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Photograph: Courtesy Radegast Hall & Biergarten

The best events for Oktoberfest in NYC

Here’s where to drink beer and feast on delicious German grub during the annual festival

By Lea Ceasrine, Jennifer Picht and Collier Sutter

Contrary to popular belief, Oktoberfest in NYC isn’t just about the beer. There are is 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 October, so don't miss out.

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Best Oktoberfest events

1. Watermark Oktoberfest

Things to do

Escape to Munich without ever leaving NYC thanks to Watermark’s annual Oktoberfest extravaganza on Pier 15. This year is on a slightly smaller scale, offering a socially distanced party in the 3,500-square-foot-venue. This year a new “mini keg” will be on the menu, giving diners five liters filled to the brim with Hofbrau, Weihenstephan or Radeberger beer German beer right at their table. Of course, while you're slugging back steins, you can gorge on German cuisine such as brats and pretzels while taking in views along the East River. While the event is free, tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 


2. Radegast Hall & Biergarten Oktoberfest


While this infamous Brooklyn beer tavern's Oktoberfest celebrations will look a little different this year, you can still partake in celebration, like sipping down steins from their five lines of Oktoberfest German beers. You can order bratwurst and kraut from Radegast at anytime (we see you, grill man) but this month you can fill your stomach with hearty dishes off their special Oktoberfest themed menu like goulash too.


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