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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 |

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

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. 



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.


Bear Mountain State Park fall foliage cruise
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Things to do

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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