Montgomery Parks to Host Oktoberfest Ale Trail

Per Montgomery Parks: Montgomery Parks will host Parks Ale Trail on Sunday, September 24, from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. This free, family-friendly festival features a nearly two-mile hike along the trails of Lake Needwood in Rock Creek Regional Park, live music, as well as a beer garden and food from area vendors available for purchase. Kids will have an opportunity to climb trees for a bird’s-eye view of the lake and park, with the support of Montgomery Parks tree climbing crews or enjoy the inflatables. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed.

“We are excited to bring back Parks Ale Trail this year. We are also excited to be featuring five Montgomery County breweries and a winery this year. It promises to be a beautiful day to kick off fall and the Oktoberfest season with a hike, live music, local beer, and food and fun with family and friends,” said Michael Coppersmith, director of Montgomery Parks Activation Program.

WHAT:          Parks Ale Trail

WHEN:          Sunday, September 24, 2023 | 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE:       Lake Needwood, Rock Creek Regional Park, 15700 Needwood Lake Circle, Rockville

Main Festival Area


  • 19th Street Band
  • Inflatable amusements
  • Kids tree climbing


  • The Hotdog Hideout
  • Salat Foods
  • Corned Beef King
  • Taste of Montreal

Beer and Wine

  • BabyCat Brewery
  • Silver Branch Brewing
  • Saints Row Brewing
  • Lone Oak Brewery
  • Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard

Mid-Hike Beer Garden


  • Live Music by Ted Garber
  • Petey & Furends Animal Rescue
  • Montgomery Parks Archaeology

Food and Drink

  • Waredaca Brewing Company
  • Nicole’s Kitchen

Guests must provide valid identification to purchase alcohol. Limited seating will be available; guests are encouraged to bring picnic blankets and chairs.

About Montgomery Parks 
Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 419 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems.

Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Program Access Office at 301-495-2581 (Voice/TTY), MD Relay 7-1-1 or 800-552-7724 or [email protected] to request a disability modification. Visit Montgomery Parks Program Access for more information.

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