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ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BRISBANE OKTOBERFEST WITH KIDS!

INSIDE: Roam the Gnome’s Guide to Oktoberfest Brisbane. 

Oktoberfest Brisbane is Australia’s LARGEST German Festival, and it’s on again!

Take at look at our guide to Oktoberfest Brisbane for kids.

It’s a fun day out!

Take a look. 

Disclosure: This article contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking on one of these links, we may receive a small commission at NO extra cost to you. Brisbane Oktoberfest kindly sent us along for free to review the event for Roam the Gnome. Oktoberfest gallery images are used with permission. All opinions are honest, and our own. 

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The Best Family Festival is Oktoberfest Brisbane 2020!

This German celebration is running over two fun-filled weekends in 2020.

If you are planning to take the kids, then Sundays is the day to go because there’s FREE RIDES ALL DAY LONG for minors! 

We visited for the first time back in 2017, and can’t wait to “embrace our Inner German” again this year.

(The Roam the Gnome Family Grandpa is German born, so we’re dragging him, and the English Grandma along too!)

Oktoberfest Dates 2020

Dates to be announced soon. Check back for details. 

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7 Fun Things to do at Brisbane Oktoberfest

No.1: Enjoy a Stein (or two) of Bier 

Yes, there’s a Munich Biergarten for those beer-loving mums and dads.

If it’s German beer you’re here for, you’re in luck, 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). 

These hand-crafted german beers have been made especially for Oktoberfest Brisbane, to the strict standards of the German Purity Law of 1516. 

That means they are brewed using only water, malt, hops and yeast.

Oktoberfest Brisbane’s drinks menu also includes something for everyone, including those who are not in love with beer.

Take your pick of: 

  • German and Australian wines
  • German Sekt {sparkling}
  • champagne
  • Schnaps mixers
  • Soft drinks
  • water
  • non-alcoholic beer
  • energy drinks
  • coffee and tea

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Image credit: Dennis Jarvis via Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

No.2: Delight in German festivities 

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

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Image credit: Gallery

No.3: Autofest 

Wander around Autofest, a rare display of vintage, classic and late model German marques including:

  • Volkswagen beetles
  • Volkswagen Kombi
  • Volkswagen Golf
  • Porsche 911
  • Goggomobil T300 Sedan
  • Mercedes Benz
  • Audi A5

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No. 4: Buy Oktoberfest Costume Outfits & wander the traditional folk festival stalls

Forgot your outfit?

Buy one at the show.

Oktoberfest Hat

The hot purchase at Oktoberfest is to pick up one of the German felt hats from Fantastic Lights.

Pop one on your head & turn into a modern day version of Friedrich and Kurt, a la Sound of Music. 

Then pick up a dirndl dress skirt, or a lederhosen to complete the outfit from Schnucki.

Schnucki is the only authentic shop selling these German classics in Australia. 

Next stop, Love Christmas, a stall full of traditional German Christmas products. 

More Souvenirs to Buy from Oktoberfest Brisbane

  • Oktoberfest Steins (beer mugs) with their own cooler are popular 
  • Oktoberfest t-shirts for all the family
  • hessian shopping bags
  • Oktoberfest Brisbane sunnies

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Hungry while you walk?

Grab a Brezn (giant pretzel), piee of Black Forest cake, gingerbread hearts, a jam filled donut, or a cone full of caramelised nuts (Gebrannte Mandeln) to go. 

Kids will love the Snow Cones!

Plus, there’s tonnes of food trucks full of German and European food for lunch and dinner too.

See “What to Eat” below for details. 

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Image credit: Gallery 

No.5:  Dirndl and Lederhosen Fashion Parades

Check out the fashion parade of traditional German clothing at the Munich Biergarten. 

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No.6: Take a German lesson or play Fussball

Yes, you can join in the fun! 

No. 7: Watch the spectacle of Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane, and the Bavarian Strongmen Competitions

Head on over to watch who will be crowned Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane, and the Beardmeister.

Most importantly, DO NOT MISS taking the kids to see the Bavarian Strongmen competitions! 

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What to eat at Oktoberfest Brisbane? 

Eat up all the good German food at this cultural show event, brought to you by the German Sausage Hut, German Potato Hut, Haxen Haus, King of Cakes, and German Hut Biergarten Imbiss.

Try:

  • Schweinshaxe (pork knuckle)
  • Bratwurst
  • Sauerkraut and Schnitzel,
  • Maultaschen (German Ravioli)
  • Spaetzle (German Pasta) 

Sweet tooth’s should not miss tasting world-famous cakes and slices, along with a cup of coffee for ‘kaffee and kuchen’ time. 

