Sept 25-27 and Oct 2-4, 2014
2014 Great Northwest Oktoberfest Event Information
Thursday, September 25: 5 pm to 11 pm
Friday, September 26: 5 pm to 11 pm
Saturday, September 27: 12 noon to 11 pm
Thursday, October 2: 5 pm to 11 pm
Friday, October 3: 5 pm to 11 pm
Saturday, October 4: 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 $4 per day. Kids under 12 (accompanied by a parent) are free.
Thursday, Sept 25th is "Locals Night" - if you bring an ID that shows you are a Flathead Valley resident you get in FREE!
Saturday, October 4th is "Senior's Day" - Oktoberfest goers 60 yrs old and better get in FREE until 5 pm!
So what do you get for your 4 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! Last year we served:
From Whitefish's own Great Northern Brewing Co:
- Great Northern Oktoberfest
And three German beers, all brewed by Warsteiner:
Wine, water & soda will also be available for non-beer drinkers
It also isn't Oktoberfest with out polkas, oom-pahs & chicken dancing! Last year's musical entertainment was provided by:
Music for the first weekend, the Western Senators returned 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: http://www.westernsenators.com/.
Music for weekend #2 was 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: http://www.theeuropaband.com/
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 to wash down something! Last year's menu included:
What's Oktoberfest without Bratwurst? We'll be offering Beer, German Smoked, German Banger or German Skinless Brats
Hot German Potato Salad
A blend of sliced Idaho potatoes, bacon, onion, celery seed and a few 'secret ingredients' !
Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage
A unique dish of red cabbage, apples, onions, vinegar and sugar.
A savory German favorite blended with onion, wine, bullion, caraway seed, thyme & marjoram
For the kids....
German Sausage Corndog
What kid doesn't like corndogs?!
In addition, the Cafe Max Soup Company will be on hand offering:
Beer Cheese & Bacon and Chicken Corn Chowder.
ummmmmm... warm pretzels with cheese and/or mustard.
Choice of German Chocolate Cookie and Apple Strudel
We'll also be selling popcorn and peanuts at the bar.
The Great Northwest Oktoberfest
Whitefish Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 1120, Whitefish, MT 59937
(406) 862-3501 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
- Stein holding (Mens' & Womens')
- Log sawing (Mens' & Womens')
- Brat-eating contest ("the wurst minute of your life!")
- Bavarian Bobblehead Races
- Kid's Chicken Dance Contests [Sat. Sept 27 & Oct 4 at 3pm]
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.)
Waitress Races - October 3rd - 7:45 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!
Special Days & Activities * (tentative)
Thursday, September 25th
"Local's Night" - Bring an ID showing that you're a Flathead Valley resident and you'll get in FREE!
Saturday, September 27th
"Family Day" From Noon to 4 pm there will be bounce houses, kid's craft 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!
Saturday, October 4th
"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 4th:
"Senior's Day" - 60 years old and better are admitted FREE until 5pm!
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.