Top things to do at the Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest entrance, by Packing my Suitcase

You certainly have heard of the Oktoberfest before, and of course, it is not the first time I write about it here on the blog, and I can assure you that this won’t be the last time either. I gave you some practical information, tips for what you should pack for the Oktoberfest, and even explained a little how it works with the traditional Bavarian costume.

Though, it is time I tell that you won’t only drink beer at the Oktoberfest, there is much more than that. There are activities for the whole family, for those only wanting the beer, for those looking for some culture, or simply to have some fun. So here are the tops things to do at the Oktoberfest I came up with:

Go play around

Themed Park at the Oktoberfest, by Packing my Suitcase

At the Oktoberfest, there is a themed park, with roller coasters, ferry wheels and all. For the adults and the kids, there are many rides to keep you busy, and some of them will even give an awesome view over Munich. Just be careful not to have a few beers and then head to the roller coaster!

Indulge yourself into some traditional food

Food at the Oktoberfest, by Packing my Suitcase

Inside the tents and outside at the food stands, you can indulge yourself into some traditional Bavarian and German food. Pork knuckle (Schweinhaxe), roasted chicken (Hendl), sausages, sauerkraut, späzle, obazda (a kind of cream cheese), varied types of potatoes (of course), and much more.

Have some sweets

Food at the Oktoberfest, by Packing my Suitcase

All over the place you can find something sweet to eat. Fruits covered with chocolate, sweet almonds, cotton candy, sweet apples and much more.

Get a heart!

Gingerbread hearts at the Oktoberfest, by Packing my Suitcase

If no one wants to give you a heart, just get one for yourself. I mean the traditional heart shaped gingerbread ones, with nice messages written on them, not a real one. But if someone decides to give you their heart, accept it.

Have a giant brezen

Prezel at the Oktoberfest, by Packing my Suitcase

They are normally found in small sizes, but at the Oktoberfest you can have one bigger than your head! Order one for the table, unless you think you can eat it all by yourself.

Sing along!

When you think of the Germans you don’t see them as dancers or singers, but at the Oktoberfest that’s all you will see once you enter one of the tents. They know every song, and even if it plays the same thing every 10 minutes they will sing it over and over again.

The most famous song is “Ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit”, which is mostly impossible to translate into English, but basically means “cheers”. And that’s how it goes:

Have a Maß

Beer at the Oktoberfest, by Packing my Suitcase

To match this song there is nothing better than a Maß (pronounced MAAAHHSS), those big beer mugs of 1 liter! Yeah, because you need to have one. Can’t manage it? That’s what you think! But, be careful if you join the people who stands up and drink the remaining beer of their Maß, it can be just too much!

Man drinking at the Oktoberfest, by Packing my Suitcase

Stand up on the bench

Oktoberfest, by Packing my Suitcase

Things do get messy at the Oktoberfest, especially after having a Maß. Don’t be surprised if people start to stand up on the benches or on the tables to sing and drink. I was very surprised on my first time at a similar festival, I had no choice but to join in, so my advice is: just stand up on that bench already!

Buy a souvenir

Hats at the Oktoberfest, by Packing my Suitcase

You can’t just leave without a little something. There are mugs, posters, teddy bears, t-shirts, clothing, key chains, hats, necklaces, and the list goes on and on. Inside the tents there are people selling hats and the popular clothes pin with different sayings.

Send a postcard

Post Office at the Oktoberfest, by Packing my Suitcase

Did you know that the Oktoberfest has its own post office? Yes, you can actually send a letter from the Oktoberfest, or even pick a special postcard from the event and send it to someone. How cool is that? So pick one and let someone know you were actually there!

And if you still have energy, go to an

“After Wiesn Party”

If after enjoying spending some time at the Oktoberfest you still want to keep the party going, find an “After Wiesn Party”. Some of the popular ones you can find here.


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Top things to do at the Oktoberfest, by Packing my Suitcase

About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

  • That would be awesome Diana!!!
    When you guys decide to come, try to book everything in advance, it will be cheaper. And during the week is better! 😀
    I’d be happy to go with you guys 😉

  • I need those traditional outfits in my life. I am hooked!

    • hahahaha it would look greaaaaat on you!!!
      Next time you need to get one 😀

  • Nihar Pradhan

    Oktoberfest…it seems it is all encompassing. So much to explore, so much to do, so much to eat and so many things to play with, there is fun and beer all around, the cheers cannot be kept aside where beer is flowing. Oh! the sweets, so tempting, when the fruits are not enough to drive us, there are these chocolate coated fruits makes us helplessly fall prey to the sweet temptation…

    Yes, we all want something memorable to carry from such festivals and you have so many things and very little choose from and everything looks new and special and we are spoilt of choices and that is perhaps the sign of wild west celebration in any festival and Oktoberfest has it all…we only need to have the time to be there and spend it with the flow and flavor of the festival…

    Loved the post and as said keenly look forward to hear more on the same from you as we approach the festival…

    Seems you are quite busy and we have not been able have our lovely discussion and it’s been pretty long…

    Hope you are having great time…



    • Dear Nihar!
      It’s great to hear from you! You are right, it has been a while since our last conversation. I apologize for that. I have indeed been pretty busy, I had guests at home, was very busy with Monday Escapes (now we are doing it fortnight so I will have more time to comment on other blogs) and I am leaving to Brazil tomorrow for 3 weeks 😀 crazy crazy!

      Yes, the Oktoberfest is lots of fun. I guess that more than the beer I love the food, specially the sweets 😀
      I am sure you would love to visit the Oktoberfest one day!

      I wish you a great week!!

      • Nihar Pradhan

        Indeed it has been pretty long, the last conversation. I can understand and no apologize. Once you are little free we can resume our conversation, it is not going anywhere…the content and the spirit is intact.

        Oh great you will be back again in Brazil, have lots of fun and 3 weeks good time to plan out many things, which I am sure with your meticulous planning you would have put them in your bag. Yes, will definitely make visit to the Oktoberfest and as suggested will get feel of the fun and the frolic that goes with it. I also have a soft corner for sweets…

        Have a wonderful break at Brazil…
        Take Care…

  • Gin

    Did you buy some souvenirs ? 🙂

    • hahaha yess 😀
      I normally like to buy the trinkets you put on your dress, I like them 😀

  • Are children welcome? I think it would be brilliant for us all! Monkey would love the sweets and playground and we would like the beer 🙂

    • Yessss, you have no idea how much the kids love the Oktoberfest 😀 Yesterday I was there and there were kids of every age. It’s very fun and I’m sure Monkey would love it 😀

  • At the end of the day and on the weekends is very crowded. But I try to go during the week in the middle of the afternoon; it’s way better, but still the tends are full of people 😀

  • Places People Stories

    This just looks so fun!!! Need to go… Maybe next year!?!?

  • Sha

    Oh, is a brezen like a pretzel? This oktoberfest seems so much more livelier in Germany! I don’t think we have any like this here in Singapore although I’ve seen the singing and dancing happening before…:)

  • Mabel Kwong

    Oh wow. So there is more to do at Oktoberfest than just drinking beer 😀 I had no idea people would actually stand up on the benches and drink and sing! It sounds dangerous and if you drink too much maybe you will topple off! Then again, maybe many Germans have a good sense of balance whether they drink or not 🙂

    Beautiful shot of the chocolate coated strawberries. Sooo delicious 🙂

    • hahaha yes it’s dangerous to be drunk and step on the bench, I have seen some people falling because of that 😀
      And people do get very drunk there, the Germans too hahaa

      The chocolate coated strawberries were amazing 😀