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Fremont Oktoberfest Advanced Tickets Now On Sale

August 16th, 2011 by master

Sure it’s August but it’s never too early to start thinking about Oktober in September (that will all make sense in a minute).

Tickets for the Fremont Oktoberfest Tasting Garden, which takes place September 23-25, are now on sale. This is part where you say, “What’s the big deal? Why shouldn’t I just wait until the day before to buy them?” Because, I respond, check out the great deal…

For a $20 General Admission ticket, you get 5 tasting tokens and a commemorative mug (Oooohhh….)

For a $25 Grand Admission, you get 10 tasting tokens and a commemorative mug (Aaaahhhh…)

For a $15 Non-Tasting Admission, you get 4 water tickets (Meh….)

Just so you know, ticket prices the day-of are $25 for general and $30 for grand admission.

To purchase advanced tickets, go online to or visit Marketime Foods here in Fremont for in-person purchases.

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Fremont Oktoberfest begins today

September 24th, 2010 by master

Looks like clouds are clearing just in time for our three-day ode to fall: Fremont Oktoberfest, which begins at 5 p.m. and continues through Sunday.


Phinney Ave. N. and N. 35th St. will be the place to go to sample 80 microbrews and 11 German beers, the most the event has ever had on tap.

A $20 ticket will get you inside, a souvenir tasting mug, and five tasting tokens. Advance ticket holders also get to cut in line ahead of people purchasing at the gate where prices will be $5 more. You can’t buy advance tickets online anymore, but you can go to one of these ticket sellers and save some dough.

But Oktoberfest isn’t just for beer drinkers.

The Petco Oktoberfest Village contains an area for pets to stand by their owners in a beer garden, or become a supermodel in the CityDog Magazine Cover Model Contest. Owners will also run in Sunday’s Brew HA-HA 5K.

This is also the location of the kids area, where they can play with arts and crafts, race and decorate zucchini, do their own tasting of (root) beer floats and soda, and pumpkin bowl and carve — but not with a chainsaw.

That is left to the pros.

Of course, one of the main attractions is the Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving Contest, Saturday and Sunday at 1! We can’t wait to see what happens.

Finally, the Miss Buxom contest is tonight. And yes, we’ll take pictures.

All contestants must be dressed up in funky, fun German attire and register at The Tap House Grill Buxom Beer Garden between 5pm and 6:30pm on Friday, September 24, 2010. Each contestant must answer a question and the audience will be the judge to decide who is this year’s Miss Buxom.

The crowned winner of Miss Buxom will receive $100 in cash plus a Fremont Oktoberfest prize pack with a sweatshirt, tasting tokens and more! Two runners up will each receive $50 in cash.

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More German beers than ever at Oktoberfest

September 6th, 2010 by master

While it may not be a “Das Boot!” a la “Beerfest,” the Fremont Oktoberfest commemorative 1-liter beer stein is no small accomplishment to chug down.

And it’ll be necessary to sample the influx of the Deutschland’s alcoholic pride.

“This year’s event features the most German beers we’ve ever had on tap at Fremont Oktoberfest in its fourteen years,” says Phil Megenhardt, creative director.

That would be 11 brews separated into two tents, West German and East German.

The West German Beer Tent will pour six beers including Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen and Weinhenstephan Hefe-Weissbier. The East German Beer Tent features five German brews on tap including Hofbräu Dunkel and Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier.

Festival drinkers can purchase the mammoth beer stein at the Tap House Grill Buxom Beer Garden, with their choice of Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen, Radeberger Pilsner, Weihenstephan Hefe-Weissbier and Veltins Pilsener, brought to you by World Class Beverage.

Fans of microbrews won’t be disappointed. They’ll have more than 80 micros to sample at the event, which runs from September 24-26. It benefits the Fremont Chamber of Commerce. Advance tickets are now on sale for The Stranger Microbrew Garden for $20 (general admission). Buy them now to get the cheaper rate.

