Oktoberfest

Northwood Oktoberfest

Strap on your lederhosen and dirndl dresses and pump up your appetite for German-style beer, food, music and fun, because that’s exactly what you’ll get this weekend during a two-day Oktoberfest at Northwood Public House and Brewery on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7 and 8.

Northwood’s Oktoberfest is free, family-friendly, and open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on both days. To satisfy Oktoberfest cravings, the menu features sausages, schnitzels, and pretzels—as well as a special dish known as Schweinhaxen (slow-roasted pig’s knuckle). The brewpub will serve Bavarian “fest biers” as well as seasonal favorites. There’ll be live music with polka-rock (it’s a real thing!) from Those Darn Accordians, plus tunes from Big Yellow Taxi and Nordic Spirit. There will also be face painting, balloon art, and coloring contests for the kids, as well as a strong-arm beer stein contest for the adults. The Chicken Dance? Well, that’s for everyone. Bwak!

This popular gastropub has earned its spurs as a North Bank hotspot, drawing a loyal crowd of local regulars as well as food- and beer-lovers from afar, because the fact is, Northwood is worth the trip. The establishment boasts its own, on-site microbrewery, the Little Dipper Brewing Company, which will be releasing its newest brew in honor of Oktoberfest, Oktodunkel. To learn more, visit www.northwoodpublichouse.com.

Northwood Oktoberfest

Strap on your lederhosen and dirndl dresses and pump up your appetite for German-style beer, food, music and fun, because that’s exactly what you’ll get this weekend during a two-day Oktoberfest at Northwood Public House and Brewery on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7 and 8.

Northwood’s Oktoberfest is free, family-friendly, and open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on both days. To satisfy Oktoberfest cravings, the menu features sausages, schnitzels, and pretzels—as well as a special dish known as Schweinhaxen (slow-roasted pig’s knuckle). The brewpub will serve Bavarian “fest biers” as well as seasonal favorites. There’ll be live music with polka-rock (it’s a real thing!) from Those Darn Accordians, plus tunes from Big Yellow Taxi and Nordic Spirit. There will also be face painting, balloon art, and coloring contests for the kids, as well as a strong-arm beer stein contest for the adults. The Chicken Dance? Well, that’s for everyone. Bwak!

This popular gastropub has earned its spurs as a North Bank hotspot, drawing a loyal crowd of local regulars as well as food- and beer-lovers from afar, because the fact is, Northwood is worth the trip. The establishment boasts its own, on-site microbrewery, the Little Dipper Brewing Company, which will be releasing its newest brew in honor of Oktoberfest, Oktodunkel. To learn more, visit www.northwoodpublichouse.com.

Family-friendly Oktoberfest in Washougal

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.

Superhero Relay

Grab your best superhero friends and join the Superhero Relay, blasting off at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, starting in downtown Washougal and following a course along Washougal’s scenic Waterfront Trail, and then looping back to downtown. It’s a 15K relay course where each member of the relay team will run five kilometers—and when you’re done, you can enjoy music, German food, and local brews at Washougal’s Oktoberfest. (The Oktoberfest celebration will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. in Reflection Plaza on Friday, Sept. 29, and Saturday, Sept. 30.) You can also go solo and run the Superhero 10K—and bring along the kids for the Superkids 1K!

The course will stay open until sunset at 7 p.m., so that runners and volunteers will not be in the dark. The fastest team will win $150 in cash, as will the team with the best superhero (or supervillain) costumes. The favorite costumes will be determined by spectator applause at the Washougal Oktoberfest.

To view the course map, click here. For complete information on this event or to register, go to www.superherorelay.com. Participants can pick up their race packets from 3:30 to 4:50 p.m. on the day of the event in the parking lot of Pendleton Woollen Mills, 2 Pendleton Way in Washougal. Same-day registration is also welcome.

Above image: Team America at last year’s Superhero Relay!

Oktoberfest in Washougal

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.

Oktoberfest in Ridgefield

It’s September, and that means it’s time for…Oktoberfest! Ridgefield’s Overlook Park will be brimming with beer and preztels, sausage and kraut, schnitzel and strudel…and more beer!…from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9. This is a free, family-friendly event with German-style food, live music, and carnival games.

