Oktoberfest, it’s the world’s biggest party, a celebration of beer and who doesn’t want to go to a party where you celebrate beer, with beer? You don’t even need to go all the way to Bavaria, StagWeb have checked out the best Oktoberfest-ivals right here in the UK so grab your lederhosen and get set for some huge beers, busty babes and giant sausages.
Oktoberfestivals – (30th Sept – 27th Oct)
Where? Derby, Edinburgh, London, Plymouth, Salisbury, Manchester, Cambridge, Lincoln
Bavarian style beer halls. Live Oompah bands. German beers in magnificent steins. Oktoberfestivals have everything you need to feel like you’ve actually hopped on the last easyJet flight to Munich and got there just in time for the start of the festivities. Warning: Excessive beer drinking can lead to believing you can actually speak German.
Oktoberfest – UK Tour – (7th Oct – 18th Nov)
Where? York, Edinburgh, Stirling, Chester, Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Falkirk, Newcastle, Liverpool, Inverness, Wolverhampton, Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham, Oxford, Bristol, York, Leeds
It’s like a rock band touring the UK but instead of just bringing epic tunes (Europop and Schlager music? Yes please), they’re bringing delicious, delicious beer as well. Stopping off at a plethora of locations across the nation, the Oktoberfest UK Tour is well worth seeking out for beery gut times aplenty and the mighty Bavarian BBQ, so you can finally fill face with sauerkraut or bratwurst while you sink your steins.
London Oktoberfest – (28th Sept – 8th Oct)
Where? Canary Wharf, London
Canary Wharf’s annual Bavarian celebrations are about to kick off and if you’ve never been to the Oktoberfest at Millwall Park then you should turn in your man card immediately. This is a huge weekend of festivities where you’ll join up to 50,000 lederhosen wearing party goers to add to the booming German atmosphere. Plus, there’ll be beautiful Bavarian waitresses, what’s not to love?
Erdinger Oktoberfest – (5th Oct – 22nd Oct)
Where? Greenwich, London
If anybody knows how to throw an authentic Bavarian bash then we’d put our money on Erdinger Weissbrau. Makers of some of the finest German beer in the land, Erdinger create an amazing party atmosphere each year with their very own month-long Oktoberfest celebrations in a traditional Bavarian beer hall. Plus, a fun fair with rides! It’s like going back to your childhood with a stein full of tasty beer.
Oktoberfest Brighton – (13th Oct – 14th Oct)
Where? Brighton, The Level
Oktoberfest is back in Brighton for another year of big tunes, big food and bloody big beers! It all takes place within a giant beer tent on The Level, creating a brilliant atmosphere that is remarkably close to the one you’ll find on the Theresienwiese Oktoberfest event grounds all the way in Munich. Although it’ll take a Herculean effort to drink the 6 million litres of beer that Bavaria will consume. Not that that’s ever stopped Brighton’s event from trying!
Oktoberfest Southampton – (26th Oct – 29th Oct)
Where? Southampton, Guildhall Square
Southampton will be taken over by the beer-loving, boozy good times of Oktoberfest this autumn and we wholly recommend you join in with all the lederhosen-wearing madness. This event prides itself on delivering the full Oktoberfest experience so you can expect traditional German bands, a feast of bratwurst and other Deutsch delicacies as well as plenty of the world’s finest beers.
Oktoberfest Essex – (6th Oct – 7th Oct)
Where? Chelmsford, Central Park
For celebrating Oktoberfest the traditional Bavarian way, “Das only way ist Essex!”. This is a more than fitting tribute to the original ‘fest in Munich and will most certainly have you trading your TOWIE inspired Gucci tracksuit for a pair of lederhosen to catch an eyeful of those beautiful barmaids in their dirndl as well as the main event, those stunning steins of beer.
Oktoberfest Norwich – (6th Oct – 7th Oct)
Where? Norwich, Norwich City Football Club
With the German Daniel Farke at the reigns of The Canaries now, there’s most certainly a German feel about Norwich City at the moment making this year’s Oktoberfest at Carrow Road all the more brilliant. Don’t be surprised to see Delia Smith in a dirndl, dual-wielding stein glasses as she launches into a ‘Oompop’ (Oompah mixed with pop music) rendition of On the Ball Canaries. Actually, that could just be the beer talking. Either way, this ‘fest is epic.
Oktoberfest Exeter – (13th Oct – 14th Oct)
Where? Exeter Castle, Exeter
While other Oktoberfests take place in a public park/space, Exeter’s takes over the grounds of a bloomin’ castle to deliver the West Country locals a booming Bavarian celebration the likes of which Devon has never seen before. There’ll be German street food, crazy Oompah bands, lederhosen as far as the eye can see and, of course, BBB’s (Bloody Big Beers).
