Last Saturday (16th September) saw Oktoberfest officially launch in Munich, and while this is undoubtedly home to the festival’s biggest party, Oktoberfest can now be enjoyed all over the world, including right here in Ireland. So if you’re looking for a Stein of the finest Bavarian lager, or a bratwurst or Frankfurter sausage, here are five locations that will allow you to enjoy Oktoberfest with an Irish twist.
5 Irish Oktoberfest Festivals
1 Oktoberfest in Dublin
When it comes to Oktoberfest celebrations in Ireland, few places can rival Dublin for the crowds, entertainment and the all-important selection of beers. This year, Dublin’s Oktoberfest festival runs from 14th September – 1st October at George’s Dock. With entertainment from the Bavarian band, The Mostlandstürmer, and the ever-popular DJ Udo, expect to find George’s Dock rocking over the coming weeks.
Oktoberfest 2017 also has a number of themed nights throughout the festival, with Tuesday dubbed Pink Tuesday in celebration of the LGBT community, while Wednesday is Wacky Wednesday, encouraging visitors to dress up and enjoy the craic!
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2 Oktoberfest in Belfast
If you fancy a trip north to Northern Ireland’s capital Belfast, you can look forward to enjoying famous Belfast hospitality at Oktoberfest Belfast 2017. This year’s event takes place at the Kings Hall Arena and runs every Friday and Saturday from 29th September to 21st October. Entry to the festival is £4 although the opening night is free to enter. You can also look forward to free entry on Thursday 5th October on what is the only week night that the festival will run in 2017.
There is, of course, a special reason for this as Northern Ireland welcomes World Champions Germany to the National Stadium at Windsor Park for a crucial World Cup Qualifier. With Paulaner Oktoberfest Lager and staff in traditional Bavarian costumes, this is everything to expect from an Irish Oktoberfest celebration. Belfast’s Oktoberfest is growing from strength to strength, and expect the 2017 edition to be more of the same.
3 Oktoberfest in Cork
Another Irish Oktoberfest festival launching on Friday 29th September is Oktoberfest in Cork. Running over three weekends (29th – 30th September, 6th – 7th and 13th – 14th October) in Cork’s Docklands area, Oktoberfest Beag is Ireland’s biggest Oktoberfest party, with locations in Dublin and Limerick over the coming weeks.
Picture yourself in Munich as you relax to the clink of Steins and the sight of people in Lederhosen in the picturesque Dockland area of Cork City. With popular German and Irish beers on offer including some of Cork’s most popular beers and ciders, Oktoberfest Cork promises to deliver a memorable weekend (so long as you go easy on the specialty German brews).
4 Oktoberfest in Derry
Located in Foyle Street on the banks of the River Foyle, Oktoberfest Derry is another slice of Munich right here in Ireland. With a great selection of German beers and traditional food, alongside some of Derry’s finest craft beers, this promises to be several days of celebration in the Walled City of Derry (5th – 15th October). For Derry, it’s the perfect warm up for one of Ireland’s biggest festivals, the famous Derry Halloween Festival, which this year takes place from 28th – 31st October.
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5 Oktoberfest in Limerick
Limerick is another venue for the Oktoberfest Beag celebrations here in Ireland, with this year’s festival running from 26th – 29th October at King John’s Castle, one of Limerick’s most iconic landmarks. With entertainment coming directly from Munich, you’ll be sure to have plenty on offer should you decide to make the trip to Limerick for the city’s 2017 Oktoberfest celebrations. There are very few locations in Europe that can rival the surroundings of King John’s Castle for Oktoberfest celebrations.
With four amazing days in store, check out the latest offers on hotels in Limerick and plan your Limerick Oktoberfest getaway today.
Where is Your Favourite Irish Oktoberfest Festival?
Do you know a city, town or village near you that is planning an Oktoberfest celebration over the coming weeks? Let us know below, and be sure to share your favourite Oktoberfest stories with us as well.