Kentlands Oktoberfest 2017: Gaithersburg, Maryland

Oktoberfest. © Johannes Simon

The City of Gaithersburg hosts the Annual Oktoberfest at the Kentlands each October. The event features horse-drawn wagon rides, pumpkin painting, Beer Garden, Wine Terrace, Bavarian food, and lively performances. The new layout will accommodate additional main stages to feature a variety of musical entertainment, a Business Expo area, and more family activities. Admission and parking are free. Please note some activities have a nominal fee.

Date and Time: October 8, 2017, noon to 5 p.m.

The Kentlands, Gaithersburg Maryland.

The Kentlands is located off of Great Seneca Highway (119) and Quince Orchard Road (124).

Free and 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.

Highlights of the Oktoberfest

  • A 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 be held at the grounds around the Arts Barn and Kentlands Mansion. A second stage, horse-drawn wagon rides, apple pressing demonstrations and other family-friendly activities are also featured at this location.
  • Tap & Taste offers an opportunity to try a wide variety of unique, locally-brewed ales. Each brewery is offering four-ounce tastes of featured selections. The Tasting Package is $20 and includes a commemorative glass and 10 tastes of craft beer from Dogfish Head Alehouse, Duclaw Brewing Company, Jailbreak Brewing Company, Waredaca Brewing Company, and 7 Locks Brewing.
  • Along Main Street in the commercial heart of Kentlands, entertainment will feature a variety bands and community groups, artists, crafters, a business expo, strolling entertainers, chalk artists, aerialists, a children’s crafts and activities area. Some activities have a nominal fee.
  • Festival-goers can easily walk between the two areas or hop on a trolley as volunteer docents share information about the history of Kentlands and its significance as an early pioneer in the new urbanist movement.

Live Entertainment

Alte Kameraden German Band and Alt-Washingtonia Bavarian Dancers.