Backdropped by the snow-capped peaks of the Cascades, Oktoberfest in the Northwest is the next best thing to Oktoberfest in Munich.
So celebrate your German heritage (or someone else’s German heritage!) with a trip to one of our region’s festivals.
Mount Angel Oktoberfest
September 12-15, 2013 downtown Mount Angel in Oregon
The tight-knit community of Mount Angel was settled by German pioneers in the 1800′s (which might explain the Bavarian-style buidlings downtown), and folks here put on one of the best celebrations of the harvest in the Northwest, and certainly the most traditional OktoberFest. Don’t miss it.
September 20 – 22, 2013 in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood
A Seattle tradition, Fremont Oktoberfest is three days of non-stop entertainment, live music, dancing, great German food and a LOT of beer – over 80 microbrews will be available.
September 20 – 21, 2013 downtown Bend, Oregon
Bend, Oregon is an outdoor lover’s paradise, but it also boasts the Northwest’s highest concentration of breweries. Beer is big in Bend, and in October, a celebration of beer takes over a downtown street. It’s called Bend Oktoberfest. In addition to plenty of beer and German costumes, Oktoberfest holds a yodeling competition, wiener dog races and lots of sauerkraut. Best of all, the event is free to attend.
October 4-5, 11-12 & 18-19 (weekends) in 2013, downtown Leavenworth, Washington
The Bavarian village of Leavenworth on the east slope of Washington’s Cascades hosts the region’s most popular Oktoberfest, spanning three October weekends. It being Oktoberfest in Bavaria and all, there’s of course going to be fabulous beer.You’ll also dance to live music, nosh on German food, and browse arts and crafts booths. There are plenty of cultural ceremonies and traditions to take part in, too.
Anacortes OktoberFest – Bier on the Pier
October 4-5, 2013 on the Anacortes Waterfront
Imagine 30 breweries in 2 days. That’s what you’ll find at Anacortes Oktoberfest. Set on the pier overlooking Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands, this OktoberFest is a scenic, fun party. Unlike a lot of the festival-type OktoberFests in the region, you won’t find carnival rides and family games at this one (in fact it is 21 and over only). But you will find live music, great food vendors and lots and lots of good beer.
San Juan Island OktoberFest
October 5, 2013 at the San Juan County Fairgrounds
Don your Tirolerhute! This family-friendly event features a live orchestra of traditional Bavarian music, fun costumes, great German food (and more) and of course, dancing. Come rain or shine, because the festivities occur indoors in the San Juan County Fairgrounds Pavilion on the south end of Friday Harbor.