Even if you’re not one of the six or so million people expected to visit Germany for the 207th anniversary of Oktoberfest this year, you don’t have to miss out on all of the fun. Break out your lederhosen and prepare to yell “prost!” with friends and strangers at these Melbourne events.
- 45 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf
- September 16, 12pm – late
Traditional Bavarian bierhaus Munich Brauhaus will be in full celebration mode on September 16. Its Oktoberfest Street Party will include ceremonial bier keg tappings and Australia’s first official Oktoberfest parade.
There will also be a Dogs of Oktoberfest costume competition and a pork knuckle eating championship – plus an afterparty to keep the fun going.
Hophaus Bavarian Bier Bar Grill
- MR5/3 Southgate Ave, Southbank
- September 16 – October 22
Kicking off September 16 and finishing on October 22, Hophaus Bavarian Bier Bar Grill will give Melbournians a taste of Munich during its five-week program of festivities and events.
The main event is surely the Teckelrennen Annual Dachshund Race on 23 September – witness a flurry of short, furry legs as the cute pooches make their way along the race track. Also expect plenty of adorable costumes as pups battle it out for Best Dressed Dachshund.
Oktoberfest in the Gardens
- October 14, 2pm–10pm
- Melbourne Showgrounds, Epsom Road, Ascot Vale
- Cost: $71.47
The event features two huge beer halls, authentic German food stalls, roving performers and sideshow alley as well as a silent disco and entertainment and competitions across multiple stages.
Taste your way across Europe with a selection of imported German beer, cider, wine and other beverages.
Oktoberfest St Kilda & Mornington
- Mornington Racecourse, October 7
- St Kilda Foreshore, October 15
- Cost: from $45
Mornington Racecourse is set to go off, with Aussie dance music group Sneaky Sound System and Australian Idol’s Shannon Noll hitting the stage. The following weekend will see the St Kilda Foreshore playing host to Melbourne’s biggest beach-side Oktoberfest.
The bayside shindig will see Sneaky Sound System sharing entertainment duties with legendary DJ, John Course. Tickets to both events are selling out fast, so get in quick to enjoy great music, food and fun.
Royal Melbourne Oktoberfest
- Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson Street, Carlton
- September 23, 12pm-5pm & 6.30pm-11.30pm
- Cost: $35 + booking fee
Transformed into a German beer hall, The Royal Exhibition Building will come to life with oompah bands, folk dancing and on-stage competitions – and feature each of the six Munich Oktoberfest breweries.
There will be 50 imported German beers on offer as well as cider, wine, schnapps and spirits. German caterers will be serving up pork hocks, schnitzels, bratwurst and other German sausages, plus brathendl (roast chicken), pretzels and German pastries.
Oktoberfest at The Food Truck Park
- The Food Truck Park, 518 High Street, Preston
- October 6-8
- Cost: free entry
If you still haven’t had your fill of tasty German grub, why not head to the Food Truck Park hosts for its Oktoberfest celebrations from October 6-8?
During the weekend, there will be a bunch of European food trucks serving schnitzels, pomme frites, poffertjes, with a lineup including Sizzlin Schnitzel, Wedgies and Lekker Lekker. There will also be craft beer jugs, German tunes and a huge Bavarian themed beer hall.
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