Fremont Oktoberfest is one of the wackiest and wildest Oktoberfests in Washington state. This Oktoberfest is more in line with the creative culture of Fremont than the traditional harvest celebrations in Europe. The creative twists plus world class beer is what makes the Fremont Oktoberfest recognized as one of the top ten Oktoberfest celebrations in the US. The 2010 Fremont Oktoberfest runs from Friday, September 24- Sunday, September 26.
It offers the traditional beer tasting tents and the Buxom Beer garden. The music tends to be rock and roll, funk and jazz instead of the traditional Bavarian music. The dirdnl skirts tend to be mini skirts with thigh high stockings, especially on Friday night when the Miss Buxom contest takes place during the daylight hours, it is much more kid friendly with kid activity areas and events for the entire family.
Beer from near and far
Lots of opportunities and places to enjoy a diverse selection of beer at Fremont Oktoberfest. Forty breweries will be pouring at this year’s festival. New this year is separate beer tents focusing on German brews. There will be a tent featuring Western German beer like Ayinger and another tent with East German beers like Warsteiner. Additional beer tents will feature domestic beers including these Washington breweries:
- 192 Brewery
- Baron Brewery
- Big Al Brewery
- Chuckanut Brewery
- Flyers Brewery
- Fremont Brewery
- Georgetown Brewery
- Hales Ales
- Lazy Boy Brewing
- Mac and Jack’s
- Pyramid Brewery
- Red Hook Brewery
- Roslyn Brewery
- Snoqualmie Brewery
- Trade Route
Tired of roaming the beer tents? You have three other choices. The Busom Beer Garden offers seating and German beers in full liter steins for $15. refills $9. The Village Beer Garden boasts the best views of the main stage and a number of Pyramid beers on tap. Scattered throughout the Fremont Oktoberfest village you will find a variety of small beer lounges where you can relax with a cold beer with friends. General admission is $20 for 5 drink tokens and $25 for 10 drink tokens. Additional tokens are available for purchase inside the gates.
Miss Buxom Contest
The Miss Buxom Contest is part of the reason that Friday at the Fremont Oktoberfest is such a big party night. Any gender may enter but all contestants must be dressed in “fun and funky German attire”. Contestants show off their costume and answer a question pagent style with a Fremont twist. The audience determines the winner. Contestants register Friday at the TapHouse Buxom Beer Garden in between 5-6:30. Winners receive small cash prize, sweatshirt, drink tokens and bragging rights.
Brew Ha Ha
This 5k run is celebrated on Sunday, Sept 26 in true wacky Fremont style. In other words costumes are encouraged! You can enter the race as an individual or as a team. Worried that your love for beer will keep you from the race? There is a special division for those with beer bellies! Racers in the beer belly division get an early start handicap.
That covers the haha portion of the race, the brew comes at the finish line AKA the Pyramid Village Beer Garden. Pre-registration is encouraged and the only way to guarantee a coveted Brew Ha Ha t-shirt.
The Fremont Oktoberfest Street Scramble is timed urban scavenger hunt, exploring up to 30 different locations in the “Center of the Universe”. This event is designed to be enjoyed by young and old. You will be handed a map to help you explore the checkpoints around Fremont on foot.
You can enter solo but consider gathering a team of up to 4. Special price discount if your team includes a member under 12. You can register the day of the event but pre-registration is encouraged.
Learn more about Street Scrambles. Note: Vivian works for Meridian Geographics, the company that puts on the Street Scramble for Oktoberfest.
Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving Contest
The chainsaw pumpkin carving is a classic element of the Fremont Oktoberfest, as essential as the beer. Competition takes place 1pm Saturday and Sunday. Exhibition carving takes place at 2:30pm on both days.
On Sunday, Fremont Oktoberfest goes to the dogs!
Dogs are welcome to join you in both the Brew Ha-Ha and the Street Scramble. Sunday is also the only day dogs are allowed in the beer tasting areas. On Sunday, your favorite pooch can join you in The Stranger’s Microbrew Garden. In addition there will natural dog food samples and “doggie water tasting”.