We may not be able to enjoy the golden leaves and crisp, cold weather that autumn brings elsewhere, but you don’t have to worry about missing out on one of the season’sbest events.
Oktoberfest began way back in 1810 in Munich, as something more closely resembling an agricultural show and horse race. In the more than 200 years since, it has morphed into the biggest festival in the world, and some 6 million visitors flock to the German capital every year to gorge on schnitzel, sample beverages and experience an authentic slice of German culture.
But you can do that right here in Qatar, too. In fact, we’d be willing to bet that no other Gulf country does Oktoberfest as well as Doha.
So crack out the lederhosen and head to any one of these four venues for a lively evening of Bavarian bands and celebrate the festival the authentic way.
A special themed two-day event with performances from the Oompah live band.
Entry includes a beverage. QR100 (gents), QR65 (ladies after 8.30pm). Oct 13-14, 6pm-9pm. Irish Harp, Sheraton Doha (4485 3000).
Try Bavarian hops and German delicacies while listening to traditional live entertainment by Tschirgant Duo.
Free. Oct 24-28, 5pm-2am. Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha (4419 5000).
One of Doha’s biggest Bavarian festivals, this one features a huge tent with a live band, audience games and a German buffet.
QR265. Over 21 only. Oct 5-7 and 13-14, from 8pm. InterContinental Doha (4484 4919).
The bar will be serving themed snacks and beverages all month to celebrate Oktoberfest.
Prices à la carte. Oct 1-31, daily 5pm-1am. Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha, C Ring Road and Salwa Road intersection (44281555).