Don’t miss the Wiener Dog Races at 5 p.m., or the free movie in the park at 6 p.m. The kids can play carnival games all day for $5, and entry into the Bier Garten is $10 and that includes the first full pour. There’s also a $20 VIP package that includes a mug, the first pour, “Royal Throne” access, and other perks. Featured breweries include Fortside, Backwoods, Barrel Mountain, and Everybody’s Brewing.

The best thing is—well, besides all the beer, food, and fun—that proceeds from this event benefit go straight back into the community, benefiting the library building fund, arts programs at Ridgefield High School, and into the businesses of Ridgefield’s Main Street Association so that they can continue to host the extremely popular First Saturday events in downtown Ridgefield.

Oktoberfest in Ridgefield

It’s September, and that means it’s time for…Oktoberfest! Ridgefield’s Overlook Park will be brimming with beer and preztels, sausage and kraut, schnitzel and strudel…and more beer!…from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9. This is a free, family-friendly event with German-style food, live music, and carnival games.

Don’t miss the Wiener Dog Races at 5 p.m., or the free movie in the park at 6 p.m. The kids can play carnival games all day for $5, and entry into the Bier Garten is $10 and that includes the first full pour. There’s also a $20 VIP package that includes a mug, the first pour, “Royal Throne” access, and other perks. Featured breweries include Fortside, Backwoods, Barrel Mountain, and Everybody’s Brewing.

The best thing is—well, besides all the beer, food, and fun—that proceeds from this event benefit go straight back into the community, benefiting the library building fund, arts programs at Ridgefield High School, and into the businesses of Ridgefield’s Main Street Association so that they can continue to host the extremely popular First Saturday events in downtown Ridgefield.

Oktoberfest at Caps N’ Taps

It’s time for some serious stein action during the second annual Oktoberfest at Caps N’ Taps, the craft beer bottleshop and taproom that has been making a splash on the North Bank beer scene for the past several years with its 20 rotating taps and huge selection of bottled beers, ciders, and other drinkable goodies.

Drop by Caps N’ Taps any time from  from 6 to 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7. The party will feature six authentic German beers from Merchant du Vin and Ayinger, one of the most respected breweries in Germany, as well as a varied selection of the finest local craft beers. There will also be beer games (like regular games, only more fun, because BEER), raffles, special guests from local craft breweries, and beer brats made with Ayinger beer. Join the Stein Hoist competition at 7 p.m. (sign-ups start at 5 p.m.) and grab a friend for “Das Boot”—a 70-ounce boot full of your favorite Ayinger beer, just right for two people. Tom from Merchant du Vin will also be on hand to talk about—what else?—beer. Ja wohl!

There’s no admission price, and prices for beer vary depending on the type. Caps N’ Taps is located at 337 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. For more details, visit capsntapscamas.com.

Oktoberfest at Caps N’ Taps

It’s time for some serious stein action during the second annual Oktoberfest at Caps N’ Taps, the craft beer bottleshop and taproom that has been making a splash on the North Bank beer scene for the past several years with its 20 rotating taps and huge selection of bottled beers, ciders, and other drinkable goodies.

Drop by Caps N’ Taps any time from  from 6 to 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7. The party will feature six authentic German beers from Merchant du Vin and Ayinger, one of the most respected breweries in Germany, as well as a varied selection of the finest local craft beers. There will also be beer games (like regular games, only more fun, because BEER), raffles, special guests from local craft breweries, and beer brats made with Ayinger beer. Join the Stein Hoist competition at 7 p.m. (sign-ups start at 5 p.m.) and grab a friend for “Das Boot”—a 70-ounce boot full of your favorite Ayinger beer, just right for two people. Tom from Merchant du Vin will also be on hand to talk about—what else?—beer. Ja wohl!

There’s no admission price, and prices for beer vary depending on the type. Caps N’ Taps is located at 337 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. For more details, visit capsntapscamas.com.

15K Superhero Relay

Grab your three best superhero friends and join the Washougal’s 15K Superhero Relay, blasting off at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, starting in downtown Washougal and following a course along Washougal’s scenic Waterfront Trail, and then looping back to downtown. Each member of the relay team will run five kilometers—and when you’re done, you can enjoy music, German food, and local brews at Washougal’s Oktoberfest. (The Oktoberfest celebration will be held from 4 to 11 p.m. in Reflection Plaza on Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1.)

