Run, Drink & Play at Fremont’s Oktoberfest this weekend

oktoberfestUSA Today and Orbitz.com have both named Fremont’s Oktoberfest as one of the top places in America to celebrate Oktoberfest, but anyone who’s ever been to the annual event knew that without being told. With 35 breweries ranging from small local microbreweries to internationally known big brands represented at Oktoberfest, there are a plethora of beer choices from which to select. San Francisco’s 21st Amendment Brewery offers their Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer with a secondary brewing fermentation that uses fresh watermelon for a uniquely flavored beer. Dad Watsons from Seattle has a raspberry ale called Ruby. Georgetown Brewing Company presents their Lisa’s “The Sun is Trying to Kill Me” Chocolate Stout which is loaded with dark and milk chocolate from Theo.

One of my favorites is Kona Brewing Company’s Longboard Lager, aged for five weeks for an exceptionally smooth flavor. Seattle’s Trade Route Brewing Company (previously known as Laughing Buddha) goes seriously old school with their Ginger Pale Ale..and these are just a few of the excellent brews on tap. There are lagers and ales and stouts, Hefeweizen and pilsners a-plenty, all worth giving a try.

In addition to the tasting area, there are two different beer gardens and a variety of lounges. Live entertainment includes bands, DJs, a chainsaw pumpkin carving contest and a comedy show; there’s even a kids’ play area for those of you who want to make it a family event.

Saturday night party with Fremont Outdoor Movies who will be showing Animal House after a pre-party that includes toga style photo sessions and college party games.

On Sunday you’re invited to bring your dog down to hang out with you in the beer garden, join you in the annual Brew HA-HA 5K or enter the CityDog Magazine cover model contest.

Oktoberfest is held on the streets of Fremont between Phinney Ave N and 1st Ave NW and N 35th St and N Canal St on Friday between 5 pm and midnight, on Saturday from 11 am to 12 am, and Sunday between 11 am and 6 pm. Several Metro routes serve Fremont, including the 5, the 26, the 28, the 30 and the 31 and will save you money and all kinds of hassle. The Fremont Oktoberfest benefits the Fremont Chamber of Commerce will helps fund schools, art groups, and community events.

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