Oktoberfest in Washington State
If you live in Seattle or Northwest Washington, there are a number of Oktoberfest festivals in September and October 2016. Washington State boasts over 1 million residents with German heritage and there’s a lot of German food and beer consumed every fall.
We hope you enjoyed last year’s list. We will be updating this information for 2016 over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
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Chuckanut Brewery Oktoberfest – Bellingham, WA – September 10, 2016
Live music including local rock bands and oompah music. Award winning German style beers from Chuckanut served.
Trucktoberfest – Seattle, WA – Sept 10-11, 2016
Pairing the best food truck grub with the best breweries from around the world.
Kirkland Oktoberfest – Kirkland, WA – September 23-25, 2016
Both local craft beers and German imports in the biergarden, brats, multiple entertainment stages with live music, wiener dog races (typically Sunday), and costume contest on the Kirkland waterfront. Games include foosball, stein hoisting, keg rolling, beer pong and corn hole. Homebrew competition takes place before event with award ceremony at the festival. Located just over the bridge from Seattle near Redmund. Must be 21+ to enter. This event benefits several nonprofits, including Kirkland Off-Leash Group, Imagine Housing, Sibling House and Eastside Timebank. Location: Marine Park Pavilion, 25 Lakeshore Plaza Drive, Kirkland, WA 98033
Renton Oktoberfest – Seattle, WA – Sept. 23-24, 2016
5th Annual event located in the Pavilion Event Center in downtown Renton. Attendance is roughly 4,000. The outdoor biergarten is setup adjacent to the Pavilion. Entertainment includes several German bands and games include stein holding and Hammerschlagen. Family friendly on Saturday until 6 PM (kid friendly activities, games and music). All other hours are 21+ only. Free parking available. The event benefits the Renton Chamber of Commerce.
Fremont Oktoberfest – Seattle, WA – September 23-25, 2016
20th annual event in 2016! 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
Leavenworth Oktoberfest – Leavenworth, WA – Sept 30 – Oct 1 & 7-8 & 14-15, 2016
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. Four venues of activities for families to enjoy. 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
Oktoberfest Northwest – Puyallup, WA – October 7-9, 2016
The 12th Annual Washington Oktoberfest will have beer, brats and authentic entertainment. There’s entertainment planned from noon to almost midnight. Manuela Horn, the Queen of Oktoberfest and participant in the 2009 season of America’s Got Talent, will headline the event. It’s also the home of the Hammerschlagen Tournament of Champions in the northwest. The Hammerschlagen is one of the most addictive bar games ever and has been happening at this German festival since 2005. Contestants try to drive a nail into wood faster than their opponents. Brett Roberts has won for the past three years! Entry to the Hammerschlagen is free but first come, first served. Great prizes to the top three contestants. Other events include the 5K, wiener dog races, stein holding, corn hole toss, beer pong, chicken dance and Kinderhaus/Family Fest Zone. Kids are welcome to try their own version of the Hammerschlagen with supervision. Shop for souvenirs at the German Corner. 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. The opening ceremony takes place at 8 PM on Friday night in the Festhalle Main Stage with the tapping of the Firkin. Cost: Admission is free from noon to 3 PM on Friday. The cost is $12 for Friday after 3 PM and Saturday. Sunday is half price ($6) thanks to the sponsorship of the News Tribune. Free parking in the blue lot (enter through the blue and gold gates).
Location: Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup, WA 98371
Everett Sausage Festival – Everett, WA – October 7-9, 2016
40th 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
Bier on the Pier – Anacortes, WA – October 7-8, 2016
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
West Seattle Rotary Oktoberfest – Seattle, WA – October 8, 2016
German & local beer, authentic German food, and Oompah band. Net proceeds support the Rotary Club of West Seattle charitable projects.
We update the dates and locations of these German festivals as they are announced throughout the year. Please let us know if you are aware of an event that we do have yet.
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
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
Ballard Oktoberfest Beer Crawl
Salmon Bay Eagles Oktoberfest
Rhein Haus Oktoberfest – Seattle, WA
Kitsap Oktoberfest – Bremerton, WA – September 19, 2015
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.
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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