Oktoberfest in Hamburg on the roof of Karstadt

Events Oktoberfest

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

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 Oktoberfest-themed events in September and October 2019.

Karstadt Store Mönckebergstrasse

Sept, 2019

11:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.

beer, snacks, live music on the 7th floor

Wandsbeker Wiesn

Sept - Oct, 2019

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

Thu - Sat: 12 a.m. - midnight

marquees, music, 

traditional beer tapping

Hofbräuhaus restaurants

Sept - Oct, 2019

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

Sun - Thu: 10 a.m. - 1 a.m.

Bavaria-based, three locations in Hamburg

Bergedorfer Oktoberfest

Sept, 2019

Fri from 5 p.m.

Sat from 2 p.m.

Sun 12 p.m.

Hamburg’s largest Oktoberfest

Hamburger Oktoberfest in der Fischauktionshalle

Oct, 2019

6 p.m. - 1 a.m.

Bavaria-themed parties at the famous Fish Market

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