In Germany, Oktoberfest is a celebration of dancing, beer, sausage, beer, German culture, beer, traditional music, beer—you get the picture. Luckily, you can get a taste of German Oktoberfest without traveling to Munich. In fact, there are several renowned Oktoberfests in and around the Portland area. Get the details about celebrating the German way, right here in Oregon.
When:September 16, 17, 18 & 19, 2010
Where: Mt. Angel (near Silverton, OR -- within an hour of Portland)
What: This is a big one! In fact, it's the largest folk festival in the Northwest, and people travel from miles around to attend. You'll find many varieties of German food, including beer sausage, sauerkraut, stuffed cabbage leaves, and strudel. Plus, there are oompah bands, yodeling, craft booths, stage shows and art displays. RV and tent camping is common here.
When: September 24, 25, 26, 2010
Where: Oaks Park is located in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland, near the Sellwood Bridge (our most southerly bridge). The address is 7805 SE Oaks Park Way.
What: In addition to the authentic German food and beer, the Oaks Park Oktoberfest offers something different: dog shows! There will also be cooking demonstrations, kids entertainment, and crafts.
When: September 11, 2010
Where:Widmer Brothers Brewing: 929 N. Russell Street, Portland
What: Beer samplers, this event is for you! This event doubles as Widmer's annual block party, and it draws thousands of beer enthusiasts. Widmer Brothers will offer a variety of their brews, including Okto (Oktoberfest Ale), Widmer Hefeweizen, Drifter Pale Ale, Drop Top Amber Ale, and Broken Halo IPA. And because you don't want to drink on an empty stomach, you can enjoy German-style brats, chicken schnitzel wraps, kraut, and pretzels (YUM!).
When: September 19, 2010
Where: Various McMenamins, including the Grand Lodge, the St. Francis School, and Edgefield
What: Come for the music, stay for the beer and brats. McMenamins is hosting all-day music to celebrate Oktoberfest. Admission is FREE! Get the schedule.
When: September 10, 11 & 12, 2010
Where: 18090 SE Langensand Road in Sandy, Oregon
What: A huge festival in Sandy, OR (between Portland and Mount Hood). Revelers will enjoy a huge indoor/outdoor beer garden, dancers and entertainers, Oregon wines, games and shows for the kids, beer tastings, and a special car show on Saturday that will feature antiques, collector cars, hot-rods and German models. The food selection will go far beyond brats and sauerkraut! You'll also find American, Asian, Mexican, and even Middle Eastern cuisine. Plus, this festival features lots of craft booths, and a fair with 25 categories to enter and win (categories range from Biggest Tomato to Best Quilt!).