Events Oktoberfest

Think Germany, think Oktoberfest: with gigantic beers, brass bands and lederhosen. Hamburg, too, has its offshoot of this Bavarian event.

Oktoberfest in Hamburg on the roof of Karstadt

Oktoberfest ─ Visit Hamburg's Oktoberfest Parties

Some might think that the world-famous Oktoberfest is as German as it gets. Brass bands, large beer steins, dirndl dresses and the ever-present Lederhosen come to mind. In reality, it is mostly Bavaria — Germany's largest and southernmost federal state — that has shaped this image of Germany. It's in the Bavarian capital, Munich, where the world-famous Oktoberfest is celebrated annually. Hamburg, however, has to offer a few Oktoberfest events itself, despite being located a mere 800 kilometres north of Munich.

Oktoberfest in Hamburg

Geographically, the two cities couldn't be further away from each other — all the more reason to bring the Oktoberfest to the Elbe river. Hamburg, which has its own gigantic public festival in the DOM funfair, suddenly trades in the roasted almonds and candy apples for Weisswurst (Bavarian veal sausages), pretzels and, of course, beer. The Mass (large drafted beer served in a glass or earthenware mug) plays an integral part in the festivities. In this light, minor inconsistencies, like September being the month when Oktoberfest is celebrated, shouldn’t be questioned too rigidly.

See the table below for examples of Oktoberfest-themed events in September and October 2019.

Events for 2020 TBA.

Karstadt Store 


5 -

28 Sept, 2019

11:30 a.m. 
- 8 p.m.

beer, snacks, live music on the 7th floor

Wandsbeker Wiesn

20 Sept -

6 Oct, 


Sun - Wed:
11 a.m. 
- 10 p.m.
Thu - Sat:
11 a.m. 

marquees, music, 

traditional beer tapping

Hofbräuhaus restaurants

21 Sept -

6 Oct, 


Fri, Sat: 
10 a.m.
- 2 a.m.
Sun -
10 a.m.
- 1 a.m.

Bavaria-based, three locations in Hamburg

Bergedorfer Oktoberfest

20 - 

22 Sept, 2019

Fri from 5
Sat from 2
Sun 12

Hamburg’s largest Oktoberfest

Hamburger Oktoberfest
in der Fischauktionshalle

4 -

20 Oct, 


6 p.m. -
1 a.m.

Bavaria-themed parties at the famous Fish Market

Ahrensburger Oktoberfest 
2 -
6 Oct,
Fri, Sat,
12 a.m. -
12 a.m.
- 8 p.m.
11 a.m.
- 6 p.m.
Live music and Bavarian specialties 
Norderstedter Oktoberfest
28 Sept, 2019 8 p.m. -
Open End Lederhosen Party 
Schenefelder Oktoberfest21 Sept, 2019 Sat:
10 a.m.
Beers and Pretzels in front of Schenefeld's city hall.  



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