As Munich’s Oktoberfest is an ode to German culture, Fremont’s Oktoberfest is an ode to the quirky sensibility of the Fremont neighborhood. The event is a benefit for the Fremont Chamber of Commerce to fund local schools, art groups, community events and promoting Fremont as the “Center of the Universe.”
The 16th annual Fremont Oktoberfest takes place September 21-23rd. Why Oktoberfest in September? The short answer would be that Fremont is the “Center of the Universe” and a neighborhood known for doing things its own way. Truth-be-told, the idea was borrowed from the original Munich Oktoberfest, a 16-day festival starting in September and ending the first Sunday of October. Fremont has traditionally chosen a September date as an attempt to catch Seattle’s weather on its best behavior.
In true Fremont style, Fremont Oktoberfest has something for everyone. From a tasting garden where guests can sample over 80 beers in a 5 oz mug or toast to Germany with a 32 oz stein to the family-friendly village featuring traditional German food booths, a free entertainment stage and a kids area with Zucchini 500 races, pumpkin carving and Oktoberfest-themed arts and crafts. And don’t forget the infamous Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving Contest!
The weekend also includes the Fremont Oktoberfest 5K, complete with a beer belly division and appropriately ending at the Village Beer Garden.