Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival. It originated in Germany but has spread to all parts of the world where it is celebrated with joy. If you are wondering where to celebrate Oktoberfest in Washington State, here are some events to look forward to.
7 Oktoberfests in Washington to Check Out
While there are a variety of Oktoberfests in Seattle and the rest of the state, here are the 7 festivals I recommend visiting.
1. Leavenworth Oktoberfest
Dates: Oct 1st-3rd, 8th-10th, and 15th-17th, 2021
Location: Leavenworth, Washington
For 2021, the usual events have been put on hold and they will host a “street fair vibe” that includes food and local vendor booths but no beer.
The Leavenworth Oktoberfest is a world-famous event and a very kid-friendly Oktoberfest in Washington. Celebrated annually during the first three weekends of October, the Leavenworth Oktoberfest welcomes more than 10,000 visitors every year. You’ll want to make sure to book a weekend in Leavenworth well in advance.
Visitors can enjoy amazing music, a never-ending flow of beer, delicious sausages, and barbecue ribs, and people dressed in traditional Bavarian attire, or their best attempts at what it should look like. The Leavenworth Oktoberfest celebration is typically divided into four party locations and each features some of the best German bands and dance groups providing entertainment.
You won’t want to miss the Leavenworth Oktoberfest parade on Saturday at noon. With Bavarian marching bands taking to the streets in horse-drawn wagons, dressed in polkas and waving flags from different parts of the world, it’s a fun part of the celebration.
The Keg Tapping Opening Ceremony typically happens after the parade, at 1:00 PM. Children not interested in the parade can make their way down to the Kinderplatz area of the festival, where they can burn off their energy scrambling up the climbing wall or dancing along to child-appropriate music performances.
While Leavenworth winter activities are popular, this time of the year is probably the second most festive.
2. Fremont Oktoberfest
Dates: September 17th, 18th, and 19th, 2021
Location: Seattle, Washington
Cost: $15 – $60 per day, depending on the day and session time. Tickets cover tasting tokens and mugs.
For three days every year in the streets of Fremont, hundreds of adults come together to celebrate the best craft beers in the Pacific Northwest and some of the most amazing German beers. Known as Fremont Oktoberfest, this three-day event is hailed as the largest Oktoberfest in Seattle.
From the 17th to the 19th of September, beer lovers can gather together to enjoy amazing music, a beer line that features one hundred different brews, delicious food, as well as lots of adult games that include ax throwing, Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving, Stein Hoisting, and a great big game of Street Scramble.
While anyone under 21 years old is not permitted to attend Fremont Oktoberfest, dog owners can bring along their furry friends on Sunday for Dogtoberfest. Properly leashed pups can join in the Oktoberfest fun and get in on a modeling contest and other tail-waggy activities.
Where to Stay: The Hampton Inn & Suites Seattle-Downtown is a great hotel to stay in if you are visiting Fremont Oktoberfest. It is less than two miles from the venue and offers beautiful and fully-stocked rooms. Guests can also bring their dogs in, so they can tag along for Dogtoberfest.
3. Spokane Oktoberfest
Dates: Sep 2021 (dates are still unconfirmed as of August 2021)
Location: Spokane Valley, Washington
Cost: $5 – $30
Children under the age of 12 can attend for free in the company of an adult. Typically celebrated on the last Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of September every year, the upcoming Spokane celebration is another great and family-friendly Oktoberfest in Washington. For three days at the CenterPlace Regional Event Center in Spokane Valley, locals and tourists will mingle together; making new friends, learning about different Bavarian customs and the lyrics to songs they have never heard before.
The celebration will begin with the ritual keg tapping open ceremony performed by the Mayor, after which the activities for the weekend will begin. Mostly family-themed, the activities at this Washington Oktoberfest are mostly German in origin and will include games like Holey Board, Nagelspielen, Corn Hole Toss, and more.
There will be face painting spots for children, arts and crafts projects, and dancing lessons where large and little feet alike will learn to do the Chicken Dance and the Fliegerlied.
Where to Stay: The Hampton Inn & Suites Spokane Valley is a great place to stay if you are in Spokane for the Oktoberfest. Only a seven-minute drive from the CenterPlace Event Center, the hotel offers plush rooms with fridges and microwaves as well as a hot buffet breakfast in the morning. The hotel also partners with the Spokane Oktoberfest organizers to offer a special rate of $134 per night which includes two daily tickets to this awesome Washington Oktoberfest.