Save room for a piece of:

  • Bee Sting
  • Sacher Torter, or
  • Apple Strudel

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Oktoberfest Kids – What’s on for children? 

There’s a dedicated Brisbane Oktoberfest Kinder Zone offering plenty of fun and educational activities for the kids and grandkids

Activities include: 

  • Cuddly baby animals to pat, melting anyone’s heart – cute factor 101%!
  • A Puppet theatre with a classic German ‘Kasperl-theater’ touch.
  • Carnival Rides – all the old and new favourites are here.
  • Face painting

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More Fun for Kids

  • Snake Boss Reptile Show
  • Street Science for Kids

Also, head to Flying Fox Studios to let the kids play with German toys such as Playmobil, Fischertechniks, and Kindermusik instruments. 

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Best Costume Hire Brisbane for your Oktoberfest Outfit

Dressing up in the full German get up for the Oktoberfest at Brisbane Show Grounds is the done thing, for men, women and children. 

Even when a genuine connection to Germany is somewhat lacking!

Authentic German costumes are like Scottish kilts & Japanese Kimono, brought out for special events and celebrations.

If you are wondering exactly what a traditional German costume involves, so here’s the rundown (Source: Wikipedia.)

Mens Oktoberfest Costume

Traditionally, the men’s Oktoberfest costume is the lederhosen leather breeches – 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.

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Image credit: Gallery

Oktoberfest Costumes for Women

dirndl is the name of a traditional feminine dress worn in Austria, South Tyrol, and Bavaria.

This dress is based on the traditional clothing of Alps peasants.

A 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 kids wear for Oktoberfest?

Miniature versions of lederhosen with the drop flap front and braces for boys, and pretty full-skirted dirndl dresses for girls.

Best Place to Hire Oktoberfest Brisbane Costumes

Hire a costume for your Oktoberfest adventure in Brisbane through:

  • their official partner Schnucki here, or
  • at Disguises here.

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Image credit: Pixrepo by CC BY Zero – CC0

DIY Oktoberfest Costume

Should DIY be more your style, you need DIY Oktoberfest Costumes templates, clothing patterns, and plaited hair-do’s

Take a look at these DIY Oktoberfest outfit craft ideas below. 

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THE INSIDE SCOOP: Oktoberfest in Brisbane

Correct at time of publication on Roam the Gnome. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of. All prices in AUD dollars, unless otherwise stated

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.

Where is Oktoberfest held?

Oktoberfest Brisbane is held at the Brisbane Showgrounds.

Address: 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills.
Telephone: n/a
Email: Click here for contact details
Website: Click here

Oktoberfest Opening Times

  • Gates open on Saturday and Sunday at 11am and close midnight Saturdays, and 8pm on Sundays.
  • Fridays are open from 4pm to Midnight. 

Brisbane Oktoberfest Tickets

Tickets start from $20.50 online for an early bird ticket, or from $27 at the gate. (Sundays).

There are free rides for children on Sundays too. 

  • Friday entry is $30 at the gate, including free rides all day
  • Saturday entry is $27 at the gate. 

Check latest prices and buy tickets here.

Please note: Oktoberfest is completely cashless. Read all you need to know about the Digital Wallet concept here.

How to get to Oktoberfest Brisbane

By Public transport:   Check the Translink Journey Planner.

By Bus:  Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital or Wickham Street (Fortitude Valley) stations.

By Train:  Bowen Hills (except Ferny Grove line) or Fortitude Valley.

By Car: Travel from the Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast takes approximately one hour to the Brisbane CBD. Local Brisbane families should also head in the direction of Gregory Terrace, home of the EKKA. 

By Parking:  Parking is available at the Brisbane Showgrounds. For more information, click here.

Where to Stay near Oktoberfest

We like the Rydges Fortitude Valley hotel or the Limes Hotel when we stay in Brisbane for October fest.  

The Comfort Inn Spring Hill Terraces is within walking distance, as it the Belise hotel. 

Location of Oktoberfest in Brisbane

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Marta Koncz

Monday 2nd of October 2017

Visiting the festival will give me heaps of ideas on how and what to implement in our annual Hungarian Festival next year (on the Gold Coast!) - learning from the biggest and most successful is the way to go <3

amber

Thursday 5th of October 2017

Congratulations Marta! You have won the tickets.

kate

Sunday 1st of October 2017

Oh that looks like so much fun! I love all the bright costumes!!


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