Marina Park to be filled in late September with the sounds of oompah music, German toasts, sizzling sausages, and the excited yaps of wiener dogs
The second annual Kirkland Oktoberfest returns to Marina Park on September 26, 27, and 28, 2014 with live music, a variety of craft German beers, contests, human foosball, and frivolity.
The festival, like many around the world, mimics the Bavarian celebration held each year in Munich, Germany. Originally a celebration of the marriage of King Ludwig I in 1810, Oktoberfest events now feature music, beer, food, and an assortment of fun activities. In Kirkland, there will be a large tent with live bands performing throughout the festival, imported German and local craft beers on tap plus wine, grilled sausage dinners, festival merchandise, games, a wiener dog race, and a life-size replication of a foosball game.
The fun starts at 4pm Friday with S-Bahn band playing in the Festhalle set up in Marina Park. S-Bahn plays throughout the evening along with the Smilin’ Scandinavians. There will also be DJ music and karaoke in the biergarten, cornhole and beer pong competitions, keg rolling and stein hoisting contests, and human foosball, where participants become the competitors in a life-size foosball table replication.
A ceremonial ‘tapping of the firkin’ takes place in the Festhalle at 8pm. The keg tapping helps to mark the start of festivities with Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen doing the honors.
Saturday starts at 11am with music by Happy Hans and University of Washington college football aired live on televisions set up in the Marina Park shelter. S-Bahn and Mighty Tiny take the stage throughout the day and evening with more contests all day long. The night ends at 11 pm both Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, the fun starts at 10:30am and goes through 6pm. More music by S-Bahn and Happy Hans takes place in the Festhalle with wiener dog races at 1pm in Marina Park.
Grilled bratwurst, currywurst, pulled pork, German desserts and authentic German pretzels will be available.
Cost of admission is $10 at the gate. A $49 Prost Pass purchase includes one day admission, a commemorative half liter stein (while supplies last), a bratwurst dinner, an official Kirkland Oktoberfest pin, and access to a VIP bier line.
A portion of the proceeds from Kirkland Oktoberfest helps to fund other downtown activities produced by the Kirkland Downtown Association.
Learn more at www.oktoberfestkirkland.com