Oktoberfest in Washington State

If you live in Seattle or Northwest Washington, there are a number of Oktoberfest festivals in September and October 2019. 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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2019 Events

Chuckanut Brewery Oktoberfest - Bellingham, WA - Sep 14, 2019
Live music including local rock bands and oompah music. Award winning German style beers from Chuckanut served.

Deutschesfest - Odessa, WA - Sep 19 to Sep 22, 2019
With 15,000 visitors annually, there are plenty of attractions for all ages, including authentic German food, city-block big biergarten, live music, a parade, kids zone, street vendors, helicopter rides and more.

Fremont Oktoberfest - Seattle, WA - Sep 20 to Sep 22, 2019
Annual event for 20+ years! 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 20 to Sep 22, 2019
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

McMenamin’s Oktoberfests – Washington - , WA - Sep 21 to Sep 29, 2019
Beer, music, more beer, bratwurst, and more – at a McMenamins location near you, Washington State! Check out their website to find the time and location nearest you (or see how many you can go to!)

Everett Sausage Festival - Everett, WA - Sep 27 to Sep 29, 2019
Annual family oriented Bavarian themed fair for 40+ years on the first weekend in October, featuring a carnival, arts and crafts, children’s games, family entertainment, food booths, traditional dinner, and Bavarian Beer Garden and Wine Bar. Supports Catholic Education at Immaculate Conception/Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 2619 Cedar St., Everett, WA, 98201  

Oktoberfest - Bellingham, WA - Sep 27, 2019
6:30pm-10pm. A celebration of brews and bratwurst for a good cause! Local breweries and food vendors will be serving up their Oktoberfest specials.

Spokane Oktoberfest - Spokane Valley, WA - Sep 27 to Sep 29, 2019
Celebrate with German cheer, dancing, eating and singing at CenterPlace Regional Event Center in Spokane Valley! Two entertainment stages, more bands, outdoor & indoor beer gardens, games, family friendly event, free parking. Tickets are available online or at the door during the entire event. Benefits the German American Society of Spokane.

Oktoberfest of the Austria Club of Washington - Seattle, WA - Sep 28, 2019
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.

Tacoma Oktoberfest - Tacoma, WA - Sep 28, 2019
Dystopian State Brewing Company hosts this Oktoberfest, with polka, brats, pretzels, beer, and more!

Leavenworth Oktoberfest - Leavenworth, WA - Oct 4 to Oct 19, 2019
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

Bier on the Pier - Anacortes, WA - Oct 4 to Oct 5, 2019
Drinks from 40 breweries, wineries, and cideries served as well as food and live music. 21+ only.

Oktoberfest Northwest - Puyallup, WA - Oct 4 to Oct 6, 2019
The Annual Washington Oktoberfest (held for 15 years) will have beer, brats and authentic entertainment. There’s entertainment planned from noon to almost midnight. 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. 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.

Trucktoberfest - Seattle, WA - Oct 5, 2019
Pairing the best food truck grub with the best breweries from around the world.

Rhein Haus OktoberFEAST - Seattle, WA - Oct 5, 2019
Teams of four must complete a multi-course meal of German foods in the fastest time to win prizes, including a $250 donation to the charity of their choice.

Trout Lake Community Foundation Oktoberfest - Trout Lake, WA - Oct 5, 2019
Annual event in downtown Trout Lake. Enjoy local microbrews, apple cider and other treats.

Northwood Oktoberfest - Battle Ground, WA - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2019
Come have a barrel of fun as Festival Brass provides authentic German Festival music along with fun and hilarious activities for Oktoberfest at the Northwood Public House & Brewery.

Plattdeutsche Vereen Oktoberfest - Kenmore, WA - Oct 26, 2019
Event of the German Heritage Society. Held at Kenmore Community Hall at 6pm, featuring the Hans Reiner Band.

You probably don’t need to leave Washington to get your Oktoberfest on, but if you do, check out nearby states that will welcome you to their Oktoberfest: Idaho and Oregon.

 

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Past Events

Ballard Oktoberfest - Seattle, WA - Sep 15, 2018
Stoup Brewing, Reuben’s Brews, Lucky Envelope & Populuxe are hosting a progressive Oktoberfest. Each brewery will offer commemorative steins, German-style brews and an oompah band will lead revelers to each location.

Kitsap Oktoberfest - Bremerton, WA - Sep 15, 2018
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.

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We hope you enjoy these celebrations of Oktoberfest. Let us know below which one you've headed to and which one you like the best!

We have added maps with the locations of each Oktoberfest. We may not have had the exact location for each Oktoberfest so in some instances we have placed the marker in the general vicinity of the Oktoberfest. Be sure to get specific directions from another source and do not solely rely on our map at the moment. We have also noticed that the markers may not show up on some mobile browsers. We will work to sort out this bug in the future.

Please confirm dates, locations and activities available at the Oktoberfest before going. That's one reason that we provide a website address when we find one. We attempt to ensure that the information for each Oktoberfest is accurate but there are bound to be a few errors. If you let us know when you find one, we will fix it. In some cases, we may link to last year's event when information for this year is not yet available. Do not be fooled.

The festivals listed range in size. Some events may have hundreds of thousands of attendees. Others may have only a handful. We're sorry that we don't have more information about attendance numbers at the moment. We will do our best to add this information as time goes on.

Professionalism varies as well. Some Oktoberfests are professional operations with large budgets. Others are local operations run by volunteers. Do your due diligence before making plans to attend so that you know what to expect. We will happily publish information about your experience with any Oktoberfest so that our visitors will be better informed in the future.

Some Oktoberfests are more family friendly than others. If you have small children, look for an Oktoberfest that has activities for kids. Other events start out with family friendly activities and become more adult oriented as it becomes later in the evening.

Not all Oktoberfest celebrations will be authentic German festival experiences. Some may simply be an excuse to drink rather than celebrate German heritage. Some may call themselves Oktoberfest but provide local or seasonal beer rather than authentic German Oktoberfest beer. Be sure to consider the type of celebration that you are looking to attend when you pick your Oktoberfest.

Activities offered at each Oktoberfest varies. Some activities that you may find are parades, keg tapping ceremony, beer gardens, Miss Oktoberfest or costume contests, stein holding contests, bratwurst eating contest, chicken dance, wiener races, keg toss, live German bands and local entertainment, polka dancing and fairground games. Some Oktoberfest events will just have beer and brats.

Please don't drink and drive. We want everyone to get home safe. Use a designated driver or take public transportation. Uber and Lyft often offer ride credits for new users.

We've got some other resources that would help you prepare for Oktoberfest as well. 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.

Do you run one of the Oktoberfests listed? Feel free to send us additional information and we will add it. We apologize for any errors: send us corrections or updates if you find them! We also love to list new Oktoberfests, and have advertising solutions if you'd like to reach a wider audience.

Find other fun things to do in Washington in fall:

Washington Festivals
Washington Corn Mazes
Washington Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Washington
Pumpkin Patches in Washington

One thought on “Oktoberfest in Washington State

  1. sandy parr says:

    I am president of the Milton Sr. Center, Milton Wa. We usually have a October fest but this year we do not have anyone to cook. We have a big nice building and will pay for food etc. but we would like to share with a smaller group so our seniors and others in Milton etc. can come. They don’t go to big galas usually. If a smaller group would like to combine with us please call Sandy Parr. at 253-987-5669//thanks

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