Oktoberfest NYC 2021 guide

Pull on your lederhosen and celebrate Oktoberfest NYC 2021 with great brews, bratwurst, dancing and live music

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The time has come to raise a beer stein and say prost to Oktoberfest in NYC! The Bavarian celebration's events are among the best in town in September and October, featuring waves of beer and oodles of delicious food. So soak up the suds and a little fall foliage at our favorite beer gardens, compete in feats of strength and enjoy some of fall's finest treats for Oktoberfest, 2021.

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What is Oktoberfest?

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

When is Oktoberfest?

Events run from September through the end of October, 2021.

Why does Oktoberfest start in September?

The first Oktoberfest was held from 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 City at various restaurants, bars and public spaces.

Oktoberfest NYC 2021

The best events for Oktoberfest in NYC
Things to do

The best events for Oktoberfest in NYC

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

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

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Additional tickets for Oktoberfest in Central Park will go on sale

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Buy your tickets now for this Oktoberfest cruise

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