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Oregon is an excellent place to live or visit if you love beer with its long list of breweries, and our favorite fall beer festival, Oktoberfest, is being celebrated throughout the state. Oregon has a large population of German descendants, and lots of cities and towns throughout the state 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 some of the best ones in Oregon to check out!
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Mount Angel Oktoberfest
One of the largest and most popular Oktoberfest celebrations in Oregon each year is 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, and 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 54th year of celebration, and favorite annual festivities include the street dance evenings, the Die Fruchtsäule harvest monument, and the pedal tractor race.
Dates: September 12th-15th, 2019
The Oregon town of Newberg also has a fun Oktoberfest celebration. 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 a lively parade. Don’t miss the wiener dog races!
Dates: September 13th -14th, 2019
The town of Bend is an awesome destination if you enjoy year-round outdoor recreation and great beer. In September, you can join in the fun at the 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. Something unique to check out at the festival is the Hammerschlagen competition, which involves trying to hammer nails into a stump.
Dates: September 20th-21st, 2019
Brookings Annual Oktoberfest, Brookings-Harbor
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 as well as craft beer from local 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!
Dates: September 21st, 2019
Oktoberfest at Oaks Park, Portland
Of course, 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.
Dates: September 20th – 22nd, 2019
Widmer Brothers Brewing Annual Oktoberfest, Portland
Another fun Portland Oktoberfest to check out is the event at the famous Widmer Brothers brewery. This is the brewery’s 15th annual Oktoberfest celebration and will feature a series of live concerts. 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, such as necklace building, face painting, and a photo booth. Stop by the Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland to be part of the fun.
Dates: September 28th, 2019
Pacific City Oktoberfest, Pacific City
The Pacific City Oktoberfest celebration brings 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 at the Kiawanda Community Center.
Oktoberfest Pendleton, Pendleton
If you find yourself in Eastern Oregon this fall, definitely make a point to check out Oktoberfest Pendleton. This event was created to celebrate German heritage and beer, and some of the proceeds from sales will go to local charities. The family-friendly event features Oregon beers, sausages, live music, and kids’ games.
Dates: October 12th, 2019