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Presented by Frederick County Landmarks Foundation and the Rotary Club of Fredericktowne

Location: Schifferstadt Architectural Museum​​

Sat, October 21, 2023    11am-6pm

Sun, October 22, 2023   12pm-5pm

Rain or shine! Join us for our most popular event, an important fundraiser for the operation of our organization and upkeep of Schifferstadt. Come enjoy great food and drink, lively German music, historic demonstrators, and hand-made products from many arts & crafts vendors. Tours of the museum are available - register in the Gift Shop at the event. Donations to FCLF are appreciated!

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event sponsor or volunteer!

Join us to celebrate Frederick's German heritage and history at the Schifferstadt Architectural Museum.


Proceeds from this event benefit programs of Frederick County Landmarks Foundation and the preservation of this National Historic Landmark as well as community programs of the Rotary Club of Fredericktowne.

Would you like to volunteer?    Email


Parking: Free parking is available along Baker Park and in nearby neighborhoods. Parking at the nearby Frederick Church of the Brethren lot will be available by donation (designated for mission programs) on Saturday, October 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and free of charge on Sunday, October 22, after 12:30 p.m. (following church services).

Admission Fee: No fee, but a donation is appreciated.

Food/Beverage: Plan on having lunch or dinner with us! We will once again serve up traditional German fare including local Bratwurst and pretzels. Enjoy a variety of American and German beer and wine. We'll have dessert too!

Vendors/Artisans: Kick off your holiday shopping by patronizing a variety of arts and craft vendors. Handmade jewelry, prints, woven treasures, and much more!

Demonstrations: A variety of demonstrations will connect the past with present. Past years have included open-air cooking, blacksmithing, musket firing, woodturning, spinning, painting, and weaving.

Entertainment: In keeping with tradition, FCLF will once again welcome the Heidi und Heimat Echo Showband who will entertain attendees with traditional German music and dance.

House & Garden Tours/Gift Shop: One of the crown jewels at the event, docent-led tours of the Schifferstadt Museum will be available throughout the day for a small donation per person. Children under 12 are free but must be accompanied by an adult. Due to limited space, tours can be reserved in advance upon arrival at the event. The 18th-century garden is open for a free, self-guided tour.

Gift Shop: A variety of handmade goods, note cards, pottery, period children's toys, books on local history

                 and art can be purchased in the museum gift shop. Oktoberfest T-shirts and beer steins are available!

                 Cash or credit card accepted.


Social Media: For updates on the event and to share your pictures at the event, please follow us on Facebook! @frederickcolandmarks

Extend Your Visit: Make a day or weekend visit to Historic Frederick. We recommend checking out Visit Frederick’s website where you can obtain information on lodging, dining, and other attractions to see and enjoy before or after attending Oktoberfest.

Media: We always welcome the media to cover Oktoberfest before and during the event. Please contact us at if you are looking for story ideas, images, quotes, or other information. Thank you in advance for your coverage.

Volunteers: This event is not possible without our many volunteers who give of their time and talent. Interested in helping with the event? Please email!

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