitaries, the District's celebration is among the most varied and extensive found anywhere outside of Munich. With so much activity, it can be difficult to find the perfect place to soak up the festivities. Read on for a list of some of the city's most famous spots to ring in Oktoberfest.

The Old Stein Inn
With a name like the Old Stein Inn, how could this landmark restaurant not be an ideal location to get into the Oktoberfest spirit by sampling some imported beers and classic German cuisine? Located at 1143 Central Ave. in Edgewater, Maryland, this local favorite will be filled with the resounding sounds of Bavarian accordion music and the good cheer of scores of celebrants.

Although beer is the focal point of any Oktoberfest celebration, the food at the Old Stein Inn is nothing to forget about. Teeming plates of potato salad, schnitzel, sausages and more will ensure that everyone is well-fed and happy.

Columbia Heights
For people who are looking for a more free-flowing celebration, the block party in Columbia Heights might be just the thing. Run by the folks at Meridian Pint, at 3400 11th St. NW, this day-long party is fueled by German beers on tap, a lively polka band and freshly grilled wursts and sausages.

Biergarten Haus
Although the crowd will likely be especially primed for the annual Oktoberfest celebrations at this local hotspot, there are actually very few weekends that don't feel like Oktoberfest at Biergarten Haus. If anything, though, that makes  this celebration all the more memorable. With a large outdoor patio and plenty of beer options, Biergarten Haus is among the most popular destinations for celebration-seekers. You can find this lively beer garden at 1355 H St.