Do you like tankards of beer and oompah music? Do you flap your arms around while doing the Chicken Dance?
If you answered "yes" to those questions, you're in the right place. Portland is the second-best city in the nation to celebrate Oktoberfest, according to a new WalletHub survey.
Portland-area residents do the annual German festival right, according to the survey released Tuesday, Sept. 11. There are more than a dozen celebrations around the region from mid-September until early October. The big one is in Mount Angel (Sept. 13 to 16). Others are in Newberg (Sept. 14 and 15), a handful of McMenamins restaurants and Oaks Park (Sept. 21 to 23). Others are in Bend, Brookings and Pacific City.
To determine which cities had the best celebrations, WalletHub, a Washington, D.C., online financial adviser, compared Oktoberfest events in the 100 largest U.S. cities based on 24 factors, including traditions, costs, safety, beer gardens, German restaurants and breweries.
WalletHub's Top 10 city Oktoberfest celebrations are:
4 San Francisco
According to the WalletHub survey, Portland tied with New York City, San Francisco, Milwaukee and Seattle for the most German restaurants per capita. The Rose City also tied with four other cities (including Seattle) for the most breweries per capita. Portland is No. 3 for the most accessible bars.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.