Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival held in Munich, Germany. Yet again, the annual 16-day beer festival has hit our Aussie shores for some more sick events! Kicking off mid-September, Oktoberfest brings people from all over the world to celebrate. For the love of beer and all things German, it’s time to dust those dirndls off, pull on your lederhosen and join in the Oktoberfest action.
Here are the best places to celebrate around Oz this year.
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Australia’s biggest and best Oktoberfest celebration returns for another year. So if you are in Sydney 27 Oct then you cannot miss Oktoberfest In The Gardens that is held at The Domain.
If you are looking for something a little less crowded but still full of fun then head down to The Rocks and book yourself a table at Munich Brauhaus. It all kicks off on 22 Sept with the traditional tapping of the Oktoberfest kegs and even the chance to win a trip to Munich up for grabs!
Next on the list is something a little more reserved and family friendly. Concordia Club in Tempe will be holding yet another year filled with live music, dancers, beers and food aplenty. Held on 29, 30 Sept & 6, 7 Oct, tickets are up for grabs for a solid $15 pp! The German Austrian Club in Cabramatta are also holding a small event which won’t cost an arm and leg. In true Bavarian style, this event is held on 29th Sept kicking off at 11am.
Brisbane & Gold Coast
Every year Brisbane Showgrounds transforms into a German town festival as it hosts Australia’s largest Oktoberfest celebration. This place has been rated as one of the top 10 Oktoberfests outside of Germany, with activities for the whole family. So 5-7 Sept & 12-14 Oct are the dates and Brisbane Showgrounds is the place to be.
For something less full on and not as expensive, head down to The German Club 26-28 Oct for a three-day celebration to embrace your inner German and enjoy traditional folk dancing, entertainment and food. Tickets are only $10 for non-members! If you are in the Gold Coast, check out House of Brews: HOBtoberfest event this 29th Sept-2nd Oct for German Food, Beer Judging, Live Music. You could also keep the celebration going at the Night Quarter Friday, 6 & 7th Oct for even more German food, beer and traditional dancing.
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The Royal Exhibition Building is transformed for one evening only into a rousing bier hall this 22nd Sept. Royal Melbourne Oktoberfest will be selling tickets for just under $40 for entry to one of the most traditional Oktoberfest event Melbourne has seen, with German oompah bands, folk dancing and on-stage competitions. Don’t miss out. Otherwise head on over to Hofbrauhaus to experience all the traditional beer, noise and fun without leaving Melbourne. From 22 Sept – 27 Oct, this restaurant will be offering steins of beer, schnitzel, pretzel, traditional dress, plenty of food and the chance to win free bier for a year! If you are looking for another restaurant to celebrate, then check out Cuckoo on the 13, 20 & 27th Oct with plenty of authentic food, beer, slap dancing, yodelling, leather pants and schnitzels on offer.
If you’re up for something big, grab your frau or mann and head to Adelaide Hills Oktoberfest on Oct 27 for the full spread German fare from beer, food, costumes, games and entertainment. For something smaller, Prancing Pony Brewer will be celebrating traditional German culture on Saturday 27th Oct. There will be a full day of German entertainment & games including stein holding & pretzel eating. Another option is to join The German Club that has long-established itself as the home of Oktoberfest in Adelaide. Tickets are on $12 and include a free stein upon arrival.
If you’re over 18 and don’t mind spending $30 for a ticket then this event is for you. Held on Saturday 13th & Saturday 20th Oct, Elmar’s Oktoberfest is one of Perth’s greatest Oktoberfest events. For something different, Edith Cowan University is holding their 5th Oktoberfest event for only $10-15 pp on Friday 21st Sept. There will be authentic German food stalls, live DJ’s and lots of beers on offer plus a free ride to their afterparty at Arcade Nightclub to keep the party going til late. FYI its an 18+ event. For something different, Whitfords Brewing Co will be hosting Oktoberfest in true German style, with blind tastings, gourmet bites, a Beer quiz and more. This one night only event will be held on Wednesday 17 Oct and tickets cost $25 for unlimited beer testing! (Yes please).
Canberra is set to host two big Oktoberfest events. So if you are ready to delve deep into traditional German roots then keep reading. To kick it off first we have Oktoberfest Parklands on 20 October held in the Parliamentary Triangle that offers one of the nation’s biggest icons in sight, and a kid-free afternoon to let your hair down! Tickets are selling fast for just under $50! Coming in next we have Oktoberfest CBR this 26-28 October at Queanbeyan Showgrounds. This celebration isn’t for the light hearted- it consists of three days full of oompa merriment with traditional music, German dancers, amusement rides and bell-ringers set to entertain with tickets ranging from $10-33.
If you aren’t looking for something as intense and really just want to grab some tradition German food, then head over to Knuckles Restaurant 26-28 October for signature, mouthwatering dishes on offer. Be sure to get in early and pre-book a table early because spots will fill quickly!
Image Source: Oktoberfest In The Gardens Facebook Page