Best Oktoberfest events
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.
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.
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.
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.