Though you might not be able to venture to Germany for Oktoberfest this year, you can still make the most of the annual fall celebration with a month chock full of beer festivals, brats and more family-friendly fun in Washington.
Traditionally held in Leavenworth, this year’s Leavenworth Oktoberfest will be taking place in Wenatchee, the apple capital, on select days from Sept. 31 to Oct. 15. The fest is gearing up to celebrate its 24th year, with live music, German beer gardens, traditional German dancing, arts and crafts vendors, brats and more. Admission starts at $10 with discounts for active military members. To learn more about Leavenworth Oktoberfest, visit leavenworthoktoberfest.com.
If you are looking to celebrate Oktoberfest in Washington earlier this year, Kirkland Oktoberfest is the perfect celebration for you. The event will take place Sept. 23 to Sept. 25, for the wurst weekend of the year, featuring four live bands and seven DJs across two main stages, as many sausages and brats your heart desires, German beers, fun events like keg rolls, sausage parades and more family-friendly fun. Tickets start at $15 and vary depending on your package of choice. To learn more about Kirkland Oktoberfest, visit oktoberfestkirkland.com.
Bier on the Pier
If you are looking for a more beer-focused celebration, Bier on the Pier is back for its 11th year at the Historic Port Transit Shed in Anacortes. The festival takes place on Oct. 7 and Oct. 8, with a multitude of breweries, cideries, food trucks, live music and more, all while surrounded by stunning views of Guemes Channel. The event is 21-plus only, with tickets for general admission starting as low as $15. To learn more about Bier on the Pier, visit anacortes.org.
Be sure to save the date for the Oktoberfest Northwest in Puyallup, one of Washington’s largest Munich-style Oktoberfests, running from Oct. 7 to Oct. 9. The annual event will feature traditional German music, food and dance, in addition to the fan-favorite wiener dog races, the stein dash, Bavarian-Bier-lympics, a beer (and root beer) garden, and so much more fun for everyone in the family. The massive celebration is a can’t-miss, with tickets starting at $15 for general admission (or $12.50 if purchased online). To learn more about Oktoberfest Northwest, visit thefair.com/oktoberfest-northwest/.
With 80-plus beers, ciders and seltzers, it should come as no surprise that the Fremont Oktoberfest is a must to visit this fall season in Washington. The annual event will be taking place Oct. 16 to Oct. 18 and will feature a massive DJ tower spinning all weekend long, stein hoisting, outdoor sports and activities and, of course, one of the most extensive beer tasting experiences with a multitude of brews ciders and seltzers to sample. Tickets start at $35, and the event is for 21-plus only. To learn more about Fremont Oktoberfest, visit fremontoktoberfest.com.