Fun outdoor beer garden event ideas

A beer garden is a great asset at any time, but especially during 2020, when keeping COVID-secure means encouraging customers to space further apart and avoid enclosed areas with poor ventilation.

At the same time, there is a growing appetite for entertainment. Some attempts to create COVID-secure drive-in festivals have been unable to go ahead – but pubs that have reopened for business are in a perfect place to fill that gap.

Here are four fun outdoor beer garden event ideas to help you maximise your revenues and keep your regulars entertained throughout the summer months and beyond.

1. Karaoke Night

Pipe your pub jukebox through your outdoor speakers and set up a beer garden karaoke night by having your punters sing along with their favourite tunes.

Sound Leisure VenueHub digital jukeboxes come complete with a microphone jack and a karaoke mode that mixes the audio from the microphone with the song that’s playing, allowing you to turn your pub jukebox into a karaoke machine in seconds.

2. Pub Quiz or Bingo

VenueHub jukeboxes also have built-in pub quiz and bingo modes with professionally recorded audio, so again, you can host entertainment at the drop of a hat.

Just make sure your jukebox audio can be heard through your outdoor speakers, if you want to hold beer garden bingo or open-air quizzing.

3. Open-Air Art Exhibitions

More and more independent venues feature works by local artists as a way to regularly change their decor and give the artist a showcase to boost their sales.

An outdoor art exhibition could be a good option for your beer garden, with work displayed spaced out around the edge and available for customers to buy and take home.

Keep delicate artworks in display cases or undercover, and be ready to move them indoors if heavy weather sets in.

4. Fresh Air Festivals

A full-scale festival might be ambitious for the typical beer garden, but you could invite a local solo artist to perform an acoustic set to a socially distanced audience.

Again, if you have a pub jukebox with speakers throughout your premises, you might simply need to plug into the microphone jack for an instant fresh air festival that can be heard at the bar too – the best of both worlds so your punters don’t miss out while they’re buying a beer.

At Manco Automatics we continue to offer diverse entertainment for your pub, including fruit machines, jukeboxes and pub pool tables. Contact us by calling 0161 870 7777 or send us an email at for more information.

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