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Laura Rowles is the Director of Events & Marketing for the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) serving almost 400 members by hosting over 30 networking events each year, as well as providing educational seminars and special events. The Chamber hosts numerous events each year including: breakfasts, lunches, after-five’s, ribbon cuttings... Read more

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Oktoberfest is Back in Germantown!

Enjoy your Oktoberfest shenanigans in Germantown on Saturday, October 5.

The Oktoberfest Germantown Parade and Festivities will be Germantown’s largest event of the year. The festival committee is committed to making this the best event for Germantown and surrounding communities.

It’s great to see the Oktoberfest coming back to Germantown”, said Marilyn Balcombe, president / CEO of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce. “We are thrilled to be part of bringing the community together’.

The festival will begin at 10 a.m. with a parade of over thirty-five units that will travel down Century Boulevard ending at Aircraft Drive. The parade is being emceed by Fox 5 news anchor Wisdom Martin. Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice is the Grand Marshall of the parade.

Immediately following the parade at 11 a.m., will be Oktoberfest festivities. Many participating local Germantown businesses will have specials and discounts as well, so this is the day to Shop, Eat, and Drink Local. Festivities conclude at 3 p.m.

Festivities include:


12901 Town Commons Drive

  • Vendors!
  • Beer Garden
  • Live Bands
  • Open House with indoor activities
  • Photo Booth
  • Giveaways
  • Face painting


19961 Century Boulevard

  • Beer and Food Specials
  • German DJ
  • Giveaways


20001 Crystal Rock Drive

  • Tour of Fire Station
  • Check out Fire Trucks
  • Meet the Fire Fighters
  • Rescue Demos
  • Kids Activities
  • Shadowland Laser Adventures Trailer


20000 Aircraft Drive

  • Open House


19840 Century Boulevard

  • Open House


20021 Aircraft Drive

  • Open House
  • Bounce House/Inflatable
  • Food and Drinks
  • Kids Activities
  • Disaster Unit Truck (Free Coffee and Water)


  • MARC Rail commuter lot
  • Germantown Rd and Bowman Mill Dr.
  • 8:00a-1:00p
  • Sponsored by Germantown Historical Society and Scout Troup 1325

There will be plenty of parking throughout the Germantown Town Center. There will be free parking and shuttles from the Montgomery College Germantown Campus (20200 Observation Drive) and Holiday Inn Express (20260 Goldenrod Lane) parking lots to Century Boulevard from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

The Oktoberfest committee would like to extend thanks to the residents, businesses, organizations, and schools who have made this event possible. Sponsors include: Rosewood Dental, Georgetown Hill Early School, Maryland State Highway Administration, Weichert, Realtors – Germantown, Strive Martial Arts Family Fitness Center, Positive Attitude Aviation, and Wegmans.

Partners include: Germantown Alliance, Peace of Hearts 501c3, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce, Blackrock Center of the Arts, Upcounty Regional Services Center, Montgomery College Germantown Campus, Holiday Inn Express and Suites, Montgomery County Police Department – 5th District, Germantown Volunteer Fire Department, Germantown Historical Society, Montgomery County Department of Transportation, Maryland State Highway Administration, and The MoCo Show.

“I am amazed at the support we have had from Residents, Businesses, Organizations and our Local Government to bring Oktoberfest back to Germantown. It feels really good to see this amazing community come together,” said Kyle Sefcik, Peace of Hearts and Germantown Oktoberfest founder.

Raise your glass to autumn, let the good times roll with your community at the #GermantownOktoberfest. #OGP

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Laura Rowles

About Laura Rowles

Laura authors the blog Your Success is Our Business on MyMCMedia. Laura is the Director of Events & Marketing for the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce - a member-based organization of businesses that have joined together for the purpose of promoting the civic, commercial and industrial progress in our communities. The area's economic well-being is a result of the caliber of work that is done by the Chamber. The Chamber has a major impact on business, income and future growth of the area. My position at the Chamber - Director of Events & Marketing - affords me the opportunity to plan quality events for our Members and market the Chamber is a variety of avenues. At the GGCC, we typically have around 30 events each year including: breakfasts, lunches, after-five's, ribbon cuttings and special events. The consensus is we have high quality events with good energy. In 2012, we had over 2,040 people visit our events. Most our events are free to Members so securing sponsorships for all events. Additionally, I am responsible for planning networking, overseeing the budget and marketing of all events in order to make them successful. Lastly, I coordinate all marketing and communication efforts of the GGCC including weekly email blasts, its quarterly newsletter, all social media platforms, media relations and community outreach.


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