Beer, brats and music – that’s the recipe for a successful Oktoberfest party! If you haven’t started planning, there’s no time to waste; it may be called Oktoberfest, but the celebration actually takes place during the last two weeks of September. Have no fear; GigMasters is here to help you get going.

Our German may be a little rusty, but our party planning skills are right on target! As with any event, the first task to tackle is finding a venue. Since Oktoberfest is a celebration of autumn, look no further than your own backyard. Guests will love a chance to enjoy the beautiful fall scenery. We know the weather doesn’t always cooperate, so you might want to consider renting a few tents just in case.

Want an even more authentic festival-style celebration? Plan with your neighbors and turn the bash into a block party! It’s no secret that good beer and great food are awesome conversation starters. Encourage party goers to show up in their finest German attire, like the members of the Schwarze Schafe German Band pictured above.

Speaking of band…no Oktoberfest party would be complete without one! Book a traditional German band, polka band or even an accordion player for the most authentic sounds. If you would rather stick with a contemporary band, don’t worry- just ask if they can incorporate a few German tunes using our Oktoberfest song list.

Last, but certainly not least, is the delicious menu! Beers are typically the star of this show, so stock up on a variety of German brews. If the party isn’t B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Boot), consider buying some plastic beer boots for guests to gulp from! Tasty food is important too, so include easy treats like bratwurst, pretzels and German potato salad. Sweet and sour cabbage and German chocolate cake are also authentic festival favorites.

Now is the time to dust off those clogs and break out the lederhosen – start planning your party here!