Are you ready to enjoy good German beer and cuisine? In September and October 2021, there will be a number of places to enjoy Oktoberfest in Massachusetts. Unsurprisingly, many of these fall German festivals are centered around Boston. If you are looking for a good Boston Oktoberfest, look no further than the Samuel Adams brewery, home to one of America’s most popular Octoberfest beers.
At this point we have checked for 2020 dates on all events. Some websites were still holding off on releasing a date, whereas other websites had not been updated at all for this year.
All events showing 2020 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here, due to COVID-19. We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!
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Cambridge 5k Oktoberfest - Cambridge, MA - Oct 7, 2018
German themed 5K road race that starts at 9:30 AM followed by an Oktoberfest sponsored by Cambridge Brewing. Registration includes race shirt plus food and beverages at the after-party. The event benefits the Cambridge Family & Children’s Services. Location:1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA
Newburyport Oktoberfest - Newburyport, MA - Oct 13, 2018
Oktoberfest at First Parish Canton - Canton, MA - Oct 20, 2018
First Parish Unitarian Universalist, Canton, will once again hold its annual Oktoberfest, featuring live music, sing-alongs, dancing, the unique Stumpf Fiddle contest, and all the German food you care to eat. So come help celebrate the harvest season in traditional German style – get out your Lederhosen and Dirndls and come have a great time!
Oktoberfest at Olde Magoun’s Saloon - Somerville, MA - Sep 4 to Sep 28, 2019
A month of Oktoberfest specials leading up to an all-day Oktoberfest starting with the Bayern Munich match at 9:30am, German food served from noon, ceremonial keg tapping of Paulaner Weisn tapped at 12:30, and music from noon to 8.
Notch & Karl’s Oktoberfest - Salem, MA - Sep 14, 2019
Hosted by Notch Brewing and Karl’s Sausage Kitchen. Liter pours, German food, Bavarian music, and more!
Funktoberfest - Hyannis, MA - Sep 21, 2019
German food, Cape Cod Beer and Oktoberfest Challenges at this family friendly event. Competitions include the CornHole Toss, Growler holding, hop counting and others. Free admission.
Night Shift Oktoberfest - Everett, MA - Sep 21, 2019
Prost to lagers, pretzels, and all things fall. Night Shift Brewing is offering up new beer releases, Oktoberfest flights, German food and music, stein hoisting competition and more.
Oktoberfest at DBco - Dorchester, MA - Sep 21, 2019
Kick off Oktoberfest with fresh Oktoberfest beers in traditional German liter steins, traditional food, live German band and more!
German American Business Council of Boston Oktoberfest! - Boston, MA - Sep 25, 2019
Celebrate this year’s Oktoberfest at Democracy Brewery, a cool new brewery reminiscent of a German-style beerhall right in the heart of Downtown Boston. They’ll have their own private room, Democracy Brewing’s beer will be flowing and they’ll will have German-style food to accompany the festivities!
Ipswich Ale Oktoberfest - Ipswich, MA - Sep 28 to Aug 28, 2019
Held at the Brewer’s Table at Ipswich Ale, with a pay-as-you-go Oktoberfest, with their Chucktoberfest and more on tap, German food, live music, and stein-hoisting competition.
NB Oktoberfest - New Bedford, MA - Oct 5, 2019
It’s a local fundraiser sponsored by the South Coast Business Alliance, featuring local, seasonal craft brews and live music. It runs from 3:00 pm to 12:00 am. Almost 50 total brews including 35 regional beers, sangria, cider & gluten free beer as well. Location: Pier 3, New Bedford
Oktoberfest in Harvard Square - Cambridge, MA - Oct 13, 2019
Annual Oktoberfest attended by 200,000 includes legendary HONK parade, Sam Adams Beer Garden, 50+ international food vendors, multiple stages of live entertainment and sidewalk vendors along with family friendly
Duxbury Oktoberfest - Duxbury, MA - Oct 19, 2019
Participants will enjoy beers provided by local craft brewers, including special fall seasonal releases, plus German red and white wines. They’ll serve up a dinner of hearty, traditional, Bavarian fare, and celebrate the season dancing to lively music! Join in the fun and enter contests for the Best Dirndl and Lederhosen costumes, hefty stein-holding, and yodeling!
