We love any good excuse for a party, and there’s no better time to sink a few ales than the next couple of months when Oktoberfest takes over Melbourne. With so many spots to celebrate this Bavarian tradition, you’ll never be short of parties to get into the festive spirit. Here’s our top picks of where you can say Prost and join in on the Oktoberfest fun:
Dress up and have a few cold ones at St Kilda’s Biggest Oktoberfest at St Kilda Beach. With food trucks, beer halls, multiple stages, amusement rides, Oompah Band, Melbourne’s favourite DJs & plenty of Australian acts including Shannon Noel, this is going to be one giant beachside party!
When: Saturday 15 October, 12pm
Hoptoberfest at Hophaus Bier Grill Southgate
Kicking off the celebrations early, Hophaus Bier Grill will bring Munich to Melbourne this September. The Official Opening Party is on September 17 with the traditional tapping of the keg at midday with free bier whilst the keg lasts and the whole festival runs through until October 6. Don’t miss the highlight of the festival (well, in our eyes anyway) – the Hophaus Annual Dachshund Race where hundreds of little dressed-up weiners will put their tiny legs to the test for the coveted title! All money raised from the race goes towards Dachshund Rescue Australia.
When: Friday 16 September until Sunday 23 October 2016
Now in it’s sixth year, Oktoberfest in the Gardens will take over Melbourne’s Birrarung Marr for a giant, beer garden party. Inspired by their love of the traditional Bavarian festival and great beer, Oktoberfest in the Gardens will feature two massive beer halls, authentic German food stalls, roving performers, sideshow alley, silent disco and an eclectic mix of entertainment and competitions across multiple stages throughout the afternoon and evening . Make sure to dress up, you’ll feel left out if you don’t.
When: Saturday 22nd October – Sunday 23rd October
This year, Munich Brauhaus are so excited about celebrating Oktoberfest that they are throwing a three-day party! There’ll be tapping of the kegs on all three days, plus a giant feast, including the MIGHTY ‘Schweinshaxe’ aka Pork Knuckle, the 1KG pure crumbed veal Schnitzel and their haute-sausages range. Of course, there’ll also be all the big Oktoberfest beers coming straight from the bier tents at Munich, including a different Oktoberfest bier launched each day of the party! What a way to spend a weekend!
When: Friday 16 September – Sunday 18 September
The Swanston Hotel are joining in on the Oktoberfest fun with their For the Love of Beer event. The evening will be hosted by Chuck Hahn, (creator of Hahn and James Squire breweries), and there’ll be plenty of quality beer with quality food to match!
When: 15 September, 6:30pm
If you haven’t heard of Hofbrauhaus before, we recommend getting down there during the Oktoberfest festivities. As the best place for Bavarian food and Bier, year round their celebrations in October will be the place to be. Their Oktoberfest party will be 23 days of music, dancing, and the best fun and fröhlich you can have. Get into the spirit and dress up in your Lederhosen or Dirndl, there’s nightly prizes for the best dressed!
When: 16 September 16 – 9 October.
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