Washougal’s very popular Oktoberfest, now in its fifth year, is returning with family fun on Friday, Sept. 29, and Saturday, Sept. 30, from 4 to 10 p.m. each day. The family- friendly event welcomes children until 8 p.m.—plus, kids under 12 years old are admitted free, and will receive a free hot dog and ice cream bar, courtesy of Columbia Litho.
Located in the city’s downtown Reflection Plaza at 1703 Main St., the festival will feature music, authentic German foods, local brews, and cider. Admission to the family festival and dance area (kids ages 12 to 20 and adults) is just $5 per person. Admission to the beer garden is $13 and includes a commemorative mug and your first beverage. All event profits go to local nonprofits, including Columbia River Gorge relief efforts.
On Friday evening, enjoy some good, Bavarian-style fun with live accordion music alternating with a DJ spinning dance music. Saturday night will be all DJ music. The beer garden will feature favorite brews from two of Washougal’s own breweries: 54°40′ Brewing and Doomsday Brewing. Cider will be poured by Jester & Judge from nearby Stevenson. In addition to these local breweries, Oktoberfest will also feature beer from Thunder Island Brewing in Cascade Locks. (The brewery and other city businesses have been hit hard financially by the Eagle Creek fire. In the spirit of community, the brewery and other merchants will be included in the event. Cascade Locks merchants will have a booth to sell gift cards and T-shirts to help offset some of their losses from the fire.)
Camas Lions Club will provide a taste of Germany, serving up traditional Oktoberfest food for the event. The menu includes German brats, big pretzels, chicken schnitzel, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, hot red cabbage salad, and more. Proceeds from the food will support the Lions’ charitable projects.
In conjunction with Oktoberfest, Washougal will host the 15K Superhero Relay on Saturday, Sept. 30, starting at 5 p.m. Teams of three will compete with each runner completing a fast 5K course along the Dike Trail, starting from the Pendleton parking lot. Prize money will be awarded to the fastest team. New this year is a non-relay 10K and a Superkids 1K Run (12 and under). A costume contest for the best-dressed superhero team will be held at Oktoberfest that evening. The run benefits the Washougal High School Cross Country Team. Registration is at http://www.superherorelay.com/. Proceed benefit the Camas Lions, Washougal Lions, the Downtown Washougal Association, and Columbia Gorge relief efforts.