Where is it: RNA Showgrounds, Bowen Hills
What's it all about: Oktoberfest was originally a couple of week's celebration held in Munich for a royal wedding and a similar celebration is held annually to commemorate the original. Lots of cities around the world now do the same, often rolling the party up into a celebration of things German!
How can I join in: Oktoberfest Brisbane runs for 6 days over two weekends - this year (2022) it's on 7 - 9 & 14 - 16 October. Buy your tickets online or at the gate!
Tell me more: Wunderbar! The only Oktoberfest Brisbane is back for 2022, reuniting lovers of German culture at Australia’s biggest and most authentic annual celebration.
With six HUGE Festival days across two weekends, the bold tastes, sounds and spirit of one of the world’s most iconic festivals will transform the Brisbane Showgrounds, bringing together stein-raisers from across the country.
Accept no imitations! Oktoberfest Brisbane is the only authentic German Oktoberfest celebration in Australia (named one of the top 10 Oktoberfest celebrations outside Germany by National Geographic!).
So, dust off your dirndl, strap into your lederhosen, gather your Freunde und Familie and join us on 7 - 9 & 14 - 16 Oktober 2022!
One of Brisbane's biggest festivals and running over two weekends, there's something for everyone at Oktoberfest Brisbane! At the main event, a massive beer hall that seats thousands is set up specially for Oktoberfest and is filled over the weekend with German music, dancing and singing.
But it's so much more than the beer hall - there are heaps of food options and all so yummy! Stages outside the hall show off traditional German culture, there's a big selection of amusement rides and our kids' favourite spot, the 'Kinder-zone' - a dedicated area just for the little kids! Our little guys had lots of fun here, playing games with the amazing guys from Youngcare, learning Circus skills, checking out real live ocean life (who would have thought that you could see a little shark at Oktoberfest?) and snakes. On the stage at Kinder-zone we got to see traditional music and dance, we learned some German words and enjoyed a really fun puppet show. So much to do here - we had so much fun! Previously we even got to experience the raising of the Oktoberpole in the city, which also comes with yummy German food and drink and music.
Oktoberfest Media Launch 2017
Dibella Coffee Tour, Bowen Hills
Di Bella coffee opened the doors of its Roasting Warehouse for a few lucky coffee tasters to sample some of their fantastic brews and show off their magnificent facility and process! We were amongst those lucky tasters and the experience (as well as the aroma) was amazing!
Di Bella roasts and blends a huge range of coffee flavours, and as well as being super yummy, Di Bella coffee is an absolutely fantastic Brisbane success story, growing from one visionaries dream to Australia’s second largest coffee roasting operation! And as most Australians know, it’s definitely not just about the quantity – the quality and taste of the coffee is what has made Di Bella the success that it is!
Sourcing green beans from ethical and sustainable sources across the globe, Di Bella roasts these magical little beans right here in Brisbane! Di Bella coffees are served at cafes all across our great city, but for the ultimate coffee experience, you really need to head to Di Bella’s Roasting Warehouse in Bowen Hills. Here you can purchase some beans (or even a coffee machine), get some fantastic tips, take specialised training or just relax with a cuppa and a bite to eat!
Where is it: Brisbane Showgrounds, 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills
What's it all about: A fun and informative show for our furry friends and their owners!
Tell me more: With so many fantastic products to keep our pooches pampered, it’s great to be able to see them all under one roof! The Brisbane Dog Lovers Show (also held in other cities across Australia) brings together an amazing array of dog and pet care products, as well as heaps of information, talks and heaps more! And while it’s quite evident that the show is aimed at dog owners, it’s also a fantastic day out to see beautiful dogs and amazing entertainment from the pooches as well! The Common-woof Games showcased amazing and obedient dogs jumping, running and swimming (and mainly just having fun!)! Such a fun day and one not to be missed for dog lovers and owners!
The Ekka, Bowen Hills
Where is it: Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills, generally starting in the second week of August (2018 dates are from 10 Aug 2018 – 19 Aug 2018).
Why we love it: One of Brisbane’s most popular events – how could we not love it!
Tell me more: The Ekka, or Royal Queensland Show as it is formally known (Ekka comes from previous name, the Brisbane Exhibition) is a 10 days of celebration and sharing of experience between the people of the city and the country! It’s a very traditional event which has run since 1876, and I’m sure that everyone attending 100 years’ ago were having just as much fun as we do today – the rides may have changed but the fun, excitement and atmosphere probably has not!
It’s a big event and possibly a bit daunting to tackle for the first time, so planning is definitely recommended. For the kids there are heaps of rides, games, shows and toys in Sideshow Alley – so some time here is a must! The rides and atmosphere here rival the theme parks and it would be easy to spend your whole visit here, although if you were to do that, you would miss out on a big part of what the Ekka is all about!
There are a huge range of agricultural and livestock displays – cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, poultry – you name it, if it’s farmed you will be able to see it here at the Ekka! It’s a fantastic way for the kids who have grown up in the city to connect with the rural industry which supports us! The animal nursery is really popular and the kids can pat and feed the animals themselves! It’s also really impressive to see the fantastic displays of produce – fruits and vegetables galore!
And if you are still searching for something else to see, there are so many shows on as well! Dancing, singing, fashion parades, animal shows and judging – wow! So much going on! And it doesn’t stop when the sun goes down either with fireworks and stunt car shows – even monster trucks! It really is a fantastic event and if you are here in Brisbane over Ekka week, you really do need to get along and experience it for yourself!
Amenities: Well planned amenities for the event – lots of food and drink options! 👍👍👍👍
Cost: There are costs involved, but a number of package options can make it a bit easier on your wallet! 👍
Parking: Private paid parking options are available, however this is a very popular event and using public transport is advised! 👍👍
Best for: Everyone! 👍👍👍👍
Summary: There is so much to see and do here at The Ekka, just come along prepared for some crowds and enjoy – it’s only here once a year so make the most of it! 👍👍👍👍
Hints: Weekends and the show-day public holiday are busy so if you don’t like the crowds try heading along on a different day!
Scandinavian Festival, Bowen Hills
Where is it: Perry Park, Bowen Hills
What's it all about: Nordic nations join together for an awesome festival and party here in Brisbane!
Tell me more: Brisbane is home to many people of Scandinavian heritage or descent - either living here permanently or here to study, so the Scandinavian Festival is a great way for them to show off and share their amazing history and culture with the rest of Brisbane! This festival brings together the cultures of Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Estonia in a fun and friendly event! Great food, cultural dances and music, popular regional sports like handball and floorball and most of all heaps of fun! A super fun festival for the whole family!
Brisbane Family Explorers