Here are some of the basics you need to know to make sure you have a good time and others do as well:
This is a 21 and over only event, so no one under that age is allowed in. This includes babies. Everyone must have an approved ID. A list of acceptable forms of identification can be found here. (link)
Cash, Debit and Credit are all cheerfully accepted
Well behaved, leashed dogs are allowed. Please be a responsible pet owner.
No Outside Beverages or Alcohol allowed. Sorry.
No standing or dancing on the tables, chairs or other people.
No types of behavior that is Disruptive to anyone else. Please, just behave and enjoy yourself. If you are still unclear on what our rules of conduct are, you can read them in detail here. (link)
No Weapons allowed. We’re a non-shooting, non violent Oktoberfest celebration.
No tents of any type please. We already have enough of our own tenting to worry about!
What is the Green Lake Oktoberfest all about?
Thanks for asking! The Green Lake Oktoberfest is Seattle’s hottest new festival, and takes place in one of Seattle’s hottest and most vibrant neighborhoods…Green Lake of course! Our take on the German tradition of Oktoberfest will include live music, costumes (dare we say it…lederhosen), amazing food with everything from German style brats and sauerkraut to pretzels and some of Seattle’s best food trucks, weiner dog races, and of course some of the best beers and ciders from our very own Northwest Brewers.
General admission into the festival gets you a 5 ounce tasting cup and some tokens to get your delicious beer with. If you prefer to celebrate your Oktoberfest in more authentic German style, you can also bypass the tasting size and purchase full steins of beer.
Where is the event held?
We have closed off a few blocks surround the corner of 72nd St and Woodlawn Ave in the heart of the Green Lake Business strict. The streets will be closed both Saturday and Sunday and bus routes will be rerouted for the weekend.
Does the Green Lake Oktoberfest benefit anything?
Why yes, yes it does. The Green Lake Oktoberfest is not only brought to you in part by the Green Lake Chamber of Commerce, it also benefits the Green Lake Chamber of Commerce. To learn more about the Green Lake Chamber, you can visit our website here.
We are also proud to be supporting Family Works located in Wallingford. Family Works is a food bank as well as a family resource center, and you can learn more about them and their great cause here.
What hours is the Festival open?
The Green Lake Oktoberfest is open on Saturday September 14 from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and on
Sunday September 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Can I buy advance tickets?
Of course! Tickets for Green Lake Oktoberfest can be purchased here. Get your tickets in advance and save some $ for more beer!
How does it work?
General Admission tickets get you into the festival and include a tasting cup and either 5 or 10 beer tokens.
There is also a festival-only entrance fee in case you’re not sure you’re ready for a tasting cup and drink tokens, or if you just want to gut a full glass of beer or three when you come in. This price is lower of course and also gets you 3 non-alcoholic drink tickets
Designated Drivers are our heroes! You get in for the same price as a festival only entrance, and in addition to 3 non-alcoholic drink tickets water is free for you as you enjoy the Oktoberfest.
Do I need to bring ID? What ID is accepted?
Yes indeed. You need to be 21 years of age or older and have a valid ID. A list of acceptable forms of identification can be found here.
What about my dog?
Of course dogs are welcome at the Green Lake Oktoberfest. This is Seattle after all. Dogs in costume are especially encouraged. Just please be sure to keep your pup leashed and well behaved. And of course don’t forget to pick up after any little “accidents.”
Plus, don’t forget that we will have wiener dog races on Sunday afternoon. You don’t want to miss this!
If you think your pet may qualify as a “weiner dog” and you want to give them a chance at everlasting fortune and glory, email us (link) and we’ll tell you how to get your pooch registered to complete!
**Wiener Dog Races on Sunday are all ages.
Weiner dog races you say? Tell me more please!
We couldn’t really call ourselves an authentic NW Oktoberfest operation without having weiner dog races could we? This time honored tradition is an important part of our celebration. All the details you need to know are here. (link)
Is there re-entry into the festival if I want to leave for a while?
Yes. Your wristband will allow you to leave and re-enter anytime you like.
Rumor has it parking at Green Lake can be tough. What do you recommend?
Unfortunately, those terrible rumors are true. Parking may become a challenge. If you are able to do so, please carpool to the event, choose public transportation, or our friends at Uber, Lyft, and local taxi services. And/or please give yourself a bit more time to arrive.
Can I wear a costume if I’m feeling particularly festive?
Of course! We encourage costumes so if you’re so inclined wear your Lederhosen (guys) and Dirndl (gals) or any other costume you like. We love creativity so don’t hold back.
Is smoking allowed? Vaping?
Green Lake Oktoberfest is an outdoor event and smoking/vaping is permitted only in designated areas. Please be respectful of other festival guests and stick to the designated areas and use the trash receptacles provided. We ask that you do not litter, use the trash receptacles, and be respectful of other guests.
What about marijuana?
In accordance with Washington State law, marijuana is not permitted to be smoked in any public place, including the Green Lake Oktoberfest. Please respect this law.