Oktoberfest in PDX: The Definitive Guide
Widmer Brothers 11th Annual Oktoberfest
One of Portland’s oldest beer makers also claims to have the longest-running Oktoberfest. In it’s 11th year, the festival promises 24 beers, three bands, and plenty of cased meats. 21+ only.
When: Saturday, September 12th at 3:00pm
Where: 929 N Russell St
How much: $10 admission
Stammtisch Oktoberfest Street Festival
Prost’s sister bar takes it one step further this year when they close off the street to make room for a biergarten that will feature eight Oktoberfest beers, live music, games, and all the wursts and pretzels you could ever want.
When: Friday, September 18th and Saturday, September 19th at 5:00pm; Sunday, September 20th at noon
Where: 401 NE 28th Ave
How much: Free
McMenamins Oktoberfest at Kennedy School
The best part about this McMenamins celebration is the long list of bands, with roving accordionists, gypsy rockers, the traditionally clad trio Haldeman’s OOM-Pah Boys and more. Expect plenty of tuba. And of course, beer, brats, and general frivolity.
When: Sunday, September 20th
Where: 5736 NE 33rd Ave
How much: Free
Located in a nondescript warehouse near Cathedral Park in St. Johns, Occidental Brewing Co. might still be North Portland’s best-kept secret. In addition to their solid German-style favorites like altbier and kolsch (which made our list of best brews this year), enjoy a seasonal festbier along with live music and eats from Urban German.
When: Saturday, September 26th at 12:00pm
Where: 6635 N Baltimore Avenue
How much: Free admission, $10 for a stein and beer fill
Oaks Park Oktoberfest
The amusement park gets transported to Bavaria for an all-ages Oktoberfest bonanza. The activities seem endless: from the chicken dance contest to wiener dog races—not to mention the park’s carnival rides and games. There will be Paulaner brews, food from Edelweiss and Urban German (just to name a few), and a plethora of fest-worthy performers from the Kleinstädtlers to the Polkatones.
When: Friday, September 25th at 3:00pm; Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27th at 11:00am
Where: 7805 SE Oaks Park Way
How much: $5 ($2 if you’re under 15 and $3 if you’re over 62)
McMenamins Oktoberfest at Edgefield
In addition to the live music, brats, and abundant ales you’d expect at Oktoberfest, Edgefield will also be hosting an all-ages golf tournament and a plant and veggie sale with fresh produce and propagated plants from their own gardens.
When: Sunday, September 27th, check in for golf tournament starts at 10:00am
Where: 2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale
How much: Free admission, $25 to enter tournament
With traditional Deutsch food and an imported bier list, Prost might be the closest you can get to a traditional bierstube this far from the fatherland. Prost is a no-brainer for German delights any day but their Oktoberfest (complete with lederhosen and dirndl-wearing staff) shouldn’t be missed.
When: Friday, October 2nd at 5:00pm; Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th at 5:00pm
Where: 4237 N Mississippi Ave
How much: Free
Gustav’s Oktoberfest Bier Maker’s Dinner
Gustav’s Der Reinlander is Portland’s Germanic old guard. If a crowd of boisterous drunks isn’t your thing, Gustav’s might have the Oktoberfest celebration for you: a five course Bier Maker’s Dinner featuring German comforts like currywurst, jägerschnitzel, and siikspeisen. Each course comes paired with an imported brew, so you might end up surrounded by boisterous drunks after all… but isn’t that what Oktoberfest is all about?
When: Tuesday, October 6th
Where: 5035 NE Sandy Blvd
How much: $40. Call 503-288-5503 for reservations. (Also available at Gustav’s other locations.)