The course will stay open until sunset at 6:30 p.m., so that runners and volunteers will not be in the dark. The fastest team will win $150 in cash, as will the team with the best superhero (or supervillain) costumes. The favorite costumes will be determined by spectator applause at the Oktoberfest, which is being held at Amnesia Brewing, 1834 Main St. in downtown Washougal.

To view the course map, click here. For complete information on this event or to register, go to www.superherorelay.com. Participants can pick up their race packets from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, at Bold Training, 1908 N.W. 1st Way in Battle Ground, or from 3:30 to 4:50 p.m. on the day of the event in the parking lot of Pendleton Woollen Mills, 2 Pendleton Way in Washougal. Same-day registration is also welcome.

Oktoberfest in Washougal

The City of Washougal and local ‘Shoug brewers are teaming up to offer their fourth annual Oktoberfest from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1. The festivities will take place at Reflection Plaza on the corner of Pendleton Way and Main Street. General admission is $3 and kids under 13 are free, and get a free hot dog, root beer, and ice cream bar. The general admission area is open to kids and teens under the age of 21 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Entry into the Beer Garden (21 and over only, naturally) is $13 and includes a Washougal Oktoberfest beer stein plus one beer. The Beer Garden features craft brews from Amnesia Brewing, Doomsday Brewing, and 54°40′ Brewing.

Just down the street from Reflection Plaza, Amnesia Brewing’s Oktoberfest is a four-day affair, starting on Thursday, Sept. 29, and lasting through Sunday, Oct. 2. Beer will be flowing from Amnesia’s taps at special Oktoberfest prices, and Chef Alex will be smoking prime rib for his famous prime rib dip paired with German potato salad. A special Reuben sandwich will be on the menu all weekend long, with lots of corned beef and sauerkraut.

Oktoberfest at Amnesia Brewing is family-friendly until 9 p.m. After 9 p.m., call up the babysitter, put on your dancing shoes and enjoy some late-night party time. Local band Molly Brown will be playing on Friday at 8:30 p.m., and The Evergreen Way will be preforming on Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m. Last but not least, bring in any Amnesia Oktoberfest mug from a prior year, and receive $4 refills of Amnesia beer. Prost!

15K Superhero Relay

Grab your three best superhero friends and join the Washougal’s 15K Superhero Relay, blasting off at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, starting in downtown Washougal and following a course along Washougal’s scenic Waterfront Trail, and then looping back to downtown. Each member of the relay team will run five kilometers—and when you’re done, you can enjoy music, German food, and local brews at Washougal’s Oktoberfest. (The Oktoberfest celebration will be held from 4 to 11 p.m. in Reflection Plaza on Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1.)

The course will stay open until sunset at 6:30 p.m., so that runners and volunteers will not be in the dark. The fastest team will win $150 in cash, as will the team with the best superhero (or supervillain) costumes. The favorite costumes will be determined by spectator applause at the Washougal Oktoberfest, hosted by the City of Washougal and Amnesia Brewing, 1834 Main St. in downtown Washougal.

To view the course map, click here. For complete information on this event or to register, go to www.superherorelay.com. Participants can pick up their race packets from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, at Bold Training, 1908 N.W. 1st Way in Battle Ground, or from 3:30 to 4:50 p.m. on the day of the event in the parking lot of Pendleton Woollen Mills, 2 Pendleton Way in Washougal. Same-day registration is also welcome.

Oktoberfest in Washougal

The City of Washougal and local ‘Shoug brewers are teaming up to offer their fourth annual Oktoberfest from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1. The festivities will take place at Reflection Plaza on the corner of Pendleton Way and Main Street. General admission is $3 and kids under 13 are free, and get a free hot dog, root beer, and ice cream bar. The general admission area is open to kids and teens under the age of 21 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Entry into the Beer Garden (21 and over only, naturally) is $13 and includes a Washougal Oktoberfest beer stein plus one beer. The Beer Garden features craft brews from Amnesia Brewing, Doomsday Brewing, and 54°40′ Brewing.

Just down the street from Reflection Plaza, Amnesia Brewing’s Oktoberfest is a four-day affair, starting on Thursday, Sept. 29, and lasting through Sunday, Oct. 2. Beer will be flowing from Amnesia’s taps at special Oktoberfest prices, and Chef Alex will be smoking prime rib for his famous prime rib dip paired with German potato salad. A special Reuben sandwich will be on the menu all weekend long, with lots of corned beef and sauerkraut.

