Downtown Bend would like to invite you to their largest fundraiser of the year, Bend Oktoberfest. Bend Oktoberfest is a two-day festival in Downtown Bend, Oregon featuring local beer, wine, and cider, traditional German foods (vendor list here), live music, absurd games, and ridiculous feats of strength. Bend Oktoberfest is free to attend, and the festival is family friendly with a kid’s zone sponsored by On Point Community Credit Union.
USA Today rated Bend Oktoberfest as on of the top Oktoberfest’s in the country, and it’s no wonder why. Bend Oktoberfest’s schedule of events boasts a Chicken Dance Flash Mob (happening at 1pm on Saturday), barrel rolling, a bratwurst toss, tricycle races, the Hammerschlagen, and a stein holding competition – just to name a few. Of course, you can’t talk about Bend Oktoberfest without talking about the Weiner Dog Races sponsored by Bend Veterinary Clinic and ran by the Humane Society of Central Oregon. The Weiner Dog races are scheduled for 4pm on Saturday, Sept 21st. The race can be viewed from the bleachers on Irving Ave next to the track, or from the Large LED Screen, sponsored by Elevate Pro AVL, on Oregon Ave next to the parking garage. For a full schedule of Bend Oktoberfest events, click here.
With over 16 different beers on tap, 2 ciders and 6 featured German wines – Bend Oktoberfest has something for everyone. While at Bend Oktoberfest this weekend, you can try unique brews like Holy Schmidt Oktoberfest Lager by Sunriver Brewing, The Iron Cross German Hefeweizen by Spider City Brewing, or Festbier by 10 Barrel Brewing Co. Bend Oktoberfest beers are local and donated to Bend Oktoberfest by breweries invested in their community’s growth and development. We applaud these local businesses for their contributions to the historic core of our city, Downtown Bend. For a full list of beers, click here.
100% of the funds raised at Bend Oktoberfest go directly to keeping Downtown Bend vibrant and thriving! Bend Oktoberfest is the only festival in downtown Bend that financially contributes to ongoing year-around beautification in our downtown. Join us to celebrate the heart of our City, Downtown Bend, and come together for music, dancing and community fun!
Bend Oktoberfest is happening Friday, September 20th from 3pm to 10pm and Saturday, September 21st from 11am to 10pm. For more information, including the schedule of events, beer list, directions and more – visit www.bendoktoberfest.com