October is just around the corner and that means that it is time to celebrate beer (some say it’s the nectar of the gods) and all things German. Following is a list of some of the Oktoberfest events taking place in the greater Tacoma area.
Thea Foss Waterway esplanade
Oct. 4: 11:45 a.m.to 6 p.m.
Boats, brats and brews are on the agenda for this waterfront fundraiser on the Thea Foss Waterway. Tickets are $12 in advance and $20 at the door; food and beer are individually priced. Event is for 21 and older only.
13th Annual Oktoberfest Northwest
Washington State Fair Events Center
Fri. Oct. 6, noon to midnight
Sat. Oct. 7, 11 a.m. to midnight
Sun. Oct. 8, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The three-day festival includes Washington’s Largest Munich-Style Festhalle Biergarten, authentic live music and entertainment on two stages including return-host and yodeling Swing Girl, “The Queen of Oktoberfest” Manuela Horn, German beers, wine and authentic foods, all-new VIP Experience, Bier-lympics, Stein Dash 5K, 1/2 Mile Kids Rootbeer Run, outdoor Biergarten, Hammerschlagen, Wiener Dog races on Sunday, a Sports Haus with TVs and games like beer pong and corn hole toss, German Corner shopping, kids activities including arts and crafts by the German School of Tacoma, authentic Maypole dance, free pumpkin decorating and face painting, Root Beer Float Garden and a scavenger hunt.
Admission: Friday noon-3 p.m. free; 3 p.m. to close $12; Saturday $12; Sunday $6.
Stein Dash 5K: The Stein Dash 5k returns and is better than ever as the “Ultimate Beer Run.” This year, participants will run 3.1 miles around the fairgrounds with a souvenir stein and have the option to get a taste at three “Beer Stops” along the route. Water will also be available. The race ends inside of the Oktoberfest Northwest Festhalle where the participant’s first drink of beer and root beer are on the “haus.” The 5k takes place on Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. and all ages are welcome. (Those under 21 will be served root beer at the race.) Register at steindash5k.com.
Half Mile Kids’ Rootbeer Run: Children 10 and under are invited to participate in the first Kids 1/2 Mile Rootbeer Run, Oct. 8, at noon. All participants will receive a “racing” cape, 5-ounce. rootbeer chug at the ¼-mile mark, free entry into Oktoberfest and a Stein Dash mug.
Hammerschlagen: In 2005, Oktoberfest Northwest introduced Hammerschlagen to the Pacific Northwest and it quickly became one of the most popular Oktoberfest Northwest activities. While there are all-play games available all weekend, we host the very popular Official Hammerschlagen Tournament of Champions on Oct. 6 (7-8 p.m.) and Oct. 7 (6-8 p.m.). It’s a first-come, first-served sign-up system and at the end we crown our newest Hammerschlagen Champion.
Bavarian Bier-Lympis: Teams of either two or four people will battle it out through a course of four challenging and fun activities, including the Brat Toss, TP Liedershosen, Stein Holding and Hammerschlagen to see who will be take the title of Bavarian Bier-lympics winners.
Oct. 7, 1-2:45 p.m. Winners announced at 4 p.m. Location: Main Outdoor Biergarten.
Oktoberfest Events at Rhein Haus Tacoma
Rhein Haus, 649 Divison Ave., Tacoma
Firkin Keg Tapping
Juergen Knoller from Bayern Brewery in Missoula, Mont. (and the brewer of Rhein Haus Lager) will be in the Haus to tap a ceremonial Firkin keg.
- Military Appreciation Night. Twenty percent off food, $4 1/2 liter Veltins with military ID
- OktoberFEAST Eating Competition, 3-5 p.m. Eat and drink for charity.
Oct. 7, 14 and 21
- Bavarian Village Band, 5-8 p.m.
- Masskrugstemmen Stein Holding Contest, 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
- Hammerschlagen Nail Hammer Contest, 8 p.m.
- Tacoma Art Museum Oktoberfest
Oct. 21, noon to 4 p.m.
Come for an afternoon of beer tasting, trivia, food, board games and more. As a special treat, TAM members can enjoy access to a whiskey tasting room. All beers are from local breweries. Beer tastes can be purchased on site for $2 each. This event is 21+.
Free for members, $15 non-members ($13 through Oct. 7). Includes museum admission. Purchase tickets at the door or online at bit.ly/TAMoktoberfesttix.