FAQ & Festival Tips

Oktoberfest is in October right?

The first Oktoberfest was held in October of the year 1810 in honor of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig's marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen (say that 5 times fast). While their wedding was in October, Germany was very smart and thought, hey, weather in October... cold and dreary; weather in September... perfect for outdoor beer drinking. And so they moved the start of the festival, now celebrated world-wide, to September when you can enjoy polka dancing without traipsing through puddles. Good job Germany.

Oktoberfest 2019 is September 20-22.

Festival Hours:
Friday: 4-11 PM
Saturday: 11 AM-11 PM
Sunday: 11 AM-7 PM

Midway/Roller Skating Rink hours vary from festival hours.

This annual festival always starts on the 3rd Friday after Labor Day. Oktoberfest 2020 will be September 25-27. It pays to plan ahead, mark it on your calendar now, you party animal, you.

Speaking of rain, what happens if it rains?

We get wet. Sorry, couldn't help it.

This is Portland, Oregon - if you can't do it the rain, you can't do it at all, so the party is on, rain or shine. Historically, we've been lucky and had gorgeous fall weather for our festival, but for those odd years where we get the NW's famous liquid sunshine, the festhalles are both under cover, as is the cooking show, craft vendors, Kinderplatz, and more. Put on your big-boy rainboots and head to the bar.

You don't know where Oaks Park is? Oh, you must have just moved here from California.

Oaks Amusement Park is located at:

7805 SE Oaks Park Way
Portland, OR 97202


Gate Fee. Gate Fee? Please explain.

Oaks Park Oktoberfest is one of the most affordable Oktoberfests you're going to find anywhere. You are not charged a separate fee to enter each Festhalle. For a gate fee of just $6 ($3 for kids 15 & under, $4 for seniors 62 and up) you get access to all the Oktoberfest entertainment - the stages, Kinderplatz, the cooking shows, the weenie races, all the good stuff throughout the Oktoberfest venue all day. If you need to leave for a while (we get it... we like naps too) and come back later in the day, that is cool. Just make sure you get a hand stamp at before you leave from one of our Skate Club volunteers at the gate; you just flash that bad boy when you get back and you're in!

All visitors to the park September 20-22, 2019, are charged the gate admission fee except babes-in-arms.

The gate fee is charged for each day of the festival so if you come Friday and love it SO much that you want to come back Saturday (which you will) it is another 6 bucks. At this time we don't offer a full weekend pass, but you're right, we really should. We'll talk about that for 2020!

Oaks Park attractions are sold separately from the gate fee as are food, beverages, etc.

Is it scrip or script?

Drop that "t", and give me twenty. The word is scrip.

Oaks Park uses scrip for ALL alcohol sales during Oktoberfest. Wanna a beer? Gotta buy scrip. Fancy a cider? That will be one scrip, please. Wine aficionado? Yeah, scrip for you too fancy-pants! Scrip is not available for purchase at the bars, you have to buy it at one of our two scrip booths. You can purchase scrip inside the Main Festhalle or at the scrip booth just north of the Family Festhalle. Cash and major credit/debit cards are accepted for the purchase of scrip. We have ATMs in the rink, near Guest Services at the main gate, and in the Main Festhalle. You are adorable and charming, but our bartenders still won't take your cash so if you wait in that line and get to the front with just a $20, they're going to have to turn you down and no one likes that when there is beer on the line.

Scrip are $6 each and each scrip is good for one beer, wine, or cider.

Scrip is NOT accepted by food vendors, at Oaks Park's concession stands, for attractions, by craft vendors, etc. Got it? Scrip is JUST for drinks. Race you to the scrip booth, it's party time!

Dude, Where's my Car?

Oaks Park offers free parking for our guests. While we have a lot of parking spaces, Oktoberfest is rightly popular and our lots do fill up so arrive early for your best shot at getting a spot in the lot.

Portland grew up around us (hey, we were here first!) so here's the situation - we have one lane in, we have one lane out We love our darling Sellwood neighborhood, but streets around here do get congested. The heaviest influx of incoming traffic is between 5 and 7 PM on Friday/Saturday and between 1 and 3 PM on Sunday. Be prepared for delays in the neighborhood then and again between 10:30 and 11 PM Friday/Saturday and 6 and 7 PM on Sunday as the event ends.

These days, there are SUCH better options than driving to a festival of this nature. Taxi, Uber, Lyft, Tri-Met - there are lots of ways to get here that will allow you to get home safely after enjoying the party to the fullest - use 'em.

Not too sound too high school, but what are you wearing to the party?

An important principle to learn now... traditional dirndls and lederhosen make everyone look gooooooood! If "dirndl" looks like a Scrabble queue to you, we recommend a look at this GUIDE TO DRESSING FOR OKTOBERFEST to familiarize yourself with the "in" fashions of Oktoberfest weekend. If it is good enough for Munich, it is good enough for us.We are lucky to have Touch of Bavaria at Oktoberfest who sell authentic German costumes so if you forget your bundhosen or feathered hat, they've got you covered.

While we encourage thematic dress, you are welcome to wear what makes you comfortable. Remember, this is a family event with LOTS of kiddos, so keep it proper, peaple. No vulgar suggestive, or overly revealing attire, please.

The More You Know...

Want to bring your pooch? Need ADA info? Please take a look at our general VISITOR GUIDELINES for more info about visiting Oaks Park.

Food & Beverage

Enjoy a delicious menu of authentic German food and beer alongside locally crafted cider and wine.

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Festival Activities

Kinderplatz activities for children, wiener dog races, cooking demonstrations, and more!


Performer Schedules

3 stages featuring the best polka bands from throughout the pacific Northwest.


General Festival Info

Event hours, gate fees, sponsor information, and much more to help you plan your visit.


Meet our Partners

Maletis Beverage

Title Sponsor

Maletis Beverage Co. is excited to present Oktoberfest at Oaks Park! All beers, wines, and cider served at this year's event is proudly sourced by Maletis.

Power Crunch

Family Festhalle Sponsor

Power Crunch offers superior nutrition for kids and adults with protein packed snacks perfect for an active, healthy lifestyle.

Bimbo Bakeries

Kinderplatz Sponsor

Bimbo Bakeries USA is the largest bakery company in the US and focuses on providing the highest quality baked goods at a great value to customers and consumers.

FM News 101 KXL

Senior Special Sponsor

98.7 The Bull

Main Festhalle
Fun & Games Sponsor

Entercom Portland

Main Festhalle
Fun & Games Sponsor

Z100 Portland

Main Festhalle
Fun & Games Sponsor

105.9 The Brew

Main Festhalle
Fun & Games Sponsor

Oaks Park Oktoberfest
September 20-22, 2019

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