Seeing music live is a great way to really feel the music, especially when you position yourself directly between the cymbals. Be at the center of it all with this Groupon.
$12 for a Full-Weekend Pass (Up to $25 Value)
Each pass is valid for the whole three-day festival, which runs from Friday, October 5, to Sunday, October 7, at Puyallup Fair & Events Center. Brats sizzle on the grill at the Festhalle Biergarten, where visitors wash down traditional German food with brews such as Hofbräu Oktoberfest and Warsteiner Dunkel. In the family area, kids can create crafts or sip drinks at the root-beer garden, an all-ages interpretation of the beer garden. Strains of music waft from the live entertainment stage, which features acts such as Germany’s Allgäuer AlpinCats and the headliner, “Austrian Amazon” Manuela Horn, a 6-foot-tall singer who performs yodeled interpretations of new and classic pop hits. On Sunday, visitors can work up a sweat in the festival 5K, which requires a separate registration, or cheer on their favorite hound in a dachshund race, dubbed the Running of the Wieners.
The festival runs Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Children 12 and younger enter for free. The premises are open to all ages, except after 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evening, when the fair becomes a 21-and-older event. See the live-music schedule and the full menu.
Admission to Oktoberfest Northwest is free on Friday, October 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For the past eight years, the annual Oktoberfest Northwest has celebrated German culture and the arrival of autumn with a weekend of German-themed festivities. As revelers sip frosty brews from steins and snack on juicy bratwursts, they watch performers play live German music, a far more enjoyable listening experience than Franz Kafka’s notoriously undanceable audiobooks. A host of hands-on activities complements the food and music, ranging from family-friendly crafts to Hammerschlagen, a drinking game wherein participants compete to drive their nails into a stump of wood the fastest.