Oktoberfest in Washington State

If you live in Seattle or Northwest Washington, there are a number of Oktoberfest festivals in September and October 2017. 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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2017 Events

Chuckanut Brewery Oktoberfest - Bellingham, WA - Sep 9, 2017
Live music including local rock bands and oompah music. Award winning German style beers from Chuckanut served.

Vancouver USA Marathon Oktoberfest - Vancouver, WA - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017

Oktoberfest of the Austria Club of Washington - Seattle, WA - Sep 16, 2017
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.

Ballard Oktoberfest - Seattle, WA - Sep 16, 2017
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.

Kirkland Oktoberfest - Kirkland, WA - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017
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

Fremont Oktoberfest - Seattle, WA - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017
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

Leavenworth Oktoberfest - Leavenworth, WA - Sep 29 to Oct 14, 2017
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

Everett Sausage Festival - Everett, WA - Sep 29 to Oct 1, 2017
Annual family oriented weekend fair for 40+ years 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 - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2017
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 6 to Oct 8, 2017
The Annual Washington Oktoberfest (held for 10+ years) 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).

Oktoberfest - Bellingham, WA - Oct 7, 2017
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!

Trout Lake Community Foundation Oktoberfest - Trout Lake, WA - Oct 7, 2017
Annual event in downtown Trout Lake. Enjoy local microbrews, apple cider and other treats.

Spokane Oktoberfest - Spokane Valley, WA - Oct 27 to Oct 29, 2017

Plattdeutsche Vereen Oktoberfest - Seattle, WA - Oct 28, 2017
Event of the German Heritage Society. Held at German House with the Hans Reiner Band.

Trucktoberfest - Seattle, WA - Nov 18 to Nov 19, 2017
Pairing the best food truck grub with the best breweries from around the world.


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2016 Events

Kitsap Oktoberfest - Bremerton, WA - 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.

Eagle’s Oktoberfest - Eatonville, WA - Sep 24, 2016

Rhein Haus OktoberFEAST - Seattle, WA - Oct 1, 2016

Salmon Bay Eagles Oktoberfest - Old Ballard, WA - Oct 1, 2016

Northwood Oktoberfest - Battle Ground, WA - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016

West Seattle Rotary Oktoberfest - Seattle, WA - Oct 8, 2016
German & local beer, authentic German food, and Oompah band. Net proceeds support the Rotary Club of West Seattle charitable projects.

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.

Find other fun things to do in Washington in October:

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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