Though its name might suggest otherwise, believe it or not Oktoberfest actually begins in September in Bavarian. But if you can’t make it over to Munich for Oktoberfest this year, don’t worry – we’ve compiled a list of the best places in all of the UK’s major cities (London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds and Norwich) to catch a beer tent and some bratwurst. Read on for our guide to Oktoberfest in the UK in 2019!
Oktoberfest Beer Festivals in London 2019
London Oktoberfest (3rd – 13th October)
Location: Millwall Park, Manchester Road, E14 3AY.
Nearest Station: Mudchute
If you’re looking for the daddy of all the Oktoberfest events in London this year, look no further than London Oktoberfest in Millwall Park. Big and boozy, London Oktoberfest is the largest event of its kind anywhere in the UK with the beer halls expected to see over 50,000 thirsty Londoners across its 10 day stay in the capital. All your Oktoberfest staples are there with beer and sausage as far as the eye can see, and this year they’ve also got an extra week added to the schedule with a Halloween special at Olympia at the end of October.
Camden Oktoberfest (28th September – 19th October)
Location: Electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High Street, NW1 8QP.
Nearest Tube: Camden Town
The Official Camden Oktoberfest is becoming one of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations in London and has now partnered with London sausage legend Herman Ze German. Four dates are in the calendar at Camden’s Electric Ballroom as it turns into a fully decked-out, traditional Bavarian beerhall complete with long wooden tables and bunting. Alongside giant beers and endless sausages, attendees can expect music from The Old Dirty Brasstards, a ten piece drum and brass ensemble playing covers, classics and oompah favourites.
Oktoberfest in Manchester 2019
Albert Hall Oktoberfest (20th & 21st September)
Location: 27 Peter Street, M2 5QR.
The earliest event on our list, over 2,000 bier lovers will ascend on the Grade II-listed Albert Hall this weekend for one of the biggest bier hall parties Manchester has ever seen. Back for the third year, Oktoberfest at Albert Hall is bigger and ‘beerier’ than ever with limited edition beers from the official festival served alongside some of the best beers from Manchester-based breweries, who’ll also be serving their own limited edition creations.
Manchester Oktoberfest (16th – 19th October)
Location: The Yards at Mayfield, M1 2PY.
Another Manchester entry, The Yards at Mayfield will be transformed into one giant Oktoberfest next month. Taking place across one long weekend, the festival will bring with it with authentic German food and drink, as well as live music and full Oktoberfest decoration. The tent itself will have room for 2,000 patrons while the giant outdoor beer garden will give anyone looking for a swift stein the chance to experience the Bavarian vibes. As well as serving a special brewed festival beer, bratwurst, schnitzel and pretzel will also be ensuring you don’t go famished.
Oktoberfest in Birmingham 2019
Oktoberfest 2019 (18th & 19th October)
Location: 60 Hampton Street, Hockley, B19 3LU.
Back for its fifth year, Oktoberfest Birmingham gets bigger every single year, and this year they’ve gone and found themselves a new venue at 60 Hampton Street in Hockley. The Seasonal Markets team has once again collaborated with The Old Crown with the likes of Yardbirds bringing you traditional German schnitzel, as well as The Bournville Waffle Company creating a menu curated to all things Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest in Bristol 2019
Oktoberfest Bristol (11th & 12th October)
Location: Brunel’s Old Station, The Passenger Shed, Station Approach, BS1 6QH.
Oktoberfest is coming back to Bristol next month for just a two nights and one afternoon stint in the Passenger Shed at Brunel’s Old Station. The room will be transformed into a Bavarian Wunderland, offering a taste of authentic German culture, tongue in cheek German stereotyping and general all round debauchery. They’ll be music from the Bavarian Oompah Boys who’ll be playing Bavarian classics along with their unique brand of Oom-Pop, and they’ll also be a selection of traditional German sausages, bratwurst, schnitzel, pretzels and more. Sauerkraut is of course optional with all food too!
Oktoberfest in Cardiff 2019
The Official Oktoberfest Cardiff (5th & 12th October)
Location: DEPOT Cardiff, Construction House, 22 Dumballs Road, CF10 5FE.
DEPOT will once again be hosting the only Oktoberfest in Cardiff to feature authentic Munich Beers that are served at the original Oktoberfest in Munich. Split across two weekends, you’ll have the chance to experience table service from waitresses in traditional German garments, authentic German food from a range of street food vendors, and live entertainment from Bavarian Oompah band.
Oktoberfest in Glasgow 2019
Glasgow Oktoberfest (12th – 14st October)
Location: Queen’s Park Recreation Ground, Sauchiehall Street, G42 8DA.
Glasgow’s best offering this year comes from Queen’s Park and a giant 2,500 capacity Oktoberfest tent. Arriving with all the bells and whistles, you know the score by now; bier steins, authentic German food stalls and live entertainment. The Glasgow edition of Oktoberfest is also asking guests to get into the spirit of things and choose their weapon: drindl or lederhosen!
Oktoberfest in Leeds 2019
Oktoberfest Leeds 2019 (11th – 12th October)
Location: South Bank Depot, 16 Globe Road, LS11 5QG.
Oktoberfest is back in Leeds for a three-day stint of authentic German bier, cuisine and music. Like last year, the festival will be taking over at the South Bank Depot, just a few minutes’ walk from the train station. First-rate German beers from some well-established German brewers, as well as some local breweries, will be met by authentic Bavarian cuisine from bratwurst to brezel, hendl to schnitzel, as well as an in-house Oompah band!
Oktoberfest in Norwich 2019
Oktoberfest Norwich (11th & 12th October)
Location: Eaton Park, North Park Avenue, NR4 7EF.
OPEN Norwich will once again be celebrating Oktoberfest in their iconic building on Bank Plain. The biggest celebration in the Fine City this year, alongside authentic German beers there’ll be world famous Bavarian bratwurst and even a Gin and Prosecco Bar for those who would like a glass of fizz. Entertainment will be provided by the UK’s Premier Bavarian Oompah Band The Bavarian Strollers and Euro-Pop band and much, much more.
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