Burien Celebrates its Germanic Roots Oktoberfest Style

see update at end of story

In 1880, a German immigrant named Gottlieb Von Boorian built a house on a lake approximately 10 miles south of Seattle and began to build a community that is now known as Burien. As the city that bears his misspelled name prepares to celebrate Oktoberfest, Gottlieb would be proud. Along with multiple beer gardens, this week’s Burien Oktoberfest will include food vendors, carnival rides, arts and crafts booths, and entertainment. They’ll even have a yodeling dominatrix who demands audience participation. “Sie müssen yodel!”

Picture courtesy of DiscoverBurien.com
Picture courtesy DiscoverBurien.com

Burien’s Oktoberfest celebration will run from September 24th through September 27th (Thursday-Sunday), with the “main festival” taking place on Saturday and Sunday. Like the real Oktoberfest in Munich, Burien Oktoberfest offers more than beer gardens. This Oktoberfest celebration will also include food, arts and crafts, and live entertainment. They will even have carnival rides for the kids. Hours for the main festival are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Beer geeks may want to plan to attend Saturday when the Elliott Bay Brewhouse and Pub will shut down the parking lot and have an outdoor beer garden with live music from 2:00 – 9:00 p.m. They will be serving their house beers (mmm… Hop Von Boorian, one of my favorites) and will be selling that most appropriate of beer accompaniments – bratwurst. Inside the pub, they’ll have more music and a special Oktoberfest menu for your dining pleasure.

Something else certainly worthy of mention is the performance of Manuela Horn, the yodeling dominatrix. She’s actually much more than that. She’s an actress and multi-talented performer. She’s even performed with Teatro Zinzanni. Manuela Horn performs on Saturday from 5:30 to 6:00 on the main stage. Her Dominatrix Cooking Show is classic.

We’re working on getting you more details about the beer gardens and we’ll post information as it comes in. In the meantime, we know for certain that Elliott Bay will be serving extremely local craft beer on Saturday in their beer garden.

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Here’ the lineup for the main stage

Saturday, Sept. 26
noon – Greg Parke (acoustic & electric guitar)
2-4 pm. – Kenny Olendorf Polka Band
2-4 p.m. – Burien’s Got Talent (Kids’ Stage)
4-5:30 p.m. – The Burien Ballbangers (classic rock & roll)
5:30-6 p.m. – Dominatrix yodeler Manuela Horn
6-8 p.m. – The Evin Rudes (classic rock & roll)

Sunday, Sept. 27
Noon – Two Scoops Combo (award-winning blues)
3-4 p.m. – Greg Parke (acoustic & electric guitar)
4-6 p.m. – Tony & The Time Bandits (classic rock & roll plus rhythm & blues)

Elliott Bay’s entertainment lineup for their beer garden (Sat.) includes music from Mellifluous Cephyres,  Jonathan Kimbal, and Sunderlyn.

Update – Monday, Sept 21st, 3:30 p.m.

Here is what we’ve learned. We were very, very late hearing about this event at all, so we contacted Discovery Burien this morning (the organization putting this together). Here’s what they tell us about the beer gardens: “We are doing an OctoberFest – but our beer gardens are the local brew pubs. Elliott Bay Brewery will be doing their beers and such in front of their business and Mick Kelly’s will be doing the same.”

Mick Kelly’s is an Irish Pub and not a brew pub. They regularly have outdoor seating and will have it open this weekend (as usual). The person I talked to at Mick Kelly’s told me that, “We might be having some drink specials or something.” Other than that, he knew nothing of a beer garden.