It is unlikely that the Saitama Beer Festa will be on in 2021. The event was cancelled in 2020. Moreover, during the period of coronavirus events with alcohol have been strongly discouraged by the Prefectural Government. In a “normal” year, this event is generally held from the end of September to early October.
Saitama Beer Festa 2019 (previously called Saitama Oktoberfest) from Friday September 27th to Sunday October 6th at Kanezuka Park, Omiya Station West Exit.
There are over 30 varieties of beer and over 50 types of food (mainly German) including wurst and pretzels, available at the festival. There are also soft drinks, including the trending tapioca lattes, and sweets / deserts. Several live stage performances are also lined up.
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Access Saitama Beer Festa
The beer festival takes place in Kanezuka park which is a two minute walk from the West exit of JR and Tobu Omiya Station. For anyone coming to Saitama for the Rugby World Cup matches in Kumagaya stadium, Omiya station can be reached from Kumagaya station on the JR Takasaki line. It takes between 30 and 38 minutes. If you have a JR pass or want to pay to use the bullet train, it takes only 13 minutes on the shinkansen.
Saitama Beer Festa organizers request that you do not drive to the festival. Even if you aren’t planning to drink alcohol, there is no parking at the site for this event.
In the area:
Multipurpose Omiya Park and Saitama Prefectural Museum of History and Folklore.
The very excellent Omiya Railway Station worth a visit even if you aren’t that into trains.
For people with small kids (preschoolers), Kidzooona (yes it has 3 “o”s) is well worth a visit too.
Posted on August 21st 2019, information was up to date and accurate to the best of my knowledge at the time of publishing. Please note, that like all events, there maybe changes made closer to the time. Also, if there is a typhoon or other unforeseen circumstances, there is a chance this event will be postponed, shortened or even cancelled.