It doesn’t matter whether you are in New York City or call Upstate New York home. You can find a place to celebrate the 2013 Oktoberfest in New York with the 2.2 million other New Yorkers that share German ancestry. And if you aren’t German, who cares? Check out these celebrations of German heritage for good food and good beer.
Steuben Parade – NY, NY – September 21, 2013
The German-American Steuben Parade of New York marches with German-American groups from around the country. Greeting ceremony on Friday. Parade starts at noon and goes from 68th street to 86th Street. The Oktoberfest in Central Park follows the parade. The website says tickets for the Central Park Oktoberfest are sold out but a limited number may be released around September 1st.
Location: Central Park, New York, NY
Zum Schneider Oktoberfest – NY, NY – September 28 – October 13, 2013
This Bavarian indoor biergarten will hold their 13th New York City Oktoberfest in the East Village starting September 28th at noon when the first keg is tapped. 12 imported German beers on tap including 3 Oktoberfest specials. Wiesn Hendl, giant pretzels and gingerbread hearts. Live music and DJ. Free admission.
Location: 107 Avenue C, NYC, NY 10009
Bierhaus Oktoberfest – NY, NY – September 21 – October 31, 2013
Live music Tuesday through Saturday as the Bierhaus NYC celebrates Oktoberfest.
Location: 712 3rd Ave, at 45th Street, New York, NY 10017
NYC Oktoberfest Street Festival on Lexington Avenue – NY, NY – September 29, 2013
Buffalo Central Terminal MINI-fest – September 28, 2013
There is no formal Oktoberfest at Central Terminal this year but they are doing a mini-fest on September 28th and I believe there will be German entertainment for some portion of it.
Hamburg Oktoberfest – Hamburg, NY – September 14, 2013
German beer, wine and food along with live German music, dancing and the German car show.
Location: Lake Street, Hamburg, NY 14075
Club Lorelei Oktoberfest Hamburg, NY – September 15, 2013
Ukranian American Civic Center Oktoberfest – Buffalo, NY – September 28, 2013
This Buffalo Oktoberfest will have bratwurst dinners, German & Slavic beer, and live music. Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door. The information is on their Facebook page.
Location: 205 Military Rd, Buffalo, NY 14207
Falls Street Oktoberfest – Niagara Falls, NY -October 12, 2013
Celebrate at the 4th annual Niagara Falls Oktoberfest on Old Falls Street. Authentic German food, beer and wine along with beer tent, street vendors, live music, German dancers and keg tapping. Family fun zone offers arts & crafts, petting zoo and bounce house for kids. Free admission.
Location: Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls, NY
Knights of Columbus Schuhplatter Oktoberfest – Cheektowaga – October 12, 2013
Live Music by The Auslanders. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door.
Location: 2735 Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY
Oktoberfest NY – Irondequoit, NY – September 12-14 and September 20-21, 2013
Their annual Oktoberfest party celebrates 26 years at Camp Eastman along Lake Ontario with two weekends of live music and special children’s activities. Tickets are $8. Children under six are free when accompanied by adult.
Location: Camp Eastman, 1558 Lake Shore Blvd., Irondequoit, NY
Great Syracuse Oktoberfest – Syracuse, New York – October 6, 2013
The 53rd year for this Central New York Oktoberfest. German food, entertainment and tents from the German American Society of Central New York.
Location: Long Branch Park, Liverpool, NY
Baldwinsville Oktoberfest – Baldwinsville, NY – September 13-14, 2013
Oktoberfest and 5K family run/walk with German food, live music and dancing. Admission: Adults are $3, children 6-12 years old are $2.
Location: Baldwin Canal Square
Most Holy Rosary Oktoberfest – Maine, NY – October 4-6, 2013
Food, live music, casino tent and children’s games.
Location: 2596 Main St., Maine N.Y.
Adirondack Brewery Oktoberfest – Lake George, NY – October 19, 2013
7th annual Oktoberfest with Authentic German food, live German music and micro-brew tasting samples from 12 regional breweries from 1-5 PM. Oktoberfest costumes welcome! All inclusive tickets are $30 in advance. 100% of proceeds are donated to Family Service Association of Glen Falls.
Location: 33 Canada Street, Lake George, NY 12845
Mountain Brauhaus Oktoberfest – Round Top, NY – September 28, 2013
This authentic Bavarian Beer Hall will have a German band, the Mountain Brauhaus Schuhplatter Verein, German food, beer and wine for the Crystal Brook Resort Oktoberfest.
