Three day festival in Marina Park built with community at heart
The inaugural Kirkland Oktoberfest launches this weekend featuring a München-style biergarten and festhalle with German biers, food, long tables and loads of super-fun Oktoberfest activities. It is fun for all—from the Opening Keg Tap Ceremonies, to the music and games, to the Oktoberfest Village—and for a good cause. Kirkland Oktoberfest is a production of the Kirkland Events Foundation in partnership with the Detlef Schrempf Foundation benefitting local charities and helping to fund the holiday tree lighting festival put on by the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce. 100% of the net proceeds from this event goes right back into our community. Learn more at www.OktoberfestKirkland.com
Kirkland Oktoberfest musical guests, including Happy Hans, Smilin Scandinavians, Alpenfolk, and S-Bhan, will keep your toes tapping, feet dancing, and hearts singing along with their lively musical presentations.
Then roll out the barrel indeed, as Kirkland Oktoberfest will actually have Barrel Rolling Competitions as well as a fun selection of other Biergarten Games including Bratwurst Eating Competitions, Costume Contests, Stein Hoisting, the Fräulein Liter Dash, Corn Hole Games and Tournaments, and more.
You’ll want to be sure not to miss the Wiener Dog Races, Sunday, September 29th, at 2:00 pm in the Oktoberfest Village, where dachshunds race a course that’s just their size to be the First Place Wiener – er– Winner! With Laura D. Young (ASFA/AKC Judge) judging and some fun prizes from Nature’s Pet Market in Kirkland. Then dress your dogs to the “ca-nines” and take place in the Dog Costume Contest to follow the race with bonus points for accompanying costumed owners.
Festival attendees can also enjoy the Oktoberfest Village featuring unique vendors and family activities on Saturday and Sunday of the festival. Saturday features free throw shooting with former NBA player Detlef Schrempf at 11:30 am.
Though the Oktoberfest Village is free and open to all ages, admission to the Oktoberfest Biergarten requires a ticket and age of 21 years or older.
It’s Oktoberfest with a Northwest twist—Kirkland Oktoberfest will also feature a selection of Northwest craft beers in the Marina Park Pavilion. Set in Kirkland’s Marina Park and the downtown waterfront, Kirkland Oktoberfest takes place Friday September 27th through Sunday, September 29th.
The Weekend Schedule is as follows:
· Friday, September Sept 27 – Oktoberfest Biergarten 4:00 pm until 11:00 pm with lively German music, German Biers, Biergarten Games, entertainment, and food.
· Saturday, September 28 – Oktoberfest Beirgarten open 11:00 am to 11:00 pm with lively German music, German Biers, craft beers, Biergarten Games, competitions, prizes, entertainment, and food. The Oktoberfest Village will be open 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
· Sunday, September 29 - Oktoberfest Biergarten open 11:00 am to 6:00 pm with lively German music, German Biers, craft beers, Biergarten Games, competitions, prizes, entertainment, and food. The Oktoberfest Village will be open 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Tickets for Kirkland Oktoberfest - Oktoberfest with a Northwest twist are available through the festival website at oktoberfestkirkland.com.
For more information and to see the latest festival news please visit oktoberfestkirkland.com
Kirkland Oktoberfest is produced by the Kirkland Events Foundation in partnership with the Detlef Schrempf Foundation, and presented in part by BMW of Bellevue. Proceeds from the event benefit the Eastside Community, community events, and the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce.
About the Kirkland Events Foundation The Kirkland Events Foundation is a non-profit organization created to improve the quality of life for the people of Kirkland through educational and community events, volunteerism, and funding nonprofits serving our community. Along with supporting other community events, the Kirkland Events Foundation has produced Kirkland Summerfest in August of 2012 and 2013. In 2012, Kirkland Summerfest generated donations of over $7,500 which went directly to local nonprofits including the Lake Washington Schools Foundation.
About the Detlef Schrempf Foundation Founded in 1996 by former NBA player Detlef Schrempf, and his wife, Mari, the Detlef Schrempf Foundation is committed to supporting organizations that provide hope, care and assistance to children and families of the Northwest. Both German natives, the Schrempfs and the Foundation are proud to be involved in the first Kirkland Oktoberfest and broaden their support of the Kirkland and Eastside community.