Oktoberfest comes back
to the West
Oktoberfest, the famous German Festival is coming back to the West!
Inspired by the traditional Bavarian festival and great beer, Oktoberfest in historic Williamstown sees the amazing and newly renovated Seaworks transformed into the biggest undercover beer hall on the water. Our outside area looks straight across the bay to the city.
Experience authentic German and international food stalls, roving performers, a marvellous mix of entertainment, rides and market stalls throughout the afternoon and evening.
Unlike many Oktoberfest events in Melbourne Oktoberfest in the West will closely replicate the famous Munich Beer Halls with tables, staging and of course space for dancing, games and fun!
Tickets to Oktoberfest in the West also includes your very own souvenir Oktoberfest in West Beer Stein.
Get your tickets quickly by taking advantage of the specials as this event is sure to sell out!
Available through Eventbrite,
Seaworks, 82 Nelson pl Williamstown
Saturday, 5 Oct 2019
2pm - 9pm (Family Friendly time 2 - 7pm) Kids under 12 free!
The Golden VIP Experience!
This year we launch the Golden VIP Ticket! This is the ultimate Oktoberfest experience. Included is:
- A meet & greet with 'Chocolate Starfish'
- Complimentary Dining enjoying our 'German Feast'
- A reserved table in our VIP section
- Your own Personal DRINKS waiter
- Sectioned area near the stage
- Souvenir Hat & Stein
This is great opportunity for gifts, corporate hospitality, workplace functions or just getting your friends together for an amazing day.
Part of the fun of Oktoberfest is dressing up Bavarian Style!
For guys the 'Lederhosen' is the typical dress. Made up of the felt hat, checked shirt, braces, shorts and long socks...and of course your drinking boots!!
For the girls it's the 'Dirndl'.
The dress One basic silhouette, varying lengths and materials, infinite designs and colours. Is really good at hiding all evidence of excess beer consumption!
Shoes Flat, black, comfortable, don’t mind getting beer spilled on them.
Oktoberfest in the West is also about singing and dancing! During the day and evening expect to be entertained by great traditional bands along with a nice mix of contemporary music
Headlining is Chocolate Starfish &
their INXS Kick Show
INXS’s KICK album proved to be such a hit in the Chocolate Starfish Classic Albums Series that the band will be KICKing on in 2019 with another tour. After a spectacularly successful string of sold-out shows and packed houses, the ‘Fish will give fans one last KICK before cracking the next Classic Album. The band performs ‘KICK’ from start to finish – just like an album is meant to be experienced – honouring its revered tracks in true Chocolate Starfish style. As always, the band gives audiences what they know and love about a Chocolate Starfish show – pure, unadulterated entertainment, with performances imbued with intensity and revelry…and, as always, a few surprises. Why KICK? “It seemed a natural choice,” frontman Adam Thompson muses. “We wanted to showcase an Australian album that had – and still has – a massive impact, and ‘KICK’ ticks all those boxes.
'German Oompah Band' to be announced!
Joining our line up again is the fabulous Party Band 'Retrenched' busting out some well known songs along with a few German numbers especially for the day!
Oktoberfest is about having fun with your friends and letting your hair down! Expect lots of interaction on the day and some good old fashion Oktoberfest games like The Pretzel Pass, Barrel roll and of course the Schuhplattler competition. Plus much more!
Weather permitting we will open the large outside area of Seaworks which will host some of your favourite rides and stalls!
Food & drink
With every entry into Oktoberfest in the West you will given your souvenir stein and this will give you access to a great array of traditional German beers on tap along with some local favourites who have brewed some Bavarian styles beers just for the event!
We are committed to making Oktoberfest as an authentic experience as possible so our Beer Menu will include these popular imported beers but we have some many great local breweries that is would be a crime not to involve one of our favourites! See below.
Spaten Munich Hell (Lager)
One of Germany’s most successful breweries, Spaten is deeply rooted in Munich’s venerable beer-brewing tradition, yet it remains modern and dynamic.
Famous for it’s stunning wheat beers, the brewery opened in 1363 and is at the forefront of Bavaria’s high pedigree of wheat beer breweries. The Dunkel is a dark fruity beer.
The brew crew have weaved their magic to develop a true German authentic beer just for our event!
It's a cool fermented German ale with pilsner malt and hops. The beer will be light, fruity and have fresh wine like notes. It will be a real crowd pleaser and it will also be unfiltered, so a lovely cloudy haze.
