Mark your calendars! The Leavenworth Oktoberfest 2016 is quickly approaching, and it’s time to start planning your unforgettable experience at this fun-filled event! With four venues of entertainment, live music, traditional food, and of course, steins full of delicious beers, this event is the next best thing to the actual Munich celebration. The Leavenworth Oktoberfest begins September 30th and takes place every Friday and Saturday until October 15th. Find out what’s in store in our Bavarian-themed town for this highly anticipated festival!
What to Expect at Leavenworth Oktoberfest
Opening Ceremony Celebration
Every Saturday of the Oktoberfest weekends, the Muenchner Kindl leads a Bavarian procession followed by villagers carrying German and American flags. You will also see Leavenworth’s own Musikkapelle playing traditional Bavarian instruments, beautifully decorated wagons, the Tanz Gruppe, and the city’s mayor in a horse-drawn carriage. After the parade, the party is moved to Festhalle, where the traditional Keg Tapping Ceremony begins at 1 p.m.
Leavenworth Oktoberfest Beer
What is an Oktoberfest without the traditional drink? During your time at the event, you will have the opportunity to try 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.
Every year, talented bands from all over the nation, Canada, and even Germany perform at Leavenworth Oktoberfest. While the 2016 entertainment schedule is still in the works, here are just a few examples of artists from previous years:
- Silver Stars
- Happy Hans (German music)
- The Beer Barrels (Oktoberfest and European Dance Music)
- Oregon Polka Beats
- The Gordonairs European Music
Foods and Beverages
Leavenworth Oktoberfest is every foodie’s paradise! From customary Bratwurst sausages, BBQ ribs, turkey legs, or pulled pork sandwiches, your options for mouthwatering selections are nearly endless! If you manage to save room for dessert, you absolutely must try the Mug Root Beer float or German cakes with whipped cream.
Leavenworth Oktoberfest Marathon
Want to run off all that tasty German food 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 the stunning town Leavenworth, along the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area, and through wooded riverfront trails. Both races take place on Saturday, October 1st with the full marathon beginning at 7 a.m. and the half marathon at 9 a.m. Visit the Leavenworth Oktoberfest Marathon website for registration fees, deadlines, and more information.
Explore the vendor booths for handmade crafts and unique souvenirs, watch dance and music performances by exciting musical groups, or watch the family fun at the Kinderplatz downtown! No matter what you decide to do, boredom is never an option.
Friday Tickets – $10 for 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Saturday Tickets – $20 for 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Children under 12 are free with an adult and all military personnel receive complimentary attendance when they present their ID.
IMPORTANT: Please note that food and drinks are sold separately!
Stay With Pine River Ranch for the Perfect Leavenworth Oktoberfest Lodging
Offering charm, ambiance, and hospitality, Pine River Ranch is the perfect destination for a visit to Leavenworth! Whether you are here to attend the Oktoberfest celebration or seeking a romantic escape, you’ll love our one-of-a-kind amenities, delicious daily breakfast, and stunning suites. We look forward to welcoming you soon!