2017 Dates, Times & Location



First Weekend: 
Thursday, September 28:  5 pm to 11 pm
Friday, September 29: 5 pm to 11 pm
Saturday, September 30: 12 noon to 11 pm

Second Weekend:
Thursday, October 5: 5 pm to 11 pm
Friday, October 6: 5 pm to 11 pm
Saturday, October 7: 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 28th is "Locals Night" - if you bring an ID that shows you are a Flathead Valley resident you get in FREE!
Thursday, Oct 5th is "Bavarian Business Night" - Bring in your local area business card from 5-7 pm and get in FREE.
Saturday, October 7th 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.  


Contests & Activities



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 2017 Hop Queen - October 5th
4th annual Hop Queen competition will take place on Thursday, Oct 5th. Come and see who get's crowned! 
Waitress Races - TBA
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! 


General (but important!) Info



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.