By Jeffrey Totey
It’s that time a year when everyone feels a little bit German and raises their mug in celebration of Oktoberfest and with these five to choose from you could hit all of them, but be sure to bring along a designated driver. Some events are family-friendly while others are strickly for adults. Here are this season’s best.
3503 Phinney Ave.
Seattle, WA 98103
Over 80 craft beers will be on hand to try at this year’s Oktoberfest in Fremont. Fri. Sept. 22-Sun. Sept. 24. It is Seattle largest fall beer festival which includes the Street Scramble where participant will be given a list of 30 locations throughout town each with a different point value. Visit as many as possible within 90 minutes to win prizes. The event will be held Fri. from 5:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m., Sat. 11:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m. and Sun. 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Tickets range from $20-$50. The event is for adults only Fri. and Sat. but Kids get in free on Sun. Dogs are only allowed in on Sunday as well.
25 Lakeshore Plaza D
The Kirkland Oktoberfest held Fri. Sept. 22-24 is not your usual fest. The beer here is served by the liter and half liter, there is a full-on authentic German biergarten, multiple entertainment stages, and competive games you won’t find anywhere else like life-sized Hungry, Hungry Hippos, Human Foosball, corn hole, beer pong, stein hoisting, keg rolling and more. The event takes place Fri. from 5:00-11:00 p.m., Sat. from noon-11:00 p.m. and Sun., from noon-6:00 p.m. Tickets range from $20-$40 and open to anyone age 21 or older only.
Everett Sausage Fest
2619 Cedar St.
Everett, WA 98201
From Sept. 29-Oct. 30, Immaculate Conception/Our Lady of Perpetual Help will be turned into the Everett Sausage Fest. Celebrating its 41st year, this event features the “Bavarian Dinner Haus” and “Bavarian Beer Garden” serving up traditional dinners and beveages. Lots of other fair-type food will be on hand including barbecue chicken, salmon, hamburgers, Elephant Ears, corn dogs, corn on the cob and more. The Wine Bar will offer two different red and white wines from Spain, Argentina, France, Italy, Calfornia and Washington. Over 30 arts and craft booths will be featured along with lots of midway-styled games, minature golf, live music and entertainment and full carnival with rides from Davis Amusements. The event takes place from 12:00 noon to 10:00 p.m. each day and admission is free.
Always looking for an exuse to party, the town of Leavenworth will celebrate Oktoberfest at four different venues during three weekends: Sept. 29-30, Oct. 6-7 and 13-14. The Keg Tapping Ceremony will be held each Sat. at 1:00 p.m. and live music will be played at the Musikkapelle. Admission is $10 on Fridays from 6:00 p.m.-Midnight and $20 on Saturdays from noon-1:00 a.m. Children under 12, retired military and active military and family members get in for free with active ID. (Minors are only allowed until 9:00 p.m. each night.)
Washington State Fair Events Center
110 9th Ave. S.W.
Puyallup, WA 98371
Washington’s largest “fest” will be held from Oct. 6-8 rain or shine. Celebrate Oktoberfest with the Munich-styled Festhalle Biergarten which is the “northwest’s exclusive home of Hammerschlagen.” Celebrate the fest’s 13th year with the Stein Dash 5K, live music, wiener dog races, family activities and more. The event will be hefrom 12 p.m. until 12 a.m. on Friday, 11 a.m.- Midnight on Saturday and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday. (Only those age 21 and older will be allowed in after 7 p.m.) Admission is $12 for Friday and Saturday, $6 for Sunday. Kids age 12 and under get in free! Bonus: Get free admission on Frday from noon-3 p.m. on Friday as well. Parking is free at the blue and gold gates.
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