Great Northwest Oktoberfest 2016 Schedule of Events appears below - [The 2017 schedule will be similar, but we will be updating it as the event gets closer.]

(* Note: subject to change - do not pin your hopes & dreams, bet the farm, and/or plan your vacation around that fact that the scheduled events will take place at the exact times as stated.  It is, at best, a rough estimate.) 

2016 SCHEDULE
Weekend #1

Thursday, September 29
  5 p.m.            Oktoberfest Bigtop & Beer Garden open!
                          Local’s Night – Flathead residents FREE with ID!
  5:30                Back by popular design The Europa Band
  6 p.m.            Keg-Tapping Ceremonies & the arrival of the Oktoberfest Hop Queen
  6:30                Ladies’ Stein-Holding contest
                          Men's Log-Sawing contest

  7 p.m.           Polka, Oom-pah & more The Europa Band
  7:45                Ladies' Log-Sawing
                          Men's Stein-Holding

  8:15                Great dance music  by Europa
  9 p.m.            Men's  & Ladies' Stein-Holding
  9:30                More music by The Europa Band
10:30                Last Call!

 Friday, September 30, 2016
  5 p.m.            Oktoberfest Bigtop & Beer Garden open!
  5:30                Great Oktoberfest music by The Europa Band
  6:30                Mens’ Stein-Holding contest
                          Ladies’ Log-Sawing contest

  7 p.m.            Music by The Europa Band
  7:45                Brat-eating contest: The ‘Wurst’ Minute of Your Life!
                          Men’s Log-Sawing
  8:15                Polka, oom-pah & more by The Europa Band
  9 p.m.            Men's Stein-Holding
                          Ladies’ Stein-Holding
  9:30                Music by Europa
10:30                Last Call!
11 p.m.            Oktoberfest Tent closes 

Saturday, October 1, 2016
12 noon          Oktoberfest Bigtop & Beer Garden open!
                            Kids' Day activities begin
12:30                Great German music by The Bavarian Echoes
  1:30                Mens’ Stein-Holding contest
                          Ladies Stein-Holding

  2 p.m.            Polka, waltzes & more by The Bavarian Echoes
  2:45                Kids’ Day Chicken Dance Championships
  3:15                Oom-pah by The Bavarian Echoes

  4 p.m.             Mens’ Mountain Climbing Races
                           
Ladies’ Stein-Holding 
  4:30                Music by The Bavarian Echoes

  5:15                Ladies’ Mountain Climbing Races
   
                        Men’s Stein-Holding
  5:45                Get your polka on with The Europa Band
  6 p.m.             Rocky Mountain Keg-Hurling Championships
  6:30                Ladies’ Stein-Holding contest
   
                        Mens’ Log-Sawing
  7 p.m.             Music by The Europa Band
  7:45                Mens’ Stein-Holding contest
   
                        Ladies’ Log-Sawing
  8:15                Chicken dance & polka with The Europa Band
  9 p.m.            Ladies’ Stein-Holding contest
                           Mens’ Stein-Holding

  9:30                Great dance music by Europa!
10:30                Last Call!

 Weekend #2
Thursday, October 6, 2016
  5 p.m.          Oktoberfest Bigtop & Beer Garden open!
                        Bavarian Business Night – Free admission from 5-7 pm with your Flathead Valley business card!

  5:30                Back by popular demand – The Western Senators
  6 p.m.             Keg-Tapping Ceremonies & the arrival of the Oktoberfest Hop Queen
  6:30                Mens’ Stein-Holding contest
                           Ladies’ Log-Sawing

  7 p.m.            Great dance music by The Western Senators
  7:45                2016 Hop Queen Pageant & Stein-Holding       
                           Men’s Log-Sawing
8:15                  Rollicking Oktoberfest music with The Western Senators!
9 p.m.               7th Annual Whitefish Waitress Races
                          Crowning of the Hop Queen
  9:30                Great dance music by The Western Senators
10:30                Last Call!
11 p.m.             Oktoberfest Tent closes

 Friday, October 7, 2016
  5 p.m.             Oktoberfest Bigtop & Beer Garden open!
  5:30                Dance to the sounds of The Western Senators!

  6:30                Mens’ Stein-Holding contest
                        Ladies’ Log-Sawing contest

  7 p.m.            Dance to the Oktoberfest sounds of  The Western Senators
  7:45                Ladies’ Stein-Holding
                        Men’s Log-Sawing

  8:15                Polka, western swing & more by The Western Senators
  9 p.m.             Men's Stein-Holding Contest
                        Ladies’ Stein-Holding

  9:30                Great Oktoberfest music by The Western Senators
  10:30              Last Call!
  11 p.m.           Oktoberfest Tent closes
 

Saturday, October 8, 2016
  11 a.m.           Montessori School Pumpkin Patch opens … pumpkins, kids’ activities and more! [The Pumpkin Patch has moved to the Armory (305 Armory Rd.) due to the weather forecast.]

  12 noon          Oktoberfest Bigtop & Beer Garden open!
                            Seniors’ Day @ Oktoberfest – 60 & over admitted FREE until 5 p.m.

  12:30              Great German music by The Bavarian Echoes
  1:30                Mens’ Stein-Holding contest
                           Ladies Stein-Holding

  2 p.m.             Polka, waltzes & more by The Bavarian Echoes
  2:45                Kids’ Day Chicken Dance Championships
  3:15                Oom-pah by The Bavarian Echoes
  4 p.m.             Mens’ Mountain Climbing Races
                            Ladies’ Stein-Holding
  4:30                Music by The Bavarian Echoes

  5:15                Ladies’ Mountain Climbing Races
                        Men’s Stein-Holding
  5:45                Great German music by The Western Senators
  6 p.m.             World Keg-Hurling Championships
  6:30                Ladies’ Stein-Holding contest
                        Mens’ Log-Sawing
  7 p.m.             Dance to music by The Western Senators

  7:45                Mens’ Stein-Holding contest
                        Ladies’ Log-Sawing
  8:15                Polka, western swing & more by The Western Senators

  9 p.m.             Hofbrau Brewery’s National Stein-Holding Championships
  9:30                One last spin on the dance floor with The Western Senators!

10:30                Last Call!
11 p.m.             Oktoberfest closes … see you next year!