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 a few Oktoberfest events to offer as well, despite being located some 800 kilometres north of Munich.
Oktoberfest in Hamburg
Geographically, the two cities couldn't be farther 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 that usually occur in September and October.
Note for 2021
Due to the ongoing public health situation, many events will not take place this year or will only take place in a slightly different form. Any and all schedules are therefore subject to change. Thank you for your patience.
Sun - Wed:
traditional beer tapping
Bavaria-based, three locations in Hamburg
Fri from 5
Hamburg’s largest Oktoberfest
6 p.m. -
Bavaria-themed parties at the famous Fish Market
|Ahrensburger Oktoberfest||2021 Canceled||Fri, Sat,|
12 a.m. -
- 8 p.m.
- 6 p.m.
|Live music and Bavarian specialties|
|Schenefelder Oktoberfest||2021 Canceled||Sat:|
|Beers and Pretzels in front of Schenefeld's city hall.|