Sept 24-26 and Oct 1-3, 2015
2015 Great Northwest Oktoberfest Event Information
Thursday, September 24: 5 pm to 11 pm
Friday, September 25: 5 pm to 11 pm
Saturday, September 26: 12 noon to 11 pm
Thursday, October 1: 5 pm to 11 pm
Friday, October 2: 5 pm to 11 pm
Saturday, October 3: 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 24th is "Locals Night" - if you bring an ID that shows you are a Flathead Valley resident you get in FREE!
Saturday, October 3rd 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! At the 2014 Oktoberfest we served:
From Whitefish's own Great Northern Brewing Co:
- Great Northern Oktoberfest
- Stammtisch (First Weekend)
- Frog Hop (Second Weekend)
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 something to wash down! We had old favorites and some new dishes at the 2014 Oktoberfest Cafe - YUM! - our 2015 menu is still being decided.
Authentic German style pot roast platter made with ginger snaps
Locally handmade Flathead raised Elk, German & traditional beer style bratwursts platter
All platters served with a choice of sauerkraut or sweet & sour kraut & spaetzle or German potato salad
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
Käse & Fleisch Plattenteller
Assorted cheeses & cured meats with bread & crackers - serves 4
- A side of sauerkraut or sweet & sour kraut
- A side of spaetzle or German potato salad
All Beef dog served in a Pretzel bun w/ side spaetzle & cheese
Spaetzle & Cheese
A bowl of pasta with cheese - (sounds like mac 'n cheese to me!)
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!") - each Friday night
- Kid's Chicken Dance Contests [Sat. Sept 26 & Oct 2 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.)
Waitress Races - October 1st - 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!
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 24th
"Local's Night" - Bring an ID showing that you're a Flathead Valley resident and you'll get in FREE!
Friday, September 25th
"Hop Queen Crowning" - See who is crowned the "Hop Queen" of this year's Oktoberfest!. Preliminary Competition, September 24th.
Saturday, September 26th
"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 1st
"Food Bank Collection" - Bring 3 cans of food and get a FREE Beer!
Saturday, October 3rd
"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 3rd
"Senior's Day" - 60 years old and better are admitted FREE until 5pm!