The best events for Oktoberfest in NYC

Here’s where to drink beer, dance Oompah and feast on delicious German grub during the annual festival
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By Lea Ceasrine and Jennifer Picht |

Contrary to popular belief, Oktoberfest in NYC isn’t just about the beer. There are mug-holding competitions, traditional Oompah dancing and plenty of places to feast on authentic German cuisine. While the weather is still breezy and bearable, hit some of the city’s best beer gardens and boat parties for three smashing weekends of fun. 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


Loreley's Annual Oktoberfest Season

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The biergarten kicks off festivities with a ceremonial keg tapping. Loreley keeps the party going all month with Bavarian suds like Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier, as well as 12 kinds of sausages served that the Sausage Fest in October. Rounding out the revelry are beer tastings led by brewmaster Rudi Eilers, a pig roast and a free Halloween bash where you can drink pumpkin beer from mini pumpkin kegs.

Bear Mountain State Park fall foliage cruise
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Things to do

Bear Mountain Full-Day Cruise

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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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