3 Places to Prost to Oktoberfest in Vancouver

oktoberfest vancouver 2014

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Time to dress up in your best lederhosen and dirndl, it’s Oktoberfest time in Germany and Vancouver is tipping its hat to the best drinking event in the world by hosting three spectacular parties full of beer, bavarian pretzels, and more beer!

The first keg will be tapped this Saturday in Munich, kicking off 16 days of drinking and partying. If you’re not looking to spend the $2000 for a ticket to Germany, you can get your Bavarian fix by celebrating Oktoberfest at some of the great parties being held around Vancouver.

Steam Whistle Oktoberfest Vancouver

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1. Steam Whistle Oktoberfest Party

The staff at Steam Whistle Brewing took a trip last year to Munich’s Oktoberfest, which has inspired the brewery company to host the “ultimate Oktoberfest bash” complete with oom-pah band, Edelweiss dancers, food by Bestie, and of course–lots of beer!

Revellers are encouraged to dress in traditional dirndl and lederhosen to celebrate beer. The party happens in Vancouver at 8pm on Saturday, September 20th at The Imperial Room (319 Main Street). Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door!

Harvest Haus Vancouver 2014

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2. Harvest Haus

New to Vancouver this year, the Harvest Haus is going to be a huge authentic European style Oktoberfest celebration in Downtown. Located on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, the Harvest Haus Hall takes place under a big top tent with room for up to 1,000 revelers.  Tickets starts at $35.00 and are selling out very quickly. So, if you want to be part of the inaugural Harvest Haus event, your best bet is to buy some tickets soon!

Each ticket includes four hours of seating, performances, food stalls, and merchandise. You can pick up a 500ml Harvest Haus Bierkrug ceramic stein for $1 (rental) or $8 (purchase, to keep) or you can bring your own 500ml ceramic stein to fill at the event. The Harvest Haus will only be around for four days from October 2-5, 2014.

Oktoberfest Alpen Club Vancouver

3. Vancouver Alpen Club

Vancouver’s original and (some would say) most authentic celebration of Oktoberfest in Vancouver is at the Alpen Club (4875 Victoria Drive) in East Vancouver. Entertainment, drinking, and games go on throughout the night with authentic German food served until the wee hours.

Food, Bier, Live Music & a DJ are included with this event that costs only $30 per person (or $80 for VIP). This event goes for the first three weekends in October from 7:30pm until late (October 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18).

Have you ever been to Oktoberfest in Germany? How was your experience? Let us know in the comment section below!

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5 Responses to 3 Places to Prost to Oktoberfest in Vancouver

  1. Kayla

    The August Jack is having an awesome event as well!

  2. Gordo

    Ok lets get real here , pay to go sit and drink beer . I actually just came back from Munich and the real Oktoberfest . It would be shocking to any German to come and pay to go to an event such as described above . The money from food and beer should cover your costs . Yes the real Oktoberfest reserves tables but at least those tables are in an official tent and with true Bavarian ale.
    Lower the price , or at least give a t-shirt away to promote your event .

  3. Jamie

    I wish these events weren’t so expensive. There’s one in Steveston tomorrow, but net proceeds are going toward the community playground improvement project.


  4. Frank Jay

    What should entertainment cost? Anyone who wants to can organize an Oktoberfesst. Simply rent a venue. Organize a band. Add some suitable entertainers. Get a permit. Arrange liability insurance. Post a couple of black shirted t -shirt guys with bulging biceps at the door. Hire a couple of people to pull the taps. If the hall is not completely furnished, get tables, chairs, the rest. Arrange for sweeping up after so the ants and rodents don’t have a feast.
    And get publicity..
    Go ahead. Calculate how much cash you have to put up up front.
    mixing cultures “It’s a piece of quiche.

  5. db

    Ridiculous having to even pay in to drink all day/night at something! In Dublin its an amazing event it runs everyday for a whole month and its free entry. Another reason why this place is greedy!!!