Experience a little Bavaria in Bend with the annual Oktoberfest celebration downtown September 15th & 16th.
It’s two days of beer, brats and probably more men than necessary wearing ill-fitting Lederhosen, but hey, it’s only once a year, right?
The event is a fundraiser for the Downtown Bend Business Association and one of the more popular festivals of the year. It’s like a mini beer fest with brews and ciders offered from Deschutes, Crux Fermentation Project, Sunriver Brewing Co., Three Creeks, Bend Brewing Co. and others. The event is free, but you have to buy a special Oktoberfest mug to try any of the 18 brews. Special edition ceramic steins are also for sale in addition to a VERY limited edition Silipint.
Along with the beer (have we mentioned the beer?) the festivities include a yodeling competition, live music and the hugely popular wiener dog races.
You’ll also enjoy plenty of Oompah music while the kids play on the bouncy houses in the children’s play area; there’s a Hammerschlagen competition as part of the Oktoberfest games and a tricycle race that features some local professional cyclists.
It all happens on Oregon Avenue in downtown Bend starting at 5 p.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday. Both days it runs until 10 p.m. (Please note: Friday night is 21+ only while on Saturday, minors are allowed until 5 p.m.)
For more information and a schedule of events, visit the Oktoberfest website!