The Parliamentary Triangle will be transformed into Bavaria on Saturday, October 20 when Oktoberfest Parklands returns to Canberra after its huge debut in 2017!
Last year more than 4,000 people dressed in their finest lederhosen and dirndls descended upon the lakeside parklands of Patrick White Lawns. Once again Oktoberfest Parklands will be bringing the very best bier, kultur, kostümes and cuisine to Canberra for the one-day event.
It’s much more than just a day of beer and pork knuckles, with a huge craft beer hall, Oompah bands, DJs and the return of the hugely popular silent disco.
The massive lakeside celebration will also be ignited with roaming entertainers, rides and amusements, plus a host of competitions including best dressed and stein holding.
So don your lederhosen or dirndl & kommt spaß machen!
Venue: Patrick White Parklands, Parliamentary Triangle, Canberra
Date: Saturday, 20 October 2018
Time: 1pm – 9pm
Oktoberfest Parklands is an 18+ event
Ticket gets you entry, wunderbar entertainment, an Oktoberfest Parklands stein and your first drink is on us! Plus, you can now purchase your kostüm with your ticket. Prost!
THE KULTUR OF
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. Oktoberfest 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 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 which 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.
A Bavarian cultural festival celebrating great beer, amazing food, German traditions and a heap of other fun entertainment!
Oktoberfest Parklands is at Patrick White Lawns, in front of the National Library in the Parliamentary Triangle. It’s a five minute drive (or 20 minute walk) from Canberra’s CBD.
Oktoberfest Parklands opens at 1pm and closes at 9pm on Saturday October 20.
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 location here.
It’s super easy to Oktoberfest, here are 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.
- 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.
There’ll be 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.
Nein. Oktoberfest isn’t just about the bier, there are plenty of other options including cider, wine, mixers and non-alcoholic drinks too.
Nein, no liquids are permitted. Liquids include foundation, water, sports drinks (and that roadie you’ve brought with you), plus everything else that is an actual liquid. Sunscreen can be found at First Aid, Red Frogs and the Info Tent.
Nein. Food is a huge part of what makes Oktoberfest special and we have lined up an extensive variety in the Bavarian Food Truck Village that will cater to most dietary requirements.
Nein! There will be a heap of non-bier options, including wine, cider and mixed drinks. Plus, non-alcoholic drinks too.
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.
Nein, Oktoberfest Parklands is 18+ only. As we are a licenced venue your ID will be checked upon arrival. You’ll need valid Australian Government issued photo ID for entry otherwise you’ll be denied. Sorry, but Keypass is not accepted as a form of ID in the ACT.
If you need to bring in prescription medication, you’ll need to make sure it is in its original packaging with the 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 (ie Panadol & antihistamines). Please be aware that security may ask the medical team to check your medication upon arrival. The first aid tent will have most over-the-counter medication available such as Panadol, aspirin, antihistamines and tampons.
You can find a full list of our banned items here
Early! There are great competitions and entertainment early in the day so make the most of it. Start planning as soon as the set times are out, sign up to get them straight to your inbox here.
There will are restricted designated smoking areas inside the event where you’ll be allowed to smoke.
Ja, there will be a cloakroom that you can utilise on the day
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.
Get in touch via our contact page here and tell us a little about yourself. Please note the majority of spaces have been filled.
Lost items will be at the Info Booth throughout the day and then handed over to the police after the event. Contact ACT Lost Property, 86 Vicars St, Mitchell. Make sure you give them a call 02 6133 2100 to check your item is there before visiting.
Set times will be released a week or two before the big day. Want us to send the set times directly to you as soon as they’re released? Make sure you’ve signed up!
Oktoberfest Parklands will wrap up at 9pm.
Do you have mad event skills? Fancy yourself a bit of a bar ninja? Applications for bar and wait staff, volunteers and event staff are now open. Apply here.
There are strictly no pass-outs during the event so be sure to pack everything you think you’ll need for the day.
Ja! If you missed the opportunity to purchase a costume with your ticket, you can purchase costumes and accessories from the merch stall on the day.
Small still cameras are allowed, but any professional still cameras or video and audio recording devices, including GoPros (other than phones), aren’t allowed in. Leave them at home and just enjoy the show!
Oktoberfest Parklands is 100% tap & go so no cash money is needed.
Bring your cards because no cash will be accepted by any food truck and bar. Oktoberfest Parklands is 100% tap & go only.
There will be lots of water stations around the site and at the bars. Bottles can be purchased or you can bring in an empty bottle to reuse and help the environment.
‘Course! Sign up to be the first to know.
We don’t encourage driving, but if you’ve drawn the short straw, the closest parking is at the National Library and Mall Road West Parking, accessible via Parkes Place West. Read the signs and make sure you’ve got the right parking ticket – there’s nothing worse than a fine to ruin your day. The lake end of Parkes Place West and Queen Elizabeth Terrace will be closed from 11am on Saturday 20 October, so access will only be via King Edward Terrace. Check out the map for the details and directions.
The nearest bus stops are along King Edward Terrace and Commonwealth Avenue. From there it’s a quick walk to Flynn Place towards the entry gates.
There will be drop off and pick up areas along Newlands Street.
Why not both? There are four different taxi companies in the ACT, and you can use Uber in the exact same way as you would at home.