Kirkland Oktoberfest returns to Marina Park this weekend with an amazing lineup of entertainment, food, activities and of course, a broad selection of NW craft and imported German biers. Now in it's third year, Kirkland Oktoberfest (www.oktoberfestkirkland.com) has grown to be known as the Seattle area's largest authentic Oktoberfest tradition featuring a 140 foot long Festhalle tent, Kraft Bier Keller and two performance stages in the Biergarten.
The 2015 festival opens Friday night (4pm - 11pm). A highlight of the evening is the 7pm Tapping of the Firkin ceremony with Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen. This fun tradition officially marks the opening of Oktoberfest in Kirkland and should not be missed.
On Saturday, the festival opens at 11am and continues until 11pm with entertainment and activities throughout the day including the presentation of the winners of the Kirkland Oktoberfest Homebrew Competition at 3pm.
A Biergarten (21+) and Willkommen Platz (for families)
The Biergarten is a ticketed event and is 21 and older with valid ID. Families will enjoy the Root Beer Garten on Saturday and Sunday (check schedule for times) and the wildly popular, and zany Great Kirkland Oktoberfest Wiener Dog Races (starting at 1pm). Food trucks and vendors are also on site in the Willkommen Platz Saturday and Sunday. City of Kirkland regulations do not permit anyone under age 21 to be in the Biergarten.
Kirkland Oktoberfest features the best Oomph bands around performing on two stages in the Biergarten. This year's lineup features S-Bahn, Doppelbock, The Gordanairs, Happy Hans, Smilin' Scandinavians and the debut of our own Kirkland-based house band, Bavarian Biergarten Band lead by Kirkland Oktoberfest Master of Ceremonies, Wallace Franz.
In addition to great music, arm-in arm swaying at long tables and benches (how authentic can you get?), you will be invited to partake in the many games, contests and competitions at the festival including Human Foosball, Stein Hoisting, Bratwurst Eating, Keg Rolling, Costume Contests and Yodeling!
So don your Lederhosen and Dirndls and come on down to Kirkland Oktoberfest! It's the most fun you'll have this side of Bavaria!
Kirkland Oktoberfest is a benefit for the following Kirkland-based nonprofits. Thank you for your support!
Learn more at www.oktoberfestkirkland.com