Oktoberfest in Massachusetts

Are you ready to enjoy good German beer and cuisine? In September and October 2017, 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.

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2017 Events

BSV Oktoberfest - Walpole, MA - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2017
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

Heritage Festival and Oktoberfest - Marlborough, MA - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017

NSB Oktoberfest - Everett, MA - Sep 16, 2017
Held at Night Shift Brewing.

Notch & Karl’s Oktoberfest - Salem, MA - Sep 17, 2017

German American Business Council of Boston Oktoberfest! - Boston, MA - Sep 22, 2017
Held at Jacob Wirth Restaurant.

Duxbury Oktoberfest - Duxbury, MA - Sep 29, 2017

Harpoon Oktoberfest - Boston, MA - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2017
Oktoberfest has been going strong in fall at Harpoon in Boston for more than two decades. 2015 was Harpoon’s 25th annual Boston Oktoberfest of beer, music, and Fall in New England. On Friday, the event goes from 5:30 PM to 11 PM. On Saturday, the party goes from 1 PM to 7 PM. 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 - Sep 30, 2017
28th annual Oktoberfest held at Mashpee Commons and hosted by the city’s recreation department.

Cambridge 5k Oktoberfest - Cambridge, MA - Oct 1, 2017
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

Douglas Octoberfest - Douglas, MA - Oct 7, 2017
Douglas’ most popular local event is its Octoberfest street fair. There’s lots of entertainment, rides and games. Proceeds from many food booths, games, and childrens’ activities go to support local community groups. Location: Main St, Douglas, Massachusetts

Oktoberfest Lowell - Lowell, MA - Oct 14, 2017

NB Oktoberfest - New Bedford, MA - Oct 14, 2017
It’s a local fundraiser sponsored by the South Coast Business Alliance. It features local, seasonal craft brews and live music at the 10th annual event. 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: State Pier Ferry Terminal of New Bedford

Oktoberfest Massachusetts - Boston, MA - Oct 14, 2017

Oktoberfest Amherst - Hadley, MA - Oct 14, 2017
The second Octoberfest is scheduled to take place on Saturday October 15, 2016 & Sunday October 16th in case of rain. 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. We have upped our capacity to 2,000 people and we are also upgrading our marketing, media coverage, staging, and sound ten fold.

Applefest at Wachusett Mountain - Princeton, MA - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2017
This event also has an Oktoberfest celebration with German cuisine, beer garden and live music.

Newburyport Oktoberfest - Newburyport, MA - Oct 14, 2017

Chatham Oktoberfest - Chatham, MA - Oct 21, 2017
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 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The huge pumpkin people will remain on display through Halloween.

2016 Events

Oktoberfest at Jacob Wirth - Boston, MA -
You’ll find various breweries with Oktoberfest beers take over the taps during September and October at Jacob Wirth, a classic European restaurant that offers a menu of German specialties throughout the year. They haven’t posted a calendar of events for 2016 yet.

Marion Oktoberfest - Marion, MA - Sep 17, 2016
Organized by Marion’s Pythagorean Lodge Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. German food including bratwurst, kanckwurst, sauerkraut and pastries served from noon to 8 PM. German music by Alpenblumen Musikanten from 12-4 pm. German dancers from 2 to 6 PM. The Bavarian Brothers play from 4-8 PM. Cost is $10. Kids under 12 are free.

John Harvard’s Brwery Oktoberfest - Framingham, MA - Sep 23, 2016

Cape Cod Beer - Hyannis, MA - Sep 24, 2016
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 24, 2016

Oktoberfest Marshfield - Marshfield, MA - Oct 1, 2016
Event features New England’s largest and most thrilling midway. This is an authentic styled Oktoberfest featuring great beers and both domestic and international beer gardens. Lots of good German styled foods, games, tastings, fiesta shows, and demonstrations. Even contest of skill such as the Beer Mug obstacle course.

Bogie’s Oktoberfest - Beverly, MA - Oct 1, 2016

First Parish Canton’s Oktoberfest - Canton, MA - Oct 8, 2016
Unitarian Universalist congregation in Canton MA will be holding an Oktoberfest event on Saturday, 8-October.

Oktoberfest in Harvard Square - Cambridge, MA - Oct 9, 2016
The 38th 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

BSV Oktoberfest - Walpole, MA - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2017
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

Heritage Festival and Oktoberfest - Marlborough, MA - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017

NSB Oktoberfest - Everett, MA - Sep 16, 2017
Held at Night Shift Brewing.

Notch & Karl’s Oktoberfest - Salem, MA - Sep 17, 2017

German American Business Council of Boston Oktoberfest! - Boston, MA - Sep 22, 2017
Held at Jacob Wirth Restaurant.

Duxbury Oktoberfest - Duxbury, MA - Sep 29, 2017

Harpoon Oktoberfest - Boston, MA - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2017
Oktoberfest has been going strong in fall at Harpoon in Boston for more than two decades. 2015 was Harpoon’s 25th annual Boston Oktoberfest of beer, music, and Fall in New England. On Friday, the event goes from 5:30 PM to 11 PM. On Saturday, the party goes from 1 PM to 7 PM. 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 - Sep 30, 2017
28th annual Oktoberfest held at Mashpee Commons and hosted by the city’s recreation department.

