Although Germany might get most of the credit for the world’s best beer festivals, Europe has a lot more beer and wine festivals on offer that aren’t as packed as Oktoberfest. These beer fests are much more suited to families, meaning you can combine your love for sipping beer in the sun with your quality time with your family.
Altausseer Bierzelt, Austria
Complete with dirndls and lederhosen, this small and intimate version of Oktoberfest is, perhaps surprisingly, perfect for families. The festival is a three day event on the first weekend of September. Held in the friendly and sleepy hamlet of Altaussee, it gives you the opportunity to experience a very local equivalent of Oktoberfest surrounded by beautiful nature. What’s more, there’s plenty of other attractions in the area, from the huge lakes to the surrounding spas. Stay in one of our holiday parks in Styria and enjoy a relaxing family break characterised by Austrian traditions, delicious beer and stunning surroundings.
PINT Bokbier Festival, Holland
Bokbier is a delicious and strong dark beer which is usually brewed in the Autumn and drunk in the Spring. Each year since 1978 in Amsterdam, PINT have held a festival celebrating the wonders of this seasonal beer for crowds of up to 12,000. With over 100 different bok varieties on tap, it’s an absolute must for beer lovers and party lovers alike. You can also expect live music and tasty snacks. This year, the festival is on the last weekend of October. Book a stay in a holiday park near Amsterdam and enjoy the delights of the beautiful Dutch nature and the vibrant city centre.
Bruges Beer Festival, Belgium
Belgium is of course home to some of the best beers in the world. From the Trappist beers of the famous old breweries to the more modern microbreweries, good beer is an essential part of Belgium’s identity. For many beer lovers, a trip to Belgium is a pilgrimage of sorts. Bruges Beer Festival is held earlier in the year, usually in February. Besides the fact that you can spend your day wondering the medieval and mystical streets of Bruges, you can also taste some of Belgium’s best beer, fries and waffles. What’s not to love! Stay in a beautiful holiday cottage near Bruges and enjoy a wonderful holiday.
Cannstatter Volksfest, Germany
While this ‘folk festival’ is not, strictly speaking, a beer festival, many people consider it the second biggest beer festival after Oktoberfest. It opens in the last week of September with the traditional keg tapping ceremony and goes on for three weeks. Located in Stuttgart, there are plenty of attractions to explore, include fairground rides, traditional markets, a parade and fireworks. There’s even a miniature Alpine Village and a French Village. Stay in one of our holiday parks near Stuttgart and enjoy a few days of traditional German beer festival during your holiday in Germany.
North Sea Beer Festival, Belgium
North Sea Beer Festival in Ostend, Belgium, is the perfect opportunity to combine a beer holiday with a beach holiday! It takes place on the 28, 29 and 30 of August and is a family-friendly festival characterised by beach, beer and delicious Belgian food. It’s a relatively new festival, so you won’t find it overrun with tourists like Oktoberfest. Ostend boasts long stretched of sandy beach, refreshing North Sea dips and beautiful holiday cottages. Enjoy your stay in Park Merlo and make the most of the North Sea Beer Festival!