BSV Oktoberfest - Walpole, MA - Sep 12 to Sep 13, 2020
Several thousand attend this two day Oktoberfest with German food, beer, games and even a full-contact medieval fighting exhibition. Location: 8 County St, Walpole, MA 02081
Harpoon Octoberfest - Boston, MA - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2020
Octoberfest has been going strong in fall at Harpoon in Boston for more than two decades. It includes Harpoon beer, German food, Oompah bands, chicken dancing, keg bowling game, and German chocolate cake-eating contest. Location: 306 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210
Harpoon Oktoberfest Boston - Boston, MA - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2020
Oktoberfest has been going strong in fall at Harpoon in Boston for more than two decades. It includes Harpoon beer, German food, Oompah bands, chicken dancing, keg bowling game, and German chocolate cake-eating contest. Location: 306 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210.
Mashpee Oktoberfest - Mashpee, MA - Oct 3, 2020
Annual Oktoberfest held at Mashpee Commons and hosted by the city’s recreation department.
Oktoberfest Amherst - Hadley, MA - Oct 3, 2020
The event will take place 12 – 6 PM at the nonprofit Young Men’s Club in Hadley, MA. Proceeds will create two college funds for low income families in the area.
OktoberFest at Wachusett Mountain - Princeton, MA - Oct 3 to Oct 4, 2020
This is the season for beautiful foliage, tasty beer and camaraderie among friends! Raise your steins and toss the empty kegs as you eat, drink and celebrate with live German music, contests, shows, craft and farmers’ market vendors, and activities for the whole family.
Applefest at Wachusett Mountain - Princeton, MA - Oct 17 to Oct 18, 2020
Wachusett Mountains’ most popular fall festival celebration including over 100 craft exhibitors, a farmers’ market, kids entertainment and peak fall foliage viewing from the SkyRide. Also enjoy live music, Apple Pie Baking and Eating Contests, along with additional family entertainment. Tickets available for $11 a day for adults, plus a festival package and a festival season pass to all four of their festivals.
Chatham Oktoberfest - Chatham, MA - Oct 24, 2020
Held at Kate Gould Park is this Oktoberfest with great beers, bratwurst, cupcake contests, kid’s games, and Pumpkin People in the Park. Event takes place between 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. The huge pumpkin people will remain on display through Halloween.
We hope you enjoy these celebrations of Oktoberfest. Let us know below which one you've headed to and which one you like the best!
We have added maps with the locations of each Oktoberfest. We may not have had the exact location for each Oktoberfest so in some instances we have placed the marker in the general vicinity of the Oktoberfest. Be sure to get specific directions from another source and do not solely rely on our map at the moment. We have also noticed that the markers may not show up on some mobile browsers. We will work to sort out this bug in the future.
Please confirm dates, locations and activities available at the Oktoberfest before going. That's one reason that we provide a website address when we find one. We attempt to ensure that the information for each Oktoberfest is accurate but there are bound to be a few errors. If you let us know when you find one, we will fix it. In some cases, we may link to last year's event when information for this year is not yet available. Do not be fooled.
The festivals listed range in size. Some events may have hundreds of thousands of attendees. Others may have only a handful. We're sorry that we don't have more information about attendance numbers at the moment. We will do our best to add this information as time goes on.
Professionalism varies as well. Some Oktoberfests are professional operations with large budgets. Others are local operations run by volunteers. Do your due diligence before making plans to attend so that you know what to expect. We will happily publish information about your experience with any Oktoberfest so that our visitors will be better informed in the future.
Some Oktoberfests are more family friendly than others. If you have small children, look for an Oktoberfest that has activities for kids. Other events start out with family friendly activities and become more adult oriented as it becomes later in the evening.
Not all Oktoberfest celebrations will be authentic German festival experiences. Some may simply be an excuse to drink rather than celebrate German heritage. Some may call themselves Oktoberfest but provide local or seasonal beer rather than authentic German Oktoberfest beer. Be sure to consider the type of celebration that you are looking to attend when you pick your Oktoberfest.
Activities offered at each Oktoberfest varies. Some activities that you may find are parades, keg tapping ceremony, beer gardens, Miss Oktoberfest or costume contests, stein holding contests, bratwurst eating contest, chicken dance, wiener races, keg toss, live German bands and local entertainment, polka dancing and fairground games. Some Oktoberfest events will just have beer and brats.
We've got some other resources that would help you prepare for Oktoberfest as well. 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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