Location: 430 Winter Clove Rd, Round Top, NY 12473
Hague Oktoberfest – Hague, NY – September 20-22, 2013
Friday Night Family Tent Dance offers live music, beer tent and festival food. $2 admission or $5 for the whole family. Saturday is Oktoberfest with seasonal beer from Adirondack Brewery, live music from Fritz’s Polka Band, kids activities, German food, keg toss & Miss Oktoberfest relay.
Location: Hague Town Park
Brooktoberfest – Saratoga County, NY – September 28, 2013
Local food, silent auction and family fun under the big tents at Brookside Museum with the Saratoga County Historical Society.
Location: 6 Charlton Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Oktoberfest Block Party - Albany, NY – October 5, 2013
Wolff’s Biergarten is holding an annual Oktoberfest with beer, food, live music, costumes, contests, wiener dog races and other activities.
Location: North Broadway, Albany NY
Hunter Mountain Oktoberfest – Hunter, NY – October 5-6 and 12-13, 2013
Two weekends of Oktoberfest fun with German-American music and local bands.
Location: 64 Klein Ave, Hunter, NY 12442
Whiteface Oktoberfest – Wilmington, NY – October 5-6, 2013
Authentic German music, dancing, beer and food along with complimentary rides for kids and adults, crafts and discounted gondola trips to the summit of Little Whiteface.
Location: 2634 Main St. Lake Placid, NY 12946
Bear Mountain Oktoberfest – Bear Mountain, NY – September 14 – October 27, 2013
The popular Bear Mountain Oktoberfest returns in 2013 every Saturday & Sunday from September 14th to October 27th, 2013 plus Columbus Day. Live entertainment, German food and beer for those looking for a day trip out of New York City. Free admission but $8 parking per vehicle.
Location: 55 Hessian Drive Bear Mountain, New York 10911
Oktobeerfest NY – Malta, NY – September 28, 2013
27 different German and seasonal craft beers with food, live music and fall foliage from 1-7:30 PM. General admission tickets are $10.
Location: Saratoga County Fairgrounds, 162 Prospect St, Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Village of Williamsville Oktoberfest – Williamsville, NY – September 27-28, 2013
Springville Oktoberfest – Springville, NY – September 21, 2013
The 8th Annual Oktoberfest will run from 2-10 PM with live music, German food, European car show, hot dog eating contest, best apfel dessert contest and Best German Dress contest.
Location: Springville Firemen’s Park on Waverly Street
Saint Boniface Oktoberfest – Sea Cliff, NY – October 5, 2013
German food, beer, live German band and Bavarian dancers. Traditional beer garden style with long tables and open seating. Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for children under 12.
Reichenbach Hall – New York City, NY – September 21 to October 31, 2013
This German Beer Hall in New York City is celebrating Oktoberfest with German food, beer and Oompah DJ.
Location: 5 West 37th Street (Midtown Manhattan)
Blaue Gans – Tribeca, NYC – September 20 – October 5, 2013
Kurt Gutenbrunner’s restaurant serving Austro-German food in the heart of Tribeca is celebrating Oktoberfest with a special menu and Friday happy hours from September 20th to October 5th.
Location: 139 Duane St New York, NY 10013
Town Dock Tavern – Rye, NY
They have a special German menu and German beer for Oktoberfest. We’re not sure when this promotion ends so be sure to check with them!
Cheektowaga German Heritage Festival – Cheektowaga, NY – Aug 31 & Sept 1, 2013
Spring Garden Schlachtfest – East Aurora, NY – September 8, 2013
Oktoberfest NYC – NY, NY
The website for this New York City Oktoberfest hasn’t been updated since its inaugural event 2012. No activity on the Facebook page or Twitter either as of 9/10/2013.
Location: 1 Penn Plaza, New York, NY
Das Best Oktoberfest – New York, NY
They have updated their Maryland events but no word on their website about the NYC Oktoberfest as of 9/10/2013.
A Room To Heal Oktoberfest fundraiser – Vestal, NY
They have held an Oktoberfest fundraiser for the past two years but there is currently no information about it in 2013 on their website (as of 9/10/2013)
Location: Traditions at the Glen Resort, 4101 Watson Blvd Johnson City NY 13790
Some of these Oktoberfest parties might be smaller than in Munich. Try this list of the largest Oktoberfests in the United States for the most popular and attended celebrations of German heritage. You should also check the lists of nearby states that also celebrate Oktoberfest: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Vermont.
Whether you have found a festival to enjoy or you will be celebrating from home, Funtober has some other resources that will help you prepare for Oktoberfest. Read about the history of Oktoberfest. Learn about Oktoberfest beer. Find the words to Oktoberfest music. Plan your Oktoberfest outfit. And try cooking some of these Oktoberfest recipes.
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