Two Birds was founded in June 2011 by Jayne Lewis and Danielle Allen the driving force behind Australia’s first female owned brewing company. Located in Spotswood.
Drop into "the Nest" at 136 Hall Street, Spotswood to try some more of their great beers...and food
When you need a break from beer our Schnapps Bar will be a great option. Try some delicious traditional fruit flavoured Schnapps.
We're going to tempt you with the most amazing array or traditional and 'beer matched' international foods! Here's a couple confirmed with many more coming!
Firstly, a Bretzil goes hand in hand with a Stein and we're very pleased to host Bretzil.biz selling the most wonderful Bretzils and other treats! Make sure you also check out their cafe in South Kingsville.
Bavarian Bangers, have the best German Sausages in town and will be at Oktoberfest in the West filling the Hall with the amazing smell of gourmet sausages and crispy chips.
Little Santorini a local favourite operated by Santorini Restaurant will be doing some special edition Bavarian style Pork off the Spit in addition to their popular Lamb Souvas. PLUS they'll be doing a few Vegetarian options!
Schnitzel is crowd favourite and Sizzlin Schnitzel is the bomb serving every way you like on it's own or in a burger!
For those who like things a bit sweeter Billy van Creamy will be coming to Oktoberfest in the West. They're only one of the best in Melbourne all made in house at their Fitzroy North store.
Frequently Asked Questions
CAN I LEAVE OKTOBERFEST IN THE WEST AND COME BACK IN?
Due to liquor licensing restrictions we can't provide pass outs so make sure you bring in everything you need for the day or night.
HOW DO I BUY MY TICKETS?
Click here for all ticketing details and to purchase online.
CAN I BUY TICKETS ON THE DOOR AT THE EVENT?
Based on history, Oktoberfest in the West will sell out so we suggest purchasing tickets as soon as possible. Tickets will only be available at the door if we have any left!
DO I NEED TO BRING MY ID?
Yes you will not be able to purchase Alcohol unless you can prove you are 18+
CAN I BUY DRINKS OTHER THAN BEER?
Yes we will have a range of other drinks available, keep an eye out for updates on this!
ARE DRINKS INCLUDED IN THE TICKET PRICE?
No, your ticket allows entry to the seated venue and all your entertainment.
ARE THERE GLUTEN FREE, VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN FOOD OPTIONS AVAILABLE?
Yes we plan to have these options available
CAN I BRING MY OWN FOOD OR DRINKS WITH ME?
No, guests can only bring their own food if it is for an infant.
WILL THERE BE ATM’S OR EFTPOS AT THE EVENT?
EFTPOS will be available.
CAN I BRING MY CHILD TO THE EVENT?
We recommend the DAY SESSION is the best time to bring the family, kids 12 and under are free and kids 13 - 17 are only $10 per child. The NIGHT SESSION is 18+
CAN I BOOK A TABLE AT THE EVENT?
No tables are on a first come first serve basis, however there will be VIP options.
I BOUGHT MY TICKETS ONLINE, HOW DO I GET A HARD COPY OF MY TICKETS?
Tickets will be sent to your nominated email address via a pdf file attached to your email. If printing make sure the barcode and dates of birth are visible.
I DIDN’T RECEIVE MY TICKETS VIA EMAIL, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Log in to the Eventbrite account used for the purchase and select ‘Show My Ticket’ for the relevant event.
IF I LOSE MY TICKET HOW CAN I GET A REPLACEMENT?
Make sure you save your email that has the PDF ticket attached so you can re-print your ticket!
If you delete your email log into your Eventbrite account and head to “My Account” where you can reissue your ticket.
CAN I REFUND MY TICKET?
Tickets to non-refundable however in the unlikely event that the event is cancelled a refund will be processed.
CAN I GIVE MY TICKET TO A FRIEND IF I CAN’T GO?
Yes, if you purchased your ticket via Eventbrite you need to change the ticket into your friend’s name which can be done by logging into your account.
CAN I SELL MY TICKETS ON E-BAY OR GUMTREE?
No. Our tickets must not be re-sold as a commercial transaction. Atmospherix Pty Ltd reserve the right to void any tickets without compensation if the original purchaser has sold them. The new ticket holder may be refused entry or be evicted from the venue.