Oktoberfest at Amnesia Brewing is family-friendly until 9 p.m. After 9 p.m., call up the babysitter, put on your dancing shoes and enjoy some late-night party time. Local band Molly Brown will be playing on Friday at 8:30 p.m., and The Evergreen Way will be preforming on Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m. Last but not least, bring in any Amnesia Oktoberfest mug from a prior year, and receive $4 refills of Amnesia beer. Prost!

Northwood Oktoberfest

Strap on your lederhosen and dirndl dresses and pump up your appetite for German-style beer, food, music and fun, because that’s exactly what you’ll get this weekend during a two-day Oktoberfest at Northwood Public House and Brewery on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2.

Northwood’s Oktoberfest is free, family-friendly, and open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on both days. To satisfy Oktoberfest cravings, the menu features sausages, schnitzels, and pretzels—as well as a special dish known as Schweinhaxen (slow-roasted pig’s knuckle). The brewpub will serve Bavarian “fest biers” as well as seasonal favorites. There’ll be live music with polka-rock (it’s a real thing!) from Those Darn Accordians, plus tunes from Coyote Willow, and Three for Silver. There will also be face painting, balloon art, and coloring contests for the kids, as well as a strong-arm beer stein contest for the adults. The Chicken Dance? Well, that’s for everyone. Bwak!

This popular gastropub has earned its spurs as a North Bank hotspot, drawing a loyal crowd of local regulars as well as food- and beer-lovers from afar, because the fact is, Northwood is worth the trip. The establishment boasts its own, on-site “microbrewery,” the Little Dipper Brewing Company, which will be releasing its newest brew in honor of Oktoberfest, Uncle Otto’s Märzen. To learn more, visit www.northwoodpublichouse.com.

Oktoberfest at Amnesia Brewing

After working up a tremendous thirst participating in (or watching) the 15K Superhero Relay, head on over to the welcoming environs of Amnesia Brewing, centrally located on downtown Washougal’s Main Street, for the annual Oktoberfest in Washougal.

Actually, Amnesia Brewing’s Oktoberfest is a four-day affair, starting on Thursday, Sept. 29, and lasting through Sunday, Oct. 2. Beer will be flowing from Amnesia’s taps at special Oktoberfest prices, and Chef Alex will be smoking prime rib for his famous prime rib dip paired with German potato salad. A special Reuben sandwich will be on the menu all weekend long, with lots of corned beef and sauerkraut.

Oktoberfest at Amnesia Brewing is family-friendly (that is, minors need to be accompanied by an adult age 21 and over) until 9 p.m. After 9 p.m., call up the babysitter, put on your dancing shoes and enjoy some late-night party time. Local band Molly Brown will be playing on Friday at 8:30 p.m., and The Evergreen Way will be preforming on Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m. Last but not least, bring in any Amnesia Oktoberfest mug from a prior year, and receive $4 refills of Amnesia beer. Prost!

Shorty’s Oktoberfest

Advance tickets are $20 each and can be purchased online at Ticket Tomato or at either Shorty’s Garden & Home location, although the event itself will be held at Shorty’s Vancouver location, 10006 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. Tickets purchased at the event will be $25. All tickets include admission to the Oktoberfest celebration and one beverage token. And you should plan to leave die Kinder with ein babysitter, because this is a 21-and-over only event.

Then, if you feel like you need more beer (always a possibility), come back from 2 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, for Shorty’s Autumn Brewfest. This annual celebration of local craft brews features a multitude of Southwest Washington breweries with more than 26 taps of craft beer and hard cider. There will also be live music by Justin Sheehy and the Beatles tribute band, Abbey Roadster. Beer-friendly food will be available from The Nomad Gourmet Hotdogs and Steakburger. A $15 ticket—available online by clicking here—includes a pint glass and five tasting tokens. Once again, this event is just right for ages 21 and over.

Shorty’s Oktoberfest & Autumn Brewfest

Shorty’s Garden and Home has hosted Vancouver’s liveliest, most popular Oktoberfest for more than a decade. Sadly, that bier-und-bratwurst era is drawing to a close on Friday, Sept. 23, when Shorty’s will host its final, wunderbar Oktoberfest from 5 to 11 p.m. This North Bank autumn tradition is a fundraiser presented by the Mahoney Family Foundation with proceeds benefiting local charities. This year’s festival includes live music and dancing, entertainment by Donaumusikanten (a genuine German band! Ja!), hand-crafted, German-inspired ales from Mill City Brew Werks, and authentic German cuisine by Mill Creek Pub.

