In the Northwest, we love beer, fall, and any reason to gather and celebrate, so Oktoberfest events are always popular. Here is a listing of some of the Oktoberfests celebrated in the Northwest, including Washington State, Oregon, and Idaho. All of them make a great reason to plan a fun fall getaway.
Note: Some of the Oktoberfest celebrations take place in late September, rather than October.
Leavenworth Beer Wagon
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.
Mount Angel, Oregon, is well known for its annual Oktoberfest celebration. Held in mid-September, the Mt. 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.
This Seattle-area Oktoberfest holds special appeal for beer aficionados. Their beer tasting garden provides the opportunity to sample brews from around the Northwest, 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.
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. They also offer 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.
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.
Family-friendly activities at this downtown Bend Oktoberfest include wiener dog races, puppet shows, and lots of great German food. The event also includes such traditional events as a yodeling contest, live music, dancing, and beer galore.
Sponsored by Sandpoint's Downtown Association, this Oktoberfest includes traditional beer, foods, and music. The fun and games include a wiener dog race, a beer taste-off, and polka music and dance
This late-September Oktoberfest features both Northwest and international beers. As you wander this downtown Coeur d'Alene celebration you'll also find tasty German food, lively entertainment, and a number of competitions.
This late-September community festival offers fun for the whole family. Kids will enjoy carnival rides, pumpkin carving, and and a rootbeer garden. For adults there's the beer garden, crafts booths, and live entertainment. Everyone will enjoy all the delicious food, including German treats like sausages and pretzels as well as other festival treats.