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Washington celebrates Oktoberfest 2016

Munich may celebrate Oktoberfest from September 17th through October 3rd 2016, but here in Washington  state we like to put our own special style on the traditional German holiday celebrating beer, sausages, family, music, dirndl skirts and lederhosen. With that distinct Washington style, we have some of the most highly regarded Oktoberfest celebrations in the country. Check back often for Oktoberfest updates!

Washington Oktoberfest Events Week of September 16-22, 2016

Sept. 16: (Seattle) Altstadt’s Oktoberfest Brewer’s Kick-Off runs from 4-10 p.m. and will include a traditional keg-tapping, live music with Lauren Murphie and the Sodo 4 and Oktoberfest food and beverages. They have assembled Washington brewers  to bring their Oktoberfest beer. Alstadt will serve restaurant’s authentic and housemade German fare inspired by chef-manager Megan Coombes’ experiences in Germany. The traditional keg-tapping with Bitburger will spotlight the Benediktiner Oktoberfest beer.For $20, guests will receive a tasting mug and six tickets for German-style Oktoberfest beers from four local area breweries and one German: Seapine, Silver City (Oktoberbest and Uberfest beers), Alpine, Chuckanut and Bitburger (Benediktiner beer).  Taste them all and vote for the audience choice that will receive special menu recognition and a craft beer cocktail for fall!

Check out the Oktoberfest Brewer’s Kick off menu with a special two tier pricing option: $6 and $10.

Dampfnudel (savory or sweet): steamed dumpling with either bacon and emmentaler cheese, or vanilla sauce and plums
Steckerlfisch: grilled whole mackerel stuffed with lemon and herbs
Brezel mit Obatzda: house made soft pretzels served with classic Oktoberfest paprika and cheese spread
Rosenkohlsalat: shaved Brussels sprout and apple, herb vinaigrette, dried cranberries, candied almonds
Gebratene Kartoffelsalat: bacon, cucumber and dill potato salad with quark
Königsberger Klopse: beef meatballs in a caper cream sauce over braised sauerkraut

Sept 17 – October 31: (Seattle)  Altstadt will offer Oktoberfest specials: including an Oktoberfest flight with one beer from each brewery, feature the guest favorite on a special Oktoberfest tap, and design a special Oktoberfest beer cocktail that will include the guest favorite beer.

Washington Oktoberfest Events Week of September 23-29, 2016

Sept 17 – October 31: (Seattle) Altstadt will offer Oktoberfest specials: including an Oktoberfest flight with one beer from each brewery, feature the guest favorite on a special Oktoberfest tap, and design a special Oktoberfest beer cocktail that will include the guest favorite beer. In addition, look for for some Oktoberfest food specials.

Fremont Buxom Royalty

Fremont Buxom Royalty – Photo Credit: Patrick Lennox Wright

September 23-25: Fremont Oktoberfest hosts probably one of the biggest Oktoberfest celebrations in Washington State with something for everyone, even your dog! The Fremont Oktoberfest is one of those festivals considered one of the best Oktoberfests in the country.

Friday and Saturday Fremont Oktoberfest may resemble your large regular large Oktoberfest with beer, food, buxom babes busting out of their dirndls, guys in lederhosen or funky beer glasses. The highlight for many on Friday night is the Miss Buxom contest.

Sunday is what makes the Fremont Oktoberfest so unique. Sunday is open to all ages and dogs.  Sunday special activities include:

  • Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving Contest
  • Kid Activities
  • Alpine Climbing 5K Run/Walk
  • CityDog Magazine Cover Dog Model Contest

Oktoberfest on the RiverSept 23-25: (Spokane) Oktoberfest on the River is an authentic Oktoberfest with bier, brats and entertainment for the entire family. An Oktoberfest Tradition – O’zapft is! (It’s Tapped!) will take place on Friday by the Spokane Mayor and other dignitaries. Oktoberfest on the River is a unique blend of

  • Weiner dog races AKA dachshund on Sunday
  • Beer direct from Germany
  • Authentic German food from Das Stein Haus
  • River-City Rootbier Garden!
  • Almost non-stop entertainment all 3 days!
  • SportHaus televising NFL and college games so you don’t have to leave Oktoberfest to catch your favorite team
  • Half price Family day, courtesy of the Spokesman Review.

Oktoberfest on the River tickets available online.

Sept 24: (Duvall) Old Rock Brewery Oktoberfest  IS ON! September 24 Noon-9pm on Main Street in the lot across from the Visitor’s Center.
Oktoberfest supports the Rotary Club of Duvall- come have some Old Rock Brewery German beer, Bockwurst sausages and sauerkraut from Bavarian Meats, and live music! Come eat, drink, meet people, and support your community!

