Annual waterfront festival celebrates Oktoberfest traditions with cold beers, hot sausages and sizzling oompah music
Hang on to your Lederhosen, as Downtown Kirkland will soon transform into an authentic German “Biergarten” for the 4th Annual Kirkland Oktoberfest Friday, September 23rd through Sunday, September 25th in Marina Park on Kirkland’s picturesque waterfront. This three-day beer festival benefitting local nonprofit charitable organizations attracts over 10,000 enthusiasts each year.
Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold will do the honors of tapping the Firkin (traditional first keg launching the festival) Friday night, and rumor has it that he will be dressed in the traditional Oktoberfest fashion. Dirndls and Lederhosen are the highly encouraged attire to enjoy German food and beer, local Northwest brews, and games like beer pong and human foosball. Sizzling oompah pah bands will add to the authentic atmosphere on two performance stages.
Oktoberfest with a Northwest Twist!
Serving only the best local craft biers and cuisine along with imported German classics.
We know how much Kirkland loves pooches! Dog Day is Sunday, September 25th, when our furry companions are permitted inside the Biergarten. The 4th Annual Wiener Dog Race begins at 1pm outside the Biergarten, and spectators of all ages are welcome to cheer on the dogs as they compete for the gold (Wiener Dog Races are all-ages and FREE. Start time is Sunday at 1pm).
Friday night is "locals' night" so come down to Oktoberfest and celebrate with all of your friends!
Hours for Kirkland Oktoberfest are Friday, September 23rd from 4pm-11pm (last call at 10:15pm), Saturday, September 24th from 11am-11pm (last call at 10:15pm), and Sunday, September 25th from 11am-6pm (last call at 5:30pm). Please note the City of Kirkland will not allow people under the age of 21 inside the Biergarten, so all attendees must be 21 or older.
Volunteers are at the heart and core of this event and make it so much fun for everyone. We need you—sign up at http://www.oktoberfestkirkland.com/volunteer/ for more information about how to get involved.
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About Kirkland Oktoberfest
Kirkland Oktoberfest is produced by Kirkland Events and sponsors. In 2015, Kirkland Oktoberfest generated over $15,000 for Kirkland-based nonprofits. Kirkland Oktoberfest benefits these 501(c)3 nonprofits in our community: American Cancer Society, MEOW (Mercer Island Eastside Orphans and Waifs), Imagine Housing, Sibling House, Eastside Timebank, Rotary Club of Kirkland Downtown and the Kirkland Downtown Association. For more information, visit http://www.oktoberfestkirkland.com/ or follow @KirklandOktober on Twitter.
Special thanks to Photos by Timothy DeHan, Andy Held and Bob Gassen