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Why You Need to Attend the Leavenworth, WA, Oktoberfest

If you’re looking for fun, our Bavarian-inspired village is the place to be. Out of all the exciting events hosted here throughout the year, the Leavenworth, WA, Oktoberfest is the most popular hands down! With four entertainment venues, live music, traditional food, and of course, steins full of delicious beers, this event is the next best thing to the actual Munich celebration. Get ready to say “Cheers!”

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The Top 8 Things to Do at the Leavenworth, WA, Oktoberfest

Every fall, people from all across the country flock to our famous Bavarian village to participate in Oktoberfest in Leavenworth. Oktoberfest 2023 will be at the Town Toyota Center over three weekends, Sept. 29-30, Oct. 6-7, and Oct. 13-14. And this year, all three weekends are free admission!

Free shuttles are available in downtown Leavenworth, so you don’t have to worry about driving yourself. Are you ready to indulge in German culture and make memories to last a lifetime? Join us for three weekends of German-inspired festivities!

Attend the Opening Ceremony Celebration

You can’t miss the opening ceremony every Saturday of the Oktoberfest weekend at noon. The Muenchner Kindl leads a Bavarian procession followed by villagers carrying German and American flags. The parade also features Leavenworth’s own Musikkapelle playing traditional Bavarian instruments, beautifully decorated wagons, the Tanz Gruppe, and the city’s mayor in a horse-drawn carriage. The ceremony ends at the Festhalle, where the traditional Keg Tapping Ceremony kicks off the festivities at 1 p.m.

Get Free Admission and Ticket Prices

Projekt Bayern is excited to announce that admission to this event is free all three weekends! You’ll still need to show your ID at the gates per liquor license requirements. However, admission is free. Once inside, head over to the Food and Beverage ticket booth to purchase tickets for food, drinks, and souvenirs! Each ticket is $1, and only tickets are accepted. Tickets are sold in two separate lines, one for cash and one for credit cards.

Taste the Beer and Wine

There’s no such thing as Oktoberfest without fantastic beer! Enjoy fresh brews from local and international breweries, including Hofbrau, Warsteiner, Spaten, and Franziskaner, during the event.

There will also be a selection of wines and cider, including COPA Di Vino Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Washington Gold Cider.

Listen to Live Music

Oktoberfest in Leavenworth is one of the best places to hear live music in the Pacific Northwest! Every year, talented bands from all over the nation, Canada, and even Germany perform at this fantastic event. Many of these previous musical groups to perform include:

  • Silver Stars
  • Happy Hans (German music)
  • The Beer Barrels (Oktoberfest and European Dance Music)
  • Oregon Polka Beats
  • The Gordonairs (European Music)

Indulge in German Food

Leavenworth Oktoberfest is every foodie’s paradise! From customary Bratwurst sausages, BBQ ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, and veggie burgers. Your options for mouthwatering selections are endless! If you manage to save room for dessert, the root beer float and cakes with whipped cream or Apple Strudel will satisfy any sweet tooth.

Participate in the Leavenworth Marathon

Do you want to run off all that tasty German food and beer while supporting cancer research? The Leavenworth Marathon is perfect for you! The half marathon and full marathon courses are USATF Certified and lead you through stunning scenery. Along the way, you’ll pass by downtown Leavenworth, across the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area, and through wooded riverfront trails. Both races take place on Saturday, September 30th.

Discover More Fun

Explore the vendor booths for handmade crafts and unique souvenirs, watch dance and musical performances, or join in the family fun at the Kinderplatz downtown with L-Bow the Clown! Check the website Oktoberfest website for updated information on their entertainment schedule. There’s something that everyone will love at one of the best Leavenworth, WA, events of the year.

Want a Vendor Booth at Leavenworth Oktoberfest?

Fill out the vendor application if you would like to apply for a space at the event! Spaces fill up quickly, so get yours into their office as soon as possible.

You can mail your application and check to Projekt Bayern, PO Box 411, Leavenworth, WA 98826.

Relax for the Night at Pine River Ranch

Located just minutes from the Leavenworth, WA, Oktoberfest fun downtown, our rustic bed and breakfast is the perfect home away from home. Escape from the demands of everyday life and retreat to one of our romantic guest suites.

Every morning, enjoy a piping hot gourmet breakfast delivered to your door. Treat yourself to luxury amenities such as velour robes, lush bath products, and complimentary snacks, coffee, and tea. We want to help make every minute of your stay with us unforgettable.

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