Fat pumpkins and stout beer: It must be Oktoberfest time
Fremont Oktoberfest, Sept. 20-22, Seattle; Oktoberfest Monroe, Sept. 20-22, Monroe.
Seattle Times staff
Time: 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; Village, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
Location: between Phinney Avenue North and First Avenue Northwest and North 35th Street and North Canal Street; entrance at Phinney Avenue North and North 35th Street, Seattle. .
Cost: $25-$40/tasting garden; Village free.
Oktoberfest 5K: 10 a.m. Sunday, $25-$35.
Street Scramble: 10:30 a.m. Sunday, $5-$25.
More info: fremontoktoberfest.com/ .
Time: 11 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday, ages 21 and older only after 7 p.m.; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
Cost: free until 3 p.m. Friday, then $10 Friday-Saturday, $5 Sunday; ages 12 and younger free all weekend
Location: Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. S.E., Monroe.
More information: 425-295-3262 or www.oktoberfestmonroe.com.
Beer gardens and the roar of chain-saw pumpkin-carving mark the arrival of fall at Fremont Oktoberfest this weekend. Like its namesake in Germany, it’s all about the beer.
But while there’ll be bratwurst and lederhosen, the festival’s flair is decidedly Fremont-style.
There’s a few traditional German beers among the seasonal brews, but most of the 100 choices from 50 breweries are local microbrews, available in 5-ounce mini mugs in the Tasting Garden and in half or full-liter steins in the Buxom Beer Garden.
There’s a little bit of oompah, but most of the music is rock by local bands. And there’s an indoor sports bar, lots of food choices and ciders, wine and nonalcoholic drinks for non-beer fans.
The festival is divided into two parts, the tasting garden with admission charge for ages 21 and older only, Friday, Saturday and Sunday; and the free Oktoberfest Village for all ages Saturday and Sunday with food, entertainment, Big Alpine Slide, pumpkin decorating and Zucchini 500 veggie-car races. Orange guts fly at the village’s starring event, Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving, at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Traditional German dirndls, lederhosen and yodeling are “strongly encouraged” at the Buxom Royalty Contest at 8 p.m. Friday, but since audience approval determines the winners, Fremont panache is bound to be a plus.
Sunday’s Fremont Oktoberfest 5K race is that rare occasion where a beer belly is an advantage, since men 220-pounds-plus and women 175-pounds-plus get a big head start to reach the beer-garden finish line.
Other Sunday events include the Street Scramble to visit as many of 30 neighborhood sites as you can on foot, team or solo, in 90 minutes; and Dogtoberfest, dogs welcome in the Tasting Garden and at the 5K and Street Scramble; and dogs and owners on the runway at the CityDog Magazine cover-dog model contest at 3 p.m.
For a more traditional Oktoberfest, head to Oktoberfest Monroe for authentic German beer, activities and entertainment in the Festhalle Biergarten, Family Fest Zone and Kinderhaus. Authentic attire is available at German Corner Shopping; music features polka and yodeling; and schnitzel, bratwurst, pretzels and strudel are featured among the choices at Gutes Essen Haus, Giggling German and other eateries, Friday through Sunday.
Madeline McKenzie: email@example.com