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Oktoberfest NYC 2016 guide

Calling all beer, polka and German culture enthusiasts! Get pumped for Oktoberfest NYC 2016, including great brews, bratwurst, dancing and live music.

Photograph: Courtesy Watermark

Strap on those lederhosen—really, people will be wearing them—and raise a mammoth, beer-filled stein to Oktoberfest NYC 2016. The Bavarian celebration is one of the best NYC events in September, featuring some of the best new beers in NYC as well as traditional favorites and delicious food. Take in the beautiful fall foliage while guzzling brews at some of the best beer gardens and beer halls in New York, not to mention more celebrations taking places at NYC parks, like Central Park. Prost!

What is Oktoberfest?

This traditional and autumnal festival, which originated in Germany, is celebrated all over the United States by drinking copious amounts of beer, sporting lederhosen, munching on pretzels, and doing some polka dancing and merrymaking.

When is Oktoberfest?

The official dates for this Bavarian festival are Saturday, September 17, 2016 through Monday, October 3, 2016.

Why is Oktoberfest in September?

The first Oktoberfest was held on October 12–17 in 1810 to honor the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Supposedly, the celebration date was changed to the third week in September in the U.S. due to cold-weather concerns.

Where is Oktoberfest?

Oktoberfest celebrations take place in all five boroughs in New York at various public spaces and beer gardens. The largest events include Oktoberfest in Central Park (Sept 17), Munich on the East River (Sept 23) and Watermark’s Oktoberfest (Sept 17).

Oktoberfest NYC 2016

A giant Oktoberfest celebration is happening under the Manhattan bridge
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A giant Oktoberfest celebration is happening under the Manhattan bridge

This is the only German-themed party underneath the Manhattan Bridge Archway!

The best events for Oktoberfest in NYC
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The best events for Oktoberfest in NYC

Here’s where to drink beer, dance Oompah and feast on the best German grub during the annual international festival

The best Oktoberfest songs of all time
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The best Oktoberfest songs of all time

For the best Oktoberfest songs, look no further than these folk songs, rock anthems, oompah faves and singalong classics

Additional tickets for Oktoberfest in Central Park will go on sale
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Additional tickets for Oktoberfest in Central Park will go on sale

Find out how to get tickets for the main event in Central Park

Buy your tickets now for this Oktoberfest cruise
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Buy your tickets now for this Oktoberfest cruise

There’s a plethora of Oktoberfest events in NYC to choose from but this party cruise is perhaps the most unique

Archive Oktoberfest NYC coverage

5 awesome ways to kick off Oktoberfest in New York this weekend
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5 awesome ways to kick off Oktoberfest in New York this weekend

Oktoberfest NYC at One Penn Plaza (SLIDE SHOW)
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Oktoberfest NYC at One Penn Plaza (SLIDE SHOW)

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3 comments
Jenifer L
Jenifer L

Nice post. I want to suggest Oktoberfest 2016 Munich tours in which you can get -

  • Guides to take you to the Oktoberfest beer halls via public transport
  • A fun, party atmosphere with an international vibe

Caesar M
Caesar M

That's funny I just came from a local bar/restaurant and they put down Oktoberfest as starting a little later; roughly after Oct. 5th (the date you say it will end) & going until Oct. 25th, the weekend before Halloween.