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.
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Chuckanut Brewery Oktoberfest - Bellingham, WA - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
Live music including local rock bands and oompah music. Award winning German style beers from Chuckanut served.
Trucktoberfest - Seattle, WA - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2016
Pairing the best food truck grub with the best breweries from around the world.
Ballard Oktoberfest - Seattle, WA - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Stoup Brewing, Reuben’s Brews, Lucky Envelope & Populuxe are hosting a progressive Oktoberfest on September 17th. Each brewery will offer commemorative steins, German-style brews and an oompah band will lead revelers to each location.
Kitsap Oktoberfest - Bremerton, WA - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
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.
Oktoberfest of the Austria Club of Washington - Seattle, WA - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Enjoy the real beer tent atmosphere at this authentic Western Washington Oktoberfest! Wear your Dirndl or Lederhosen and dance the night away with Happy Hans and the Enzian Schuhplattler. This year’s feast will be Bratwurst and Leberkäse, together with potato salad, sauerkraut, and other items.
Fremont Oktoberfest - Seattle, WA - Sep 23 to Sep 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
Kirkland Oktoberfest - Kirkland, WA - Sep 23 to Sep 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
Eagle’s Oktoberfest - Eatonville, WA - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Leavenworth Oktoberfest - Leavenworth, WA - Sep 30 to Oct 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
Rhein Haus OktoberFEAST - Seattle, WA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Salmon Bay Eagles Oktoberfest - Old Ballard, WA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Trout Lake Community Foundation Oktoberfest - Trout Lake, WA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Fourth annual event in downtown Trout Lake. Enjoy local microbrews, apple cider and other treats.
Northwood Oktoberfest - Battle Ground, WA - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016
Bier on the Pier - Anacortes, WA - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2016
Beer from 30 Breweries served as well as food and live music. Costume contest on both Friday and Saturday. 21+ only.
Oktoberfest Northwest - Puyallup, WA - Oct 7 to Oct 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).
Everett Sausage Festival - Everett, WA - Oct 7 to Oct 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
West Seattle Rotary Oktoberfest - Seattle, WA - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
German & local beer, authentic German food, and Oompah band. Net proceeds support the Rotary Club of West Seattle charitable projects.
Oktoberfest - Bellingham, WA - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
6pm-10pm. A celebration of brews and bratwurst for a good cause! Local breweries and food vendors will be serving up their Oktoberfest specials,- you don’t want to miss out!
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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