Celebrate the Season at Oktoberfest in Gaithersburg

Fall is a great season. You get the nice, crisp, cool weather. You get the changing of the leaves, back to school, Halloween, Thanksgiving, pumpkins and all that.

You also get beer, and lots of it, in the guise of Oktoberfest. This October 12, from noon to 5 p.m., come celebrate this German partei at the 23rd Annual Oktoberfest at the Kentlands.

But wait a second, hold on a minute. This is no pedestrian Oktoberfest here. No, no.

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Because along with the beer, there’ll be German music, dancing, horse-drawn wagon rides, apple cider pressing, strolling entertainers, artists, crafters, traditional crafts for kids, a business expo, aerialists and food.

Oktoberfest (sanfamedia.com via Flickr)

Puttin’ on the Fritz: There will be fresh apple cider on hand as well should you have your fill of the traditional Oktoberfest beverages. (sanfamedia.com via Flickr)

Goodness, talk about an event. Beer here could be just an afterthought (egads!).

Not to worry, there’ll of course be a beer garden here, serving the best brews that Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales can pour. And in somewhat of a novel twist, there will also be a wine-tasting featuring Maryland vineyards.

Kentlands Market Square
821 Center Point Way, Gaithersburg, Md. 20878

You can expect multiple stages at this spread-out extravaganza, including four along Main Street. While some events are a few blocks apart, they are walkable. For those with mobility issues, a free trolley will cart you to and fro.

And guess what? It’s free (other than $10 for the wine tasting; other selected activities charge a nominal fee as well). Partners in the festival include Dogfish Head Alehouse, the Kentlands Community Foundation and Pinky & Pepe’s Grape Escape.

We’re used to touting adult-friendly Oktoberfests around here, but many of you renters out there in Gaithersburg and beyond have kids, and this will be a really fun event for the whole family.

It’ll also double as a showcase of sorts for Gaithersburg, a great place to live.

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This is a rain-or-shine event, discounting something truly awful happening like a hurricane (well, it beats “Wind of Change”).

And Germans and those with German heritage (many people in the States) have something special to celebrate this year: the 2014 FIFA World Cup win.

Teutonic or not, come out and enjoy yourselves on the 12th. Cheers.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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