Where to celebrate Oktoberfest in Seattle and around the Sound

In the Seattle area, we like our German food. And this time of year, we like our German festivals. Here are some local spots where you can celebrate Oktoberfest without getting on a plane to Munich

September 27, 2018

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I guess we think of Seattle's heritage as mostly Scandinavian, but apparently we're pretty German-centric around here. This story in Seattle Met claims that we rank first in the country when it comes to German restaurants per capita. I'm not sure I believe that, but I'm sure not going to dispute the pleasures of a giant stein of Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan Kristallweissbier, some knackwurst and sauerkraut, or a plate of spaetzle. And now's the time to explore the wonderful world of German brews and cuisine, because late September is Oktoberfest time.

Where to Raise a Stein for Oktoberfest in Seattle Met gives you some great options for festive fall fun.

Unfortunately, Fremont Oktoberfest just happened. But down in Puyallup, after they pack up the scones from the Washington State Fair, they bust out the brats at Oktoberfest Northwest:

After 13 years of practice, it’s really quite simple: Provide authentic brats, bier, and wiener dog races, and the prost tends to take care of itself. While adults take their swing at the Washington State Fair’s hammerschlagen, kids can enjoy the half-mile rootbeer run (plus, if they’re 12 or under, their admission is free.) Fair warning though, you might get pulled into one of the polkas before calling it a weekend.

And in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood, there's Queen Anne Beerhall Oktoberfest which happens over three autumn weekends -- Sept. 28 & 29, Oct. 5 & 6, Oct. 12 & 13 :

Over the course of three weekends communal tables and over 75 different biers (including the seasonal Weihenstephaner Festbier) will host nightly stein-holding contests and returning champions—who will compete once more in a final showdown as Seahawks tickets dangle in the distance. Dance along to Bavarian Beer Garden Band while downing a healthy dose of rabbit stew, venison roulladen, or chicken paprikash.

This one's not in the article, but everybody knows that if you're really serious about immersing yourself in the full-on Bavarian experience, you head over the mountains for Leavenworth Oktoberfest. This is the big one, and it happens over three  weekends: Oct. 5-6, 12-13 & 19-20.

Check out the Seattle Met story here, and if you're downing a Hacker-Pschorr or three, please drink reponsibly and think about using your Uber or Lyft app. Those steins are giant, and that German brew can be strong!