German-themed beer festivals take place in the Lower Mainland each fall including Oktoberfest events in Vancouver, Port Moody and elsewhere.
There is also the Harrison Beer Festival and Vancouver’s North Shore Craft Beer Week. In addition to these, the BC Cancer Association hosts an Oktoberfest fundraising event in Abbotsford some years.
Click any of the following for information about a specific event venue:
Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival | Vancouver Alpen Club | Cloverfest Surrey | Port Moody Oktoberfest | Harrison Beer Festival | Oktoberfest for Ridge Meadows Hospice | Hastings Racecourse | North Vancouver Shipyards | Harvest Haus
Oktoberfest Events in the Lower Mainland
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!
Vancouver Oktoberfest Events
Below is a list of Oktoberfest events in the Lower Mainland that take place most years.
Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival
The Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival is one of our favourite Lower Mainland beer-themed festivals. It’s indoors at a fancy place, admission is reasonable and the appetizers and drinks are included – there’s no need to buy tokens or pay extra for your food or beer. What’s more, partial proceeds of the event benefit the Ride to Conquer Cancer.
True, the event isn’t exactly an Oktoberfest event. There is no oompah band, nobody wears lederhosen and it doesn’t even have a German theme. It’s a beer festival though, it takes place close to Oktoberfest season and we think it’s a fabulous event, which is why we include it here in this list.
In 2019 the Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival takes place at the Hard Rock Casino on Saturday September 28th. There are two sessions with the first costing about $60 and the second costing $70.
Click Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival for more details.
Oktoberfest at the Vancouver Alpen Club
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 about $35 plus taxes, or $80 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 2019 are the Fridays and Saturdays of October 4th & 5th, 11th & 12th, 18th & 19th and 25th. 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 most years 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.
Cloverfest in Surrey
Cloverfest is a fundraising Oktoberfest event in Surrey that’s put on by the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce and Cloverdale Rotary Club.
In 2018 the event took place on Saturday, October 13th, from 4 until 9 pm at Shannon Hall at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds at 17607 60th Avenue in Surrey.
Cloverfest will NOT be happening in 2019. Hopefully it will again though in 2020. We’re keeping our fingers crossed!
Tickets for Cloverfest in 2018 were $25 in advance, $40 for VIP tickets and $35 for regular admission at the door. The price for general admission included 2 beverage-tasting tokens, a souvenir sampling cup and a fun evening with live music. VIP admission included 10 beverage tasting tokens, a sampling cup, priority line access and a fun evening with live music.
For more information click Cloverfest.
Port Moody Oktoberfest
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.
The dates for the event in 2018 were October 5th, 6th and 7th. It didn’t happen in 2019 though. We’re hoping it happens again in 2020, but it’s looking very unlikely.
In years when it does take place, Port Moody Oktoberfest hours of operation are usually from around 4 to 10 pm on the Friday evening and from noon until 10 pm on the Saturday and Sunday. Again, 2019 details are to be confirmed.
Regular admission to each event in recent years has been about $20 per person, or $50 for a Full Festival Pass which was good for up to six days. (Note: In 2017 the event ran for 6 days, whereas in 2018 it was just the one weekend.) Groups of 10 have also been able to reserve a private table for $500 which entitled 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.
Live music at Port Moody Oktoberfest event in 2017 was with the Oktoberators, Rheinlander Band and Billy Jones Live. Each year expect to hear the accordion, tuba and lots of oompah and polka-style music!
For more information click Port Moody Oktoberfest.
Harrison Beer Festival
The Harrison Beer Festival is a community event that takes place in late October 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.
In 2019 the Harrison Beer Festival takes place on the Friday and Saturday of October 25th and 26th.
Friday Cask Night
Celebrating its 8th year in 2019, Harrison Beer Festival celebrations include an Irish-themed Cask Night on the Friday from 6:30 to 10:30 pm. Music that night is with the Celtic band Blackthorn.
Tickets for the event are usually around $34 and include a tasting glass, 3 beverage tokens, a buffet and live music. Additional tokens cost about $1.50 each.
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, usually on the last Saturday in October, 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. Tickets cost about $38.
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 about $1.50 per mini glass. The Saturday event is so popular that it typically sells out over a month in advance!
Breweries participating a couple of years ago at the event included 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 recent years have sold out well in advance! If you want to attend in 2019, reserve your tickets early!
