Oregon is an excellent place to live or visit if you love beer, and our favorite fall beer festival, Oktoberfest, is being celebrated throughout the state. The state has a large population of German descendants, and lots of cities and towns here host festivals that bring in travelers from all over the country. Regardless of what your heritage is, it’s fun to take part in the delicious food, beer, dancing, music, and games that come with a traditional Oktoberfest celebration in Oregon. Here are eight of the best ones in the state to check out!
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Mount Angel Oktoberfest (Nearby Hotels)
One of the largest and most popular Oktoberfest celebrations in Oregon each year is the one in Mount Angel. Here you’ll find dozens of alpine food chalets, live music on several stages with dozens of musical groups lined up, and a traditional biergarten. There’s also a car show and arts and crafts show here to keep you entertained. The event takes place September 13-16, 2018 and also features a 5K and 10K run/walk, a volleyball tournament, and a golf tournament if you’re looking to get active for your weekend. This is the event’s 53 year of celebration, and favorite annual festivities include the street dance Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm, the Die Fruchtsäule harvest monument, and the pedal tractor race.
Newberg Oktoberfest (Nearby Hotels)
The Oregon town of Newberg also has a fun Oktoberfest celebration that takes place September 14-15, 2018. It’s hosted by the local rotary club and features traditional live music, contests, local beer, and kids’ activities. You can also take a polka dance lesson, watch a bocce ball competition, and watch the parade on Friday evening. Newberg’s event takes place on September 14, 2018 from 4-10pm and on September 15, 2018 from noon to 10pm at the Chehalem Cultural Center. To sample local brews, the 21+ cost is $10 for entry and $5 per drink.
Bend Oktoberfest (Nearby Hotels)
The town of Bend is an awesome place to be if you enjoy year-round outdoor recreation and great beer. On September 21-22, 2018, you can join in the fun at the free Bend Oktoberfest in the downtown area. Expect to find lots of fun Oktoberfest games like wiener dog races, a costume contest, stein holding competitions, and yodeling. You’ll also find lots of local craft beers on tap and several types of bratwurst ready to be devoured. This event is the largest fundraiser in downtown Bend, although it is free to attend. Stop by on Friday from 3pm to 10pm or on Saturday from noon to 10pm. Local breweries that will be serving beer here include Deschutes, Silver Moon, 10 Barrel, Three Creeks, and Boneyard. Something unique to check out at the festival is the Hammerschlagen competition that involves trying to hammer nails into a stump.
Brookings Annual Oktoberfest, Brookings-Harbor (Nearby Hotels)
Brookings also has a great Oktoberfest celebration that’s fun for the whole family. Start your day off with a 5K run, play a game of cornhole, participate in the charity dunk tank, and enjoy authentic German food. The Brookings event takes place on September 22, 2018 from 10am to 10pm at the Port of Brookings Harbor. This year is the event’s fourth annual celebration and will feature craft beer from over 30 Oregon breweries. The event is all-ages and free to attend, so you’ll only pay if you want to eat or drink – which you most certainly will want to with all of the tempting offerings onsite!
Oktoberfest at Oaks Park, Portland (Nearby Hotels)
Of course, the city of Portland has several Oktoberfest celebrations, and one of the best ones is Oktoberfest at Oaks Park. Here you’ll find authentic oompah music, food, German beer, wiener dog races, a fun run, chicken dance, and activities for the kids. You can also enjoy some delicious schnitzel, strudel, and sausage while you’re here. There are two festhalle stages that feature some of the best polka bands in the Northwest to set the festive mood. This even takes place September 21-23, 2018 from 4-11pm on Friday and from 11am to 11pm on Saturday and Sunday. The fees at the gate are $6 for people ages 16 to 61, $3 for ages 15 and younger, and $4 for ages 62 and older. It’s also fun to enjoy the thrill rides at Oaks Park, mini golf and the roller skating rink while you’re here.
Widmer Brothers Brewing Annual Oktoberfest, Portland (Nearby Hotels)
Another fun Portland Oktoberfest to check out is the event at the famous Widmer Brothers brewery on September 29, 2018. This is the brewery’s 14th annual Oktoberfest celebration and will feature concerts by Dirty Heads, Rare Monk, The Weather Machine, Jumblehead, and Those Darn Accordions. In fact, this is the longest-running Oktoberfest in Portland. Not only will the brewery be celebrating its Oktoberfest beer, but this is also a family-friendly event with free activities before the evening concert, such as necklace building, face painting, and a photobooth. Stop by the Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland to be part of the fun. The events from 12-4pm are free, but the concert tickets are $34 in advance of the show and include a complimentary stein.
Pacific City Oktoberfest (Nearby Hotels)
We also love going to the Pacific City Oktoberfest celebration to bring a little German-inspired fun to the Oregon Coast. This celebration is also a fundraiser to benefit local charitable causes. There is a petting zoo, German music, local beer, delicious food, alpine cancer, and a kids table for arts and crafts here. The Pacific City event typically takes place in early October from 11am to 8pm at the Kiawanda Community Center.
Oktoberfest Pendleton (Nearby Hotels)
If you find yourself in Eastern Oregon this fall, definitely make a point to check out Oktoberfest Pendleton on October 13, 2018. This event was created to celebrate German heritage and beer, and some of the proceeds from sales will go to local charities, including the Pendleton Animal Welfare Shelter. The event runs from noon to 9pm and features Oregon beers, Hill Meat sausages, live music, and kids’ games. The admission fee is $12 and includes a beer ticket and a glass mug. For anyone not drinking, the entrance fee is $5.