Oktoberfest Brisbane is Australia’s LARGEST German Festival,and it’s on again!
- 1 Fun Family Festival at Oktoberfest Brisbane!
- 2 Things to do at Oktoberfest Brisbane
- 3 Eat and Drink!
- 4 What’s on for Kids at Oktoberfest Brisbane
- 5 Oktoberfest Outfit – Costume Hire Brisbane
- 6 DIY Oktoberfest Costumes
- 7 Where is Oktoberfest held?
- 8 Oktoberfest Tickets
- 9 FOR MORE SUPER FUN THINGS TO DO IN BRISBANE, click on the link below
Fun Family Festival at Oktoberfest Brisbane!
This 10th Anniversary celebration is running over two fun-filled weekends – the 6th – 8th ‘Oktober’, & the 13th – 15th ‘Oktober’ 2017.
If you are planning to take the kids, then either Sunday is your day. We are heading up this year for the first time ever, and can’t wait to “embrace our Inner German“. (The Roam the Gnome Family Grandpa is German born, so we’re dragging him, and the English Grandma along too!)
Things to do at Oktoberfest Brisbane
- Yes, there’s a Munich Biergarten for those beer-loving mums and dads
- Entertainment in the Oktoberfest tent includes the Bavarian Oompah Band “Münchner Buam” flown in specially from Germany each year. There’s also Heidi the Yodeller, and the Alpenrosen Dance Group who can’t wait for you to join in the shoe-slapping, cow-bell ringing spectacle
- Walk around Autofest, a rare display of vintage, classic and late model German marques
- Wander the traditional folk festival stalls
- Check out the Dirndl and Lederhosen Fashion Parades
- Take a German lesson or play Fussball
- Head on over to watch who will be crowned Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane and the Beardmeister, but do not miss taking the kids to see the Bavarian Strongmen competitions
Eat and Drink!
- Eat up all the good German food at the cultural food fusion show, OktoberFEAST.
- Try Schweinshaxe (pork knuckle), Bratwurst, Sauerkraut and Schnitzel, with Maultaschen (German Ravioli)and Spaetzle (German Pasta) or a giant pretzel!
- Sweet tooth’s should not miss tasting the Gebrannte Mandeln (caramalized almonds) and world-famous cakes and slices including Black Forest, Bee Sting, Sacher Torter and Apple Strudel
- But if it’s beer you’re here for, you’re in luck too, with world famous German beers on offer from non-alcoholic Wheat Beer and Radlers through to Lager Beer (Urbäu), Wheat Beer (Hefeweizen) and Dark Beer (Dunkel). All these German beers uphold the Bavarian Purity Law, and are brewed using only water, malt, hops and yeast.
What’s on for Kids at Oktoberfest Brisbane
There’s a dedicated Kinder Zone offering plenty of fun and educational activities for the kids and grandkids
- Cuddly baby animals to pat, melting anyone’s heart – cute factor 101%!
- Germany’s popular “Torwandschiessen” (go-for-goal) tests every budding Beckenbauer, Beckham or Ronaldo. All proceeds go to our charity of choice, Youngcare.
- Puppet theatre with a classic German ‘Kasperl-theater’ touch.
- Carnival Rides – all the old and new favourites are here.
- Face painting
- Snake Boss Reptile Show
- Street Science for Kids
- Plus plenty more!
Oktoberfest Outfit – Costume Hire Brisbane
Now, it seems you can’t turn up to this Oktoberfest celebration without making some kind of effort to join in the Oktoberfest dress up. Yes, men, women and children – a fair percentage of people heading out to the Brisbane Showgrounds do so in full German get up. These traditional costumes can be thought of along the lines of Scottish kilts, or Japanese Kimono. They are brought out for special events and celebrations.
You may be wondering, like me, exactly what a German costume involves, so we are here to give you the rundown (with special thanks to Wikipedia.)
Mens Oktoberfest Costume
Traditionally, the men’s Oktoberfest costume is the lederhosen leather breeches – they may be either short or knee-length. Once common workwear across Central Europe, they are now considered a folk costume associated with Bavaria in Germany and Tyrol in Austria. The lederhosen is an all-in-one outfit that includes the over-shoulder straps and a “flap”, sometimes referred to as a drop front. Lederhosen may or may not be embroidered. An adult male usually buys ONE lederhosen that will last him his entire life! People usually combine lederhosen with Haverlschuhe (a traditional Bavarian shoe), stockings or long socks, and a classic white or checked shirt.
Oktoberfest Costumes for Women
A dirndl is the name of a traditional feminine dress worn in Austria, South Tyrol, and Bavaria. It is based on the traditional clothing of Alps peasants. The dirndl consists of a bodice, low-cut blouse with short puffy sleeves, a full skirt and an apron. Accessories may include a waistcoat or wool shawl. This dress was most often known as the working dress for female servants. Today, it is the traditional costume worn at Oktoberfest but also year-round in many traditional Bavarian restaurants and beer halls. If you are looking for Oktoberfest costume hire, ask for a “Beer Wench” outfit!
What do the kids wear?
Miniature versions of lederhosen with the drop flap front and braces for boys, and pretty full-skirted dirndl dresses for girls.
DIY Oktoberfest Costumes
Should DIY be more your style, here are a few links to DIY Oktoberfest Costume templates, clothing patterns, and plaited hair-do’s
- DIY Dirndl Costume
- Hair Braid for Oktoberfest
- DIY Dirndl & Lederhosen Outfits
- Oktoberfest Dress Ups for Kids
- Another Dress Up idea for kids
Where is Oktoberfest held?
Oktoberfest Brisbane is held at the Brisbane Showgrounds – 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills. Gates open on Saturday and Sunday at 11am and close midnight Saturdays, and 8pm on Sundays.
The iconic event is run by German-Australian Festival Directors Kim and Boris Zoulek and supported by passionate suppliers and vendors from Queensland’s rich German community.
Tickets are available from $19 online or from $22 at the gate.
Buy your tickets here.
Please note: this year, the Oktoberfest is completely cashless. Read all you need to know about the Digital Wallet concept here.
Further information about Oktoberfest Brisbane can be found at Oktoberfest Brisbane