Thursday, September 17, 2015

Vancouver In the Know- Oktoberfest

A German tradition since the 1800's, Vancouver now has a couple of hot spots which will let you experience Oktoberfest right here at home! Although I've never been to Europe, my boyfriend attended the real Oktoberfest and absolutely loved the atmosphere. Here are a few events in the city that will transport you to the Bavarian culture.

1) Steam Whistle Oktoberfest
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015
Location: The Vancouver Alpen Club - 4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Ticket: $30.00 at the door or $25 in advance

If you are looking for an early start to Oktoberfest, this is it! Enjoy authentic German food, entertainment by The Edelweiss Dancers and music from The Rheinlander Band as you hoist your collectible steins (included in ticket price and includes a first free fill). Come dressed in costume as there will be prizes!

The Vancouver Alpen Club will also be hosting their own Oktoberfest on four separate dates. Tickets are $30 and also includes a stein. I believe they are the first in Vancouver to host Oktoberfest. Check their website for more details!

2) Harvest Haus
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Dates: Various
Tickets: $25-$35

If you are looking for something grand and boisterous, check out Harvest Haus which can pack 1,200 people in their beer hall tent. This will be their second year and will be held in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. There will be eight seatings over two weekends and each seating is 4 hours long. The tickets are a bit more expensive as you have to buy their stein ($8 additional) but it seems to be the new IT spot for the party crowd.

3) Oktoberfest at Steveston Community Centre
Where: 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond
When: October 2, 2015 6:30pm
Tickets: $35 (includes dinner, stein, and one drink)

If you are looking for some food to go along with your drink, join the Steveston Community Center for dinner, beer, and entertainment. Great for the whole family and the price can't be beat!

 I wish these events didn't have a "cover" charge though as I'd for sure be spending some big bucks on beer once I get inside! Will you be heading to an Oktoberfest party this year?

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