As more and more beer festivals offer activities and playgrounds for children, we asked international beer drinkers which festivals are the most family-friendly. *
The Wandsworth Common Beer Festival in London
Find over 100 obscure beers at this London beer festival
For a festival named after a relatively small borough in London, the Wandsworth Common Beer Festival organisers have big, big plans. The festival has over 100 obscure beers, 30 ciders, a bursting live music line-up and food stalls for days, but they’re also looking to attract families by the hundreds.
To this end, under-18s are given free entry to the festival (although don’t worry, no free samples) to the festival and child-focused activities run throughout the day. And this extends to the accommodation as well, with the nearby Brewers Inn offering both an impressive selection of ales and family rooms.
Počernické Pivobraní in Prague
You'll find plenty to keep the kids entertained at Počernické Pivobraní
Every September the usually quiet Pocernice Park in Prague erupts into life as the Počernické Pivobraní beer festival comes to town. The festival showcases the small Počernický Pivovar brewery and organisers make sure that the whole family is welcome by including live music and food stands among the free beer samples and a beer-themed flea market.
The festival is based in the Prague 09 district and families will love the pizza restaurant at the nearby Pension U Hastrmana.
Oktoberfest in Munich
Many German school organise school trips to Oktoberfest
The original beer festival, Munich’s Oktoberfest has a hedonistic reputation but it’s also surprisingly family-friendly, with many German schools organising school trips during the festival’s 16-day run.
The festival includes a fairground – with rides for children of all ages – and multiple food stalls with chocolate-dipped fruit skewers, giant pretzels, doughnuts, chips and, of course, schnitzel. Families planning to stay near to the festival site will love the fun Arthotel Munich, with its giant pop art murals and big family rooms.
Oktoberfest in Berlin
A beer festival with a carnival atmosphere in Berlin
The lesser-known younger sister of Munich’s Oktoberfest, Berlin’s Oktoberfest is based at Kurt-Schumacher-Damm, the festival has a carnival atmosphere, with traditional Bavarian decorations and costumes mixing with the live bands and fairground rides. Make sure your kids get a bit of culture over the weekend as well, and stay a few minutes’ walk from Berlin’s Museum Island at the Badstraße Apartments.
The Big Grill Festival in Dublin
Live music, a kids' area, eating competitions, oh, and quite a lot of beer
It may not sound like a beer festival but the organisers of the Big Grill Festival in Dublin know how vital a bottle of something dark and malty or pale and pleasing is for a good barbecue.
Which is why you’ll find a beer selection to rival most beer festivals at the Big Grills, alongside live music, eating competitions, BBQ demonstrations and a kids’ area. Only a 10-minute walk from Herbert Park (where the festival is based) the Roxford Lodge Hotel is one of the highest-rated hotels in the city among families.
Wiener Wiesn Festival in Vienna
The whole family is welcome at the Wiener Wiesn Festival
Austria’s biggest folk music festival (with over 700 hours of live music) is also one of the country’s biggest beer festivals, offering plenty of brews and traditional Austrian food to match the entertainment and jolly atmosphere.
And as it’s based next to the Wiener Riesenrad – a 65 metre-high ferris wheel that was built in 1897 and is still one of Vienna’s most popular tourist sights – the Wiener Wiesn Festival is very family-friendly. The Vienna Prater Apartment is within walking distance of the festival and is rated 9.1 out of 10 for families with young children.
** The data scientists at Booking.com searched for destinations endorsed for Beer by families.