Oktoberfest 2012 Events in Vancouver

Oktoberfest 2012 commences this Saturday, 22 September and runs until 7 October.

Contrary to what most people think, Oktoberfest is not held during the entire month of October – just in case you were thinking about going to Munich next month (though if you go from 1-7 Oct, you’ll still get to catch the spirit then)… It is a 16-day event that takes place every year in Munich, Bavaria, from mid/late-September to the first week of October. Men wear Lederhosen (leather 3/4-length trousers) and women wear Dirndls (traditional dress which comprises a bodice, dress and apron). The blue and white that you see are the colours of the flag of Bavaria (a federal state).

If you (in Vancouver, BC), like me, do not have the means nor the availability to be in Munich or anywhere in Bavaria this year, there are 2 Oktoberfests coming up (they only coincide for 2 days in Oct so no need to wonder which one to go to – check out both if you want variety!).

  1. Shangri-La’s MARKET’s Oktoberfest
    Dates: 22 Sept – 7 Oct
    Tickets: $64.76 (dinners):
  • .5L (ein Halbes) of Ayinger beer (served in a Stone Mug)
  • set menu 3 Course Prix Fix Dinner
  • taxes & gratuities

$38.33 (weekday lunches 11:30AM – 2:30PM):

  • set menu 3 Course Prix Fix Dinner
  • taxes & gratuities

I have to say, that’s not too bad (you’re getting beer and food, after all!). The only thing to pay attention to is that there are set times for each event. For instance, if you’re attending the opening night on 22 Sept, there are 2 times for you to attend: 5:30-7:30PM or 8-11PM.

Join us on the MARKET Patio for fun filled evening at our first ever Oktoberfest! We are proud to be serving Oktoberfest & Brau-Weisse Ayinger beer imported from Bavaria especially for the event. We will also be serving traditional Oktoberfest favourites like Leberwurst, Weisswurst, Pork Hock, along with Sauerkraut, Spatzle, Potato Salad & everyone’s favourite pretzels! Live entertainment by Franz Gerber and his squeezbox. Come dressed in your best Oktoberfest gear for a chance to win great prizes!

  1. Vancouver Alpen Club’s Krombacher Oktoberfest
    Dates & Tickets:
    Friday October, 5th 2012 $25$75
    Saturday October 6th 2012$25$75
    Friday October 12th 2012 – * $15 (general) *
    Saturday October 13th 2012$25$75
    Friday October 19th 2012 $25$75
    Saturday October 20th 2012$25$75)

$25 (general):

  • cover fee
  • daily membership
  • a little gift at the door

$75 (VIP):

  • VIP seating
  • German buffet
  • 3 drinks
  • $20 gift certificate to Alpen Club restaurant (so basically, $55 for the above)

Every Oktoberfest event at the Alpen Club is slightly different. On the 13th, for example, there will be a live music by Das TOURCHESTER LICH, a 40-piece band from Germany. Why not go then? 😉

Come and “PROSIT” with us and celebrate the traditional Bavarian festival with the best of live classic Bavarian music […], dancing, yodeling competitions, sawing- and hammer competition with prizes at stake.

Get ready for the biggest annual Oktoberfest in Western Canada. Come dressed in Lederhosen (for men) or Dirndl (for ladies) or just as you and celebrate with your friends the true Bavarian tradition.
Of course we will have traditional Oktoberfest food & beverages to get you in real Oktoberfest mood.
Tickets online at Ticketweb.ca or in the restaurant.

In the meantime, I shall be celebrating the 1st day of Oktoberfest with friends. 🙂