A number of German-themed beer festivals take place in the Lower Mainland each fall including Harvest Haus and Oktoberfest at the Vancouver Alpen Club.
In 2017 there are also the Harrison Beer Festival, Steveston Oktoberfest and Port Moody Oktoberfest events. In addition to these, the BC Cancer Association hosts an Oktoberfest fundraising event in Abbotsford.
Oktoberfest is a German festival traditionally held in late September and early October. The largest and most famous Oktoberfest in the world is the one in Munich, Germany, but ones in Metro Vancouver are pretty fun too!
Oktoberfest events invariably involve copious amounts of beer as well as German-style pub foods like sausages and sauerkraut, not to mention German accordion and polka music. If you like beer and/or dressing up in lederhosen, then Oktoberfest can be a lot of fun!
2017 Vancouver Oktoberfest Events
Below is a list of Oktoberfest events in the Lower Mainland in 2017.
Vancouver Alpen Club
October 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21
The Vancouver Alpen Club is a local cultural organization at 4875 Victoria Drive that hosts an Oktoberfest event and boasts the largest selection of German beers and wines in Vancouver. The event is for folk ages 19+ and, as should be expected, it features German beer, food and music.
General admission for the Vancouver Alpen Club event is $35 plus taxes, or $75 for VIP tickets which include access to a designated area with a complimentary buffet. Beer and other festive drinks are extra.
Dates for the club’s Oktoberfest Vancouver event in 2017 are the Fridays and Saturdays of October 6 & 7, 13 & 14 and 20 and 21. Doors open at 7:30 pm.
Activities at the event include beer drinking (of course), dancing, singing, German games and the optional wearing of lederhosen and other traditional German attire. Performers at Oktoberfest Vancouver include the Alpen Plattlers dance group and the band The Continentals.
The Vancouver Alpen Club venue has a capacity of about 350 people and most years each of the nights sells out (although a small number of tickets are still usually available at the door).
For more information or to buy tickets for this event, click Oktoberfest Vancouver.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Cloverfest is a fundraising Oktoberfest event in Surrey that’s put on by the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce and Cloverdale Rotary Club.
The event takes place on Saturday, October 14th, from 4 until 9 pm at Shannon Hall at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds at 17607 60th Avenue in Surrey.
Tickets for Cloverfest are $25 in advance, $50 for VIP tickets and $35 for regular admission at the door. The price for general admission includes 2 beverage tasting tokens, a souvenir sampling cup and a fun evening with live music. VIP admission includes 4 beverage tasting tokens, a sampling cup, complimentary food, priority line access, nicer seating in the VIP area and a fun evening with live music.
For more information click Cloverfest 2017.
Friday, October 6, 2017
The Steveston Community Society hosts an adults-only Oktoberfest event at 4111 Moncton Street in Steveston Village. The event is always on the first weekend in October and in 2017 it was on the Friday of October 6th.
The Steveston Oktoberfest event attracts an older crowd than most other Oktoberfest events in the Lower Mainland, and many of the participants know one another.
The Richmond event has a capacity of about 250 seats and sells out most years. It starts at 6:30 pm, dinner is served at 7 o’clock and the dancing begins at 8:00 pm.
Tickets cost $40 and include an alcoholic beverage, souvenir beer mug, dinner and live entertainment featuring the Rheinlander Oompah Band.
The venue is pretty simple, being that’s it’s in a community centre gymnasium, but the $40 price tag is a great deal. Other Oktoberfest events typically cost around $35 just to get in, and they don’t include dinner or the free mug!
A typical dinner at the Steveston Oktoberfest event consists of German potato salad, baked pretzels, sauerkraut and sausage, plus strudel for dessert. Beer and wine cost about $7 per glass and a bottle of wine in 2017 was $35.
This is a fundraising event and net proceeds from ticket sales benefit the community centre’s playground fund. Also, funds raised from the event’s 50/50 draw benefit general programs at the centre.
If you like bratwurst, polka dancing, oompah music, beer and hanging out with local folk from the Steveston Village community, you’ll like this event.
For more information click Steveston Oktoberfest.
Port Moody Oktoberfest
September 22-24 & 29-30 and October 1
The Oktoberfest event in Port Moody takes place in a giant tent at 100 Newport Drive outside the Port Moody Public Library and just a short walk from the Inlet Centre SkyTrain Station.
