The authentic German beers and food options (e.g. bratwurst, chicken schnitzel, braised red cabbage, sauerkraut, German Potato Salad, and Tater Tots!) are reasonably priced, and there are enough places to put in your order that the lines don’t often get too long.
Entertainment is provided by a multitude of polka-y bands, including Greg Meier, the Polkatones, Still Kickin’, the Alpine Echoes, the Country Dutchmen, and more.
For the competitive festival goer, there’s also pretzel toss, condiment art, chicken dance, and sausage eating contests throughout the weekend.
In addition there’s a vendor village and plenty of stuff for the kids.
Admission is $5 for adults 16 to 61, $3 for 62 and over, and kids get in for $2. Friday the fest goes from 3pm-midnight (rides 6pm-10pm), Saturday, 11am-midnight (rides noon-10pm), and Sunday 11am-7pm (rides noon-7pm). Download the full schedule of events here (pdf).
This is one of Heather‘s favorite Portland festivals, because of the weiner dog races of course! Personally I enjoy mostly the beer and accordion music, of which there is plenty!
Here are a a couple reviews of past Oaks Park Oktoberfests:
- Oktoberfest: Beer, Wiener Dogs and Schnitzel (2008) by Heather at Mile73.com
- Oaks Park Oktoberfest 2009 by yours truly at this blog
And here’s a weiner dog race video!