October in Washington is full of adventures for those who know where to look. From festivals to exhibits to concerts, Washington will keep you occupied all October long if you let it. Here are some highlights going on across the state this month.
Puyallup, WA – Oct 7-9
The 12th Annual Washington Oktoberfest has it all: beer, brats, contests, and entertainment. This family friendly festival celebrates German heritage and has something for every member of the family.
Home of the Hammerschlagen Tournament of Champions since 2005, try your hand at the game where you must hammer in as many nails into wood faster than your opponents can. Kids are welcome to try their own version of the Hammerschlagen with supervision.
This is an all ages event until 7 PM and 21+ only after 7 PM every evening. As an indoor event, it happens rain or shine. The opening ceremony takes place at 8 PM on Friday night in the Festhalle Main Stage with the tapping of the Firkin.
Cost: Admission is free from noon to 3 PM on Friday. The cost is $12 for Friday after 3 PM and Saturday. Sunday is half price ($6) thanks to the sponsorship of the News Tribune. Free parking is available.
Ilwaco, WA – Oct 8-9
Hosted during the cranberry harvest on the second weekend in October. Bog tours, crafts, food and music to celebrate the harvest. Admission to the events at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum is covered by purchase of a $5 collectible button. The Cranberry Museum is free. The Cranberry Trolley transports visitors between the two locations.
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