2018 Dates, Times & Location



First Weekend: 
Thursday, September 27:  5 pm to 11 pm
Friday, September 28: 5 pm to 11 pm
Saturday, September 29: 12 noon to 11 pm

Second Weekend:
Wednesday, October 3:  6 pm. to 8 p.m. (at the Firebrand Hotel)
Thursday, October 4: 5 pm to 11 pm
Friday, October 5: 5 pm to 11 pm
Saturday, October 6: 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 27th is "Locals Night" - if you bring an ID that shows you are a Flathead Valley resident you get in FREE!
Saturday, October 6th 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')

  • Kid's Chicken Dance Contests [Sat. Sept. 29 & Oct 6 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:

2018 Hop Queen Competition and Crowning - October 3 & 4
Join us at the Firebrand Hotel on Wednesday Oct. 3 from 6-8 p.m. for the "Hop Queen Qualifier," meet the Hop Queen candidates and enjoy music by the Western Senators.  Then be under the bigtop in Depot Park on Thursday Oct 4, and see who gets crowned!  


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.