The Mount Angel Oktoberfest in Oregon received the OFEA Ovation Award for Best Cultural or Heritage Event in 2010, and with good reason. Mount Angel was settled by German pioneers in the 1800s and the heritage is still authentic and enchanting. It’s the perfect site for the Oktoberfest festival that draws nearly 350,000 visitors in a four day period year after year since 1966.
Oktoberfest 2010 will be held September 16th – 19th. The event will be open Thursday – Saturday from 11:00 am until midnight; Sunday from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm. There is an Oktoberfest kick-off party the weekend before on Saturday, September 11th at 7:00 pm where there is German music and dancing, but September 16th is when the festivities really begin!
Most events are family friendly until around 9:00pm when vendors become 21 and over. Some of the all ages entertainment includes
- Webentanz (May Pole dance)
- Live Music
- Polka Music and Dancing
- Rodewynde – Flute and Harp
- Chorale Concerts
- Softball Tournaments
- Russian Museum, Mount Angel Abbey
- Volleyball Invitational
- Cruz-n Car Show
- 4H petting zoo
- Free pony rides
- Sunday Morning Mass at the St. Mary Parish Church
Other attractions include a large arts and crafts show, Friday and Saturday night street dancing, and of course, the Mount Angel Glockenspiel. The Glockenspiel is a large and clearly visible clock that stands in the village at the heart of Oktoberfest. The first floor of the glockenspiel houses seven life-sized, hand-carved wooden figures. When the clock resounds, the figures dance and turn to music. These figures were carved by members of the Capital Carving Club of Marion County. Above this level is a double statue in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Zollner, the first German settlers to Mount Angel in 1867. The glockenspiel plays at 11am, 1, 4, & 7 pm daily. It is a gathering place during Oktoberfest at these times and people from all around come to hear the clock’s bells and see the figures moving.
There are over 50 Alpine food chalets which serve a wide variety of ethnic foods. Of course this includes several types of sausages, schnitzel, pretzels, and cabbage rolls. With sponsors like Spaten, Paulaner, Franziskaner Brewery, Beck’s, Widmer Brothers Brewing Co., Budweiser, and Jagermeister, you can be sure there will be plenty to quench your thirst. The authentic German food is sure to delight all of your senses.
Oktoberfest is fun for all ages. It can be a romantic get away for two, party time for a group, or a long weekend for the family. The slogan for the festival is “Harvest Family Traditions”. Once you get a taste for Oktoberfest in Mount Angel, Oregon; you’re sure to return and make it a tradition of entertainment for years to come.