FAQs & Festival Tips

Oktoberfest. That's 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 the wedding did happen 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 worldwide, to September when you can enjoy polka dancing without traipsing through puddles. Good job Germany. This year's festival is:

September 24-26, 2021
FRI:
4-11 PM
SAT: 11 AM-11 PM
SUN: 11 AM-7 PM

Midway/Roller Rink hours vary from festival hours. Visit our Hours Calendar for attraction schedules.

Oktoberfest 2022 will be September 23-25. It pays to plan ahead, mark it on your calendar now, you party animal, you.


Speaking of rain, what happens if it rains?

This is Portland, Oregon - if you can't do it in 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", both festhalles are under cover, as is the cooking show, craft vendors, Kinderplatz, and more. So put on your big-boy rain boots 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 in SE Portland, just about 10 minutes from the center of town. Our address is:

7805 SE Oaks Park Way
Portland, OR 97202

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Gate Fee? Please explain.

Oaks Park Oktoberfest is one of the most affordable Oktoberfests you're going to find anywhere. For the small admission fee, you get all-day access to all the Oktoberfest entertainment - entry to both festhalles, Kinderplatz activities, the cooking shows, the weenie races, all the good stuff throughout the Oktoberfest venue. 2021 gate admission fees are:

16-61 years old: $6
62 and older: $4
2-15 years old: $3
2 and under: Free

The number of gate admission tickets available each day is limited. To guarantee admission you must purchase your admission tickets online in advance. Online ticket sales start September 3, 2021.

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Oaks Park attractions are sold separately from the gate fee. We strongly recommend purchasing your ride bracelets, mini golf admission, and Open Skate Session tickets from our online store in advance as quantities are limited and frequently sell out. Food and beverages are also sold separately from gate admission.

Everyone entering Oaks Park September 24-26, 2021, will be charged the gate admission fee. That means you too, person just coming to ride the rides.

If you need to leave for a while and come back later in the day, that is cool. Make sure you get a hand stamp before you leave; just flash that bad-boy when you get back and you're in!

The gate fee is charged for each day of the festival so if you come one day and love it SO much that you want to come back the next (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 2022!


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! /p>

Scrip are $6 each
One (1) Scrip = One (1) Beverage

New this year, you can order your scrip in advance online.
Buying online will help shorten transaction times which means less time in line, more time drinking and dancing for everyone. Be a good neighbor and help keep the fun flowing! Scrip sales open online on September 3, 2021.

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You can also purchase scrip on-site inside the Main Festhalle or at the Courtyard just north of the Family Festhalle. Cash, cards, and Apple/Android Pay are accepted for the purchase of scrip. We have ATMs available near Guest Services and in the Roller Rink.

Scrip is not accepted by food vendors or craft vendors, at Oaks Park's concession stands, or for attractions. Got it? Scrip is just for alcohol. Now let's get going, 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 arriving early will give you your best shot at getting a convenient 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 get hecka congested. The heaviest influx of incoming traffic is between 5 and 7 PM on Friday/Saturday and between 1 and 3 PM on Sunday. Things get crammed again between 10:30 and 11 PM FRI/SAT and 6 and 7 PM on SUN as the event ends. Be prepared for delays in the neighborhood.

These days, there are such better options than driving to a festival of this nature; Uber, Lyft, Tri-Met, Taxi - 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! The address to use for your rideshare pickup is 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland, OR 97202.


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

An important principle to learn now... 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 the weekend. If it is good enough for Munich, it is good enough for us. We are lucky to have Touch of Bavaria at our event. They sell authentic German costumes so if you forget your bundhosen or feathered hat, we've got you covered.

While thematic dress is fun for some, you are, of course, welcome to wear what makes you comfortable. And remember, this is a family event with lots of kiddos, so, please, keep it proper, people.


The More You Know...

Want to bring your pooch? Need ADA info? Need to step out for a smoke? Please take a look at our general Guest Guidelines for more info about the rules and regs when visiting Oaks Park.

Festival Info

Get all the festival basics like event times, festhalle hours, attraction information, gate fees, and more.

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Food & Drink

Beers and brats abound! It's the good stuff - German beers, wine, cider, sausage, strudel, schnitzel, and more!

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Activities

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

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Performers

Our 2 stages feature the best polka bands and dancers from throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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Meet Our Partners

Title Sponsor

Their 3rd year as our headline sponsor, Maletis Beverage Company offers an excellent portfolio of imported German beers, locally-crafted German-style beers, NW cider, and regional wines to festival guests.
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Kinderplatz Sponsor

Kids' crafts, Rocktoberfest by Red Shoe Productions, and Chipper's Chicken Dance Party are proudly presented by our hometown dairy on Saturday and Sunday from 12-5 PM. Alpenrose is now offering home delivery service!
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Senior Special Sponsor

Guests 55 and older enjoy free admission Friday from 4-6 PM courtesy of Portland's breaking news, traffic, and weather station. Plus join KXL in the Main Festhalle Friday from 5-7 PM for games for all ages!
KXL.COM

Festhalle Fun Sponsor

Saturday night is primetime fun with 98.7 The Bull on-site from 8-10 PM in the Main Festhalle. Visit the station street team, join in the party games, and say hello to one of your favorite station personalities!
987THEBULL.COM

Festhalle Fun Sponsor

For over 15 years, KGON has rocked Oktoberfest Friday nights! Join their fabulous station personality for a beer party with games and good times in the Main Festhalle from 8-10 PM.
KGON.COM

Festhalle Fun Sponsor

Portland's #1 hit music station brings the fun to the Main Festhalle on Saturday from 2-4 PM as their on-air talent hosts an afternoon of oompah music, dancing, and more for the whole family!
Z100PORTLAND.COM

Festhalle Fun Sponsor

The Brew crew lights up the Main Festhalle with fun and games for you and your friends from 2-4 PM. Eat, drink, dance, and play while your favorite station host keeps the party rocking!
1059THEBREW.COM

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