Arts and culture

Dancing children fountain in central crossroad of Mt. Angel. Former Wilco grain elevator in the background.

Dancing children fountain in central crossroad of Mt. Angel. Former Wilco grain elevator in the background.

Annual cultural events

Mt. Angel is known for its annual Oktoberfest. The Mt. Angel Oktoberfest is the largest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Attendance grew from 39,000 in its first year, 1966, to 375,000 by the late 1980s. The Oktoberfest features beer and wine gardens, sports tournaments and races, arts and crafts exhibits, a farmers market, community dinners featuring sausage and sauerkraut, and a wide assortment food, games, and entertainment.

Museums and other points of interest

Mt. Angel is also home to the historic Queen of Angels Monastery, run by the Benedictine Sisters of Mt. Angel, and the 1912 Saint Mary Catholic Church, both of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). Windischar’s General Blacksmith Shop is another NRHP-listed structure in the city.

In March 2006, the city announced plans to build a 49-foot (15 m) glockenspiel. Completed in time for Oktoberfest 2006, the glockenspiel is the largest in the United States. Located on the corner of Charles and Garfield streets, the four-story-tall glockenspiel is part of the Edelweiss Village Building.