The official Oktoberfest is a 16-18 day* celebration in Munich, held in late September and early October. What started out as a wedding reception is now celebrated around the world, honoring beer, food and music. With Yakima Valley being one of the largest producers of hops in the world, Washington state has no shortage of Oktoberfest celebrations from Enumclaw to Spokane. Each of the Oktoberfest’s have their own style from party central to community gathering to Washington beer geek meet up.
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October 1-2, 2010
The second annual Enumclaw Oktoberfest is a true community celebration. Held at the Enumclaw Expo Center (formerly the King County Fair grounds), this event is for people that want to celebrate all that Oktoberfest represents, not just the beer. Local, national and international breweries will be on tap to pour their brews in the beer garden while the other side of the building will feature vendors and food with a Bavarian and/or harvest related theme. $8 advance tickets go on sale September 1 at
- Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce
- Firehouse Pub – Buckley, WA
- Enumclaw Parks Department
Early Bird Special on Friday from 2:00PM-4:00PM is 2 for 1 admission. On site ticket sales are $10.
September 24-26, 2010
Fremont is known for weird, wacky and fun. The Fremont Oktoberfest is all three plus beer! One of the most popular Oktoberfest celebrations in the state. It is also one of the few that really has activities for all ages. In addition to all of the great beer there is the Brew Ha-Ha 5k race, Street Scramble, Dogtoberfest, Texas Chainsaw pumpkin carving contest, Miss Buxom contest and kid’s activity area.
Even with all of the other fun activities, beer is the main destination for most participants. This is especially true in the evening hours when Fremont Oktoberfest turns into one of the hottest parties around.The beer list is impressive with a large assortment of local and German beers. This year, they have a west German brewery and east German brewery tent. Tickets and more information available online.
October 1-2, October 8-9, October 15-16
It is no surprise that Bavarian themed Leavenworth celebrates Oktoberfest, nor that it adjusts the festival schedule to meet the needs of tourists. The Leavenworth Oktoberfest is held on the first three consequential weekends in October.
October 8-10, 2010
Many Oktoberfests are outdoors but that can be dicey in Washington, so rain or shine, Oktoberfest Northwest will be held indoors at the Puyallup Fair and Events Center. Munich-style Biergarten is the highlight of this Oktoberfest but don’t miss the weiner dog races on Sunday! The German School of Tacoma will be on site with special arts and crafts projects for kids but that is only one of many kid activities available.
Silver City Oktoberfest
September 9-11, 2010
Silver City Brewing is celebrating Oktoberfest with a three-day event featuring the Silver City’s award-winning Oktoberfest and Bavarian Hefeweizen beers, Uli’s Famous Bratwurst, Bavarian music, costumes, and much more. All proceeds benefit the Kitsap County Fire Fighters Local 2819 Benevolent Fund, and local firefighters will be on-hand collecting donations and selling commemorative pint glasses for $10 each.
Silver City Brewing will host an exclusive Oktoberfest kickoff party for members of their VIP Brewmaster Club on Thurs., Sept. 9, from 4 – 7 PM. The VIP party will feature live Bavarian music from 5 – 6:30 PM, a bratwurst eating contest at 6 PM, and a Bavarian costume contest open to Silver City crew and VIP members alike. Complimentary food will be served, including Uli’s Famous Bratwurst and Bavarian pizza, and $2 Oktoberfest and Bavarian Hefeweizen beers will be available until 7 PM (event is cash only, please plan accordingly). For additional event information, or to join Silver City’s VIP Brewmaster Club, ask any crew member or visit Silver City’s website at: www.silvercitybrewery.com.
September 24-26, 2010
The Washington Beer Commission has a history of moving their Oktoberfest around town, this year they moved it across state to Spokane! The Spokane Oktoberfest is the first officially sanctioned Washington Beer Commission event east of the mountains. This Oktoberfest will be held at the beautiful Riverfront park. Unique in that only Washington breweries will be on tap, this Oktoberfest features beer, entertainment, and of course German food. Single day and three day pass tickets are available online. 21 and over only.
*The length of the festival varies according to the day of the week on which German Unity day, October 3rd, falls.