SHOULD I BUY A TICKET FROM E-BAY OR GUMTREE?
We don’t recommend this as per above.
WHAT IF I LOSE A PERSONAL ITEM AT OKTOBERFEST?
We will have a lost property area and you are welcome to speak to any of the organisers on the day and we will help as much as possible.
DOES OKTOBERFEST IN THE WEST OFFER THE COMPANION CARD PROGRAM?
No, sorry at this stage it doesn't
CAN I BRING MY PET?
No sorry due to space we do not think it is safe for pets.
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Terms & Conditions
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUERIES
CONDITIONS OF TICKET PURCHASE AND ENTRY TO THE EVENT
Oktoberfest in the West (the “Event”) is presented by AtmospheriX Pty Ltd (the “Promoter”). These conditions apply to all tickets issued by the Promoter, the authorised ticket reseller Eventbrite, and any other reseller of authorised tickets to the Event, including complimentary tickets and door list attendees. Authorised tickets will gain the holder access to the venue at which the event is held (the “Venue”), and by doing so the ticketholder agrees to these conditions, conditions imposed by the Venue and conditions imposed by the ticketing provider, Eventbrite. All conditions are to be read in conjunction with other statements and directives made by the Promoter.
Persons under the age of 18 must be strictly supervised by a parent or guardian at all times. Attendance of unaccompanied juveniles is strictly prohibited.
At the Event entry you will be asked to present a legal and approved form of photo identification, after which you will be provided with a tamper-proof 18+ wristband if you are over the age of 18. The only acceptable forms of identification are a current Australian driver’s license (international driver’s licenses won’t be accepted), state approved ‘Proof of Age’ card or a valid Passport.
At the point of entry, you are required to present your ticket and matching legal form of identification such as a current Australian driver’s license, “Proof of Age” card or valid Passport. If you are unable to print your ticket(s), you can present the electronic version of the ticket which can be scanned on your mobile or tablet device, or displayed on iPhones using the Passbook application. The name on your ticket must match the name on your photographic identification.
A wristband will be fitted to all approved ticket holders at the event entry, and this wristband remains the property of the Promoter at all times. Any wristbands removed or tampered with will be deemed invalid. Any patron inside the Venue and not displaying a wristband will be deemed trespassing and removed from the Venue.
If lost or misplaced, tickets will not be reissued, and hence should be treated like cash.
DRUGS & ALCOHOL WARNING
Oktoberfest in the West holds patron safety in the highest regard, and has a strict no tolerance approach to drugs and other illicit substances at or near the Event or Venue. We cannot express highly enough how dangerous drug use is, so please don’t take the risk at this Event, or ever. Police and trained sniffer dogs may be present at the events, and any patron found in position of illicit substances will be reported to the police.
Alcohol is available for purchase and your enjoyment at the Event, however we ask you to be aware of your limits and consume responsibly. Don’t drink and drive.
A patron deemed by event staff to be intoxicated will be ejected from the Event and Venue, and/or refused entry to the Event and Venue. Alcohol must not be brought in to or removed from the Venue under any circumstances.
Whilst at the event your safety and the safety of others is our primary concern, so please stay hydrated, protected from the sun and consume alcohol responsibly. We engage qualified first aid officers who are there to help in a medical situation or emergency, and by attending the Event you consent to the qualified first aid providers accessing medical information and treating you as required.
BAG & PERSONAL SEARCH
A condition of entry to the Event is that all bags will be searched at security checkpoints prior to entry. If deemed appropriate we reserve the right to conduct a physical search of persons, their clothing and/or other possessions. Prohibited items as outlined below may be confiscated at the Event entry.
The following items are strictly prohibited from entering the Event and Venue;
- Drugs and other illicit substances.
- Food and beverages of any kind, excluding those required for medical reasons or for Babies.
- Glass, including bottles.
- Animals, unless required for visual assistance or by police.
- Firearms, knives, or any other object that could be classified as a weapon.
- Sporting equipment.
- Chairs, umbrellas or any other temporary shelter.
- Unauthorised promotional material.
- Unauthorised photography and filming equipment.
- Unauthorised political, religious or offensive items, including clothing.
- Glow sticks, flares and fireworks.
- Clothing, jewellery or any other accessory associated with outlawed criminal gang.
Prohibited items will be confiscated by the Promoter, and reported to police if unlawful. The Promoter takes no responsibility for the safekeeping of confiscated items.
