When you hear “Oktoberfest” you might conjure up visions of German celebrations with beer, sausages, lederhosen, and chicken dances. The First-ever Edmonds Oktoberfest, scheduled for Sept. 20-21, will have all of those elements (yes, even lederhosen), along with several Edmonds-specific tie-ins.
Edmonds Oktoberfest is hosted by Edmonds Rotary, and is a major fundraiser for the service organization. The club will use proceeds to fund local scholarships, support the Edmonds Waterfront Center (it has pledged $50,000 toward the project) and most importantly (and ambitiously), work with the City of Edmonds to help build a special inclusive playground at the new Civic Park in downtown Edmonds.
More than 30 types of beer will be flowing from local craft beer makers in the tasting area at Frances Anderson Playfield on Main Street. Three of the participating breweries are from right here in downtown Edmonds: Salish Sea Brewing Co., American Brewing Co., and Gallaghers Public Brewing House.
Music will be playing through the festival from local area bands. The lead singer from Rain City Time Machine grew up in Edmonds and is an alum of Woodway High School (Go Warriors!) and The Industrials are from just up the road in Mukilteo.
Food trucks will be on hand serving up delicious morsels to please the crowds. We are happy to have the popular Edmonds-based Dojo Togo as part of the lineup and Here and There will be serving Friday evening.
The first-ever Pet Parade will be part of Edmonds Oktoberfest! Dog owners have the opportunity to take their pups for a community walk around downtown Edmonds and then compete for a prize in one of the contests (including biggest dog, smallest dog, owner-dog look alike and more). The pet parade begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
The Kids Korner will have free bouncy houses and numerous kids-related activities that are being provided by local non-profit organizations. This Kids Korner is sponsored by multiple downtown Edmonds businesses.
Students and parents of Edmonds-Woodway High School are providing trash collection and festival tidying.
The 5k Fun Run has participants from all over Edmonds and the beneficiary of the proceeds is Washington Kids in Transition, which provides basic needs to homeless students and their families in the Edmonds School District. The 5K kicks off at 9 a.m. on Saturday and runners can register on the Oktoberfest website. All runners receive a free t-shirt (it will not be officially timed as it’s truly a fun run).
A large event like Oktoberfest could not be done without generous community sponsors and volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for Edmonds Oktoberfest, you can sign up for shifts through its website EdmondsOktoberfest.com.
The Edmonds Rotary Club is extremely thankful to the following Edmonds businesses and organizations who are supporting this inaugural event:
Main Street Commons, Kaufer DMC, Rick Steves, Terry Vehrs/Windermere Real Estate, King Lasik, Branding Iron, Aussie Pet Mobile, Edmonds Community College, Alliant Coffee, Westgate Leasing, Roy Carlson, Harbor Square Dental, Darwins, Walnut Street Coffee, FIS, 1st Security Bank, PCC, Rejuiced Studio, The McNaughten Foundation, The Wooden Spoon, Rogue, HouseWares, Cline Jewelers, Edmonds Bookshop, Reliable Floor Coverings, Ombu Salon + Spa, Chermak Construction, Sittauer Gouge Group, Judge Okoloko, Judge Thompson.
Edmonds Oktoberfest takes place Friday, Sept. 20 from 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. (21 & over only please) and Saturday, Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. (21 & over only after 6 p.m. please).
For tickets and all the details, visit edmondsoktoberfest.com .