Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volksfest (beer festival and traveling funfair). Held annually in Munich, Germany. Held for 16-18 days it’s a folks festival, running from mid or late September to the first Sunday in October, with more than six million people from around the world attending the event every year. Locally, it is often called the Wiesn, after the colloquial name for the fairgrounds, Theresa’s meadows. Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture and has been since the year 1810.
During the festival, large amounts of Bavarian beer is consumed with traditional bavarian food.
Entertainment in games and amusement rides are also a common feature. People dress up in the traditional bavarian dress and it’s seen as a fun and social event!
All three Munich Brauhaus’ across Australia will be kicking off Oktoberfest with an Oktoberfest parade on Saturday the 21st of September. It all kicks off at 12pm with the official keg tapping of the first Oktoberfest Keg in the following locations South Bank- Brisbane, The Rocks- Sydney and South Wharf- Melbourne, The Parade follows at 1 pm. They then promise a line up of festivities over the weekend. There will be huge amounts of beer, food and an enormous stage for bands.
Oktoberfest in the Gardens also returns this year inspired by the traditional bavarian festival. This festival features two massive beer halls, authentic German food stalls, performers a silent disco and lots more entertainment. Oktoberfest in the Gardens is held in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney. In Adelaide, they are excitedly announced that the event is moving to the stunning Pinky Flat, located on the banks of the River Torrens in the heart of the Adelaide CBD right next to the Adelaide Oval.
Every Bavarian Bier Cafe in Sydney will be celebrating Oktoberfest – Bondi Beach, Chatswood, Crows Nest, Entertainment Quarter, Manly, Parramatta, Miranda, Sydney CBD. 5 biers will be available which you can try all at once or pace yourself over the duration of Oktoberfest.
For one day only, the historic grounds of The Carrington in the Blue Mountains is transformed into a family-friendly Oktoberfest event which is set to be a sure-fire hit and the German Club celebrates Oktoberfest from 18-20 October. This year’s event is jam-packed full of competitions from best beards, to strongest person. If you simply want to sit back and enjoy the atmosphere, The German Club will have plenty of live music, German dance performances and kids’ activities such as a balloon animal blower and face painting for you.
However you want to celebrate Oktoberfest this year, there is sure to be something to tickle everyone’s fancy!