Know Before You Go
What is oktoberfest Northwest?
Oktoberfest Northwest hosts Western Washington's largest Munich-style Festhalle Biergarten and is the Northwest's Exclusive Home of Hammerschlagen®. Oktoberfest NW started back in 2004 and ever since then the festival has brought guests an authentic Oktoberfest celebration including German food, bier, dance and entertainment to guests. This is the Oktoberfest event you won't want to miss!
Rain or shine, the party continues because we're indoors!
when is the event?
Oktoberfest NW is a 3-day event and will be held Friday, October 6, Saturday, October 7, and Sunday, October 8, 2017.
WHERE IS IT? is there parking?
We are lucky enough to host our Munich-style party at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup. (Street address: 110 9th Ave SW Puyallup, WA 98371). If you need help with directions, you can find more details HERE compliments of the WA State Fair Events Center, parking/designated driver details are in the Getting There section, or need a place to stay overnight, check out our Where to Stay section.
what are the hours?
The hours vary as follows:
Friday, Oct. 6: noon - midnight (After 7pm, 21 & older only)
Saturday, Oct. 7: 11am - midnight (After 7pm, 21 & older only)
Sunday, Oct. 8: 11am - 6pm (Sunday is Family Day that means all ages, all day!)
(Note: On Sunday, the Festhalle will not open to Stein Dash runners until after the race begins; all other guests may enter at 11am at official opening hours.)
Stein Dash Hours (Sunday, Oct. 8) Hours: On-site registration begins at 8:30am & race kicks off at 10:30am.
how much does it cost to get in?
Admission varies on each day and at certain hours as follows:
FRIDAY: noon - 3pm: FREE
FRIDAY: starting at 3pm: $12
(PS that means promptly at 3pm #sorrynotsorrry)
SUNDAY: $6 (Family Day Half-price courtesy of The News Tribune)
Kids 12 & under can attend for FREE all weekend! (Note: 21 & older after 7pm on Fri. & Sat.)
Note: Military discount ticket pricing available at the door only, ID required.
Buy your tickets early online & receive access to an exclusive express entry line!
how can I be a Vip?
All-new this year, take your Oktoberfest Northwest experience to the next level as a VIP! Our VIP Dinner & Experience includes an authentic & exclusive dinner, 'Meet & Greet" with Manuela Horn, VIP only beer garden inside the main Festhalle & more! Limited seats available. More details HERE. NOTE: Tickets closed on Sept. 30th for this 1st VIP Dinner & Experience.
Are kids or Under 21 allowed?
Yes, come join the fun there are plenty of kid-friendly activities to enjoy! Kids 12 & under have FREE admission all weekend. While minors aren't allowed to enjoy the adult beverages, we’d love to invite everyone to the party till at least 7pm on Friday and Saturday. After that, it's 21+ only. However, on Sunday is Family Day so all ages are welcome all day (plus half-price general admission)!
How much money should I bring for drinks, food & Steins?
We can't tell you how much money you should bring, but we can tell that beer/wine tickets are $6 each and all restaurant food items will be $10 or less (not including order add-ons. Steins are also available, they cost between $15-$25 depending on the size and type. Beer & wine is purchased with tickets. Beer/wine tickets and event steins can ONLY be purchased inside the event & are NOT available for sale online. All sales are final.
Credit or Cash?
Both! We take Visa, MC, AMEX & cash. An ATM is also on site at the festival, as some beer gardens are cash only.
do i need to bring my id?
Yes, if you're interested in partaking in the delicious German beer and wine OR if you want to stay past 7pm (that's the cut off for those under 21 on Friday & Saturday of the event)!
So, what's the proper ID you ask? The WA Liquor Control Board will accept 1) a driver’s license with a photo from any state; 2) a current passport; 3) a DMV identification card; and 4) a military card. The state identification card and/or the military card must bear a picture of the person, the person’s name, address, date of birth, a physical description and the signature of the person.
when is the last beer ticket sale & LAST POUR?
Last call to purchase beer/wine tickets is 45 minutes before close each day & last pour is 30 minutes before close.
Friday, Oct. 6: Last ticket sale: 11:15pm & last pour 11:30pm
Saturday, Oct. 7: Last ticket sale: 11:15pm & last pour 11:30pm
Sunday, Oct. 8: Last ticket sale: 5:150pm & last pour 5:35pm
Can i bring my dog?
There’s going to be a lot going on at the event and while we love your pets, we would like everyone to come enjoy their day, dog free. So, dogs are not allowed unless they are registered service dogs or wiener dogs registered for the race and ONLY on Sunday. (Details on the Wiener Dog Races HERE)
is smoking allowed?
There is a designated smoking area outside of the Main Festhalle in the Outdoor Biergarten area. We ask that you use the trash receptacles, do not litter, and be respectful of other guests.
can i bring my own Stein?
While we think our Official Oktoberfest Northwest steins are pretty sweet, guests are allowed to bring their own steins into the event. However, bar staff cannot pour directly into steins brought into the event. So, if you buy a beer they will give you a cup of beer back, that you can then pour into your stein. This includes steins from previous years sold at Oktoberfest NW. Only this year's steins will receive direct pours into them. Prost!
should i wear an oktoberfest costume or lederhosen?
YES! Dress to impress in your best lederhosen or dirndls as there is a costume contest for 'Best Dressed' male & female! Costumes are encourages, however, there can be no full masks. Check out the Festhalle Main Stage schedule for costume contest hours.
what about designated drivers?
Did you get designated as the driver in your group? Thank you for being responsible! You can also sign up at the Root Bier Garden at Oktoberfest Northwest to receive free soda, water and drip coffee, if you participate in the Designated Drivers program. Check out more details in the Getting There section.
What is Oktoberfest northwest's Guest Conduct Policy?
Oktoberfest Northwest wants guests to have fun, but we take safety seriously and have a strict alcohol policy designed to protect the guests and the public from alcohol related incidents. All festival guests are expected to maintain responsible and appropriate behavior at all times. Oktoberfest Northwest reserves the right to deny entry or eject from guests displaying inappropriate behavior, as determined by festival management.
Festival management has the right to refuse entry to any guest deemed intoxicated upon arrival to the Festival. Additionally, the Festival has the right to remove any guest from the premises who is intoxicated or causing a disturbance or is potentially dangerous to himself/herself or other guests. Ejected guests will not receive a refund for their tickets or be compensated in any way.
The purpose of the guest conduct policy is to assure the safety and well-being of all guests. So, let's all eat, prost & be merry! Thank you.
what does your event benefit?
Oktoberfest Northwest's community partner is the German Language School of Tacoma to help educate the community in the German language and culture. We also work with the non-profit Northwest Wiener Races for our Wiener Dog Races and proceeds go toward to select local rescues.
where can i find the event program?
Our 2016 Program can be found on site at the event and as an insert in The News Tribune. You can also check out a PDF version of it HERE.
Have more questions?
Contact us at (425) 295-3262 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Prost!