Oktoberfest Bristol – (6th Oct – 7th Oct)
Where? The Passenger Shed, Bristol
Bristol has seen its reputation as one of the UK’s coolest cities grow and grow over recent years, so did you really expect its Oktoberfests celebrations to be anything less than legendary? Over two nights, Bavaria’s biggest party will take over the trendy Passenger Shed for a huge celebration with a seemingly limitless supply of Erdinger, dancers, Oompah bands and an embarrassment of riches in the sausage department.
Oktoberfest Swindon – (20th Oct – 21st Oct)
Where? The County Ground, Swindon
This year, for the first time ever, Swindon’s cricket grounds will swap the thud of bat-on-ball for the booming beats of Oompah bands and the satisfying trickle of weissbrau into a stein glass. Oktoberfest has arrived and it’s going to be epic. Taking place in a 50-metre beer tent, 30,000 litres of the good stuff will be pumped into the party making this an essential visit for anybody with a mouth to pour beer into.
Oktoberfest Beer Festival – (28th Sept – 30th Sept)
Where? The Bath Brew House, Bath
To celebrate their 4th birthday (bring cake!) The Bath Brew House are throwing one hell of a Bavarian party, transforming their craft brew heavy pub into their very own Oktoberfest beer festival site. You can treat your taste buds to a huge selection of craft beer on cask and keg, tasting events, live music, German style eats and a cheeky tap takeover or two for good measure.
Dubtoberfest – (July 2018)
Where? Cheltenham Racecourse
Let’s just take a minute to remember all those German creations that are sometimes lost in the shadow of their mighty beers. The humble Glockenspiel, for instance, or perhaps the most useful of hangover cures, Aspirin, and finally, the Volkswagen. The Vee-Dub is an iconic brand and this awesome Oktoberfest alternative will see the land’s best vintage campers, beetles and all manner of vehicles stamped with the famous VW get together for a weekend of German inspired celebrations in the sun.
Oktoberfest Newport – (13th Oct – 14th Oct)
Where? Newport, Tredegar Park
Oktoberfest is returning to Newport this year and they’re bringing even more Bavarian banter, Oompah tunes and gallons of German beer to create that Munich party atmosphere all the way in (sometimes) sunny Newport. You owe it to yourself and more importantly your taste buds to sample some of the superb beers on offer as well as all that delicious German schnitzel.
Official Oktoberfest Cardiff – (7th Oct – 21st Oct)
Where? DEPOT, Cardiff
Cardiff’s awesome DEPOT event space are once again bringing the awesome vibes of Oktoberfest to the city over three dates to treat the beer loving locals to a taste of the Bavarian celebrations. Adding a touch of authenticity by bringing real Munich beers that are served at the real Theresienwiese Oktoberfest event grounds, this is a full-on, table-dancing party that will get you off your feet and swinging your steins. There could even be a few traditional überraschungen (surprises).
Oktoberfest Swansea – (29th Sept – 30th Sept)
Where? Patti Pavilion, Swansea
For one weekend every year, Oktoberfest takes over the Mumbles for two nights of awesome German street food, two-pint steins and lederhosen fancy dress in celebration of Bavarian culture. It also just so happens to be a brilliant excuse to fill your boots with beer and eat yourself into a pre-autumn food coma with the huge range of wursts on offer.
Oktoberfest Stoke – (6th Oct – 7th Oct)
Oktoberfest Stoke is bringing 30,000 litres of the good stuff to Stoke-on-Trent for their beer-fuelled-celebrations and they aren’t going to ruddy drink it all on their own, are they? No. So, you had better grab your faithful drinking buddies and make your way to the Stoke City Grounds in full lederhosen getup to soak up all the big food, big drink and BIG Bavarian entertainment.
Birmingham Oktoberfest – (18th Oct – 22nd Oct)
Having moved to Birmingham’s Eastside City Park for 2017s Oktoberfest, the big Bavarian party atmosphere is sure to be beer-ier and Oompah-ing harder than ever with a great location close to the heart of the city. Which means there’s no excuse for you to not to don your ‘hosen and come on down to sample all of the amber nectar on offer.
Digbeth Oktoberfest – (29th Sept – 21st Oct)
Where? Digbeth, Birmingham
2017 is a historic year for Digbeth’s independent Spring Market as they’re launching their very first Oktoberfest, transforming The Old Crown’s uber popular beer garden into a German beer hall over two weekends with classic Bavarian benches, live entertainment, massive steins of beer and German games. Unfortunately, there’s no information on whether a penalty shoot-out will be featured yet (although you’d probably still lose).