NO PASS OUTS
There is a strict ‘No Pass Out’ policy at the Event, unless in the case of an emergency whereby security and event staff will assist.
REFUNDS AND REISSUES (NAME CHANGES)
If you or your guests are unable to attend, the ability to re-issue (change the name on your ticket) is available through ticketing partner, Eventbrite. Please visit the Eventbrite website for more information.
It is a condition of sale that tickets may not be offered for unauthorised re-sale, on 3rd party websites such as Ebay or Gumtree. Tickets may not be resold or offered for resale at a premium (including online auction sites) or used for advertising, promotion or other commercial purposes. If a ticket is used in breach of these conditions, it may be cancelled without refund and the bearer of the ticket may be refused admission.
FILMING & PHOTOGRAPHY
Filming or photography by unauthorised personnel is strictly prohibited and doing so will result in the unauthorised person being evicted from the event. The use of smart phone or small handheld cameras is permissible and encouraged.
By entering the Event you agree and consent to filming and photography by approved personnel, the content of which may later be used commercially for adverting, marketing or promotional purposes in Australia and abroad.
STAGE DIVING, CLIMBING & MOSHING
Stage diving, moshing, climbing and crowd surfing is dangerous and strictly prohibited. Any patron in breach of these conditions will likely be ejected from the event.
Dedicated entry lanes and toilets will be available for those in need, please contact the Promoters for more information.
The Promoter reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone or cancel a ticket purchased. If the ticket is cancelled by the Promoter a refund will be given.
Entry to the Event and Venue is at your own risk, and by entering you acknowledge that there may be certain risks by attending the Event, including but not limited to, large crowds, amusement rides and loud music.
The Promoter will not be responsible with any loss or injury associated with attendance to the event, unless in the case of negligence by the Promoter.
The Promoter takes no responsibility for any loss or injury associated with amusement rides operated by a third party contractor at the Event.
Gaining access to back of house and other unauthorised areas is strictly prohibited, and doing so will result in eviction from the event. Access to these areas is restricted for safety reasons, including, but not limited to, machinery movements, storage of dangerous substances and trip hazards.
Some sub-areas within the venue have set capacities (i.e. beer hall marquee), and purchase of your ticket to the Event does not guarantee entry to all of these sub-areas if at capacity.
CODE OF CONDUCT
By entering the Event and Venue, you agree not do the following at the Event, or in and around the Venue.
Cause damage to property, whether it property of the Promoter, Promoters contractor, Event, Venue or another patron attending the Event.
Throw or attempt to throw any projectile, including but not limited to, steins, cans, bottles, coasters, furniture and prizes won at the event.
Use indecent, obscene or offensive language, and/or threatening or violent behaviour towards any other person attending or working at the event.
Smoke in a non-smoking area.
Interfere or obstruct the Promoter or its staff and contractors whilst attempting to undertake their responsibilities, both in emergency and general operational situations.
Breaches of this code of conduct will generally result in the patron being evicted from the Event.
EMERGENCY & EVACUATION
In the case of an emergency situation, the Promoter reserves the right to stop or pause the Event and evacuate the Event and Venue, either temporarily or permanently. For the safety of yourself and others at the event, please co-operate with and follow instructions of the Promoter, event staff and security.
In the event of extreme weather and/or another force majeure event, including but not limited to, an act of God, sabotage, terrorism, national emergency, natural disaster, fire, riot, government intervention, power shortage or equipment breakdown, the Event, or sections within the Event may need to be cancelled, terminated early, delayed or changed at the Promoters discretion. In such a situation, the Promoter makes no promises that your ticket to the Event will enable you to experience any particular advertised part of the event for any particular duration.
In the case of a complete cancellation, the purchaser may be entitled to a complete refund (excluding credit card fees) at the Promoters discretion. If you are entitled to a refund you must cancel the ticketing reseller within 14 days of the cancelled event and proof of purchase will be required for authenticity.
The name ‘Oktoberfest in the West’, associated logo, artwork and other marketing material is the sole property of the Promoter and cannot be used by an external party without prior written consent from the Promoter.
We want to make sure you have a great time so here's some information we think you'll need to know. Please pass this on to the other people you might have bought tickets for!
If we’re lucky it will be a lovely 23oC sunny day like last year. Please bring sunscreen, warmer clothes for the evening e.g. jacket, a hat (we will be selling some great German style hats so don't worry if you forget).
