7 Oktoberfests to visit if you can’t make it to Munich!

By Kingfisher Visitor Guides

Traditional Bavarian food, music, outfits and, above all, a huge amount of beer attracts over 6 million visitors to Munich for Oktoberfest every year. If you are desperate to join in on the fun at this world-famous beer festival, but you can’t make it to Germany, don’t worry! There are tons of celebrations going on across the UK so we have put together a guide to some of the best Oktoberfest 2021 has to offer.

Oktoberfest London

London launched its first festival in 2011 and it quickly became the largest Oktoberfest in the UK attracting around 50.000 beer-lovers every year. The giant tent will be filled with all your traditional decorations, music and food, served by waiters in Lederhosen and Dirndls. This year the Canada Water venue will be hosting three weekends of Bavarian fun in October and November as well as a special Halloween Oktoberfest weekend in Walpole Park in Ealing.

Oktoberfest Belfast

Custom House Square will come alive every weekend of October with Belfast’s Oktoberfest celebrations. An Oompah band will be playing every night followed by other live bands and artists. Don’t miss out on the delicious Strawberry beer at the Merry Monk Tent. Belfast is all for getting dressed up in the traditional Bavarian outfits, so much so that you get free entry if you turn up in a dirndl or lederhosen.

Belfast Oktoberfest

Grab a stein at Belfast Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest Manchester

Mancunians are in for a treat with over a week of Bavarian festivities planned from the 8th to the 17th of October. Manchester’s Oktoberfest takes place in the heart of the city so you can easily enjoy surrounding attractions if you’re planning to do more than just drink beer! What’s more, those looking for some mid-week fun will be pleased to know that entry is free on Wednesday. So get ready to grab a soft salty pretzel and dance the night away to the happy tunes of the Oompah band.

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Oktoberfest Southampton

Over the weekend of the 29th and 30th of October, Southampton will host its very own German beer festival. There are three slots to choose from either Friday or Saturday between 6:30 pm and 11:00 pm, or Saturday afternoon from 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Lots of UK breweries support the event so you can try plenty of local beers as well as the German staples. If you are not a fan of beer, but you want to join in on all the action, don’t’ worry! Wine, spirits and soft drinks will also be readily available.

Woman drinking a beer out of an stein

Make sure to stop for a drink at Oktoberfest Southampton

Oktoberfest Newcastle

Newcastle is also joining in on the action with an Oktoberfest tent in Times Square for two weekends from the 15th to the 23rd of October, with a special Crowd Karaoke event on the 22nd. Stuff your face with Bratwurst and wash it all down with a stein of frothy German beer, sitting under the blue and white drapes. Brace yourself for one of the craziest Oktoberfest’s the UK has to offer.

Oktoberfest Newcastle

Dress up in traditional Bavarian outfits at Oktoberfest Newcastle

Oktoberfest Birmingham

Put your best lederhosen or dirndl on and skip and jump to the Digbeth Oktoberfest on the 8th and 9th of October. You can expect all the bits and bobs that make this festival so amazing, plus DJs, bands and even traditional Oktoberfest games (and some less traditional games too!). What’s more, there will be a prize for ‘best dressed’ so be sure to unleash your creative flair to be in with a chance to win.

Oktoberfest Edinburgh

Scotland and Germany come together to share their love of beer at one of the happiest events of the year. Edinburgh city centre is filled with Bavarian music, traditional bright blue and white decorations and an endless flow of tasty beer. The festival runs from the 20th to the 24th of October, with an extra daytime session on Saturday. If you would like to take the kids to experience a little bit of the buzzing atmosphere that makes Oktoberfest so special, there is also a Sunday lunch session at a reduced rate.

What are you waiting for? Jump online and book your tickets to your nearest Oktoberfest in the UK!

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Image credits: ©Fábio Alves/Unsplash; Oktoberfest Belfast; OktoberfestNCL; Video: YouTube/erdingerWeissbraeu

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