Fremont Oktoberfest celebrates the very best in Pacific Northwest craft beer and traditional German biers. There are over 100 seasonal beers to taste. This three-day festival features food, live music, and plenty of other activities. Fremont OktoberFest is held rain or shine (duh, this is Seattle), so the event includes covered areas and various indoor lounge spaces around the event.
Note: This is 21+ only event, all weekend: Every Day is strictly 21+ Only. For real, no babies, screaming toddlers (or quiet ones). They mean it. They aren’t over 21.
Why is Oktoberfest spelled so funny?
Oktober is simply the German spelling for the month of October.
The tradition of Oktoberfest began in Munich, Germany in 1810 when Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. Week-long nuptial festivities began on October 12 and ended on October 17, with a horse race concluding the celebration. And the wedding ceremony, of course.
Munich celebrations were repeated every year after that first wedding celebration, giving rise to the tradition of Oktoberfest. Over the years, the character of the festival changed to include an agricultural fair, carousels and other amusements, and beer stands that became large beer halls. The popular horse races fell out of favor and are no longer held today. The beer halls became immensely popular. Go figure.
Over 200 years later, the Munich Oktoberfest is the largest festival on Earth, with over six million visitors from around the world spending nearly a half-billion dollars during the two-week event. Attendees drink million of gallons of beer, eat thousands of pounds of sausage, and consume nearly a half-million spit-roasted chickens. Zum wohl!
Beer-themed Oktoberfest celebrations are held in many other cities around the world, some in October and some in September, which has more predictably favorable weather. The largest Oktoberfest outside of Germany is “Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest” in Ontario, Canada. The largest in the United States “Oktoberfest Zinzinnati” is in Cincinnati, Ohio. Fremont Oktoberfest is Seattle’s largest fall beer festival.
2018 Fremont Oktoberfest information
Note: This is a 21+ only event. ONLY. Strictly. Valid ID. No exceptions. This means no packing babies, no toddlers. No kidding. They’ve been doing this for years, don’t even try. Washington State liquor laws.
When: Friday-Sunday, September 21-23, 2018. Note: every day is (21+ Only). Hours: Friday, 5:00pm – midnight . Saturday, Noon – midnight. Sunday, Noon – 6:00pm.
Where: Festival Entrance is at the intersection of Phinney Ave N and N 35th St. Fremont Oktoberfest takes place in the streets of Fremont between Phinney Ave N and 1st Ave NW and N 35th St and N Canal St.
Fremont Oktoberfest Discount Tickets
Save $10 when you buy advance tickets online before opening day of the Fremont Oktoberfest.
- Grand Admission for $30 includes one day entry, 10 tasting tokens and mini tasting mug, while supplies last.
- General Admission for $25 includes one day entry, 5 tasting tokens and mini tasting mug, while supplies last.
- Designated Driver/Festival only admission $20 includes one day entry, 4 non-alcoholic beverage tickets.
- Need more tokens? Additional tasting tokens may be purchased individually or in packages inside the Tasting Garden at the Merchandise Booth.
Parking: It’s recommended that you don’t drive. Be safe and take a taxi cab, Uber, Lift, or Metro. If you must drive, Fremont has paid street parking and U-Park lots in the area.
Food: Inside the Fremont Oktoberfest Tasting Garden, find German pretzels, bratwurst from Zieglers, and other fair food.
For more information, visit the Fremont Oktoberfest website.