Oktoberfest in Washington State
If you live in Seattle or Northwest Washington, there are a number of Oktoberfest festivals in September and October 2015. Washington State boasts over 1 million residents with German heritage and there’s a lot of German food and beer consumed every fall.
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Fremont Oktoberfest – Seattle, WA – September 18-20, 2015
The popular Seattle Oktoberfest with seasonal microbrews and German steins in the beer garden, live music, Texas Chainsaw pumpkin carving contest, 5K, Buxom Royalty costume contest. Kids area on Saturday and Sunday with zucchini racing and pumpkin carving. Dogtoberfest on Sunday. Location: Fremont neighborhood, Seattle
Kirkland Oktoberfest – Kirkland, WA – September 25-27, 2015
Beer and brats in the biergarden, live music, wiener dog races, and costume contest on the Kirkland waterfront. Location: Marine Park Pavilion, 25 Lakeshore Plaza Drive, Kirkland, WA 98033
Oktoberfest Northwest – Puyallup, WA – October 9-11, 2015
The 11th Annual Washington Oktoberfest will have beer, brats, authentic entertainment, 5K, wiener dog races, stein dash, Hammerschlagen, chicken dance and Kinderhaus/Family Fest Zone. This is an all ages event until 7 PM and 21+ only after 7 PM every evening. As an indoor event, it happens rain or shine. Location: Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup, WA 98371
Leavenworth Oktoberfest – Leavenworth, WA – October 2-3, 9-10, and 16-17, 2015
Leavenworth, located two hours east of Seattle, celebrates Oktoberfest for three weekends in October. Started in 1998, it is now attended by more than 10,000 people annually. Keg tapping ceremony every Saturday at 1 PM. The Leavenworth Marathon is held on one of the Oktoberfest weekends. Live music, beer and German food, of course. There are free shuttles within Leavenworth and shuttles outside the city available for a fee. Location: Front and Tenth St, Leavenworth WA
Bellingham Oktoberfest – September 18, 2015
Select from more than 60 German and fall brews to taste as well local bratwurst options. Live German music, costume contests and other entertainment. Attendees receive a tasting glass, tasting tickets and snacks. 2014 Event Details: Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. It is sponsored by local brewery Boundary Bay. Proceeds benefit the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County. Event is from 6:30-10 PM.
Location: Depot Market Square
Oktoberfest of the Austria Club of Washington – Seattle, WA – October 10, 2015
Enjoy the real beer tent atmosphere at this authentic Western Washington Oktoberfest! Wear your Dirndl or Lederhosen and polka the night away with the Bert Carlson Band. They offer traditional food (Schweinsbraten, Sauerkraut, and sides, along with tasty Apfelstrudel), paulaner bier, wine soft drinks and free bottled water. Table reservations made for parties of 8. Location: Alki Masonic Hall, 4736 40th Avenue SW, Seattle, Washington
Everett Sausage Festival – Everett, WA – October 2-4, 2015
39th annual family oriented weekend fair with a Bavarian theme. Bavarian dinner, children’s games, family entertainment, carnival and beer garden. Location: Perpetual Help Grounds, 2619 Cedar St., Everett, WA, 98201
Trout Lake Community Foundation Oktoberfest – October 3, 2015
Third annual event in downtown Trout Lake. Enjoy local microbrews, apple cider and other treats.
Location: outside Trout Lake Art Center
Monroe Oktoberfest – Sept 19-21, 2014
Opening tap is Friday at 6 PM. Shop for gifts at the German Corner. Enjoy free games including Hammerschlagen, corn hole and a special kid’s area. The family fest zone and Kinderhaus will have a Crater Lake Root Beer Garden, pumpkin decorating, free face painting and kids’ Hammerschlagen. Plenty of German food to satisfy your hunger. Beers include Veltins, Beyreuther, Bayern Oktoberfest, Veltins Ice, Maisel’s Weisse and Alktien Kellerbier Zwickle. There will also be wine from Waterbrook. S-Bahn, a band founded by singer and accordionist Richard Tyce that specializes in Oktoberfests, will play two shows per day in the evening. Parking is free in the East lot. Discounted admission on Friday from noon to 3 PM (free!) and half price on Sunday. Regular price is $10. Children 12 and under are free all weekend.
Location: Evergreen State Fairgrounds
Bier on the Pier – Anacortes, WA – October 3-4, 2014
Beer from 30 Breweries served as well as food and live music. Costume contest on both Friday and Saturday. 21+ only.
Location: Port Warehouse, 100 Commercial Ave, Anacortes, WA 98221
Kitsap Oktoberfest – Bremerton, WA – September 20, 2014
The Cloverleaf Sports Bar & Grill will host the Kitsap Oktoberfest to benefit the Kitsap Firefighters Benevolent Fund. German food, live music, games and beer from Silver City Brewery.
Enumclaw Brew Fest- Enumclaw, WA – November 16, 2013
Exciting festival featuring live music, delicious food, game tournaments, beer pong, corn hole & washers. Local brewers and 24 different brews. Tickets for admission are $10 which includes 2 brewlicious tastes. Open noon until midnight. Free parking.
Location: Enumclaw Expo Center, 45524 284th Ave SE, Enumclaw, WA
You probably don’t need to leave Washington to get your Oktoberfest on, but if you do, checkout the largest Oktoberfest parties in the United States for the most popular and attended celebrations of German heritage. And here are the nearby states that will welcome you to their Oktoberfest: Idaho and Oregon.
Whether you have found a festival to enjoy or you will be celebrating from home, Funtober has some other resources that will help you prepare for Oktoberfest. Read about the history of Oktoberfest. Learn about Oktoberfest beer. Find the words to Oktoberfest music. Plan your Oktoberfest outfit. And try cooking some of these Oktoberfest recipes.
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