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Oktoberfest advance tickets now on sale

August 24th, 2010 by master

Fremont’s Oktoberfest is still one month away, but advance tickets for the big event are now on sale.  $20 will get you inside, a souvenir tasting mug, and five tasting tokens.  Advance ticket holders also get to cut in line ahead of people purchasing at the gate where prices will be $5 more.  This year’s Oktoberfest runs September 24 – 26.  You can find more information here.
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Preview of Fremont Oktoberfest this weekend

September 18th, 2009 by master

One of the neighborhood’s biggest annual events is sweeping into Fremont this evening. The Fremont Oktoberfest kicks off tonight and goes through the weekend with a long lineup of events and brews. Over 35 breweries will be pouring, including the new neighborhood addition, Fremont Brewery.

The music begins playing tonight at 7 p.m. on the main stage, which is sponsored by The Simpsons as the show celebrates its 20th anniversary.

In fact, here’s Homer with the Oktoberfest folks this morning on Q13 Morning News. Here’s a few of the many events this weekend:

Miss Buxom Contest: Friday at 7 p.m., women dress up in funky German attire and compete to win $1,000 in prizes.

Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving: Watch chainsaw-wielding artists have their way with a pumpkin, Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. on the Village Stage (contest) and 2:30 p.m. on the main stage (exhibition). More details here, and take a look at our photos from last year.

Comedy Show: On Saturday at 7 p.m., Fremont Studios is hosting a comedy show from some of Seattle’s finest comedians: Jubal Flagg and Kane Holloway, to name a few. Ticket information here.

Brew HA-HA 5k: No better way to deal with a hangover from the night before than strap on your running shoes — just remember to hydrate. The run gets underway on Sunday at 10 a.m. at Solstice Plaza near the intersection of N. 34th Street and Fremont Ave N. Details here.

Street Scramble: If you’re not up for the run, you can “discover the mysteries of the Center of the Universe” with the Street Scramble contest on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. From a list of 30 Fremont locations, see how many you can visit on foot in 90 minutes. Ticket information here.

And by the way, the Fremont Chamber has crowned a “2009 King of Oktoberfest” as part of their membership drive — columnist Kirby Lindsay, who writes here on FremontUniverse as well as on her own site, FremoCentrist.

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Volunteering for Fremont Oktoberfest

September 14th, 2009 by master

The folks at Bold Hat Productions work hard organizing the Fremont Oktoberfest. They arrange for beer gardens (three this year, serving approximately 90 different beers), the Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving (along with encore performances), a kids’ area (with Zucchini 500 races), Brew HaHa 5K race and a Brew HaHa comedy show, plus Dog Day Afternoon (including a canine model show and, this year, a Santa’s Little Helper look-alike contest). The office staff spends months leading up to the event, this year on September 18, 19 and 20, in preparation but according to Event Coordinator, Kelly Pflugrath, “if we didn’t have all those volunteers, this event wouldn’t run.”

Ultimately, it takes 700 volunteers to stage the Fremont Oktoberfest, and as of September 4, they still needed 125. “Those are ‘Definitely Needed’ volunteers,” Pflugrath admitted, “on some occasions the event can come to a screeching halt without them.”

Will Work

For one thing, the beer won’t pour without someone at the spout. Pflugrath also places volunteers as greeters at the entrance booth, “giving a good impression,” which can affect the tenor of the whole festival. Volunteers help direct runners along the 5K route and assist with crafts in the kids’ area (“they get the fun job, in my opinion,” Pflugrath said.) Volunteers provide free labor, and in return they get free admission and a t-shirt.

Yet, a large percentage of volunteer staff return each year, according to Pflugrath. “They have a blast!” and after each event, she fields a flurry of e-mails praising the experience. Also, as she walks the neighborhood throughout the year, Pflugrath has seen people sporting Oktoberfest t-shirts, with the special ‘volunteer’ designation, “I’m glad they like them.”

