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Most events at Oktoberfest are free. Only 3 of the venues have a cover charge, purchase of a wristband allows for admission to all 3. There is never a charge for persons under 21 years old, but there are slightly restricted hours in the Biergarten and Weingarten, check the venues for details.
The venue pricing varies a bit by day and time:
All Festival Pass: four day ALL FESTIVAL PASS/Wristband for $25.00 unlimited entry to all venues for all 4 days at any time. Most economical choice for those with an extended stay.
Festival Day Passes: Day passes are available for each day of the festival and are used for unlimited entry and reentry to the 3 venues on that day only. A pass purchased before 5:00pm is good through the remainder of the day – no additional evening charge. A different colored wristband will be used for each day of the festival.
Day Pass pricing:
- Thursday: Before 5:00pm -$5 After 5:00pm – $8
- Friday:* Before 5:00pm -$7 After 5:00pm – $12
- Saturday: Before 5:00pm -$10 After 5:00pm – $15
- Sunday: Before 5:00pm -$8 After 5:00pm – $8
*Friday is our Saluting Our Armed Forces Day – a $2 discount is offered to those who are serving or have served in our Military. Sponsored by Les Schwab Tires and Mount Angel Oktoberfest. Not valid with other discounts.
Oktoberfest is celebrated throughout the downtown area of Mount Angel which lies approximately 40 miles south of Portland and 17 miles north of Salem.
- GPS device use address: 5 Garfield St. Mount Angel, Oregon, 97362
- from I-5 North – exit: 282A toward Canby/Hubbard through Woodburn and follow the signs to Mount Angel
- from I-5 South– take exit 260 toward Keizer and follow signs. Proceed east on Chemawa Road and Hazel Green Road following the signs to Mount Angel.
Senior Day – Thursday
Thursday is Senior Day at Oktoberfest. Entry to the entertainment venues is only $5.00 for the whole day if purchased before 5:00 p.m.. Seniors really love this day at Oktoberfest. There are many comfortable park benches and picnic tables in the festival area. All venues are handicap accessible including many toilet facilities. Across from the bandstand is the Elder Care Facility operated by the Providence Benedictine Nursing Center. Who have wheel chairs and other facilities available to help seniors in need.
Lost and Found
The Mount Angel Police Department manages the Lost and Found services for Oktoberfest. Please contact them at 503-845-9294.
We have several free handicap parking lots at Oktoberfest. Please display your DMV Handicap card and follow the directions of our traffic control people. The most convenient lot is at St. Mary Church, only two blocks from the bandstand. You may drop off your handicapped person at the Providence Benedictine Elder Care Station, across from the bandstand, while the driver parks the vehicle at the church. The Elder Care Station has wheel chairs available for your use. All venues are wheelchair accessible. There are ramps for entrance into the church.
Pets are certainly welcome at Oktoberfest. We expect that they will be leashed, muzzled if necessary and kept under control. Only Seeing Eye dogs and other service animals are allowed within the venues. The venues are not a great environment for pets – noise and large numbers of people tend to irritate the pets and their presence in the venues is a safety concern.
Kennels near Mount Angel:
- Jay Jays Doggie Hotel, Hubbard, Oregon, 503-982-3906
- Love Your Pet Sitting Service, Salem, Oregon, 503-871-6519
- Pet Village, Ltd., Salem, Oregon, 503-363-3647, www.petvillageltd.com
- Sheltie Acres Salem, Oregon, 503-393-3680, www.sheltieacres.com
There are many good websites that sell Bavarian clothing. Many local people purchase most of their traditional Bavarian clothing (Trachten) from:
- Touch of Bavaria: 503-586-8126; – available at Oktoberfest, in the old Blacksmith Shop corner Church and Sheridan Streets
- Debbie Grassman: 503-845-6204; seamstress specializes in dirndls – available at Oktoberfest in the Arts and Crafts
Why do you celebrate Oktoberfest in September?
There are a couple of widely accepted versions of why Oktoberfest is celebrated in September. Even in Munich the bulk of the festival occurs in September. Oktoberfest has come to mean a celebration of German Culture in the Fall season. Most fall festivals come at the end of the harvest when the crops are in and everything sits in the lager house. It is time to celebrate the year’s hard work and praise the Creator’s bounty with a grand harvest festival. Few harvest festivals in Germany are called OKTOBERFEST. In Mount Angel, Oktoberfest always starts the second Thursday after Labor Day – about when the hop harvest is in. Another reason for celebrating Oktoberfest in September is that the weather tends to be more cooperative. We can attest to that in Mount Angel.
Recycling at Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest is very pleased to have a recycling program in place. The water and soda bottles from the Food Chalets are recyclable, watch for the blue recycle containers with clear plastic bags collecting the recyclable plastic bottles. Please do your best to sort the garbage such as napkins and plastic dining utensils from the recyclable bottles. We hope to develop methods to recycle these other items in the future.
Recycling at Oktoberfest has been under development for several years as our Down Town Operations and Streets Teams have tried to find an effective method to collect what can be recycled and processed quickly and efficiently. The recycle bins for soda and water bottles you see on the streets are the results of a couple trial and error attempts. Next on the list – paper products and food utensils.
Oktoberfest appreciates all those who take a moment to sort and recycle.
What do you do with the money you make at Oktoberfest?
Following Oktoberfest when all our bills are paid, we set aside a portion of excess revenue to start up next year’s festival and pay for needed infrastructure improvements. The remainder of the revenue is distributed to worthy organizations – churches, schools and service groups in our region. Oktoberfest has distributed nearly $3, 000, 000 to non-profits since its inception. This distribution does not include the money earned each year by our 50 non-profit food booths. For most of these organizations, Oktoberfest is their most important money raising event of the year.
Dates for Oktoberfest 2016 and beyond
Oktoberfest 2016 will be held September 15, 16, 17, & 18.
This will be our 51st celebration.
Oktoberfest 2017 will be held September September 14, 15, 16, & 17.