In the Northwest, we love beer, fall, and any reason to gather and celebrate, so Oktoberfest is naturally popular. From late September to October, Oktoberfest celebrations fill event halls, tents and venues with food and beer, oompa bands and schunkeling attendees.
Here is a listing of some of the Oktoberfests hosted at venues around the Northwest, including Washington State, Oregon and Idaho. All of them make a great reason to plan a fun fall getaway.
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The Bavarian-themed mountain town of Leavenworth, Washington, puts on an Oktoberfest celebration over several weekends in October. Polka bands, Bavarian dancing, great local and international beers, and tasty German food are part of the town's culture year-round, so you know you'll experience some of the best the Northwest has to offer in Leavenworth. Where other events may be a single venue, Leavenworth has four venues all with food, music and beer. Hotels are mostly nearby, but book up early so if they're full, check out nearby Wenatchee as there's a free shuttle that runs between the cities.
2018 Dates: October 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20
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Mount Angel, Oregon, is well known for its annual Oktoberfest celebration. Held in mid-September, the Mount Angel Oktoberfest includes several stages of live music and entertainment, lots of food and crafts booths, and kid-friendly activities. You'll also find the traditional biergarten, German sausages, and Bavarian music. The town of Mount Angel is located 40 miles south of Portland.
2018 Dates: September 13-16
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This Seattle-area Oktoberfest holds special appeal for beer aficionados. Their beer tasting garden provides the opportunity to sample brews from around the Northwest (always a treat!), the US, and the world. Live music and entertainment is available on several stages and is more "rockin'" than polka. Fremont's Oktoberfest includes lots of special events, from a fun run to activities where you can include your kids or pooch.
2018 Dates: September 21-23
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Oktoberfest Northwest is held in early October at the Western Washington Fairgrounds in Puyallup. You'll find lots of traditional Oktoberfest fun, including accordian music, Bavarian bands and dancers, and lots of good beer and grub. This event also brings in a market of German products and an area for kids. Football fans don't have to miss anything - this Oktoberfest provides its own sports bar, The Sport Haus, showing college and professional games on several large screens. Bonus, the event is entirely indoors so if it's a rainy October, no worries.
2018 Dates: October 5-7Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Anacortes is a wonderful place to visit any time of year and their two-day Oktoberfest provides just one more reason. The Bier on the Pier event includes live music and lots of food booths, all overlooking Guemes Channel. The highlight of the this Oktoberfest is, of course, beer, with brewers coming from around the Pacific Northwest, but this Oktoberfest also brings in some cideries. Also note that while some Oktoberfests allow pets or kids, this one does not.
2018 Dates: October 5-6
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Family-friendly activities at this downtown Bend Oktoberfest include wiener dog races, puppet shows and lots of great German food. This Northwest Oktoberfest event also includes such traditional events as a yodeling contest, live music, dancing and beer galore. Bonus - entry is totally free and all ages are welcome!
2018 Dates: September 21-22
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This Oktoberfest features both Northwest and international beers. As you wander this downtown Coeur d'Alene celebration, you'll also find tasty German food, entertainment from six live bands, and a number of competitions. Beer and cider tasting is offered at a number of different venues, and there will be three biergartens - two outdoors and one indoors. Bonus, if you dress up in lederhosen or dirndl, you'll get a free meal on Friday or Saturday!
2018 Dates: September 21-22
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This late-September Oktoberfest is held at CenterPlace Regional Event Center in Spokane Valley. In addition to German beers, you can enjoy wine, Jaegermeister and draft root beer. Traditional German pub foods are offered, from sausages to pretzels to potato salad. Polka music, dancing and wiener dog racing are among this Oktoberfest's entertainment offerings. Both kids and adults can participate in games and activities and competitions, including the traditional stein hoisting.
2018 Dates: September 28-30Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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While not officially called an Oktoberfest, this annual beer festival and competition kicks off the fall season in Astoria, Oregon. In addition to beer tasting, Brew Cup visitors can enjoy live music stages featuring bands from around the Pacific Northwest.
2018 Dates: September 28-30
Updated by Kristin Kendle.