Volunteers also come from those who attended Oktoberfest in the past, and want to get more involved, those who volunteered at other Bold Hat events, community supporters who want to support Oktoberfest which raises funds for the Fremont Chamber, and, finally, friends of friends who volunteer together, just for fun. “We do some advertising, here and there,” Pflugrath admitted. She has sent notices to their large mailing list of Oktoberfest supporters and run ads, in past years, in The Stranger and on Craigslist. “The largest part,” she explained, “is word-of-mouth.” After all, this is a great insider deal – it’s ‘Will Work for Beer.’

For Beer, and Fremont

Bold Hat uses software called ShiftBoard to organize volunteers and since incorporating the software, “we’ve seen a much larger retention of volunteers,” Pflugrath said. ShiftBoard sends out automatic reminders, allows volunteers to manage, or cancel, their shifts, accommodates the scheduling of groups of friends, and sends notices to volunteers about next year’s event. The software, Pflugrath allowed, does send acknowledgements, but Bold Hat already sends out personal notes of thanks to volunteers.

“We definitely need every person who wants to come down,” Pflugrath said. Three days of fun, festival and fellowship – and beer – takes volunteers to happen. To those who give their time willingly to the cause, Pflugrath faithfully swore, “we’ll make sure they have a good time!” If you want to be a part of that, check out (Photo courtesy Patrick Lennox Wright Photography.)

Columnist Kirby Lindsay has written for The Seattle Press ( and the North Seattle Herald-Outlook ( about Fremont, where she has been for far longer than any sane person would manage. For more of her writing, visit her site at

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Fremont Oktoberfest at night

September 21st, 2008 by master

The Seattle band SHIM plays at the Fremont Oktoberfest while a member of the, ahem, “Seattle Drinking Team” takes a break from the beer.

Cool photo courtesy of jaycoxfilm.

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Pumpkins fall like rain at Oktoberfest

September 20th, 2008 by master

One of the highlights of Oktoberfest is the Texas Chainsaw Pumpin Carving.

Everyone crowded around the chainsaw-wielding man in the funny hat.

Chunks flew into the audience, much to everyone’s delight.

Here, he delicately (sort of) carves an eye into the pumpkin.

It’s messy work.

Spectators hide behind an umbrella as the chunks fly.

The pumpkin was modeled after this guy, who poses with the final product. (No, it’s not Turtle from HBO’s Entourage.) You can see a repeat performance on Sunday, at the western end of Oktoberfest, at the Adobe stage.

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Beer drinkers brave the rain

September 20th, 2008 by master

This Saturday afternoon, light rain is falling on the Fremont Oktoberfest.

Beer drinkers came wearing their Gore-Tex, slickers and even sporting a few umbrellas. Not as big a turnout as sunnier festivals, as you might expect. But sometimes there’s no better weather to drink great beer.

Here, the Full Sail folks serve up a cold one…

…to a very happy attendee. Also on tap, Georgetown Brewing, Hale’s, Mac and Jack’s, Snoqualmie, Alaskan Amber and many more.

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Fremont Oktoberfest gets underway

September 19th, 2008 by master

Oktoberfest kicked off tonight with hundreds descending along the Ship Canal to taste beers, listen to music, mingle at the Singles lounge and watch the Miss Buxom contest, a new addition. Also new to the festival are scattered cabanas available to rent for private groups of up to fifteen, and a cigar lounge.
Fremont Oktoberfest Entrance
While there were throngs of twenty-somethings throughout Fremont tonight (and noticeably increased police presence, as well), Saturday will draw a much larger crowd. Tomorrow’s activities will include a BMX stunt team jumping leftover kegs from tonight, comedy shows, and the Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving Contest. There are plenty of activities for children at Oktoberfest, and on Sunday, participants will be welcome to bring their dogs into the beer garden. Sunday will also include the Brew-HA-HA 5k and Street Scramble.

Proceeds from Oktoberfest benefit the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, and through them the Fremont Library, B.F. Day School, and the History House. Tickets can be bought in advance online for $15, or at the door for $20 or $25 for four additional drink tokens.

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