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Montgomery Parks Ale Trail

5 beers of different types on a table with blue tablecloth
A group of adults sitting with a dog

Due to anticipated heavy rain in the forecast and potential saturated trail and field conditions,
the Montgomery Parks Ale Trail has been canceled.
We apologize for the inconvenience. 


It may not be Munich or Theresienwiese, but Montgomery Parks is transforming Lake Needwood in Rock Creek Park into Parks Ale Trail — just in time for Oktoberfest.

kid climbing a tree
5 beers of different types on a table with blue tablecloth

Part festival and part hiking experience, Parks Ale Trail on, September 24 from 11 am to 3 pm, will have something for everyone. The main festival area features live music at the main stage, beer stations, and regional food trucks. Kids can enjoy the inflatables or try their hand at tree climbing.

You can head out on a 2.5-mile roundtrip hike and take in the beautiful sights and sounds of Lake Needwood. Take a break at the mid-way beer garden at the Needwood Mansion parking lot to wet your whistle at another beer garden, grab a snack, and listen to live acoustic music. And back in the main festival area, don’t forget to snag a Parks Ale Trail coozie before you leave!

Just a reminder, lederhosen are encouraged, but not required!

Schedule of Activities

10:30 AM:Accessible Shuttle Cart begins service
11:00 AM:Main Festival Area and Mid-Hike Beer Garden open
11:15 AM:Tree Climbing opens
3:00 PM:Main Festival Area and Mid-Hike Beer Garden close
3:30 PMAccessible Shuttle Cart ends service Accessible Shuttle Cart ends service

Mid-Hike Beer Garden

Food and Drink


The 19th Street Band

black and white photo of 4 band members standing along a concrete wall.

Characterized by high energy and strong vocal harmonies, The 19th Street Band brings together a constellation of Americana, country and rock with a taste of punk. They ignite an audience with their passion for music, their magnetic presence and enthusiasm. Bridging the musical traditions of bluegrass and roots from Ireland to the Appalachian, their eclectic gypsy-rock spirit literally leaps from the stage and engages the crowd in the music. Their clever turns of phrase and unexpected syncopation teases the audience into wanting more from every song and set. They are addictive.

Ted Garber

ted gerber singing and playing guitar.

DMV-native and music veteran Ted Garber is a genre-bending multi-instrumentalist whose “Blues Americana” combines classic showmanship with a captivating singer-songwriter sensibility. Wherever he goes, Garber showcases his trademark versatility and entertainer’s energy, with influences ranging from jazz, punk, blues, and big-band, all wrapped up into a unique live solo show!

Festival Map

Image shows Ale Trail Parks map view with main festival area, parking places, lake needwood, Mis-hike beer garden, Westside trail, Beach drive, Needwood lake drive, Needwood lake circle, while on the other side a zoom view of Main festival area of Ale Trail Park with location markings of Main stage, Food & Beer parties stage, Kid Activities, Restrooms, Welcome hall, Sensory tent and parking place.”

Get Excited!

Ale Trail FAQs

Portajohns will be available at the event and will include standard and fully accessible units.

Alcohol will be sold at this event, and a valid form of identification is required for purchase.

Dogs are allowed at this event, but must be leashed at all times. Owners must pick up properly after their dogs and dispose of any waste in the provided receptacles.

This park and event space are generally accessible according to 2010 ADA Standards. The hiking trail may not be suitable for vehicles with wheels as it is made of mainly gravel and compressed dirt. The Accessible Shuttle Cart will be available for guests who need assistance getting to/from their cars and the event space. The Sensory Retreat tent will also be on-site for any guests that need a break from the activities.

There is free on-site parking at Lake Needwood.

Limited seating will be available. Guests are encouraged to bring their own picnic blankets/chairs.

This event is free to attend. Food and drinks are available for purchase.

For any additional questions, please contact Parks Customer Service at info@montgomeryparks.org or call 301-495-2595.