Hallo and guten tag, as we welcome the greatest German festival ever to reach Australian shores.
It’s Oktoberfest, liebling! Perhaps we can catch up on our alcohol consumption that seems to have waned this past year. Drink responsibly, though!
Yes, it’s that time of year where we throw on our lederhosen’s (leather trousers) or our dirndl’s (ruffled apron dresses) for no other reason than to hang with friends and get a little tipsy. So line your stomachs, brush up on your German beer chants and prepare for a degustation featuring plenty of schnitzels, wieners and 1-litre beer steins. Prost!
The east coast of Australia will be graced by six weeks of proper German entertainment and hospitality, thanks to the Bavarians: Munich Brauhaus, The Bavarian and The Bavarian Beerhaüs. Start your celebrations on September 22 at Munich Brauhaus in either Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne, then continue all the way to October 28 with traditional feasts, five limited-edition Oktoberfest biers on tap, foodie challenges, and group packages at all the Bavarians.
Oktoberfest in the Gardens
Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney will each play host to a festival of Germanic proportions. On specific Saturday afternoons throughout October, each city will serve up a wunderbar list of entertainment, activities, food and plenty of beer to make a grown man cry with desire. What’s more, is the organisers have teamed up with Costume Collection to give you a special offer for any German attire you buy.
Enjoy 15 days of shenanigans, primarily at Brisbane Showgrounds, in what the organisers consider a proper German week. Enjoy opening ceremonies, weekend benders, wacky competitions and exhibitions – there’s even something for those too young to tipple. Head over to their Facebook group (linked below) and see what events you eagerly want to attend.
Royal Sydney Oktoberfest
Better hurry and get your tickets for this one. It starts early! On September 15, Doltone House, Australian Technology Park, in Sydney will be transformed into a German wonderland. Royal Sydney Oktoberfest will provide some seriously tasty bites and plenty of beer, while dishing up some great Oktoberfest activities like the Barrel Roll competition and the Stein Race.
Tea Gardens Hotel
Looking for something a little low-key and with free entry? For the month of October, Tea Gardens Hotel over in Bondi Junction is celebrating Oktoberfest with German beer and plenty of Germanic delicacies ever to grace a plate. Stuff your face with a pork knuckle or German pretzel, while guzzling down some tasty beer.
Royal Melbourne Oktoberfest
Unlike the one in Sydney, this one starts a week later, so you have plenty of time to round up your posse and book your tickets. The Royal Melbourne Oktoberfest will take place in the heritage listed Royal Exhibition Hall, offering over 50 German beirs and “the only Oktoberfest in Australia to feature biers from five of the official Munich-Oktoberfest breweries!” Viel Spaß!
If you’re looking for an Oktoberfest event that’s smaller than the big crazy ones (and with no entry fee), then head to Hofbrauhaus in Melbourne CBD. They’ve got a big plan for the opening night starting from noon on Saturday September 22, featuring a stein carrying competition, tap beer, and some German inspired beers to keep you going through the evening.
It’s not German and it’s not Oktoberfest, but it contains beer and food which we think makes it worthy enough for our list. On Saturday, October 20, the Hobart Brewing Co. will be hosting a free entry festival at Macquarie Point. The event features plenty of hoppy beers to choose from, food, Q&A sessions and some live and loud music.
Adelaide Hills Oktoberfest
Grab your frau or mann and head for the hills on October 27. Dance to a hearty lineup of bands and don’t spill that stein! Don’t be afraid to bring along your kidlets, as this event is family friendly. And make sure to wear comfortable shoes as you will be learning The Schuhplattler (German Slap Dancing).
Held on two Saturdays in October, this is another of Perth’s greatest Oktoberfest events. Elmar’s Oktoberfest is held at Elmar’s in the Valley restaurant north-east of Perth CBD. The event features the largest beer garden in Swan Valley. You’ll enjoy live music, plenty of beer, competitions, and each prebought ticket gets you a free pretzel on arrival. Yummy!
Oktoberfest Rhein-Donau Club
The Rhein Donau club is a haven for Swiss, German and other European nationalities who reside or visit Perth, and it’s only natural that they’ve created yet another Oktoberfest celebration. For every Friday and Saturday night through October, they’ll share great German cuisine, four bars, live music and DJ’s, a shooting gallery, competitions, a model train display and even the Edelweiss Dance Group. Family fun day is on Sunday October 28!