Yes, many people will so have fun!
Getting to Seaworks (www.seaworks.com.au)
The easiest and safest way is train, the Williamstown station is a lovely 5 min walk away. Visit http://seaworks.com.au/contact-us/getting-to-seaworks/ for more info, you'll also see signs from the train station to help you.
Here is a link to train times, they run every 30 mins from the City.
The entrance to Oktoberfest is 82 Nelson Place Williamstown, there is parking on Nelson place and the roads around. Some are 2 hour and further away (cnr Hanmer/Ann Street) near Williamstown Station is all day. There is also metered parking on some streets. Parking inspectors will be out in force so please be careful. If you plan to drink we do advise you not to drive.
If you are getting dropped off or picked up there is a signed area on the corner of Ann Street and Nelson Place, this will help you prevent holding up traffic and is safer whilst you get out of your car.
Getting in to the Event (check FAQ's on our website https://www.oktoberfestwest.com.au/ for more info)
We are committed to getting in you in as fast as we can. When you arrive our security will ask to check your bags. You will be not be able to bring liquids, food (unless for an infant) or drugs of any kind (unless proven prescription) or objects deemed dangerous.
If our security see any dangerous signs of danger in your demeanor (drug or excessive alcohol signs) they have the right to refuse entry.
You will be also be asked for ID if needed. Please bring just in case.
Your tickets will then be scanned, you can provide your tickets on your phone by downloading the Eventbrite App or print off your tickets. Please make sure every person in your group has a ticket especially if they are arriving at different times to you.
At this stage we are not sure if tickets will be available on the door so please encourage friends to buy now.
You will be then given your 470ml high quality plastic souvenir stein. This is the only way you can buy beer and cider on the day. If you lose your stein you can buy a replacement one.
If you're feeling very German you can purchase our special 1 litre Steins!! Champagne and Wine will be served in 200ml plastic wine cups.
Leaving the venue (Pass Outs)
As stated on our website we cannot offer pass outs unless it is an emergency situation. This is a safety and licence requirement as we need to know how many people and who is on site at any time.
We will have plenty of seating and each bench and table seats 8 people so please make sure you share your space with others!
We recommend getting your table as soon as you arrive!
Buying Drinks & Food
All drinks are served in plastic due to regulations and safety. We can't afford for our guests to be injured by glass.
Drinks can only be bought at the bar by using your credit/debit card. We do this to make it a faster transaction. If you have cash we can exchange this for tokens at the entrance and these can be used to buy Beer & Cider drinks.
There is free water available outside via our water fountain, and on the bar. We will also be selling bottled water.
Soft drinks are available to buy from our Food Vendors.
There is coffee vendor on site.
Food vendors will take cash or card but not tokens.
Is not permitted in the venue, there are highly sensitive smoke alarms in the toilets as well. A smoking area will be signed outside the back of Seaworks next to the Dodgem cars.
Drinking & use of Drugs
Our prime focus is on safety and making sure everyone has good time.
We have a very experienced security team who will be monitoring all patrons throughout the day and night.
If they feel you are getting to the stage of having too much to drink our security will speak to you and give you advice on slowing down, drinking some water etc.
Anyone caught with drugs or showing the effects of drugs will be taken from the venue immediately.
Anyone showing aggression or effects of excessive alcohol will also be removed from the venue.
Next door to Seaworks is the local Police station and they will also be monitoring the event.
In Case of an Accident
We have an experienced first aid team on site. Situated near the toilets and bar area inside.
The outside area offers great views over the water to the city. Outside you will find our rides, food vendors and a bar.
As the venue is on the water, access to the pier is restricted and our security has been instructed to monitor this area carefully.
Alcohol can only be consumed in certain spots outside and cannot be taken near the rides.
Leaving the Event
We want to make sure you get home safely so please have a plan to get home.
The event operates until 11pm however the bar will close at 10.30pm.
Our security will usher people through the front entrance. You will not be able to take drinks from the venue.
Once outside you will be encouraged to move to the pick up point (cnr Ann & Nelson Place) or towards the station. We cannot allow people to wait directly outside the venue.
Please consider our neighbours when leaving!
Finally we thank you for participating in Oktoberfest in the West and we look forward to having a great day with you!!
The Oktoberfest team