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 6 Things to Do at the Leavenworth, WA, Oktoberfest
Every fall, people from all across the country flock to our famous Bavarian village to take part in Oktoberfest in Leavenworth. Oktoberfest 2019 takes place October 4 – 5, 11 – 12 and 18 – 19. 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!
1. Attend the Opening Ceremony Celebration
You can’t miss the Opening Ceremony every Saturday of the Oktoberfest weekends 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.
2. Taste the Beer
There’s no such thing as Oktoberfest without fantastic beer! During the event, sample fresh brews from local and international breweries including Alpine Brewing Co., Ayinger, Weihenstephan. Many of these companies come straight from Germany and are among the oldest breweries in the world.
3. 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 amazing event. 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)
4. Indulge in German Food
Leavenworth Oktoberfest is every foodie’s paradise! From customary Bratwurst sausages, BBQ ribs, turkey legs, and pulled pork sandwiches, your options for mouthwatering selections are endless! If you manage to save room for dessert, the root beer float and cakes with whipped cream satisfy any sweet tooth.
5. Participate in the Leavenworth Oktoberfest Marathon
Do you want to run off all that tasty German food and beer while supporting cancer research? The Leavenworth Oktoberfest 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, October 6th.
6. 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! There’s something that everyone will love at one of the best Leavenworth, WA, events of the year.
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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