Can you believe it’s already October? The year has flown by, but the good news is that October means Oktoberfest. So if you love putting on your lederhosen and drinking bier with your mates, October is surely your favourite month. Here are all the exciting, upcoming Oktoberfest events near you!
Munich Brauhaus South Wharf
45 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf, VIC
This sprawling, 900-seat waterfront bierhaus is home to Melbourne’s best and most authentic Oktoberfest experience, lasting from Saturday 22nd September to Sunday 28th October. Revelers can take part in a line-up of riotous Oktoberfest activities over the five weeks of celebration. A record-breaking chicken dance attempt will take place on Saturday 6th October, while the restaurant’s Oktober Boss program gives diners the chance to win a trip to Munich by ticking off five foodie challenges. On top of its activities, Munich Brauhaus offers a number of Oktoberfest menus throughout the celebrations, including a 3-course menu ($45pp), a 4-course menu ($60pp) and a shared feast menu ($64pp). Live oopmah music and on-stage performances and challenges add to the restaurant’s delightful Bavarian charm.
The Bavarian Knox
Westfield Knox, 2219/509 Burwood Hwy, Wantirna South, VIC
Melbournians looking for a true taste of Oktoberfest outside Bavaria need look no further than The Bavarian Knox. In addition to a five-week calendar of special Oktoberfest menus, limited-edition Oktoberfest biers, fun foodie challenges, and the chance to win a trip to Munich, The Bavarian Knox will host an exclusive Oktoberfest party on Saturday 13th October. The party kicks off at 12.45pm with an official Oktoberfest keg tap, before The Bavarian’s lively and energetic oompah band takes to the stage. From 1pm, diners can throw themselves into a line-up of games and challenges including stein holding, hand-less sausage eating, yodelling and best dressed competitions.
Oktoberfest in the Gardens
Melbourne Showgrounds, VIC
Australia’s biggest and best Oktoberfest celebration returns again for 2018! Oktoberfest in the Gardens is inspired by traditional Bavarian festivals and great beer. This year’s festival is on October 13th and has authentic German food stalls, roving performers, silent disco, and an eclectic mix of entertainment and competitions throughout the afternoon and evening. Oktoberfest in the Gardens has a large selection of imported German beer, cider and wine. There will be a long list of German entertainers within the main beer hall, including German brass bands, yodellers, roving accordion players, and many more! So sink your teeth into a bratwurst, get your lederhosen or dirndl on, and come party with Oktoberfest in the Gardens. Tickets are selling fast, try to secure yours!
MR5/3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank, VIC
Oktoberfest at HopHaus is like New Year’s, Christmas and your birthday all rolled into one, but with bier that’s far more delicious. HopHaus is bringing Munich to Melbourne, and want you to join them in celebrating from Friday 5th of October til Sunday the 14th October. HopHaus across the 10 days the festivities are running, have a huge variety of activities that will have something for literally anyone. From beer specials, to a sausage eating challenge, to dachshund race day, there is something for everyone! The annual dachshund race will have your tail-wagging on the 13th of October. HopHaus have raised $10,250 for Dachshund Rescue Australia since the annual race began in 2015, and after race day come back to the after party at HopHaus, where you can enter yourself or a friend into the Hairy Man competition. Fantastic prizes, fantastic events, HopHaus love to give you the best Oktoberfest experience they can!
By Georgie Hindle