Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest 2017 in Portland

by Alexander Frane on Sep 12, 2017 in Roundups

Oktoberfest, a celebration of German culture, food, and, most importantly, beer, is almost upon us, and Portland has a few place to celebrate. We’ve rounded up the TK best spots to grab some schnitzel, listen to some oompa music, and drink a frosty mug of bier. Let us know where you’ll be celebrating all things German at our Facebook or Twitter.

Stammtisch
September 15 to 17
German bier house Stammtisch is setting up a Bavarian beer garden, complete with wooden Oktoberfest tables brought from Munich. The bar will feature ten Oktoberfest and fest-style Marzen beers, while Chef Graham Chaney will be outside grilling and preparing a special menu featuring staples like bratwurst, roast pork, grilled chicken, salads, pretzels, and more. Entertainment includes live German music, cornhole and giant jenga, and face painting for kids. Hours are Friday, September 15 from 3 - 10PM ; Saturday, September 16 from 12 - 10 PM; and Sunday, September 17 from 12 - 6 PM. Minors are permitted until 10PM. Admissions is free. More information available at the Facebook event page here. (401 NE 28th Ave.; 503-206-7983)

McMenamins Kennedy School
September 16
The Kennedy Schools is featuring more than a dozen German style beers, both McMenamins and guest beers, including Alameda Brewing, Burnside Brew Co., Great Notion Brewing, Fire on the Mountain, and more. Burgers, bratwurst, warm pretzels, and beer tastings will be available from noon to 9 PM, with multiple live bands playing throughout the day. Tasting glasses are $4, and tasting tokens are $1.50. A glass + ten tokens is $17. More information, including full band and brewery lists, is available here. (5736 NE 33rd Ave.; 503-249-3983)

McMenamins Edgefield
September 24
Edgefield is celebrating Oktoberfest the same way it does every year: with plenty of beer, food, and live polka music. It’s also hosting its annual golf tourney and a garden sale, where you can find fresh vegetables and live plants for sale. Oktoberfest music and festivities go from 10 AM to 10 PM, while the plant sale is noon to 5 PM. The golf tournament tees off at 11 AM, and tickets can be purchased here. (2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale; 503-669-8610)

Oaks Park
September 22 - 24
It seems a missed opportunity for Oaks Parks to not call its yearly celebration Oakstoberfest, but the fairground makes up for it with three days packed with music, rides, games, cooking demonstrations, fortune telling, shopping, and, most importantly, dachshund races. There will also be plenty of beer and German food, of course. Hours are Friday, September 22 from 4 PM to midnight; Saturday, September 23 11 AM to Midnight; and Sunday, September 24 11 AM to 7 PM. Gate fees are $6 for adults, $3 for 15 and younger, and $4 for 62 and older. Visit the website for the complete details. (7805 SE Oaks Park Way; 503-233-5777)

Prost!
September 29 - October 1
Stammtisch’s sister bar Prost! closes out Oktoberfest with a beer garden of its own, out on the Prost Marketplace patio. A beer truck will be serving German beers, including eight Oktoberfest beers (available inside as well), and bratwurst, pretzels, and more will also be served. Like Stammtisch, you’ll find live music, games, and kid’s entertainment. Admission is free. Hours are Friday, September 29 from 11 AM to 2:30 AM; Saturday, September 30 from 11 AM to 2:30 AM with the Marketplace open 12 PM to 10 PM; and Sunday, October 1 from 11 AM to 2:30 AM with the Marketplace open 12 PM to 8 PM. Minors are permitted until 10 PM. (4237 N Mississippi Ave.; 503-954-2674)

Widmer Brothers Brewing
October 1
Widmer Bros, one of Portland’s oldest breweries, is hosting its 13th annual Oktoberfest celebrations at Pioneer Courthouse Square. The event is open to all ages, and will have plenty of Widmer beers for those 21+. Musical guest Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats will headlining a day of live music, including local bands and DJs. Hours are 2 to 10 PM, and entry costs begin at $35 for general admission. Tickets for all levels of entry can be found here. (Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave.; 503-223-1613)

Photo via McMenamins/Kathleen Nyberg 

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