Advance tickets are $20 each and can be purchased online at Ticket Tomato or at either Shorty’s Garden & Home location, although the event itself will be held at Shorty’s Vancouver location, 10006 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. Tickets purchased at the event will be $25. All tickets include admission to the Oktoberfest celebration and one beverage token. And you should plan to leave die Kinder with ein babysitter, because this is a 21-and-over only event.

Then, if you feel like you need more beer (always a possibility), come back from 2 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, for Shorty’s Autumn Brewfest. This annual celebration of local craft brews features a multitude of Southwest Washington breweries with more than 26 taps of craft beer and hard cider. There will also be live music by Justin Sheehy and the Beatles tribute band, Abbey Roadster. Beer-friendly food will be available from The Nomad Gourmet Hotdogs and Steakburger. A $15 ticket—available online by clicking here—includes a pint glass and five tasting tokens. Once again, this event is just right for ages 21 and over.

Oktoberfest at Northwood

Strap on your lederhosen and dirndl dresses and pump up your appetite for German-style beer, food, music and fun, because that’s exactly what you’ll get this weekend during a two-day Oktoberfest at Northwood Public House and Brewery on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10 and 11.

Northwood’s Oktoberfest is free, family-friendly, and open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on both days. To satisfy Oktoberfest cravings, the menu features sausages, schnitzels, and pretzels—as well as a special dish known as Schweinhaxen (slow-roasted pig’s knuckle). The brewpub will serve Bavarian “fest biers” as well as seasonal favorites. There’ll be live music with polka-rock (it’s a real thing!) from Those Darn Accordians, plus tunes from Coyote Wild, Wil Kinky Trio, and Three for Silver. There will also be face painting, balloon art, and coloring contests for the kids, as well as a strong-arm beer stein contest for the adults. The Chicken Dance? Well, that’s for everyone. Bwak!

This popular gastropub has earned its spurs as a North Bank hotspot, drawing a loyal crowd of local regulars as well as food- and beer-lovers from afar, because the fact is, Northwood is worth the trip. The establishment boasts its own, on-site “microbrewery,” the Little Dipper Brewing Company, which will be debuting its first lager during Oktoberfest, Otto’s Festbier. To learn more, visit www.northwoodpublichouse.com.

Northwood Oktoberfest

Strap on your lederhosen and dirndl dresses and pump up your appetite for German-style beer, food, music and fun, because that’s exactly what you’ll get this weekend during a two-day Oktoberfest at Northwood Public House and Brewery on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10 and 11.

Northwood’s Oktoberfest is free, family-friendly, and open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on both days. To satisfy Oktoberfest cravings, the menu features sausages, schnitzels, and pretzels—as well as a special dish known as Schweinhaxen (slow-roasted pig’s knuckle). The brewpub will serve Bavarian “fest biers” as well as seasonal favorites. There’ll be live music with polka-rock (it’s a real thing!) from Those Darn Accordians, plus tunes from Coyote Wild, Wil Kinky Trio, and Three for Silver. There will also be face painting, balloon art, and coloring contests for the kids, as well as a strong-arm beer stein contest for the adults. The Chicken Dance? Well, that’s for everyone. Bwak!

This popular gastropub has earned its spurs as a North Bank hotspot, drawing a loyal crowd of local regulars as well as food- and beer-lovers from afar, because the fact is, Northwood is worth the trip. The establishment boasts its own, on-site “microbrewery,” the Little Dipper Brewing Company, which will be debuting its first lager during Oktoberfest, Otto’s Festbier. To learn more, visit www.northwoodpublichouse.com.

Caps N’ Taps Oktoberfest

It’s time for some serious stein action during Oktoberfest at Caps N’ Taps, the craft beer bottleshop and taproom that has been making a splash on the North Bank beer scene for a couple of years now. Caps N’ Taps is hosting its first Oktoberfest celebration from 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2, and on Saturday, Oct. 3. The party will feature draft beers from local breweries as well as some of the world’s best German Oktoberfest beers. There will also be beer games (like regular games, only more fun, because BEER), raffles, special guests from local craft breweries, and Vienna-style sausages from Dog Heaven. There’s no admission price, and prices for beer vary depending on the type. Caps N’ Taps is located at 337 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. For more details, visit capsntapscamas.com.