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The best events for Oktoberfest in NYC

Here’s where to drink beer, listen to live Oompah jams and feast on delicious German grub during the annual festival

Photograph: Courtesy Radegast Hall & Biergarten
By Lea Ceasrine, Jennifer Picht and Collier Sutter |
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Contrary to popular belief, Oktoberfest in NYC isn’t just about the beer. There are mug-holding competitions, live Oompah music and plenty of places to feast on authentic German cuisine. While the weather is still nice enough for related outdoor activities, hit some of the city’s best beer gardens and always plan out things to do this weekend for smashing weekends to look forward to. This celebration fo German culture is certainly one of the best things to do in fall, so don't miss out.

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Best Oktoberfest events

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Munich on the East River

icon-location-pin Zum Schneider Oktoberfest Tent, Midtown
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Bavarian bier haus Zum Schneider brings Oktoberfest to the East River, where a German-speaking staff—outfitted in lederhosen—serves liter steins of Oktoberfest suds while a slew of snack stands hawk cotton candy, gingerbread and brezel. There will be live music provided by Mösl Franzi and the JaJaJa's as well as special guests throughout the event. DJ Volka Racho will keep the haus rocking between sets. 

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Oktoberfest Under the Archway
Photographer: Noemie Wurtz
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Oktoberfest Under the Archway

icon-location-pin The Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge, DUMBO
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Break out the lederhosen and put on your dancing shoes, Oktoberfest is returning to the Dumbo Archway for the fourth straight year. Put on by the Dumbo Business Improvement District, this party has everything from polka bands to pretzels to a virtual apple picking photo experience. They've even partnered with Sixpoint Brewery to have their very own Heffe-Weisse, #DumboWeisse, served in limited-edition beer steins.

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Radegast Hall & Biergarten

Radegast Hall & Biergarten Oktoberfest

This Brooklyn beer tavern kick-starts the Oktoberfest celebrations with a pig roast, live music from polka bands and a DJ on Saturdays, mug-holding competitions and celebratory keg tappings every weekend through October 5. You can order bratwurst and kraut from Radegast at anytime (we see you, grill man), but there will be a special Oktoberfest themed menu also available. 

 

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Watermark Oktoberfest

Escape to Munich without ever leaving NYC thanks to Watermark’s annual Oktoberfest extravaganza on Pier 15. You’ll get a killer arm workout while carrying one-liter steins filled to the brim with Hofbrau, Weihenstephan or Radeberger beer (and that means you won’t have to feel too guilty about gorging on German cuisine such as brats and pretzels). While you’re munching and getting tipsy, enjoy amazing views of the Brooklyn and Williamsburg Bridges. Make sure to reserve your spot before you go. 

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Grand Street Oktoberfest

icon-location-pin Hester Street Fair,
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If you find yourself celebrating Oktoberfest down on the Lower East Side this year, head to Seward Park where neighborhood spots like Kossar’s, Randall’s Barbecue, VinVero, Doughnut Plant and La Flaca will have food and beer or wine stalls set up for a community Oktoberfest. event with bites from each. Trader Joe's will be setting up free activities for kiddos too.

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Loreley

Loreley's Annual Oktoberfest Season

The biergarten kicks off festivities with a ceremonial keg tapping. Loreley Beer Garden keeps the party going all month with Bavarian suds like Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier, loads of specialty sausages and a free Halloween bash at the end of October. Don't miss the free pig roast and das boot party at 3 pm on Sunday September 22, plus more events to devour pretzels and beer all month long.

 

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Bear Mountain State Park fall foliage cruise
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Bear Mountain Full-Day Cruise

Take a leisurely cruise up the Hudson River to gorgeous Bear Mountain State Park. After a 2.5-hour cruise, you'll have three hours to explore the park's natural beauty, abundant hiking trails and zoo. On the way back, join the onboard Oktoberfest complete with craft beer, German food and live music.

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