Port Moody Oktoberfest hours of operation for the 2017 season are from 4 to 10 pm on the Friday evenings and from noon until 10 pm on the Saturdays and Sundays.
Regular admission to each event is $20 per person, or $50 for a Full Festival Pass which is good for all six days. Groups of 10 can also reserve a private table for $500 which entitles them to 10 complimentary beers and 10 food items.
Port Moody Oktoberfest calls itself “Western Canada’s largest and most original Oktoberfest,” so it’s not a tiny affair. Another nice thing is the fact that proceeds from the event benefit the local Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation.
Food at the Port Moody event includes pork hock, schnitzel, bratwurst, pretzels and corn, all of which are available for sale. German beers include Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr, and there’s also wine from BC’s Ledlin Family Vineyards.
For more information click Port Moody Oktoberfest.
Harrison Beer Festival
October 27 & 28, 2017
The Harrison Beer Festival is a community event that takes place at St. Alice Hall near the Harrison Hot Springs Resort which is located at 100 Esplanade Avenue. The popular 2-day event includes a Cask Night, Beer Festival and Oktoberfest Dance.
Friday Cask Night
Celebrating its 6th year, Harrison Beer Festival celebrations in 2017 include an Irish-themed Cask Night on Friday, October 27th, from 6:30 to 10:30 pm.
The tickets for this are $30 and include a tasting glass, 3 beverage tokens, a buffet and music by the Celtic Vancouver-based band Blackthorn.
At the event 8 to 10 different breweries compete to see whose beer is most popular (as proven by whose keg gets finished first).
Saturday Beer Festival
Also at St. Alice Hall, on Saturday, October 28th, the Beer Festival takes place between 1 and 5 pm. At the event BC breweries sell samples of their brews and compete for people’s votes.
Attendees receive a complimentary beer tasting glass, three beverage tokens, access to a light buffet and the opportunity to sample dozens of craft beers at $1.50 per mini glass. The Saturday event is so popular that it typically sells out over a month in advance!
Breweries participating in the 2017 event include Central City from Surrey, Dead Frog from Aldergrove, Deep Cove Brewery from North Vancouver, Foamers Folly from Pitt Meadows, Moody Ales and Yellow Dog from Port Moody, and Parallel 49 and Main St. Brewing from Vancouver, as well as about a dozen others.
NOTE: Tickets for the Saturday Beer Festival event in 2017 are now all sold out!
The Oktoberfest Dance at Harrison Hot Springs takes place on Saturday, October 28th, at St. Alice Hall at 100 Esplanade Avenue.
The event runs from 8:00 until 11:30 pm and the cost is $45 per person.
At the Oktoberfest Dance there is dancing to polka music (not unsurprisingly), and a German-themed buffet. Participants also receive a complimentary souvenir Oktoberfest mug and one free beer. Additional brewskies cost about $5 per glass.
For more information about the Cask Night, Beer Festival and Oktoberfest Dance, check out the Harrison Beer Festival website.
October 5-14, 2017
Harvest Haus is Vancouver’s largest and arguably most impressive Oktoberfest event. It takes place in a giant tent “Festzelte” structure that holds up to 1000 people and features German food, beer, live music and other entertainment.
In 2017 Harvest Haus runs from Thursday, October 5th, until Saturday, October 14th. The Festzelte venue is near Concord Pacific Place at 88 Pacific Boulevard not far from BC Place Stadium.
Tickets cost between $25 and $35 for general admission and food and beers are extra.
For more information about the Vancouver Oktoberfest event, click Harvest Haus 2017.
Friday, September 29, 2017
In 2017 the BC Cancer Foundation is hosting an Oktoberfest event at the Phoenix Ballroom at 33780 King Road in Abbotsford. The event takes place on Friday, September 29th, doors open at 6:30 pm and tickets cost $60 per person.
Abbotsford Oktoberfest is a fundraising event that includes craft beers and wine tastings, German and miscellaneous pub-style foods and lively musical entertainment.
Tickets for the event are only available online, there are only slightly more than 120 available in total, and the event typically sells out (so if you plan to go buy your tickets early)!
For more information about this Fraser Valley fundraising event, click Abbotsford Oktoberfest.
For a list of other things to do in the Lower Mainland check out the following:
- Vancouver’s October Calendar of Events
- Vancouver’s Festivals & Events Calendar
- Halloween in the Lower Mainland
- Fall Activities in the Lower Mainland
- Vancouver’s Best Places in Autumn