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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Maryland Embraces Bavarian Fall Tradition

Oktoberfest season has arrived in Maryland. 
The Maryland Brewers Oktoberfest is on October 13 at the state fairgrounds in Timonium (Baltimore County). More than 80 beers from 15 Maryland breweries are in the spotlight at this 11th annual Maryland Brewers Association festival – a nonprofit trade association for Maryland breweries and brewpubs.

Charles County Oktoberfest is on October 13-14 at the county fairgrounds in LaPlata. This Southern Maryland venue adopts a Bavarian outlook for the benefit of the Society for the Friends of Hospice. Live music and dancing, a Miss Oktoberfest contest, arts & crafts vendors, and a family-fun area are all part of this community event. 

Gaithersburg Oktoberfest at the Kentlands takes place October 14 at Kentlands Village Green in Montgomery County. Admission and parking are free at this 21st annual festival, which offers horse-drawn wagon rides, pumpkin painting, wine tasting and free performances on the Arts Barn Theater stage – in addition to the expected Oktoberfest activities.

The Good Beer Festival in Salisbury (Wicomico County) is also on October 13-14. Held at Pemberton Historical Park, this weekend event serves up 50 American craft beers, live music on two stages, a home-brewer competition, brewing classes, a chili cook-off and the Hangover 5K run (and 1.5 walk). 

A week later, October 20, The Maryland Zoo presents its first OktoBEARfest.

And the Annapolis Craft Beer and Music Festival is on October 27 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. This first-time festival features some 20 craft breweries, two stages (The Lager and Pilsner stages) of live music, beer seminars, a food court with Maryland seafood, and an array of artists and other exhibitors.

For more information about top events in Maryland take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Maryland