Oktoberfest you know. Everyone does. There are Oktoberfest celebrations all around the World every year – although may places improperly start their Oktoberfest celebrations in October. Traditionally, Oktoberfest ends the first week of October, so September is really when you want to do most of your celebrating.
What about Mayfest though (aka Maifest)? Do you know that one too? While Oktoberfest celebrates the harvest season, Mayfest/Maifest celebrates the return of Spring. Mayfest is starting to grow in popularity in the U.S. and has actually been celebrated in Cincinnati since 1873. The Queen Anne Beerhall has decided they’d like to get into the Mayfest spirit and will be hosting a Mayfest celebration for two weekends in May, the 11th-12th and the 18th-19th.
Here is some more information about this Mayfest celebration from Queen Anne Beerhall:
Monday, April 30th 2018 (Seattle, WASH,)- Queen Anne Beerhall brings the traditional Bavarian celebration known as Mayfest (a lesser known counterpart to Oktoberfest!) to Seattle this spring. This year’s event will celebrate the end of winter and arrival of spring through beer, music, and activities. The festivities will take place on two Fridays and Saturdays (May 11th -12th and May 18th -19th ).
Since opening in 2015, Queen Anne Beer Hall has worked to bring a selection of rare beers to thirsty Seattleites and this year’s Mayfest is no exception. Their special selections for the event include Hofbräu Maibock and Hacker-Pschorr Maibock. A spring release beer brewed in Bavaria, Maibock is a traditional beer used to celebrate the changing of the seasons. Beer
connoisseurs will want to make sure to arrive early for the Hacker-Pschorr Maibock, as there are only 12 kegs of this rare beer in all of Washington State.
Guests can dance the night away to the live music from the band, The Bavarian Beer Garden, on May 12 th from 6pm to 9pm and Colossal Boss on May 19 th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Attendees can also complete in nightly stein holding competitions where they can compete for glory, gift cards, steins, and lots of fun prizes. If drinking beer rather than holding it is more your thing, take a seat, grab a cold beer and watch the tough ones battle it out. Entrance is free and open to all ages before 10 PM, 21+ after 10 PM. Queen Anne Beerhall invites you to experience this lively celebration with them!
Link to the event page here:
About the Queen Anne Beerhall
The Queen Anne Beerhall brings an authentic beer hall experience to Seattle. It is a tradition that Europeans have enjoyed for centuries – communal tables where friends and strangers mingle in a lively, friendly atmosphere, energized by a regular schedule of live music. The establishment features a 7,000 square foot hall, 25 premium draft beers and over 50 bottles. The bar offers unique cocktails made with in-house prepared syrups and shrubs, while the menu includes classic beer hall fare with Pacific Northwest influences. Don’t miss perfectly executed staples such as soft Bavarian pretzel, wiener schnitzel and a variety of grilled sausages with sauerkraut. The Queen Anne Beerhall is a place to gather and experience incredible food, music and community. http://www.queenannebeerhall.com
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It’s time to break out your lederhosen or dirndl and welcome back Spring with a bang. Enjoy traditional German beers, great food, dance to the live music and test your strength in the stein holding competitions to win gift cards and other prizes. As noted above, this event is family friendly until 10 pm. So bring the whole family out for a day of Mayfest fun.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.