Dublin is the city that knows how to have a good time, so what better place is there to enjoy Oktoberfest. A popular beer festival you can find around the world, from the originator Germany and European hotspots London and Paris, to several cities across the United States and even Australia. Many of which are founded by German descendants, bringing with them the authenticity that makes this festival so fun.

Whether you’re a local, passing through or on your city break, here’s why we think you should visit Oktoberfest Dublin:


For 3 weeks over September and October, Germany comes to Dublin to celebrate all things Bavarian. Obviously, the large beer hall is the highlight and your first stop at this lively event. Barmaids dressed in traditional Dirndl’s serve gallons of Erdinger Weiss Beer on tap. When it’s time to soak up the alcohol, you’ll find German sausages sizzling on the barbeque and other traditional delights like chicken schnitzel, apple strudel, Bavarian burgers and pretzels. All to the sound of a Bavarian brass band or a DJ playing classic songs. Oktoberfest Dublin is free to enter in the day, so you can at least pop in for a song and a dance when you’re passing.

Then what?

When you’ve had an Erdinger Weiss Beer, tasted a German sausage, sang along to a Bavarian brass band and danced with your fellow Oktoberfest Dublin revellers, there’s still so much on offer in this city to fill your time. There’s historic landmarks that tell the history of this place, Temple Bar for a drink in the evening or for a market browse in the day, museums that show you how the Irish population have shaped the world, and breweries or distilleries that offer far more than just a drink. For a full itinerary, check out our guide to A Weekend in Dublin. We can take you to all these places on a Big Bus tour, just hop on!