Sept 29-Oct 1 and Oct 6-8, 2016 
Depot Park 
Whitefish, Montana
(406) 862-3501
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2016 Great Northwest Oktoberfest Event Information
First Weekend: 
Thursday, September 29:  5 pm to 11 pm
Friday, September 30: 5 pm to 11 pm
Saturday, October 1: 12 noon to 11 pm

Second Weekend:
Thursday, October 6: 5 pm to 11 pm
Friday, October 7: 5 pm to 11 pm
Saturday, October 8: 12 noon to 11 pm 

The Great Northwest Oktoberfest takes place under the "Oktoberfest Bigtop" in Depot Park, located in the heart of downtown Whitefish, Montana. Depot Park is located on the corner of Spokane Ave. and Railroad St., in front of the historic Whitefish Train Depot. 
Admission is just $5 per day.  Kids under 12 (accompanied by a parent) are free.

Thursday, Sept 29th is "Locals Night" - if you bring an ID that shows you are a Flathead Valley resident you get in FREE!

Thursday, Oct 6th is "Bavarian Business Night" - Bring in your business card from 5-7pm and get in FREE.

Saturday, October 8th is "Senior's Day" - Oktoberfest goers 60 yrs old and better get in FREE until 5 pm! 

So what do you get for your 5 bucks?  You get all-day access into the Oktoberfest Bigtop where you can purchase all kinds of German beer, food and souvenirs as well as access to our beer garden. Plus, you'll be entertained by great German music & you can chicken dance your lederhosen off!  You also get to watch some of the craziest contests around like log sawing, keg throwing, stein holding & waitress races.  
For the complete schedule of events visit our "Schedule" page*
* subject to change
It isn't Oktoberfest with out beer, beer and more beer!  At the 2015 Oktoberfest we served:

From Whitefish's own Great Northern Brewing Co:
  • Oktoberfest Märzen
  • Wheatfish (Hefeweizen)
  • IPA (First Weekend)
  • Frog Hop (Second Weekend)
And three German beers, brewed by Warsteiner:
  • Pilsner (Premium)
  • Dunkel (Dark Lager)
  • Oktoberfest (Marzen)
On the second weekend we had beers brewed by Hofbräu too.

Wine, water & soda will also be available for non-beer drinkers
It also isn't Oktoberfest with out polkas, oom-pahs & chicken dancing!  

Music for weekend #1 will be provided by Europa. Specializing in European folk music these guys will have your toes tapping until you can't help but get out on the dance floor. They played Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Check out the band and their music at:

Western Senators:
​Music for the second weekend, will have the Western Senators returning for more rollicking polkas, oom-pah and western swing from our Canadian neighbors. If you attended last year's Great Northwest Oktoberfest you know how much fun they are. For info on the Western Senators got to:

Bavarian Echoes:
The Flathead Valley's own Bavarian Echoes played each Saturday afternoon of Oktoberfest. They know how to get Oktoberfest warmed up with their great Oom-pahs and Polkas and always blow the crowd away with their authentic alpine horns.
Those beers need something to wash down!  We had old favorites and some new dishes at the 2015 Oktoberfest Cafe and will update this site when the 2016 menu becomes available.  Last year we offered:

1/2 a savory rubbed rotisserie roasted chicken - a German Oktoberfest tradition!

Locally handmade Flathead raised Elk, German & traditional beer style bratwursts platter

All platters served with sauerkraut, sweet & sour kraut, sauteed apples & German potato salad

Bratwurst, Sandwich & Soups:
Traditional Beer Bratwurst 
¼ lb. locally handmade pork bratwurst piled high with sauerkraut

Smoked Elk Bratwurst
¼ lb. locally handmade Flathead raised elk and pork bratwurst piled high with sauerkraut

Black forest ham, Sauerkraut & Munster cheese on a pretzel roll

​Beer Cheese & German Potato Soups

Individual sides
 - sauerkraut or sweet & sour kraut
 - German potato salad
 - Sweet sauteed apples

Daily Specials
Authentic German style pot roast platter made with ginger snaps
alternating with
Kassler Rippchen
German style smoked pork loin

Kids Menu
Hot Dog with Mac & Cheese
Two of kid's favorite on one plate! 
The Great Northwest Oktoberfest
Whitefish Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 1120, Whitefish, MT 59937
(406) 862-3501 -
Oktoberfest is chalk full of fun contests & activities on both weekends!  


There are tons of crazy contests to participate in or to just watch from the sidelines cheering your favorite contestant on to victory!  We'll have:
  • Keg hurling 
  • Stein holding (Mens' & Womens')
  • Log sawing (Mens' & Womens')
  • Brat-eating contest ("the wurst minute of your life!") - each Friday night
  • Kid's Chicken Dance Contests [Sat. Oct 1 & Oct 8 at 2:45pm]

The above contests have no entry fee, and participants can sign up 1/2 hour before each contest at the table to the right of the Oktoberfest stage. (No sign up necessary for the  Chicken Dance Contest.)

Special Competitions:

Crowning of the 2016 Hop Queen
3rd annual Hop Queen competition will take place on Thursday, Oct 6th. If you think you've got what it takes to become this year's reigning Hop Queen then enter to win cash prizes and lots of other Oktoberfest goodies! Competition details and entry form will be available at a later date.

Waitress Races - October 6th - 9 pm
Flathead Valley's finest waitresses will compete for a $250 team cash prize in this stein-holdin' beer totin' head-to-head competition.  It's fast, it's furious and it's loads of fun to watch and to participate in!  Amateur and professional 3 member wait-staff teams can compete in the relay races.  So gather your co-workers and friends and make a team!  Entry fee includes admission to Oktoberfest on race day and beer coupons!  

Entry forms for the waitress races will be available as the event gets closer.

Contests & Activities!
Misc. Stuff - it may be "stuff" but it's still important!
Leave Fido at home: Sorry, no pets allowed in the Oktoberfest Bigtop or Beer Garden.

Parking: Due to parking availability (& to save gas!) we recommend carpooling to Oktoberfest.  

ATM:  There will be an ATM machine available on the premises to Oktoberfest-goers.
Special Days & Activities * (tentative)

Thursday, September 29th 
"Local's Night" - Bring an ID showing that you're a Flathead Valley resident and you'll get in FREE!

Friday, September 30th 
"Brat-eating contest" - The "wurst"  minute of your life!

Saturday, October 1st
"Family Day" From Noon to 4 pm there will be a mobile climbing wall, kid's activities, face painting and a Kid's Chicken Dance competition at 2:45 pm. So kids - get your "Chicken Dance" on and you could win your very own Chicken Hat!

Thursday, October 6th
"Bavarian Business Night" - Free admission from 5-7 pm with your Flathead Valley business card. 

2016 Hop Queen Competition - see who will reign as this year's Queen.

Waitress Races - The Valley's finest go head-to-head in a race for $250! 

​Saturday, October 8th
"Pumpkin Patch" Our friends at Children’s House Montessori School will be hosting their annual Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser, just outside the Oktoberfest big top. Bring the kids for Fall fun at this Whitefish tradition all for a good cause starting at 11:00 am until 3 pm

Saturday, October 8th
"Senior's Day" - 60 years old and better are admitted FREE until 5pm!