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ABOUT OKTOBERFEST PARKLANDS

From the team that brought you The Commons Street Feast, Kicks Entertainment, is bringing a huge stein of Bavarian tradition to Central Canberra like it’s never been done before! It’s Oktoberfest, all dressed up!

Oktoberfest Parklands will transform Patrick White Lawns by Lake Burley Griffin into a lakeside celebration of the world’s largest beer and food festival, with Craft Beer Halls, Bavarian Food Truck Village, Oompah bands, DJs, traditional dancers, side show alley and a whole host of other entertainment to blow dein mind.

Think Kranski, Pork knuckles, Pretzels and steins of beer (plus German wines & other drinks of course), all while singing a German Oompahpah in an Epic Beer Hall and across the beautiful waterside location just minutes from Civic.

So don your lederhosen or dirndl & kommt spaß machen!

DIE DIETS

Venue: Patrick White Lawns, Parliamentary Triangle, Canberra
Date: Saturday, 14 October 2017
Time: 12pm – 10pm
Age: 18+

Tickets get you entry, wunderbar entertainment, a commemorative Oktoberfest Parklands Beer Stein and your first drink is on us! PROST!

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THE KULTUR OF

OKTOBERFEST

Oktoberfest, or as the Germans also like to call it – Wiesn, after the festival ground Theresienwiese – is the world’s largest folk festival, held in Münich, Germany. Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, held since the Middle Ages, and is now attended annually by more than 6 Million people.

Oktoberfest didn’t begin as a celebration of food and wine, the very first one was actually a Royal Wedding between King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Taking place on 12 October, 1810, all citizens of Münich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the royal event. With some 40,000 people attending and having such an amazing time, the decision to repeat the spectacle and celebrations in 1811 launched what is now the annual Oktoberfest.

The most honoured tradition of Oktoberfest is the Tapping of the Keg. No beer is consumed at the festival until the mayor officially opens the first keg to signify the opening of the festival and this is known as Anzapfen. And that’s when the fun starts!

The Bavarian Purity Requirements:

Oktoberfest beer is not just any beer. Since the 16th century there have been strong regulations about brewing Bavarian beer and how to keep up the high quality of the final product. One of the oldest laws are the Bavarian Purity Requirements, decreed by Duke William IV. in 1516: only water, hops and barley should be used to brew Bavarian beer.

FAQ

AFTERPARTY?

Ja! Oktoberfest Parklands is heading to the Moose!

Free buses will be leaving Langton Crescent to take you all to Civic.

LOST SOMETHING AT OKTOBERFEST?

We have passed all valuable (wallets, phones, identification) lost property onto the ACT Police.

It is available to collect from the ACT Police at 16-18 London Circuit, Civic, Monday to Friday, 8am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm.

Please call 6256 777 to ensure your property is there before attending.

You will need to be able to identify the property and produce identification.

Any non-valuable items (such as clothing) not collected will be will be donated to a local charity organisation.

WHAT IS OKTOBERFEST PARKLANDS?

A Bavarian cultural festival which celebrates the amazing German Volksfest with great beer, amazing food, traditions and a whole lot of entertainment!

WHERE IS OKTOBERFEST PARKLANDS?

Oktoberfest Parklands is just 5 minutes drive (or 20 minutes walk) from Canberra CBD at the Patrick White Parklands on Parkes Place, Parkes.

WHAT ARE THE OPENING HOURS FOR OKTOBERFEST PARKLANDS?

Oktoberfest Parklands opens at midday and closes at 10pm on 14 October.

HOW CAN I GET TO OKTOBERFEST PARKLANDS?

Oktoberfest Parklands is at Patrick White Lawns, in front of the National Library of Australia. The only entry and exit is on the Flynn Place side of Patrick White Lawns. Check out the map with bus stops, pick ups and entry here.

It’s super easy to here so here’s your options!

Catch the bus. And walk towards the entry near the lake alongside Flynn Drive. More details on public transport can be found here.

Get those steps up and warm up for the big day. There is one key route from the city across Commonwealth Avenue, and another from the bus stops to get you to the entry. Check out the map here.

Book an Uber or taxi. You can utilise the Uber app or the taxi network to get lakeside. Be aware of surcharges during peak periods as they can hurt. Ask your driver you off along (safely) Parkes Place, King Edward Terrace or Langton Crescent and walk towards the entry near the lake alongside Flynn Drive.

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Hitch a ride. Convinced someone to drop you off? Get them to drop you (safely) Parkes Place, King Edward Terrace or Langton Crescent and walk towards the entry near the lake alongside Flynn Drive.

GETTING HOME
There’ll be free buses running from Langton Crescent into the city, otherwise the taxi and Uber pick up zone will be along Newlands St, behind the National Library.

 

CAN I BRING MY OWN ALCOHOL IN?

Nein, nope, das geht nicht.

CAN I BRING ANY LIQUIDS IN WITH ME?

Nein, no liquids are permitted.

CAN I BRING MY OWN FOOD WITH ME?

No. Food is a huge part of what makes Oktoberfest special and we will provide you with an extensive variety of food options that cater for most dietary requirements. There will be something for every palate available at Oktoberfest Parklands and you may just try something so good, you’ll never forget.

CAN CHILDREN ATTEND THE FESTIVAL?

Nein, this is an 18+ event.

CAN I ONLY DRINK BEER?

We will be serving a wide range of drinks besides beer, including wines and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

DO I HAVE TO DRESS UP?

You don’t have to dress up, but it’s definitely encouraged! We say embrace the day, so get your friends together and don your lederhosen or dirndl.

Check out www.costumebox.com.au for some Outfit Of The Day inspiration. Use the code to get 15% off and free shipping on any order above $80.

I NEED TO BRING MY OWN MEDICATION IN WITH ME, HOW DO I DO THIS?

If you need to bring in prescription medication, you will need to make sure it is in its original packaging with dispensary label. The name on the label must match the ID of the ticket holder. Over-the-counter and loose medications cannot be brought into the event.

Please be aware security may ask Oktoberfest Parkland’s medical team to check your medication upon arrival.

If you’re unsure or have any questions, get in touch with us through our contact page

WHAT STUFF AM I NOT ALLOWED TO BRING INTO OKTOBERFEST PARKLANDS?

You can find a full list of ‘oh no-no’ banned items here

CAN I SMOKE IN OKTOBERFEST PARKLANDS?

This is a no smoking event, there will be a designated smoking area where you can smoke.

WILL THERE BE A CLOAK ROOM?

Yes, there will be a cloak room on site.

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS

The show goes on, rain, hail or shine.
Thankfully, the centre piece of Oktoberfest Parklands is a giant undercover beer hall!

If the weather isn’t looking great make sure to pack a poncho and suitable footwear, but please leave the umbrella at home.

IS OKTOBERFEST PARKLANDS ACCESSIBLE FOR EVERYONE?

We have specific viewing areas around the event for people with special needs.
Please get in touch directly with us for specific event information in regards to access for patrons who have special needs or mobility restrictions here

HOW DO I GET IN TOUCH ABOUT BEING A FOOD OR MARKET VENDOR?

Get in touch via our contact page here and tell us a little about yourself. Please note the majority of spaces have been filled.