10 things at Oktoberfest Brisbane - Visit Brisbane

10 things you won't want to miss at Oktoberfest Brisbane

Raise your stein and welcome back Australia’s largest German Festival, Oktoberfest Brisbane. Bringing together all lovers of German fun, food and culture over two wunderbar weekends in October, Oktoberfest transforms Brisbane into an authentic German town festival.

Established and run by two German-Australian families, the festival has been going strong for 10 years. Last year, the Brisbane Showgrounds saw almost 40,000 guests embrace their inner German for the wild and wonderful celebration. There were more than 25,000 sausages savoured, 13,500 pretzels shared and more than 3000m of Bavarian bunting strung from the Oktoberfest tent. 

This year, the festival is completely cashless so make sure you set up your digital wallet before you go.

This year is bigger than ever with new rides, experiences and tastes inside the massive tent. Don’t miss out – the festival stretches across two weekends, both 11 - 13 and 18 - 20 October.

Read on to discover our top picks. Prost!

1. The food, clearly

No visit is complete without a sample of the juicy baked pork knuckle (schweinshaxe) with traditional Bavarian crackling and sauerkraut but remember to indulge with bratwurst and kransky, baked potato or anything off the flame grill. 

2. Beer, of course

A favourite among festival-goers, sip your way through Oktoberfest’s wheat, lager and non-alcoholic beer specially-made by German brewery Tucher, as well as hand-crafted, German-style dark beer (Dunkelbier) from award-winning Burleigh Brewery Co. Premium Germany winery Brogsiter provides, you guessed it, the wines. 

3. Miss Oktoberfest

Get out your Dirndl, brave the stage and enter the running to become Brisbane’s favourite “Fräulein” at this year’s coveted Miss Oktoberfest.

Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane

4. Bavarian Strongmen 

Enter the ultimate team event, the action-packed Bavarian Strongmen competition. Grab two mates and start practising your keg rolling and jam donut (Krapfen) eating.

5. The beauty of German engineering at the Autoshow

Car lovers take a ride and experience German automotive engineering at its best with a line-up of rare and popular cars including VW Kombis, VW Beetles and Porsche 911s. Get excited and don't miss out on seeing these stunning and sleek vehicles.

6. The atmosphere in the Gaumenschmaus Tent

Become apart of the most delicious Oktoberfest tradition and make your way to the German food tent. Here you will find picnic table seating where you can consume burgers, pretzels, schnitzels and the authentic pork knuckle, all the while enjoying roving entertainment, food eating contests and German choir performances.

7. Münchner Buam Bavarian Oktoberfest Band

Six blokes, a dozen arms, legs and musical instruments, and more than 140 years of Oktoberfest experience between them. This band will have you dancing all day long.

8. Giant pretzels

Bavarian master baker Wolfgang serves up delicious pretzels bigger than your face, fresh out of the oven, and guaranteed to win you friends over and over again.

Oktoberfest Brisbane - Giant Pretzel

9. Rides

This year brings you some fantastic new rides as well as some classic favourites. Go wild on the 360 Dance Party or bump your friends on the dodgem cars. If that's not enough, there'll be a jumping castle and a giant slide for an adrenaline rush. Best of all, the rides are free on both Fridays!

10. Lebkuchenherz

What do a deliciously spicy biscuit, a colourful fashion accessory and an interior wall-hanging or ornament have in common? They are one and the same thing, a Lebkuchenherz – commonly known as “gingerbread hearts”.

Looking to continue the excitement? Take a look at our list of Oktoberfest celebrations happening across Brisbane and surrounding regions.

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