Bavaria in the Kentlands

The 14th annual Oktoberfest at the Kentlands features horse-drawn hayrides, scarecrow making and authentic Bavarian dance and food from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. There will be music and magic performances as well. The event is sponsored by the City of Gaithersburg and the Kentlands Citizens Assembly. Kentlands Village Green, 320 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-258-6350.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Man

Grammy-winner John McEuen, a founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, will kick off the BlackRock Center for the Arts' 2005-06 season with folk, rock, country and bluegrass music at 8 p.m. Saturday. 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. $26 in advance, $31 at the door. 301-528-2260 or

The Reserve Turns 25

Rural Montgomery County celebrates the 25th anniversary of the county's Agricultural Reserve with live music, hayrides, pony rides, food and kids' activities from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the pumpkin patch at Butler's Orchard. 22200 Davis Mill Rd., Germantown. Free. 301-652-8799 or

Pull on your lederhosen. The 14th annual Oktoberfest begins at noon on Sunday at the Kentlands in Gaithersburg.