Oktoberfest in Mount Angel

A fun and festive day out for the whole family, which it's perfectly possible to enjoy without consuming a drop of alcohol. How often can you say that? Don't mention the war.

3
hours of fun

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Don't let the name fool you. Oktoberfest takes place in September. In 2018 it runs September 13-16.

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A photograph taken at Oktoberfest in Mount Angel
A photograph taken at Oktoberfest in Mount Angel
A photograph taken at Oktoberfest in Mount Angel

Pros

  • Childrens rides and amusements provided free of charge. Yes, I said free of charge.
  • Friendly, festive atmosphere. All the fun aspects of German society including costumes, dancing, vittels and merry bonhomie with none of the sinister overtones.
  • Actual lederhosen on display in public. No need to pay top dollar in Old Town.
  • Plenty of fair food with a Bavarian twist.

Cons

  • Gets extremely crowded. It was drizzling in 2010 – presumably keeping a lot of people away – but was still packed, though manageable. Some¬†queuing is¬†inevitable.
  • You may want a designated driver. That said, plenty of fun to be had without booze. No, seriously.
  • Describing corn dogs as Himmel auf Erden (Heaven on Earth) is possibly a violation of the Trade Descriptions Act.
  • A good 45 minutes drive out of town.
  • Don’t mention the war.

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First posted: February 16, 2011; last updated: September 4, 2018.

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A photograph taken at Oktoberfest in Mount Angel
A photograph taken at Oktoberfest in Mount Angel
A photograph taken at Oktoberfest in Mount Angel
A photograph taken at Oktoberfest in Mount Angel

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