The Best Oktoberfests in the Pacific Northwest

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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, and are hands down some of the best fall festivals in the state.

Here is a listing of some of the best Oktoberfests hosted at venues around the Pacific Northwest, including in Washington State, Oregon and Idaho. All of them make a great reason to plan a fun fall getaway.

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Leavenworth Oktoberfest

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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.

2019 Dates: October 4-5, 11-12 and 18-19

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Mt. Angel Oktoberfest

Mt. Angel Oktoberfest

 Mt. Angel Oktoberfest

If what you seek is a stellar Oktoberfest in Oregon, then look to Mt. Angel, which 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 (of course!), German sausages and Bavarian music. The town of Mount Angel is located 40 miles south of Portland.

2019 Dates: September 12-15

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Fremont Oktoberfest

Fremont Oktoberfest

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This Seattle-area Oktoberfest holds special appeal for beer aficionados as its 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 bonus events, too, from a street scramble, to beer and yoga, to activities where you can include your kids or pooch.

2019 Dates: September 20-22

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Oktoberfest Northwest

Oktoberfest Northwest

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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 accordion 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 (during all-ages times). Football fans don't have to miss anything - this Oktoberfest provides its own sports bar, The Sports Haus, showing college and professional games on several large screens. Other events include everything from wiener dog races to Hammerschlagen (a simple yet addictive game that gets better the more beer you drink). Bonus, the event is entirely indoors so if it's a rainy October, no worries.

2019 Dates: October 4-6

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Anacortes Oktoberfest: Bier on the Pier

Anacortes Oktoberfest: Bier on the Pier

Anacortes Oktoberfest

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.

2019 Dates: October 4-5

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Bend Oktoberfest

Bend Oktoberfest

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Bend, Oregon, is amazing anytime of year, but it's equally amazing if you want to spend Oktoberfest in Oregon. Family-friendly activities at this event in downtown Bend 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!

2019 Dates: September 20-21

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Coeur d'Alene Downtown Oktoberfest

Coeur d'Alene Oktoberfest

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As you wander this downtown Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, celebration, you'll find plenty of Northwest and international beers, 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!

2019 Dates: September 20-21

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Spokane Oktoberfest

Spokane Oktoberfest

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This late-September Oktoberfest is held at CenterPlace Regional Event Center in Spokane Valley, Washington. 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.

2019 Dates: September 27-29

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Pacific Northwest Brew Cup in Astoria

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While not officially called an Oktoberfest, this annual beer festival and competition ​kicks off the fall season in Astoria, Oregon, and there's plenty of beer so it's in the same vein as Oktoberfests. In addition to beer tasting, Brew Cup visitors can enjoy live music stages featuring bands from around the Pacific Northwest, food vendors, and kids activities.

2019 Dates: September 27-29

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