Know Before You Go
What is oktoberfest Northwest?
Oktoberfest Northwest, presented by Evergreen Eye Center, 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 5, Saturday, October 6, and Sunday, October 7, 2018.
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). Entrance and Parking is via the BLUE GATE ONLY! Parking is FREE!
Your car will NOT be towed if left in Blue Lot overnight. Park at own risk. Oktoberfest NW not responsible for lost or stolen items.
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. 5: noon - midnight (After 6pm, 21 & older only. No re-entry after 8pm.)
Saturday, Oct. 6: 11am - midnight (After 6pm, 21 & older only. No re-entry after 8pm.)
Sunday, Oct. 7: 11am - 6pm (Sunday is Family Day that means all ages $7.00, 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 (Sunday, Oct. 7) 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: $15 at the gate.
Online advance purchase tickets - $12 (on sale soon)
SATURDAY: $15 at the gate.
Online advance purchase tickets - $12 (on sale soon)
SUNDAY: $7.00 at the gate (Family Day price courtesy of The News Tribune & Star 101.5 FM).
Online advance purchase tickets - $6.00 (on sale soon)
Kids 12 & under can attend for FREE all weekend! (Note: 21 & older after 6pm on Fri. & Sat.)
Note: Military discount $3.00 off general admission ticket pricing available at the door only, valid military ID required.
how can I be a Vip?
You asked, and we listened. Newly revamped for 2018, we took your Oktoberfest Northwest experience to the next level as a VIP! Our VIP Experience includes a VIP only bar area inside the main Festhalle, Stein & Bier tickets package, 'Meet & Greet" with Manuela Horn, & more!
can i buy advance general ADMISSION OR STEIN & BIER PACKAGES?
We're glad you asked! New for 2018, we've added ONLINE advance General Admission tickets and a Stein & Bier Package at discounted rates, not available at the gate. That's right, the old "early bird gets the worm' comes to Oktoberfest NW to save you some money, so that you can enjoy all things Oktoberfest: bier, brats, Hammerschlagen...and authentic German entertainment. ON SALE SOON!
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 6pm on Friday and Saturday. After that, it's 21+ only. However, on Sunday is Family Day so all ages are welcome all day: $7.00 admission at the gate!
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 $7 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 6pm (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 US state; 2) a current passport; 3) a DMV identification card; and 4) a military card. The US 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. International visitors without a US state issued form of ID as mentioned above, must show a current passport.
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. 5: Last ticket sale: 11:15pm & last pour 11:30pm
Saturday, Oct. 6: Last ticket sale: 11:15pm & last pour 11:30pm
Sunday, Oct. 7: Last ticket sale: 5:15pm & 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 dirndl! Costumes are encouraged, however, there can be no full masks. Dirndl bows: traditionally at Oktoberfest, a bow tied on the left indicates the wearer is single...on the right, taken! In the middle - somewhat undecided! We'll leave that up to you!
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.
where can i find the event program?
Our 2018 Program can be found on site at the event, and as an insert in The News Tribune closer to the event. You can also check out the 2017 PDF version of it HERE.
where is the lost & found?
Lost and found articles may be dropped off or recovered at the Root Bier Garden tent. To contact us after missing items after the event call (425) 295-3262 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Festival management has the right to refuse entry to any guest deemed intoxicated or displaying inappropriate behavior, upon arrival or re-entry 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 following items will not be allowed at Oktoberfest Northwest:
- Weapons of any kind, including knives and all firearms
- Outside alcoholic beverages, marijuana and illegal drugs
- Open/unsealed beverage containers
- Bicycles, skates, roller blades and skateboards
- Animals (except marked service or contestants in the wiener dog races on Sunday)
- Any item that is deemed by the Safety Inspection Staff and/or Fair management to be dangerous.
Please do not bring these items to the Fair grounds or you will be denied entry. Items cannot be left at the gates for storage. Items not permitted on the facility must be taken back to guests’ vehicles or put in the garbage receptacles. Any illegal items, including illegal drugs, will be turned over to the Puyallup Police Department.
The following are not allowed:
- Disruptive behavior or unlawful acts
- Solicitation, distribution, or selling of product outside of a contracted booth
- Scalping or re-sale of tickets
Please note: Personal items brought onto the facilities may be subject to search. Entry constitutes consent for Washington State Fair to use any film, video, or likeness of bearer for any purpose whatsoever without payment to bearer.
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.
Have more questions?
Contact us at (425) 295-3262 or email email@example.com. Prost!