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The 10 best Oktoberfest events in NYC this year

Raise a stein and say ‘Prost!’ to German food and drinks this September and October!

Amber Sutherland-Namako
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Amber Sutherland-Namako
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Contrary to its moniker, Oktoberfest, the annual autumnal celebration anchored in Munich, Germany, with satellite festivities all over the globe, kicks off in September. Lucky for you, New York City hosts some of the best boozy, musical sausage fests in the world. This year’s events include weeks-long waterside parties, backyard blowouts and brewery bashes—all with plenty of German (and local!) beer to start your fall eating and drinking plans out right.

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Best Oktoberfest events

  • Bars
  • Beer bars
  • Fort Greene
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Both of Black Forest’s Brooklyn locations are hosting Oktoberfest fêtes until Sunday, October 10. Head to the backyard in Cobble Hill or the sidewalk seats in Fort Greene for beer, oompah bands, costume contests, food and feats of strength. Tickets start at $15 for entry, and you can add on a family-style “Oktober-feast” for $35 and three hours of unlimited beer for $45. 

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Italian-style Oktoberfest at Ainslie
  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Williamsburg

From Monday, September 27 through Sunday, October 3, Williamsburg’s Ainslie will celebrate Oktoberfest by way of Festa d'Ottobre. Pair German beers with giant cacio e pepe pretzels covered in pecorino Romano, with even more cheesy dip on the side.

  • Shopping
  • Specialist food and drink
  • Upper East Side

Beginning Friday, September 17 and running through the end of October, this Upper East Side butcher shop will transform the backyard beyond its sausage bar into a beer garden. Expect jumbo pretzels with spicy cheese, sausage platters and charcuterie boards to pair with Oktoberfest brews in an outdoor ode to Munich.

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  • Shopping
  • Shopping centers
  • Chelsea
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For multiple Oktoberfest offerings all under one roof, Chelsea Market is the spot to be from Thursday, September 30 through Sunday, October 3. Vendors like Berlin Currywurst, Mayhem Beer, Creamline and Dickson’s Farmstead Meats will peddle German street food, pretzels, sausage, beer and a few novel takes on the classics and the Swedish Meatballs band will provide the tunes.  

  • Bars
  • Lounges
  • Meatpacking District
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German-inspired all year long, September and October are especially festive at The Standard Biergarten. Walk right into the ground-level space for Oktoberfest vibes every night from September 28 through October 31. Servers will be dressed in lederhosen and dirndls and the space will be festooned with Germanic details. Visiting breweries will pop-up in the weeks to come, including Von Trapp Brewing, which kicks things off on 9/28 with wooden kegs, giveaways and a screening of The Sound of Music.

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Radegast Hall Oktoberfest
  • Restaurants

One of Brooklyn’s favorite beer halls since 2007, Radegast has also become a top destination for Oktoberfest fêtes in Williamsburg. This year’s celebration will include waves of German suds, the best wursts in the area all hot off the grill and several nights of live music at communal tables throughout Radegast’s sprawling barrooms. 

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