Now, almost two hundred years after the start of the event in Germany, Fremont carries on the tradition with a colorful micro-brew festival that is Seattle’s only weekend Oktoberfest celebration. The event spans a Friday, Saturday and Sunday in late September. It features more than twenty-five micro-breweries, non-stop music with our favorite local bands, a street fair, traditional German food, a variety of acts and zany contests in keeping with the offbeat Fremont tradition.
Due to lack of refrigeration, in old Germany, the brewing season began with the fall harvest of barley and hops and continued through the cold months of the year. The last brewing happened in March. Any beer left at harvest time had to be consumed before the new beer arrived. At least that was the official line. The last Saturday of September through the first Sunday of October was designated as the time to drink-up all of last season’s beer. It officially became Oktoberfest in 1810, when Crown Prince Ludwig declared a 10-day celebration in honor of his betrothal to Princess Theresa of Bavaria. Since most of us have to work on Monday and cannot party for 16 days, we invite you to experience how the Fremont Oktoberfest squeezes 16 days into one unbelievable weekend.
Come for the party, stay for the Fair
What would an Oktoberfest be without a gala festival street fair, full of amazing craftsmen, colorful world imports and irresistible flea market treasures from across the land? (Probably just another frat party!) So, bring the tiny youngsters to the Kids Area, enjoy the zany fun, great music, gobs of food. Oh, and by the way, enjoy sampling some of the best beer in Washington, in the best neighborhood in the universe.
For more information
Visit fremontoktoberfest.com or call 206-633-0422 or call the Fremont Chamber at 206 632-1500.
Fremonsters get a preview of layout and any changes for the 2013 Fremont Oktoberfest in our 2013 Summer Events Brochure pdf