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Everything You Need to Know about the Busch Gardens Bier Fest

Busch Gardens’ Bier Fest is just around the corner! Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from August 16 – September 2, park-goers can enjoy a list of over 100 unique draft and bottled beers from around the world, including a vast selection from Virginia craft breweries. The event is FREE with park admission. Beer is available throughout the park for the 21-and-older crowd for an additional fee. 

Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect:


Besides sipping a favorite ice-cold brew (check out the beer menu here) under nightly fireworks, beer lovers can enjoy scenic cruises along the park’s Rhine River, seize opportunities to learn more about how their favorite beers are made, test beer knowledge in the form of fun games, and more. See the full list of events here

And what’s a beer festival without authentic German food? This year’s menu does not disappoint, and features returning favorites like turkey legs and beer-battered bratwurst, plus new selections that include a bratwurst burger slider and pretzel bites with beer cheese and bacon. Mmm. 


Enjoy sounds from top local bands! Here’s your music schedule: 

Band: Good Shot Judy

Genre: Fine jazz

When: Performing 8/17 outside in Oktoberfest at 1:30, 3:00, 4:30, and 6:30 p.m.

Band: Martin & Kelly

Genre: Traditional and new country music 

When: Performing 8/24 outside in Oktoberfest at 1:30, 3:00, 4:30, and 6:30 p.m.

Band: Bennett Wales & The Relief

Genre: 5-piece rock n’ roll band

When: Performing 9/1 outside in Oktoberfest at 1:30, 3:00, 4:30, and 6:30 p.m.

Band: Broke Royals

Genre: New American rock

When: Performing 8/30 and 8/31 inside at Das Festhaus at 12:30, 2:30, 5:00, and 7:00 p.m.

Band: Vinyl Headlights 

Genre: Popular rock, pop and dance

When: Performing 8/31 outside in Oktoberfest at 1:30, 3:00, 4:30, and 6:30 p.m.

Band: Kevin MaC

Genre: “Southern Swag” country

When: Performing 9/1 inside Das Festhaus at 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, and 7:00 p.m.

Band: The Happy Dutchman

Genre: German polka

When: Performing daily outside Das Festhaus, 11:30 a.m. and at 1:00, 2:30, 4:00, and 6:00 p.m.


Single-Day Ticket Discounts: Right now there is a Groupon for single-day Busch Gardens ticket for $46.99 (an $86.99 value)!

Military Discounts for Active Duty & Veterans (this offer is not available at the front gate).

Busch Gardens Unlimted Membership at $12.99 a month* and includes parking and member perks – like periodic bring a friend for free tickets offers!

Purchase your passes online!

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