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The Best Oktoberfest Party Ideas for an Oompah-ing Good Time!

Last Updated: 6th October 2022

Eins, zwei, drei, Ja! It’s nearly time for Oktoberfest, which can only mean one thing. A super fun party with beer, sausages, lederhosen, dancing, entertainment and of course, more beer. But how do you go about planning your own Oktoberfest party? Whether you’re hosting a corporate event, a community party or just want to create some Bavarian fun in your back garden, follow these top tips and before you know it, you’ll have planned a party that will be remembered for years to come. Wunderbar! *Warning – too much beer might cause your Oktoberfest celebration to be forgotten by some of your guests.*

So let’s have a look at our top tips for planning a spectacular Oktoberfest party!

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Hire A Tent

Traditionally, Oktoberfest takes place in huge white tents filled with long benches. Luckily, this is pretty easy to replicate. Simply hire a tent that’s big enough to fit everyone in, fill it with tables and benches and the first part of your party is complete! If you don’t have room for a tent or want to celebrate indoors instead, you can always drape the walls of your party room with white cloth for a cosy canopy feel.

Decorate Using Bavarian Colours

The Bavarian flag is blue and white with a diamond check pattern. Table cloths, bunting, streamers and flags are all readily available and will make an instant impact on your tent! So once your venue’s all decked out and looking fab, what’s next?

Of Course! Beer!

beer at oktoberfest

You can’t celebrate Oktoberfest without beer – and lots of it! Whatever you do, don’t run out of the most important element of this drinking festival. Whether you hire a manned bar to pour pint after pint of Pilsner or rent party kegs full of Weissbier is up to you. If you want to go the whole hog, you could set up a tasting stand where your guests can sample traditional German beers before buying a bottle of their own. Whatever you choose to do beer-wise, make sure each person has a beer stein to drink it out of so they can clink, drink and be merry!

Food Glorious Food

oktoberfest food

At Oktoberfest, beer goes hand in had with German sausages and soft pretzels. Get your Bratwurst and Frankfurters on the barbie and serve with sauerkraut, mustard, ketchup and onions. Delicious! Hire a food truck to serve your guests fresh, warm pretzels with a variety of yummy toppings. They’ll need all that doughy goodness to soak up all the beer!

Dress Up In Bavarian Clothing

dirndl dresses

Lederhosen and dirndl dresses at the ready! Encourage all your guests to dress up in traditional Oktoberfest outfits for some extra fun! It’s amazing how much wearing traditional clothing can add to the festival vibe at an Oktoberfest party so we’d definitely recommend adding it to your dress code. It helps get everyone into the party spirit and looks great too!

Hire An Oompah Band

No Oktoberfest celebration is complete without a good old Oompah band. Make space for a dance floor or get ready for guests to dance on tables because there’s no denying these dazzling musicians know how to get the party started. You can check out three of our favourite Oompah bands below:

The Uber Tubers

The Uber Tubers

These Lederhosen-clad maestros will treat your guests to a selection of traditional German Oompah music as well as fun covers of modern pop and rock classics to really get the party pumping! They also love to get the audience involved with fun games and competitions so are a banging choice for your Oktoberfest celebration.


A sure-fire way to get your guests swaying arm in arm and having the time of their lives is by hiring Musikeller! These seasoned professionals are experts in crowd participation and will get everyone fully involved in the proceedings. With a mixture of traditional, chart and indie hits in their repertoire they effortlessly keep things fresh and exciting for all your partygoers!

The Manchester Oompah Band

The Manchester Oompah Band know how to generate a party atmosphere like no other. Combining Bavarian music with party classics, they put on a stellar show that encourages hilarious crowd participation and some killer dance moves.

How Do I Hire An Oompah Band?

At Entertainment Nation you’ll find a wonderful selection of Oompah bands as well as contemporary brass bands for a more modern feel to your proceedings. If you’d like in check out the tremendous talent on offer, head over to our website using the link below to discover the brass band that will take your Oktoberfest to the next level!




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