The Oaks Park Oktoberfest begins Friday. This is one of my favorite local festivals and it’s not just because of the plentiful beer and women in dirndls (though that’s a large part of it):
Portland’s premier fall festival celebrates the season with a family style German festival. Authentic food, beer, live oompah music on 2 stages, “Kinderplatz” crafts and shows for the kids, dog shows, cooking shows, craft vendors and more.
It’s cheap too: $5.00 for 16-61 years old, $2.00 for 15 and younger, $3.00 for 62 and older. Free gate fee for all visitors 55 and over Friday afternoon from 3-6 pm. The schedule is broken down by day on the Oaks Park website:
I don’t know for sure if there will be dogs in lederhosen, but they do call it Dogtoberfest.
Bring your dog to the Hawthorne Lucky Lab Saturday for a dog wash ($5 suggested donation, all proceeds go to DoveLewis Blood Bank). Then stay for the music, beer (Dogtoberfest Pale Ale brewed especially for this occasion), and street fair!
Cathedral Park hosts the Second Annual Portland Pirate Festival all weekend.
Explore tall ships, celebrate buccaneer music, and thrill to cannon and sword fighting demonstrations at Portland’s newest family festival . . . This year’s two-day adventure will feature even more music, dance, historical reenactments, and other performances. Fine grub & grog from some of the region’s best restaurants too!
And what better way to end the weekend then to watch the Timbers take on Atlanta at PGE Park! The semifinal match begins at 5pm.
Stay tuned to Talk Timbers for tifo and pre-match tailgating plans.