Just because Munich’s Oktoberfest is canceled for 2021 doesn’t mean your lederhosen needs to be collecting dust this fall! As one of the top states for craft breweries, it’s no surprise that Washington has its fair share of Oktoberfests to attend. Although festival operations look slightly different this year (and may still change), opportunities for enjoying local brews and fall activities abound.
Here are three Oktoberfest options in Washington for 2021.
Bier on the Pier, Anacortes
This annual festival in Anacortes takes place the evening of Friday, October 1 and all day on Saturday, October 2. Being only 2 hours from Seattle, this is a great option for a quick weekend or as a first stop on a longer coastal adventure. It’s a 21+ event with breweries, cideries, food trucks, and live music. Is there anything better than a local brew and stunning view?
As of now (August 16, 2021), there are no restrictions in place for this event. Make sure to double check before your trip, as a mask mandate, vaccination requirement, or capacity limits could be imposed.
Add outdoor adventure to your Anacortes trip by tacking on a day in Deception Pass, heading south through Whidbey Island, and even taking a ferry to the Olympic Peninsula.
Seattle’s largest beer festival is back! This 21+ event is taking place September 17-19. There will be over 100 beers to choose from, German bites, and contests like stein hoisting and chainsaw pumpkin carving. On Sunday, bring your furry friend along for “Dogtoberfest.”
To control crowd size, there are tickets available for purchase by day.
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Leavenworth Oktoberfest Mkt
Leavenworth is doing things a little differently this year. Instead of their usual Oktoberfest, they are hosting a huge street fair to help support the small businesses and artisans that have struggled over the past year and a half. The harvest festival will include 100 local vendors for the first three weekends of October. There actually won’t be beer at this event, but luckily it isn’t hard to find beer in Leavenworth! Spend the day enjoying the festivities, then stop by a brewery or two after.
There are so many places to spend the night surrounding Leavenworth. Lake Wenatchee State Park is an ideal campsite year-round, or make your way down Icicle Creek Road for first-come first-served camping.
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