Where to go, what to do for Oktoberfest in Brisbane - Visit Brisbane

Where to go, what to do for Oktoberfest in Brisbane

Giant pretzels, overflowing steins and the chicken dance – Oktoberfest is back! Already? Bigger, better and beerier than ever before, the festival’s a perfect way to unwind across both weekends. Fill your Oktober with pals and pretzels courtesy of this guide. 

If you still need dirndl or lederhosen, try Schnucki on the Southside.

What's On

Oktoberfest at the Showgrounds | 5 - 7 October & 12 - 14 October

Oktoberfest

For the 10th year running, Oktoberfest Brisbane returns to the River City. Experience the atmosphere and spectacle in this mini Bavaria alongside a showcase of Germany’s finest. The first weekend of Oktoberfest hosts the Anzapfen where the city's Lord Mayor taps the first keg and offers the first stein to the Head of State, Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane competition, the Alpenrosen Dance Group and Brisbane’s very own Bavarian Oompah band.

If you went to the first weekend, you'll basically know what to expect. This time, though, don’t forget to grab your front row seats to Beardmeister on Friday and Bavarian Strongmen on Saturday.

Online tickets from $19.50, gate tickets from $25

Beardmeister at the Showgrounds | Friday 12 October

With great beard comes great responsibility. See which great assemblage of facial hair will claim this year’s Beardmeister title, as judged by a team of professionals. (Professional whats? We don’t know.) Three categories of Natural Moustache, Freestyle and Natural Beard are waiting to be conquered. 

Autofest at the Showgrounds | Sunday 14 October

From 11am to 8pm on the last day of this year’s Oktoberfest Brisbane festival, check out a showcase of vintage, classic or late-model German motorbikes, bikes and trucks. Marvel at the stunning vehicles and chat with the aficionados who keep them running courtesy of this exclusive event celebrating Deutsch engineering.

Where To Go

Munich Brauhaus | The Bavarian | Bavarian Beerhaus | 22 September - 28 October

Bavarian Bier Cafe

Offering a taste of Bavaria throughout Brisbane is Munich Brauhaus (South Bank), The Bavarian (CBD) and Bavarian Beerhaus (Bowen Hills). These venues take the celebration to the next level. Try each of its rotating beers (beer menu here) , join an exclusive club of Oktober-Bosses by completing a series of challenges, and wash down an Oktoberfeast of crispy pork knuckles, warm pretzels and platters with a stein of pure beer. Check out the extensive menu for each venue.

Oktoberfest at Tap’d | 27 September -  10 October

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Tap’d Bar in the Prince Alfred Hotel in Booval. October 7 offers some special festivities including a keg tapping ceremony, free beer tasting stall and with more than 20 fully imported German beers to try you won't go thirsty.

Oktoberfest at Hub Brewing | Sunday 7 October 

An afternoon of Oktoberfest fun takes over Hub Brewing, starring seven German-style beers brewed by the brewers using a new brewing system and a Tap Takeover where local brewers go head-to-head to win the Hub Gypsy Brewers Challenge. The Kraut N’ About team will also be on-site to serve up Bavarian classics like pretzels, juicy wursts and the tasty Kassler – imagine a giant bacon chop with chips, beer gravy, sauerkraut and Oma’s apple chutney. So kick back and relax with family and friends while listening to some sweet tunes by Kieran Walters Music

Oktoberfest at Heisenberg Haus | 5 - 6 October

Heisenberg Haus hosts two big days of all things German. Indulge in specially brewed beers, staple Bavarian food and live music on both days. Kids and families are welcome +free entry. 

Oktoberfest at Green Beacon Brewing | Saturday 20 October

Green Beacon

Green Beacon is transforming into a German-style beer hall to celebrate its sixth annual Oktoberfest Party. Enjoy an afternoon of all things Oktober with pretzels, schnitzel and wursts. There is a selection of beers available including a hand crafted Gose. The whole shindig is free entry. 

Oktoberfest at Newstead Brewing Co | Saturday 6 October

newstead brewing co

85 Doggett St closes for the day and a beer hall takes its place for an Oktoberfest celebration that’ll knock your lederhosen off. Six German-inspired beers are brewed not far from your table and the kitchen serves a German a la carte menu for whole of the party. Live entertainment will help you forget you’re in Brisbane (not that there’s any reason to leave.)

$60 tickets include a 500ml stein and four refills, while $90 tickets include the stein, refills and a pork knuckle. 

Brisbane German Club | 26 - 28 October

A Brisbane institution known for its huge range of German beers and hefty pork knuckles, Oktoberfest at the German Club will go off with a bang. This is the true German experience in the River City and they know how to do Oktoberfest right. There's something for everyone no matter which side of the river you're on. Expect music, dancing and good times. 

Social members $5, non-members $10 

Brisbane Greeters German Tour, Brisbane City

Brisbane Greeters German Tours

History buffs and explorers will love the Brisbane Greeters’ heritage trail around Nundah, which delves into Brisbane’s surprising and rich German history. Strap on your walking shoes and be guided by a passionate Brisbane local. Best of all, stop for a pretzel or strudel along the way!

To really speak the lingo and impress your friends – or that cute, actual German – find 18 essential Oktoberfest German words here.

Raise your stein