Miss Oktoberfest Costume
Oktoberfest was first celebrated in Munich, Germany on 12 October 1810 to commemorate the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Since then, it has grown to become an annual festival of beer, food and merriment that lasts for 16 days.
If you're in Melbourne, there are plenty of great places and parties to celebrate Oktoberfest. If you want the real thing, you can always book a tour for next year's Oktoberfest in Germany.
The annual Oktoberfest in the Gardens is back in Melbourne and is supersizing its beer hall to double of last year, seating enough to fit 10,000 Oktoberfest punters.
Inside the hall entertainment to the tunes of German brass bands, yodellers and accordion players will keep the crowd rowdy while outside food stalls will sate, rides and games will thrill and the ever-popular silent disco will have you dancing all day long.
This 900-seater beer hall claims to celebrate Oktoberfest 365 days per year, but really pulls out the stops in October.
Things kick off on 21 September with keg tapping and from then you should expect everything from the biggest Oktoberfest party in Australia. Oh, and did we mention there's also a chance to score a trip to Munich? True story.
The best in the west is expecting a massive 3,000 punters, decked to the nines in dirndls and lederhosen, to dance, yodel and drink the afternoon away at Seaworks.
Taking inspiration from Munich's beer carnival, you can expect a decorated beer hall with long tables to welcome communal eating, drinking and merriment. Carnival rides, ferris wheels and European food stalls are also at play but if you want to do things a little differently this year, Oktoberfest West also has a Champagne Bar you can slide into. It's drink of choice? Two Birds cider.
Oktoberfest celebrations are spreading far and wide throughout Victoria with top destinations St Kilda, Greater Geelong, Mornington and Bendigo all hosting their own event.
The closest to Melbourne CBD is St Kilda where the foreshore shall transform into a carnival of colour, concerts and German cuisine. Other venues are Geelong Showground, Mornington Racecource and Bendigo Showgrounds.
Bridge Road Brewers does Oktoberfest the right way. Now in its 14th year, it bases its celebration loosely around the original in Munich and typically includes steins of its own specially brewed Oktoberfest beer (marzen), plenty of good food and a live ohm-pah band.
Get your tickets early for this one.
This classy and authentic restaurant is for those looking for a quieter and more family oriented celebration.
You can still fill up on plenty of beer and food in a lively dining room filled with folk dancing, music and kids' activities.
Make a trip of this one by hightailing it out of the big city for a big day of drinking, competitions, good and dressing up.
Lilydale's answer to a beer festival, all the big Oktoberfest bier names will be on display, as will German ciders, wine and bubbles for anyone who prefers a different kind of alcoholic beverage.
FYI this is an 18+ event.
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