5th Annual Newberg Oktoberfest
What: One of the few gatherings to feature wiener schnitzel and wiener dog races, the Newberg Oktoberfest is worth the 30-minute drive from downtown PDX. Drink locally made, German-style beer until you’ve got the courage to strut on stage for the Lederhosen contest. Note: If you need your college football fix on Saturday, they’ll have both (Beavers and Ducks) games on the big screen inside the festival.
When: 4–10 p.m. Friday and noon–10 p.m. Saturday, Sept 16–17
Where: Memorial Park, Newberg, Oregon
How Much: $5. Free under 21.
What: At this authentic Oktoberfest, even the tables are shipped in from Munich. Yes, Dan Hart (the man behind both Stammtisch and Prost!) plans to annex an entire block of NE Flanders just to mimic the outdoor atmosphere of a true Bavarian celebration. At least three beers will be imported straight from Munich, and out on the street, chef Graham Cheney will grill German specialties. Note: Keep an eye out for hammerschlagen: a very sophisticated German drinking game that involves hammers, nails, and stumps.
When: 5–10 p.m. Friday (ceremonial keg tapping at 6 p.m.); noon–10 p.m. Saturday (ceremonial keg tapping at 3 p.m.); and noon–6 p.m. Sunday; Sept 16–18
Where: 401 NE 28th Ave
How Much: Free
Oktoberfest Celebration at Loyal Legion
What: Dust off those dirndls and descend upon the spacious beer hall for a fortnight (17 days, actually) of beer and food specials. A specialty menu from chef Keith Morris (formerly of Gruner) will be paired with tasty brews from the folks at Occidental.
When: Saturday, Sept 17–Monday, Oct 3
Where: 710 SE 6th Ave
How Much: Free
Oaks Park Oktoberfest
What: Replete with Polka bands and a plethora of Paulaner suds, this kid-friendly Oktoberfest will transport you to the hills of Bavaria. Authentic German foods offered by Edelweiss Sausage and the Schnitzel Haus will keep you moving even after the 17th iteration of the chicken dance.
When: 3 p.m.–midnight Friday; 11 a.m.–midnight Saturday; and 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Sunday; Sept 23–25
Where: 7805 SE Oaks Park Way
How Much: $5 ($2 young people, $3 for old people)
Oktoberfest at Occidental Brewing
What: Portland’s acclaimed German-style brewery will tap its specialty Festbier, while the newly adjoining Occidental Wursthaus cranks out sausages, Berliner currywurst to Bavarian weisswurst.
When: noon–10 p.m. Saturday, Sept 24
Where: 6635 N Baltimore Ave
How Much: $10 gets you a glass stein and one beer fill
Prost! Portland Oktoberfest
What: For Oktoberfest ragers, this veritable blitzkrieg of authentic German food and beer, coupled with an outdoor garden party vibe, is designed to keep you afloat far into the night (and the following morning). Steins and mugs will be available for purchase, as will eight different German brews and a smorgasbord of kid-friendly German fare.
When: 11 a.m.–2:30 a.m. Friday (ceremonial keg tapping at 6 p.m.); 11 a.m.–2:30 a.m. Saturday (ceremonial keg tapping at 3 p.m.); and 11 a.m.–2:30 a.m. Sunday; Sept 30–Oct 2
Where: 4237 N Mississippi Ave
How Much: Free
Widmer Brothers Brewing 12th Annual Oktoberfest
What: With a 12-year tradition to maintain, the Widmer Brothers are doing some next-level party planning. In addition to invading Pioneer Courthouse Square, they’ve invited the X Ambassadors and a host of local bands to choreograph your journey through their very own beer-soaked version of Bavaria. Get your favorite Widmer brews or sample some small-batch suds available only at the fest.
When: noon–9 p.m. Saturday, Oct 8
Where: Pioneer Courthouse Square
How Much: $25-$75. Tickets here