THURSDAY, SEPT. 29
Occidental hosted a big Oktoberfest sausage party already in September; now it'll be a guest of McMenamins—pouring the Kaiser's Cup-winning altbier and Oktoberfest—along with three other beers—at the McMenamins bottle shop on Northwest 23rd Avenue. 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop, 2290 NW Thurman St., 971-202-7256, mcmenamins.com.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, SEPT. 30-OCT. 2
Stammtisch had its Oktoberfest block party early; now the more hard-partying German sister pub takes the fest into its end stages by taking over a food-cart parking lot with a beer truck full of German beers while Prost grills up some meat. Mississippi Marketplace, 4233 N Mississippi Ave., 503-954-2674, prostportland.com.
SATURDAY, OCT. 1
The city's only German brewery co-run by an actual German—and maker of our favorite Portland weissbier—will have its Oktoberfest in actual October. The festbier's first tapping will be Saturday at pork-shoulder masters the People's Pig, who will also be serving a special menu. Tickets at eventbrite.com. The People's Pig, 3217 N Williams Ave., 503-282-2800. 1-10 pm. $25.
Oregon City will host an Oktoberfest with local flair, with German-style brews from the southeast suburbs' many breweries, including Bent Shovel, Coin Toss, Oregon City Brewing, Shattered Oak and Feckin. Lents' Zoiglhaus will also be poured, as will a few echt-Bavarian brews, German sausage and some live tunes. Feckin Brewing, 415 S McLoughlin Blvd., Oregon City, feckinbrew.com. Noon-1 am.
SATURDAY, OCT. 8
For its long-running downtown Oktoberfest, Pilsner champ Widmer will tap five beers in Pioneer Courthouse Square tents and put on the decidedly un-German stylings of…the X Ambassadors of Ithaca, New York. But "DJ Gustav" of 94/7fm sounds kinda German. Maybe he's into Kraftwerk. Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave. Noon-9 pm. $35 for admission, stein and one beer token.
FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS, SEPT. 30-OCT. 15
If you're gonna go German, go in hard. Leavenworth is a tiny Vashington willage, an almost perfect replica of Bavaria in the Pacific Northwest, and its Oktoberfest is like a small-town version of the real thing. Sooo many lederhosen. So many accordions. So much Ayinger and Hofbräu and Paulaner. And, what the hell, also Prussian beer from Kostritzer. Downtown waterfront of Leavenworth, Wash., leavenworthoktoberfest.com. $10-$20.