Oktoberfest Returns to Kentlands on Oct. 13

The city of Gaithersburg presents the 22nd annual celebration of Oktoberfest at the Kentlands on Oct. 13, from noon to 5 p.m. This year’s expanded festival now covers Kentlands Village Green, the grounds of Kentlands Mansion, Main Street and Market Square, all connected by marked walking paths and a festival-wide trolley route. Admission and parking are free. Free wheelchair accessible shuttle service will run regularly during festival hours to and from satellite parking at 101 and 200 Orchard Ridge Drive, just off of Quince Orchard Road.

A new Wine Terrace, a traditional Beer Garden, food vendors and the ever-popular performances of the Alte Kameraden German Band and Alt-Washingtonia Bavarian Dancers will grace the Old Farm, the grounds around the Arts Barn and Kentlands Mansion. A second stage showcasing folk-rock duo The Kennedys and the Elizabeth, Phil and Chris trio, horse-drawn wagon rides, apple pressing demonstrations and other family-friendly activities are also featured at this location.

Just a few blocks away, along Main Street in the commercial heart of Kentlands, the fun continues with three more stages of entertainment featuring variety bands and community groups, artists, crafters, a business expo, strolling entertainers, chalk artists, aerialists, a children’s crafts and activities area, and plenty of restaurants and retail establishments to explore. Please note some activities have a nominal fee.

While the two areas are within easy walking distance of each other, festival-goers can hop on a connecting trolley as volunteer docents offer information about the history of Kentlands and its significance as an early pioneer in the new urbanist movement.

Oktoberfest at the Kentlands is hosted in partnership with the Kentlands Downtown Partnership, the Kentlands Citizens Assembly and the Kentlands Community Foundation, Growlers Brew Pub, and Pinky and Pepe’s Grape Escape.

For more information call 301.258.6350 or email lneal@gaithersburgmd.gov.

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