At West Coast Publishing, we're privy to some bold, Oktoberfest-style seasonal beers and are looking forward to checking out some of these Oktoberfest celebrations. Depending on your party preferences, you'll find a mix of Bavarian beer halls, sausage-filled celebrations, and family-friendly festivals to choose from. Check out these locations and dates, and show up thirsty!
We're proud to partner with Tacoma's Rhein Haus for what's sure to be one of the most exciting Oktoberfests in the area - because it's specifically going to be geared towards the military community!
At the Military Appreciation Oktoberfest, Rhein Haus will offering 20% off all food with military IDs. If you haven't tried the handmade pretzels or authentic, smoky sausages from RH, this is your perfect chance to take the plunge. From 5pm to 8pm, the Bavarian Village Band will be setting the scene with authentic ethnic jams. For entertainment, there'll be a Stein Holding competition and the OktoberFEAST Eating Competition. Show off your strength with the Steins and your appetite with the feast! There's also going to be an exclusive Oktoberfest Bier lineup.
Leavenworth, located two hours east of Seattle, celebrates Oktoberfest for three weekends in October. Started in 1998, it is now attended by more than 10,000 people annually. Four venues of activities for families to enjoy. Keg tapping ceremony every Saturday at 1 PM. The Leavenworth Marathon is held on one of the Oktoberfest weekends. Live music, beer and German food, of course. There are free shuttles within Leavenworth and shuttles outside the city available for a fee. Location: Front and Tenth St, Leavenworth WA
The Annual Washington Oktoberfest (held for 10+ years) will have beer, brats and authentic entertainment. There’s entertainment planned from noon to almost midnight. Manuela Horn, the Queen of Oktoberfest and participant in the 2009 season of America’s Got Talent, will headline the event. It’s also the home of the Hammerschlagen Tournament of Champions in the northwest. The Hammerschlagen is one of the most addictive bar games ever and has been happening at this German festival since 2005. Contestants try to drive a nail into wood faster than their opponents. Brett Roberts has won for the past three years! Entry to the Hammerschlagen is free but first come, first served. Great prizes to the top three contestants.
Other events include the 5K, wiener dog races, stein holding, corn hole toss, beer pong, chicken dance and Kinderhaus/Family Fest Zone. Kids are welcome to try their own version of the Hammerschlagen with supervision. Shop for souvenirs at the German Corner. This is an all-ages event until 7 PM and 21+ only after 7 PM every evening. As an indoor event, it happens rain or shine. The opening ceremony takes place at 8 PM on Friday night in the Festhalle Main Stage with the tapping of the Firkin. Cost: Admission is free from noon to 3 PM on Friday. The cost is $12 for Friday after 3 PM and Saturday. Sunday is half price ($6) thanks to the sponsorship of the News Tribune. Free parking in the blue lot (enter through the blue and gold gates).
Sail down Lake Washington on a yacht while snacking on German appetizers, tasting three beers from Pike Brewing Company, and dancing to a live DJ set.
The Burien Brat Trot is a flat and fast 5K and one-mile race through the streets of Burien followed by the best street party around, Bavarian Fest! It's complete with beer gardens, live bands, pretzels, sausage, beer fraus, bouncy toys, food, and more. The run is family-friendly, stroller friendly, and a great time for all.
Some smaller and further-away events include: