Cow bell-ringing, shoe-slapping entertainment right at your doorstep!

A German festival isn’t complete without soul-livening music and entertainment – and that’s why the line-up landing at Oktoberfest Brisbane makes it the biggest and best in Australia.

It’s deep inside the mammoth 3,500 square metre Oktoberfest Tent where bunting, music and merrymaking create an electric atmosphere that makes it very easy to embrace your inner German.

Here are three of the best entertainment acts you won’t want to miss:

Oktoberfest Brisbane Band

‘Münchner Buam’ – Bavarian Oompah band

Rainer and his 6-member folk band, Münchner Buam, have once again flown all the way from Bavaria to entertain the Brisbane crowd with traditional and modern classics like ‘In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus’, ‘Anton aus Tirol’, and ‘Flligerlied.

As the rhythmical sounds of a deep brass instrument and higher-pitched instruments beat through your veins, you’ll feel as though you’re in Bavarian heaven – and standing alongside your best mates it’ll be hard to resist the urge to dance.

Oktoberfest Brisbane Dance Group

Alpenrosen Dance Group

The Alpenrosen Dance Group celebrates an important and rather cool aspect of German culture with a repertoire including traditional dances from Upper Bavaria and Tyrol including the Shoe-Slapping {Schuhplattler} and the Ringing of the Cowbells {Kuh Glocken}

This all ages group demonstrates just how strong and proud Brisbane’s growing German community really is and fortunately it’ll all be on display for us to enjoy. Get ready to try your luck as some traditional German dancing!

Oktoberfest Brisbane Yodeller, Heidi

Yodeller Heidi

It’s about as far-removed as you can get from Nena’s famous 1983 classic “Neunundneunzig Luftballoons” when Heidi takes to the Oktoberfest Brisbane main stage.

Instead, marvel at her raw yodeling talent that takes you to the treetops of Germany’s mountains – and share the fun with your friends in the crowd sing-a-long.


Competition strong for the Oktoberfest Brisbane crowns in 2016

Oktoberfest Brisbane’s competitions promise to be bigger and better than before with interest pouring in to lay it all on the line for the illustrious titles of ‘Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane’, ‘Beardmeister’ and ‘Bavarian Strongmen’.

Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane (Saturday 8 Oktober)

If you’re after a beauty pageant, leave now! These renowned crowns are not for the faint-hearted. There will be spilt milk, lots of hair and Olympic tasks only those with a firm grip on German culture can handle.

Every festival has a favourite “Fräulein”, but Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane isn’t a beauty contest. Do you have what it takes to win this year’s coveted title along with the prestige, glamour and prize it brings?

Ladies, don your Dirndl and get ready for some rather unusual judging criteria. In order to take the coveted crown, you’ll need to show off your strength, fashion sense and German knowledge in a fast-paced environment – all while milking a cow. And there’ll be no crying over spilt milk!

Go to the event on Facebook HERE

Competition sponsor: Schnucki Drindl + Lederhosen


Beardmeister (Friday 14 Oktober)

Things can get a little hairy in the battle of the beards (and ‘taches) as contestants put their grooming works of art on display to take out the ultimate Beardmeister title.
This year entrants will be judged by Jimmy Rod’s across three (3) categories:

  • Natural Moustache
  • Freestyle
  • Natural Beard.

Know a bearded or moustachioed man who’s up to the challenge? Pre-registrations are open now, simply go to the event on our Facebook page, and post a recent image of you and your facial assets.

Go to the event on Facebook HERE

Competition sponsors: Jimmy Rod’s Barber Shop & King Brown Pomade


Bavarian Strongmen (Saturday 15 Oktober)

It’s the ultimate test of German ‘life skills’, with the popular Bavarian Strongmen competition rewarding the 3-man team which can master a raft of Olympic-style tasks. The event promotes fierce rivalry between teams as they’re put to the ultimate test across challenges including keg rolling and “Krapfen” (jam donut) eating.

Proudly sponsored by two of the biggest and most Bavarian names in athletics – King of Cakes German Bakery and German Sausage Hut – it’s not to be missed. Grab two mates and start practising today.

Go to the event on Facebook HERE

Competition sponsors: King of Cakes & German Sausage Hut


Where to Stay for Oktoberfest Brisbane 2016


There are some important preparations for attending Oktoberfest Brisbane that are better enjoyed together, so why not stay with your friends at a nearby hotel for this year’s festival.

Hotels aren’t just for those travelling from afar. Get the German vibes rolling as you and your mates meet before the festival to ‘kit up’ in your Dirndl and Lederhosen and get ready to celebrate.

On top of value for money, we’ve selected hotel partners based on location and convenience to the Brisbane Showgrounds (where Oktoberfest Brisbane is staged), so after dancing away to the Bavarian Oompah Band all night you won’t have far to walk!

Here are our hotel partners:

Watermark Hotel Brisbane

Our Principal Hotel Partner – Watermark Hotel Brisbane is a 4.5 star boutique hotel conveniently located in historic Spring Hill, just 10 minutes’ walk from the Brisbane CBD and within close proximity to lively shopping, dining and nightlife.

Rydges Fortitude Valley Superior King Room

Rydges Hotel – Fortitude Valley – Opposite both the Royal International Convention Centre and Brisbane Showgrounds (that’s right-opposite Oktoberfest Brisbane’s entry gates!), this contemporary hotel in Bowen Hills is a 9-minute walk from Fortitude Valley train station.

Oaks Mews grounds

Oaks – Mews (Fortitude Valley)A 15-minute walk from the entry gates of Oktoberfest Brisbane at the Brisbane Showgrounds, these contemporary serviced apartments in a low-rise building are 3.5 km from the City Botanic Gardens and 4.4 km from the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.

Mantra Richmont Hotel Room

Mantra – With nine unique hotels throughout Brisbane, revel in the festival activities knowing your accommodation is just a hop, skip and a jump away. At Mantra, you can make the most of Brisbane during your stay too, discover the heart of the CBD, wine and dine in Southbank, or café hop and boutique shop in Fortitude Valley.


See our hotel partners here.

Our Classics are back for 2016!

The best hearty German foods at Oktoberfest Brisbane 2016!

You know Brisbane’s German community is culturally vibrant when, year after year, the very best in the German food business return to showcase their trades at Oktoberfest Brisbane.

As you bite into the delicious foods from any of our vendors, you’re hit with a flavour sensation and a new appreciation for their proud German heritage.

It’s eating the hearty German classics like Schweinshaxe (pork knuckle), Bratwurst, Sauerkraut and Schnitzel where dreams are made, so prepare yourself for when the biggest names in the German food scene land in 2016.

Here are some of the hearty classics you won’t want to miss:


German Sausage Hut –Try the ever-popular Bratwurst, or other traditional sausage varieties including Frankfurter, Debreciner and Cheese-Kransky straight from the grill in a fresh roll with German mustard and Sauerkraut (pickled cabbage), or indulge in the Grilled Pork Belly and Marinated Port Neck Steak.

Haxen Haus – imagine yourself sitting at Oktoberfest Brisbane and staring at you is the famous Roast Pork Knuckle with gravy and creamy mashed potato and Sauerkraut. This is the moment you’ve been waiting all year for.


King of CakesWhat’s an Oktoberfest without a decadent slice of Black Forest Cake? Oktoberfest Brisbane brings you the best from the King himself, King of Cakes. They’ll be serving up the classic sweet treats and great coffee all festival long.

K&K Schnitzel & Burger Haus – here you’ll find any number of delicious Austrian-inspired burgers along with Pork Belly, fish or chicken Schnitzel and plenty of other house specials. Accompany your main with the long list of sides and salads.


German Potato Hut – a great snack, this vendor offers German and Austrian Folienkartoffeln {baked potatos} as well as spiral potato on a stick and beer battered chips. Yum!

What are you waiting for?

Top 5 KinderZone activities at Oktoberfest Brisbane 2016

If Oktoberfest Brisbane is your family fun day out, make sure you know what’s happening at the KinderZone with an expanded program in 2016 offering plenty of fun, interactive and educational activities for children of all ages.

With an exciting line-up of live shows happening over both weekends, it won’t just be kids marveling at the entertainment with traditional puppet shows and nostalgic board games taking parents on a trip down memory lane.

Oktoberfest Brisbane Jumping Castle

This year we’ve chosen the Top 5 activities you won’t want to miss at this year’s festival:

  1. Learn German – get a taste for learning another language with ‘learn German’ workshops happening on the entertainment stage daily. Ja, bitte!


  1. Animal Planet’s ‘Snake Boss’ live shows – yes, Julia Baker, the snake catcher from the Snake Boss television series, will bring a few sss-slimy creatures to the entertainment stage for all to sss-see.


  1. Kasperltheater (Puppet Theatre) – it’s almost impossible to avoid laughter when the live puppet show ‘Kasperltheater’ is on at the main stage. See the children’s faces as they watch on in awe of the traditional characters.


  1. Oceanlife Discovery – take a look beneath the ocean as this program brings the Sea to You.
  1. Giant Games – giant Janga blocks and a massive Connect 4 game will put a big twist on some old favourites!


The KinderZone also boasts plenty of other entertainment including the Street Science Show, Alpenrosen Dance Group, Glockenspiel – learn to play, Little Green Thumbs, Kindermusik, Circus workshops and an animal farm!

Oktoberfest Brisbane Dodgem Cars

And don’t forget, just next to the KinderZone the popular carnival rides will be back again for all to enjoy!

Oktoberfest Brisbane 360 Ride

Click HERE to see the festival program.

New for the foodies at Oktoberfest Brisbane 2016

One of the most enjoyable aspects of exploring the world is discovering new food – and when have you ever heard someone say Germany has disappointed?

Oktoberfest Brisbane will take you on a mouth-watering culinary journey through gourmet Germany as we bring the very best flavours from the European nation to your doorstep.

Adding to the traditional favourites Schweinshaxe (pork knuckle), Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, Schnitzel and freshly baked pretzel – not to mention the delicious cakes and chocolate – food lovers can this year enjoy an extended menu with new vendors joining the cultural celebration.

If you’ve never had Spätzle, then start getting excited now! Spätzle Spectacular will bring to the festival the famous German fresh pressed egg noodle dish, along with Maultaschen (German ravioli). Yum!


Some new snacks will also be available including freshly roasted and glazed nuts from Charlie’s Nuts and other great snacks from Bald Rock Beef Jerky.

for the land

See more of our stallholders HERE.