On Sunday we went to Brisbane Oktoberfest. Now I know what you're thinking: a beer festival?? Doesn't sound very kid-freindly...
Let me tell you, you're wrong! There is so much more to Oktoberfest than just beer (sure there's plenty of that if you want it), it is a celebration of Bavarian Culture: its music, food and traditions.
Australia's Largest Oktoberfest, the festival runs across two weekends, with the final chance this year Sunday 15th October. Each Sunday of the festival is family day - where kids get 2 free rides with their entry. Plus kids under 18 are free with a paying adult.
Of course, we went straight to the face painting station - how can a 4 year old possibly resist right? Then it was into the petting zoo.
There are loads of rides for the kids, plus live shows in the dedicated Kinder Zone.
You'll also find food options aplenty, and hubby was VERY excited to see the traditional Pork Knuckle with sauerkraut and mash - it was absolutely huge but so delicious.
It’s deep inside the Oktoberfest Tent where lasting memories are born. The mammoth 3,500-square-metre structure is complete with bunting, music and merrymaking, creating an electric atmosphere which makes it very easy to embrace your inner German. I love the way kids get up and dance to the traditional music, burning off some of that energy!
If you do decide to go along this weekend (I wish we were going again!), is the festival is a 100% cashless event. On the website you'll need to setup a Digital Wallet. We did this before we arrived, loaded it using a credit card, and linked it to our tickets. Then when we entered we were given wristbands which were automatically synced to our ticket and digital wallet and ready to go. You tap the tag to pay at all of the vendors throughout the festival. It's no issue if you don't do it ahead of time; it can be done when you get there, but I'm a self-confessed "over planner" and it meant we could get straight into the fun.
The best part of Oktoberfest is the atmosphere. It is simply joyful. The staff are welcoming, engaging and efficient. Everyone is in a good mood and you can't help but feel it too. The venue is more than easy to navigate with prams, and there are plenty of toilets available too.
Children under 18 are free with a paying adult across the weekend (Friday 13th - Sunday 15th October), and on Sunday the kid's wristbands are pre loaded with 2 free rides.
We parked in secure parking nearby, but it would also be really easy to use the train to Exhibition Station.
You can buy your tickets here.
I really do hope you head up this weekend, it is a great chance to immerse yourself in Bavarian Culture for the day. If you do, make sure you tag me in your pics - I'd love to see the fun you get up to!