Oompah like a champ: We’re No. 3 for Oktoberfests


Online survey says our German restaurants and breweries put the Rose City in the top 10 for annual fall festivals.

PORTLAND, Ore. (PORTLAND TRIBUNE) — Raise a tankard of beer, flap your arms to the Chicken Dance and oompah until you can’t stand. You’re sitting in one of the best places in the nation for Oktoberfests.

A survey by the online financial services company WalletHub reported Wednesday, Sept. 11, that Portland was the No. 3 city for the annual fall polka parties. We’ve slipped a bit. WalletHub’s 2018 survey had the Rose City as No. 2 in the Oktoberfest fun contest. (Somehow, Denver jumped from No. 7 last year to No. 2 this year.)

WalletHub based its ratings on more than two dozen factors that make cities Oktoberfest-friendly.The company looked at Oktoberfest traditions, the number of breweries (per capita), the number of beer gardens, the number of German restaurants and pretzel shops, the average price of beer, the cost of sausage, low crime rates, walkability, acres of parks and access to public transportation.

The top 10 cities for Oktoberfest celebrations:
1 New York
2 Denver
3 Portland
4 Philadelphia
5 Cincinnati
6 Las Vegas
7 Seattle
8 Chicago
9 Milwaukee
10 Orlando

The Portland area has about a dozen Oktoberfests. Those include the Mount Angel festival (Sept. 12 to 15), the Oaks Park festival (Sept. 20 to 22), the Oregon Zoo’s festival (Sept. 28) and the McMenamins Edgefield fest (Sept. 29).

WalletHub’s survey reported that Portland was tied with Seattle, San Francisco and New York for the most German restaurants per capita. The Rose City also was tied in the survey for the most breweries per capita (with Seattle, Denver, San Diego and Albuquerque). Portland also was No. 3 for the most accessible bars (behind New York and Las Vegas).

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