Washington Oktoberfest Events Week of September 30-October 6, 2016

Leavenworth Oktoberfest LogoSept 30 – Oct 1: (Leavenworth) Leavenworth Oktoberfest Weekends are family friendly both days and have lots of activities for the kids. It is another Oktoberfest ranked high across the country. While many festivals on this list are Washington-centric, this is all about Germany/Bavaria. It has LOTS of German music, and mostly German food and beer. Saturday is the big day and is when their opening ceremony occurs with parade and the ceremony tapping of the keg by the mayor.  Leavenworth Oktoberfest has 4 venues to spread out in as well as vendor booths to explore as you eat and drink and enjoy the various entertainment.

Charles Finkel at PIKETOBER

Charles Finkel at PIKETOBER

Oct 1: (Seattle) Pike Brewing PIKETOBERFEST – a Beer, Charcuterie and Harvest Festival on October 1, from 1-4PM at Pike Brewing Company. This annual food and drink tasting event benefits the Pike Place Market Foundation. Featuring local meats, sauerkrauts, cheeses and more paired with craft beers, wines and spirits.  Compare our regional food and drinks to their classic German counterparts. PIKETOBERFEST features locally brewed German and other styles of beer from Pike Brewing, Old Stove Brewing, Optimism Brewing, Stoup Brewing, Sumerian Brewing and Two Beers Brewing. Enjoy them alongside German craft biers. 21 and over event. Tickets available online.

Sept 17 – October 31: (Seattle)  Altstadt will offer Oktoberfest specials: including an Oktoberfest flight with one beer from each brewery, feature the guest favorite on a special Oktoberfest tap, and design a special Oktoberfest beer cocktail that will include the guest favorite beer. In addition, look for for some Oktoberfest food specials.

Washington Oktoberfest Events Week of October 7 – 13, 2016

Leavenworth Oktoberfest LogoOct 7 – 8: (Leavenworth) Leavenworth Oktoberfest Weekends are family friendly both days and have lots of activities for the kids. It is another Oktoberfest ranked high across the country. While many festivals on this list are Washington-centric, this is all about Germany/Bavaria. It has LOTS of German music, and mostly German food and beer. Saturday is the big day and is when their opening ceremony occurs with parade and the ceremony tapping of the keg by the mayor.  Leavenworth Oktoberfest has 4 venues to spread out in as well as vendor booths to explore as you eat and drink and enjoy the various entertainment.

Sept 17 – October 31: 
(Seattle)
 
Altstadt will offer Oktoberfest specials: including an
Oktoberfest flight with one beer from each brewery, feature the guest favorite on a special Oktoberfest tap, and design a special Oktoberfest beer cocktail that will include the guest favorite beer. In addition, look for for some Oktoberfest food specials.

Washington Oktoberfest Events Week of October 14 – 20, 2016

Leavenworth Oktoberfest LogoOct 14 – 15: (Leavenworth) Leavenworth Oktoberfest Weekends are family friendly both days and have lots of activities for the kids. It is another Oktoberfest ranked high across the country. While many festivals on this list are Washington-centric, this is all about Germany/Bavaria. It has LOTS of German music, and mostly German food and beer. Saturday is the big day and is when their opening ceremony occurs with parade and the ceremony tapping of the keg by the mayor.  Leavenworth Oktoberfest has 4 venues to spread out in as well as vendor booths to explore as you eat and drink and enjoy the various entertainment.

Sept 17 – October 31: (Seattle)  Altstadt will offer Oktoberfest specials: including an Oktoberfest flight with one beer from each brewery, feature the guest favorite on a special Oktoberfest tap, and design a special Oktoberfest beer cocktail that will include the guest favorite beer. In addition, look for for some Oktoberfest food specials.

Washington Oktoberfest Events Week of October 21 – 27, 2016

Sept 17 – October 31: (Seattle) Altstadt will offer Oktoberfest specials: including an Oktoberfest flight with one beer from each brewery, feature the guest favorite on a special Oktoberfest tap, and design a special Oktoberfest beer cocktail that will include the guest favorite beer. In addition, look for for some Oktoberfest food specials.

Washington Oktoberfest Events Week of October 28 – 31, 2016

Sept 17 – October 31: (Seattle) Altstadt will offer Oktoberfest specials: including an Oktoberfest flight with one beer from each brewery, feature the guest favorite on a special Oktoberfest tap, and design a special Oktoberfest beer cocktail that will include the guest favorite beer. In addition, look for for some Oktoberfest food specials.

Washington Oktoberfest Events Week of September 9-15, 2016

Black Raven FlocktoberfestSept 10: (Redmond) Black Raven Flocktoberfest celebrates the new release of Flocktoberfest Lager from 12-8pm in an outdoor beer garden with tent to shield you from the elements. Celebrate the Flocktoberfest release with 22oz bottles for sale, fun and games. Food options include Das Bratwagen food cart and locally made pretzels.  Well behaved pooches on leash are welcome in the outdoor beer garden.

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