Friday, April 26, 2013
City recently announced plans to expand the fall festival.
After announcing plans to expand the Kentlands Oktoberfest in 2013, the city of Gaithersburg is seeking public input on the event before the planning process moves ahead full steam. The Arts and Events Division of the City of Gaithersburg Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture will hold an open meeting to discuss plans for the event on May 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Kentlands Mansion. The city had originally considered the possibility of replacing the fall festival with a summer arts and wine festival in the neighborhood. Related Content:
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
City Manager: Oktoberfest will remain in Kentlands, Celebrate Gaithersburg will have a new date and theme.
Gaithersburg's Oktoberfest festival will remain in Kentlands and expand, while Celebrate Gaithersburg will have a new date and theme, City Manager Tony Tomasello told the Mayor and City Council during a fiscal 2014 budget presentation Monday. Oktoberfest, held for the past 21 years in Kentlands, will expand toward Market Square and Main Street, The Gazette reported. The festival also will add another stage of music while the beer garden and Bavarian dancers will return, with some additional activities for families, city Arts and Events Division Chief Denise Kayser told The Gazette. The city considered major changes to both Oktoberfest and Celebrate Gaithersburg. In January, Kayser suggested scrapping Kentlands Oktoberfest for a summer …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
City officials discussed potential changes to the festivals during a work session Monday evening.
Could Gaithersburg's Oktoberfest and Olde Towne festivals be coming to an end? At Monday evening's mayor and City Council work session, city Arts & Events Division Chief Denise Kayser proposed the city replace its extensive support of the Kentlands Oktoberfest with a summer arts, music and wine festival. Kayser also recommended a proposal to shift the traditional Celebrate Gaithersburg in Olde Towne festival to a "fall-themed" festival, encompassing the best parts of previous Olde Towne and Oktoberfest events. Much of Kayser's proposal mirrored changes she outlined in a January presentation to the mayor and City Council. But Kayser's proposal doesn't completely do away with the city's annual Oktoberfest. "The idea is not necessarily to …
Monday, March 11, 2013
The mayor and City Council will discuss proposed changes to large city events — Celebrate Gaithersburg in Olde Towne, Oktoberfest — at Monday evening's work session.
A proposal to make significant changes to Gaithersburg's Olde Towne and Oktoberfest festivals will be the lone topic of discussion at Monday evening's mayor and City Council work session. Proposed changes to the events were outlined in a January presentation by Gaithersburg Arts & Events Division Chief Denise Kayser. Kayser said the city should consider abandoning the Olde Towne and Oktoberfest festivals — held annually in September and October, respectively — and replacing them with a summer art and music festival in Kentlands and a "Celebrate Fall" festival in Olde Towne. Mayor Sidney A. Katz and the City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall to discuss the proposed changes. Related Content:
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Arts & Events Division Chief Denise Kayser recommended scrapping Kentlands Oktoberfest for a summer arts festival and changing Olde Towne Street Festival to a fall festival.
Two of Gaithersburg's annual, staple events may undergo drastic changes, according to a presentation made by city Arts & Events Division Chief Denise Kayser to the Gaithersburg mayor and City Council Tuesday night. Kayser said the city should consider scrapping the Kentlands Oktoberfest in favor of a summer arts festival in the neighborhood and change the Celebrate Gaithersburg in Olde Towne festival to a fall-themed festival in October. Oktoberfest has outgrown its venue and outpaced the city's partner's resources, according to the presentation. "The two most common comments we've received from Oktoberfest attendees is that it's too crowded and there's not that much to do," Kayser said, while later adding that "an arts festival would …