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A keg tapping at Loreley Beer Garden.
Photograph: Courtesy of Loreley Beer Garden | Oktoberfest? More like Oktobeerfest.

The 8 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
Rossilynne Skena Culgan
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Amber Sutherland-Namako
Rossilynne Skena Culgan

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 and brewery bashes—all with plenty of German (and local!) beer to start your fall eating and drinking plans out right.

Though some of the festivities have already wrapped up by this point, there are still a bunch of fun ways to celebrate the season. Here's where to keep the party going in October.

RECOMMENDED: Oktoberfest NYC 2022 guide

Best Oktoberfest events

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  • Cocktail bars
  • Financial District
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Get autumnal near the water with skyline views at Watermark Bar on Pier 15. Watermark’s OktoberFest features steins of German beer, of course, with 1/2 liters available for $10 and if you buy two then you can fill a liter for $15. Also don't miss the brats and the supersized pretzels synonymous with the season in NYC, all in the open air from now through October 31. Lederhosen are encouraged and reservations are recommended.
  • Restaurants
  • Austrian
  • Lower East Side
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What’s better than drinking a pumpkin beer at a biergarten modeled after a classic German pub? Drinking that pumpkin beer out of a pumpkin-shaped keg. 

Loreley Beer Garden’s Oktoberfest season celebration runs from Thursday, September 15–Sunday, October 16 with free beer keg tappings and pig roasts tastings every weekend. Plus, you can expect pretzel, sausage and beer specials every day. The pumpkin kegs return on Friday, September 23 with pumpkin beer, pumpkin spice cocktails, and cold brew.

Also look for Loreley Oktoberfest, an Amber Märzen brewed in collaboration with Torch & Crown Brewing. 

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  • Beer bars
  • Fort Greene
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Both of Black Forest’s Brooklyn locations are hosting Oktoberfest fêtes on Fridays and Saturdays from Saturday, September 17 until Saturday, October 15.

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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