4. Kirkland Oktoberfest
Dates: September 24th, 25th, and 26th, 2021
Location: Kirkland, Washington
Cost: $15 – $55 per day, depending on the day and session time. Sunday is Dog Day.
The Kirkland Oktoberfest is an adult-only celebration of Bavarian customs and life. This Washington Oktoberfest gives its attendees the best in Germanic and locally crafted brews, serving them in 16 oz pours that would quench even the most parched throats.
Beyond the beers, lovers of the Kirkland Oktoberfest come for the delicious ribs, sausages, and other German delicacies. There are also plenty of other activities to do in Kirkland such as music, games, and contests. There will be live bands, accordion-playing one-man bands, and a live DJ.
At the festival, you’ll find many games to play. One of the most popular ones is the Wiener Dog Race, which will feature furry little wieners testing each other’s speed on the Marina Park waterfront. Of course, there will be races for dogs of other sizes so nobody feels left out.
Where To Stay: The Totem Lake Hotel is only a fifteen-minute drive from the Kirkland Oktoberfest. A three-star residence with a convenient location, a restaurant, and a fitness facility, prices start at $120.
5. Anacortes Oktoberfest
Dates: October 1st and 2nd, 2021
Location: Anacortes, Washington
Cost: Friday – $35, Saturday – $45. The fee includes taster tickets and festival glass. Designated drivers pay $10.
Popularly known as the Bier on the Pier Brew and Cider Festival, the Anacortes Oktoberfest is a two-day festival inspired by Bavarian and German culture that takes place 80 miles north of Seattle. The festival is for adults only, and attendees are required to carry along legal identification.
For two whole days, the city of Anacortes will be alive with the sounds of local bands like Gin Gypsy, Randy Weeks, and Miller Campbell singing, groups of people dancing, and strangers becoming friends as they share food and drinks from more than forty breweries and restaurants-on-wheels at this Oktoberfest in Seattle.
Where To Stay: If you are in town and want to attend this Oktoberfest in Seattle, The Majestic Inn and Spa is located within 15 minutes of the festival. Its luxurious rooms have partial views of the bay and the hotel has a restaurant and a spa on-site.
6. Oktoberfest Northwest
Dates: October 8th, 9th, and 10th, 2021
Location: Puyallup, Washington
Cost: Friday, 12:00 PM – 03:00 PM – Free entry. Friday from 03:00 PM – $15 and Saturday – $17 (book online for $3 discount). Sunday: $7.50 (book online for $1 discount). Entry only. Package tickets can be purchased online for $45. Free entry for children below twelve years old.
Now in its fifteenth year, Oktoberfest Northwest is popularly regarded as the largest Munich-style Oktoberfest in Washington. Set up by people who are passionate about German celebrations, the event is full with German beers, ciders, and local craft brews.
There will be games non-stop for people of all ages and dog owners will be able to enter their pups for the Weiner Dog Races. Other games to look forward to including the Stein Dash 5K and Bavarian Bier-Olympics. The kids are never left out as they get to carve and decorate pumpkins, get beautiful designs painted on their faces, and dance and sing with newfound friends.
Where To Stay: The Fairfield Inn & Suites is located in Puyallup. It is only a few minutes away from Oktoberfest on foot and is the festival’s official hotel partner. It offers comfortable rooms, a buffet breakfast for guests, and a well-equipped fitness center. Prices start from $219.
7. Allyn Town Oktoberfest
Dates: September 28th, 2019
Location: Waterfront Park, Allyn, Washington
Cost: $20 inclusive of a cup and one 5 oz beer sample. Beers cost $5 per cup.
The Allyn Town’s Oktoberfest is in its second edition and will feature the best in German-style celebrations. Attendees can come looking forward to tasting rich, German beers and also local microbrews. The foods for sale at this Washington Oktoberfest will be German-themed and there will be a few games as well as the Oktoberfest Commemorative cup to mark the event. Musical entertainment will be provided by a live band.
Where To Stay: Located within a fifteen-minute drive from the Waterfront Park, Alderbrook Resort and Spa is an excellent place to stay. Well-equipped rooms, a beautiful location, and great breakfast await all guests. Prices start from $159.
Those are my recommended events you can attend to celebrate Oktoberfest in Washington State. Have a blast and make sure you always drink responsibly!