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The Best Oktoberfests In and Near Seattle

You know what they say about big steins...more beer.

By Seattle Met Staff

The mini tasting mugs (and, yes, full-size steins) are back at Fremont Oktoberfest this year.

'Tis the season for lederhosen, giant steins, Hammerschlagen, and an obscene amount of polka. Oh, and let's not forget the beer. To that we say: Zicke zacke, zicke zacke, hoi hoi hoi!

Fremont Oktoberfest

Sept 16–18 | $20–60

If a wide selection is what you seek, the self-touted largest beer festival in Seattle delivers. More than 80 beers, ciders, and seltzers (blasphemy or brilliant?) are on offer, from local breweries to national brands to legit offerings out of Munich. On Sunday, the blocks in Fremont turn into Dogtoberfest, when leashed pooches are welcome. 

Edmonds Oktoberfest

Sept 23–24 | Free admission

Oktoberfest, but make it kid-friendly. Edmonds Rotary presents a version that's part street festival, part family hang. Festivities include fun runs, a pet parade, food trucks, and a Kids Korner with inflatable slides and (inexplicably) vegetable car races. Sure, there's a beer garden, but it's 21 and over only. If you brought the fam, you'll have to take turns balancing child care duties with another adult.

Kirkland Oktoberfest

Sept 23–25 | $15–55

It may not be set within a gingerbread-esque Bavarian village, but lakefront Marina Park works. Beers come in quarter- and half-liter sizes; food trucks, live bands, and games of questionable authenticity (keg rolling, stein hoisting, wiener dog races) happen too.

McMenamins Anderson School Oktoberfest

Sept 24 | Free admission

The chain of brewpubs makes its Oktoberfest lager just once a year for this event, a more low-key version of Oktoberfest that's open to families. Live music starts at 1pm at Bothell's Anderson School; similar celebrations are also happening at the Mill Creek and Centralia locations.

Leavenworth Oktoberfest (but in Wenatchee)

Sept 30 & Oct 1, Oct 7 & 8, Oct 14 & 15 | $10–25

Don't let the name confuse you. Though this is named the Leavenworth Oktoberfest, the event has moved to Wentachee for the first time this year. A keg tapping kicks off the multi-weekend festivities, featuring beer, live music, apple strudel, and a kinderplatz for the kinders. 

Oktoberfest in Leavenworth

Sept 30 & Oct 1, Oct 7 & 8, Oct 14 & 15 | $10–25

OK, for real this time. The oompah band–shaped hole that was left behind in Bavarian-mimicking Leavenworth was quickly replaced by...a new oompah band. And two beer gardens featuring pours from Leavenworth breweries, plus a kinderplatz and 42-foot Ferris wheel. 

Oktoberfest Northwest

Oct 7–9 | $8–65

Once the state fair packs up its Fischer scones and funnel cakes, the steins, brats, and Hammerschlagen stumps move in. A lively slate of activities and bands, with seating galore, adds to the all-ages appeal. 

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