Oktoberfest Derby – (13th Oct – 14th Oct)
This year Oktoberfest is taking over Derby’s market Place for two whole days of beer-fuelled fun and foodie ecstasy. What makes Derby’s Oktoberfest really stand out is the fact that it takes place inside one of Europe’s largest touring beer tents. Yep. It’s a circus of the best German beers with a side of the best Oompah bands, Bavarian bar food and more steins than you’ve seen Bayern Munich title wins.
Nottingham Oktoberfest – (25th Oct – 29th Oct)
Just a pretzel’s throw from the city centre in the Forest Recreation Ground, Oktoberfest touches down in late October to treat the noble folk of Nottingham to all the weissbrau, schnitzel and schlager music that they can handle. This is a mammoth, 2,500 guest event that is as close as you’ll get to the real thing without hopping on a flight to Munich. Be here. Be thirsty.
Oktoberfest Worcester – (20th Oct – 21st Oct)
If you’ve never heard of ‘Oompop’ then you need to get down to Oktoberfest Worcester and treat your ears to this awesome mashup of traditional Bavarian Oompah and chart hits while you do your bit to drink their beer kegs dry before the end of the weekend. Based on Worcester Racecourse, this is a great chance to finally put your money on a total banker.
Oktoberfest Leeds – (6th Oct – 15th Oct)
With not one, but two weekends to fill your face with all the beer, bratwurst and Bavarian good times your body has been craving, Oktoberfest Leeds is an absolute must if you’re anywhere around Yorkshire this October. Taking place at the awesome South Bank Depot, local breweries and German partners are supplying all the hoppy beers so you can fill your steins with happiness while dancing on the tables. Lederhosen at the ready!
Independent Liverpool Oktoberfest – (28th Sept – 1st Oct)
Where? Baltic Market, Liverpool
Cancel all your weekend plans. We’ve got you covered. Independent Liverpool have teamed up with the uber trendy Baltic Market to bring to you one Paulaner swilling, frankfurter eating, German wine drinking celebration of all things Deutschland in a unique mash-up of Bavaria and the Baltic Triangle. And if that wasn’t enough, they’ve even got live local bands to add to the party atmosphere.
Manchester Oktoberfest – (18th Oct – 22nd Oct)
Where? Albert Square, Manchester
You hear it pulsating through the streets. You can almost smell the schnitzel cooking in the air. And is that weissbrau you can taste on your tongue? Ah yes, it’s once again time for Oktoberfest to return to Manchester’s Albert Square for more Bavarian brilliance and this time their festival tent can hold 2,000 lucky, lucky souls to join in with all the antics.
Oktoberfest Middlesbrough – (20th Oct – 21st Oct)
Where? Centre Square, Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough’s Oktoberfest is strikingly close to the real thing. Which means you can drink to all the sounds of traditional Bavarian party tunes while sinking steins like beer is about to be made illegal (and if that ever happened you’ll find us on the next flight to Germany). But what many people forget is that Oktoberfest is just as much about good food as it is about great beer, which is why this ‘fest is so brilliant with the best German eats on offer including wursts, sauerkraut, pretzels, schnitzels and schweinebraten.
Scotland & Northern Ireland
Oktoberfest at Firewater – (29th Sept – 30th Oct)
Where? Firewater, Glasgow
Firewater, we salute you. Instead of restricting their Oktoberfest celebrations to one weekend in October, they’re delivering Glasgow a full month of Bavarian party atmosphere from their uber-cool venue on Sauchiehall Street. But that’s not all, with each stein you buy you’ll get a free hot dog, jägerbombs cost less than a Big Mac and if you’re feeling brave, you can even take on a pitcher of ‘German Venom’. Handle with caution.
Edinburgh Oktoberfest – (11th Oct – 15th Oct)
Where? West Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh
Arriving in Edinburgh’s West Princes Street Gardens for a long weekend of Bavarian style celebrations, Oktoberfest in Scotland’s party capital is something that must be seen to be believed. The party atmosphere is multiplied as the locals trade normal pint glasses for steins of traditional Munich beer and sing-a-long to the hilarious Oompah acts on stage. “Oh I wish it could be Oktoberfest, every daaaa-aaaay”.
Oktoberfest Belfast – (29th Sept – 21st Oct)
Where? Kings Hall, Belfast
Combining the best Irish ‘craic’ with the traditional Bavarian celebrations, Oktoberfest in Belfast is particularly brilliant with steins of Paulaner being poured by the dozen and delicious German wursts, schnitzel and other hunger-conquering delicacies keeping the party fuelled. Plus this year the World Cup Qualifier of Northern Ireland vs Germany actually coincides with the ‘fest… C’mon the Green and White Army!