The Oktoberfest Dance at Harrison Hot Springs takes place on the last Saturday in October at St. Alice Hall at 100 Esplanade Avenue.
The event runs from 8:00 until 11:30 pm and the cost is around $46 per person in 2019.
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.
For more information about the Cask Night, Beer Festival and Oktoberfest Dance, check out the Harrison Beer Festival website.
Oktoberfest for the Ridge Meadows Hospice Society
The Oktoberfest fundraising event for the Ridge Meadows Hospice Society takes place on Friday, October 18th, 2019, starting at 6 pm at Pitt Meadows Heritage Hall.
Tickets purchased prior to August 31st cost $50 and then regular price after that is $60. They can be purchased online at ridgemeadowshospicesociety.com, at the Thrift Shop at 3-12001 124th Street or by calling 604-463-7722.
The event includes a traditional German dinner, costume contests, a 50-50 draw and music by the Oktoberators. Proceeds from the event benefit the Ridge Meadows Hospice Society which is a great cause.
Oktoberfest at Hastings Racecourse
Last year Oktoberfest celebrations took place on Saturday, September 29th, at Hastings Racecourse from noon until 6 pm. In 2019 it happens on Saturday, September 28th, from 1 to 6 pm in the Eclipse Lounge.
It’s a 19+ event and includes beer, food, horse racing and music.
Tickets cost $32.84 including online fees. For that you get a souvenir beer stein, 2 drink tickets, 1 food voucher, $5 to bet and access to the live horse racing.
$32.84 is a fairly good deal. Last year tickets cost around $50 and for that you got a souvenir beer stein, 2 drink tickets, 1 food item voucher, $5 towards a horse bet and a horse racing program. So it’s good to see the ticket has come down in price.
With your ticket in 2019 you also get access to a couple of exclusive Oktoberfest sitting areas. One is the German Haus where there is live music, a selection of sausages and a variety of craft beers (including a pumpkin one) for sale. The other area is the Wine Haus where you can find wine for purchase.
The venue for the Oktoberfest event is at Hastings Racecourse at the PNE at 188 North Renfrew Street which you can get to via Gate 6 or 9.
Click Oktoberfest at Hastings Racecourse for more details.
Oktoberfest at the Shipyards
North Shore Green Markets sometimes hosts an Oktoberfest event at the Shipyards in North Vancouver. Last year it was tentatively scheduled for Friday, October 19th, but then didn’t actually take place. The year before about 200 people attended and hopefully it’ll happen again in 2019.
Although there wasn’t an Oktoberfest at the Shipyards in 2018, North Vancouver still hosted Vancouver’s North Shore Craft Beer Week which took place from October 19th until the October 26th. 2019 dates for the North Shore craft beer event run from October 4th until the 11th.
Vancouver Harvest Haus
Harvest Haus used to be Vancouver’s largest and arguably most impressive Oktoberfest event. It took place most years in a giant tent “Festzelte” structure that held up to 1000 people and featured German food, beer, live music and other entertainment. It did not, however, take place in 2018. It’s back though, and it’s even bigger and better in 2019.
A couple of years ago the Festzelte venue was near Concord Pacific Place at 88 Pacific Boulevard not far from BC Place Stadium. That location is no longer available, however. They found a new venue for their future events, but not in time for the 2018 season, which is why they took a break that year. In 2019 the new venue is at the PNE fairgrounds.
In past years tickets have cost between around $25 and $35 for general admission and food and beers are extra.
In 2019 the event runs on October 10th-12th and 18th-19th and tickets cost between around $26 and $52 depending on when you go and the type of ticket you get. Tickets to Harvest Haus get you into the adult-only drinking area, but also into the kid-friendly Harvestland areas too.
New for 2019, in addition to the Harvest Haus beer-drinking event for folk ages 19+, there is also a Harvestland autumn-themed attraction that’s suitable for families. It’s open every day between October 10th and 20th except for Tuesdays (when it’s closed).
Also new for this year is the fact that there is no Festzelte. Instead the event takes place inside the PNE Forum which is decorated to look like a beer hall.
Tickets to Harvestland cost $15.74 for adults, $10.49 for both children (ages 3 to 12) and seniors (age 65+), and $47.24 for families (of up to 2 adults and 3 children).
For more information about the Vancouver Oktoberfest event, click Harvest Haus.
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