Oktoberfest: the perfect excuse to celebrate the arrival of autumn and day drink with friends—as if you really needed a reason.
Known for bringing in the fall with bratwurst, dancing, and plenty of brews, Oktoberfest is a treasured, annual German festival.
Interestingly enough, Oktoberfest is actually celebrated in Germany beginning mid to late September, but because the festivities are just too fun, tons of events will carry through the month of October in the city. Here are 10 exciting Oktoberfest celebrations happening this year in NYC:
From authentic German beers to giant pretzels, enjoy all of the wonderful things about Oktoberfest on the waterfront in NYC. Watermark Bar has not only decked out the Pier in Oktoberfest decorations, but their location offers unmatched views of both the Brooklyn and Williamsburg bridges along with the Brooklyn skyline. Make sure to order Watermark’s famous personal 5L Mini-Kegs, perfect for sharing…or not, we don’t judge! Grab your tickets now.
When: Thursday, September 23 – Thursday, October 21
Where: Watermark Bar – Pier 15 NYC
Cruise the Hudson and hike stunning autumnal trails at Bear Mountain State Park at this Oktoberfest-themed experience. Feast on German specials and dance to a live German polka band. Get your tickets and hop aboard!
When: Saturday, September 25th – Sunday, October 31st
Where: Pier 83 Midtown
Try over 150 samples of craft beer featuring tons of New York breweries. Grab all your friends and experience a traditional German celebration of beer paired with live music and interactive games for a full day of fun! Purchase your tickets here.
When: Saturday, October 16th
Where: Tanger Outlets Deer Park
Fill your stomach with all the bratwurst, pretzels, sauerkraut & pulled pork, potato pancakes and beer-braised cabbage you can fit at this outdoor Oktoberfest feast happening at Route 66 Smokehouse. Even better news—hit up the open bar for unlimited beers & wines to drink throughout the event! Secure your spot today.
When: Saturday September 25th
Where: Route 66 Smokehouse
For those primarily looking to drink during this year’s celebration, cross the river to Morgan Street and sip on over 150 styles of craft beer. With eclectic and unique offerings of fermented beer and cider, there’s a match for everyone. Even catch live entertainment while you find your favorite brew. Scoop up your tickets now!
When: Saturday, October 23rd
Where: Harborside’s Morgan Street Lot
6. Drink $5 pints at Clinton Hall
Offering daily beer specials like $5 Radeburger pints, Clinton Hall is hosting an epic Oktoberfest experience. Take part in the many games from a stein hoisting contest to a Who Wore the Best Lederhosen competition. Did we mention the winner receives a $250 Clinton Hall gift card? You won’t want to miss out on all of the excitement!
When: Now – October 3rd
Where: Various Locations
7. Stuff your face with oversized Cacio e Pepe German pretzels
Take advantage of specially priced German beers and insane menu options at Ainslie in Williamsburg like their incredible Cacio e Pepe German pretzels topped with Pecorino Romano cheese alongside even more cheese sauce for dipping! Looking for something a little more private? Host your friends in Ainslie’s private room for an exclusive beer tasting experience.
When: September 27th – Sunday, October 3rd
Where: 76 Ainslie St., New York
8. Listen to authentic live music at Chelsea Market
Five vendors will be joining in the festivities along the 15th St. side of Chelsea Market including Berlin Currywurst, Dickson’s Farmstand Meats, & Mayhem Beer, Creamline, Day Drinks, Zach & Zoë, Doughnuttery, Fat Witch Bakery, & Filaga. Indulge in authentic German beer, Weisswurst with Bavarian mustard, and giant pretzels. Don’t miss live music from The Swedish Meatballs all weekend long.
When: Thursday, September 30th – Sunday, October 3rd
Where: 75 9th Avenue, New York
9. Compete in a stein holding contest at Carroll Place
Thursday, September 30th, Carroll Place will host the ultimate Stein Holding Contest starting at 7pm for a chance to win a $100 bar tab and additional prizes. The festivities will continue through Sunday, October 3rd with nightly Most Authentically Dressed Competitions, encouraging customers to dress their best for the occasion!
When: Wednesday September 29th – Sunday October 3rd
Where: 157 Bleecker Street
10. Relax in a spacious beer garden with limited-edition brews
Munch on Cheddar Bratwurst Bites and wash them down with limited-edition Oktoberfest beer from Catskill Brewery at Creamline’s Beer Garden. Still hungry? Order the Barkaboom Oktoberfest Marzen beer and get free pretzels with warm beer cheese.
When: Tuesday, September 21st – Sunday, October 3rd
Where: 428 W 16th St., New York