Cambridge 5k Oktoberfest - Cambridge, MA - Oct 1, 2017
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

Douglas Octoberfest - Douglas, MA - Oct 7, 2017
Douglas’ most popular local event is its Octoberfest street fair. There’s lots of entertainment, rides and games. Proceeds from many food booths, games, and childrens’ activities go to support local community groups. Location: Main St, Douglas, Massachusetts

Oktoberfest Lowell - Lowell, MA - Oct 14, 2017

NB Oktoberfest - New Bedford, MA - Oct 14, 2017
It’s a local fundraiser sponsored by the South Coast Business Alliance. It features local, seasonal craft brews and live music at the 10th annual event. 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: State Pier Ferry Terminal of New Bedford

Oktoberfest Massachusetts - Boston, MA - Oct 14, 2017

Oktoberfest Amherst - Hadley, MA - Oct 14, 2017
The second Octoberfest is scheduled to take place on Saturday October 15, 2016 & Sunday October 16th in case of rain. 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. We have upped our capacity to 2,000 people and we are also upgrading our marketing, media coverage, staging, and sound ten fold.

Applefest at Wachusett Mountain - Princeton, MA - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2017
This event also has an Oktoberfest celebration with German cuisine, beer garden and live music.

Newburyport Oktoberfest - Newburyport, MA - Oct 14, 2017

Chatham Oktoberfest - Chatham, MA - Oct 21, 2017
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 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The huge pumpkin people will remain on display through Halloween.

Past Events

Oktoberfest BostonSept 18-19, 2015 (postponed)

Shrewsbury Street Oktoberfest – Worcester, MA – October 11, 2015

Woburn Oktoberfest and Family Faire – Woburn, MA – Oct. 3, 2015

Oktoberfest Kick Off Celebration – Somerville, MA – Sept 19, 2015
Olde Magoun’s Saloon, Somerville, MA – Saturday, September 19th at 9:30am
Saturday, September 19 is the official beginning of Oktoberfest in Munich and Olde Magoun’s Saloon is holding a special all-day celebration! Darmstadt vs Bayern Munich at 9:30am We are the official host of the Bayern Munich Fans of Boston and we’re opening early for the match against Darmstadt. Come cheer on Bayern Munich with this crazy bunch! We will be featuring a special German menu from 2pm until closing
along with at least 9 authentic German Oktoberfest beers on draught.

Oktoberfest Der Beehive
Boston, MA – October 6, 2015
There has been an annual Boston Oktoberfest at The Beehive, a Bohemian eatery and bar in Boston’s South End.
Location: 541 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

South Shore Oktoberfest – Quincy, MA – October 16, 2015
An annual event that has been going on for more than five years. It is a benefit for South Shore charities with Oktoberfest beer, German food and (after 9 PM) bar games with live DJ and karaoke. Advance tickets are $20. Must be 21+.
Location:  Tirrell Room, 254 Quarry St., Quincy, MA.

Octoberfest – Marblehead, MA – October 23, 2015

Sandwich Oktoberfest Train – Sandwich, MA – October 25, 2015

Plymouth Masonic Lodge – October 4, 2014
Outdoor oktoberfest on Saturday from 1 to 6 PM to benefit the family of Chet Flattery. It will have German food, live entertainment, refreshments and activities. Advance tickets are $20.

Newburyport Oktoberfest – Newburyport, MA – September 27, 2014
A fun, family friendly event at Bartlett Mall with traditional German food, music and craft beers in a beer tent. There will also be activities and rides for kids of all ages! Live music by the Oberlaendler Hofbrau Band
Location: Bartlett Mall, Newburyport, MA

Nashoba Valley Oktoberfest – Westford, MA – September 5-7, 2014
Littleton and Westford celebrate Oktoberfest at the Nashoba Valley Ski Resort.  This inaugural event features an authentic “Munich-style” Oktoberfest complete with Bavarian beers, food, German music, games, contests, and lots of fun.  It starts Friday at 4:00 pm, Saturday at 12:00 pm, and Sunday at 12:00 pm.  Highlight the day by visiting both the domestic and international beer gardens.  Littleton resident get in free on Friday.  Tickets are $5.  Foods include bratwurst, baked pretzels, baklava, and pancakes.  Oompah bands, polka bands, folk dancers and more include  the Mad Bavarian Brass Band, Double Eagle Otoberfest Band, Jolly Kopperschmidt, Its “Daddio’s”, and the Bavarian Hofbrau Band.
Location:  79 Powers Road, Westford, MA 01886.

 Clinton Turners Oktoberfest – Clinton, MA – September 20, 2014
German food and beer under the big top at Turner Hall Pavilion.  German music provided by “The Mad Bavarian Brass Band”. Activities include the horseshoe tournament, face painting, games, races and moonwalk. Free admission. Hours are from noon to 5 PM. 
Location:  60 Branch St., Clinton, MA.

We have just added these 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 the 2014 event when information for 2015 is not 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.

Please don’t drink and drive. We want everyone to get home safe. Use a designated driver or take public transportation.

Do you run one of the Oktoberfests listed? Feel free to send us additional information and we will add it. We apologize for any errors: send us corrections when you find them!

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.

Find other fun things to do in Massachusetts in October:

Massachusetts Festivals
Massachusetts Corn Mazes
Massachusetts Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Massachusetts
Massachusetts Pumpkin Patches

4 thoughts on “Oktoberfest in Massachusetts

  1. Steve Sargent says:

    OKTOBERFEST
    Turner Hall Pavilion
    60 Branch St, Clinton
    Saturday Sept. 28, 2013
    12-5 pm
    FUN FOR ALL AGES!
    German music provided by “The Mad Bavarian Brass Band”
    German Food & Burgers/Dogs/German Beer/Bake sale table
    Many Activities, Including
    Face Painting~Moonwalk ~Games~Races –All day…Money Wheel ~
    Horseshoe Tournament—1 pm sharp! $5 entry fee, sign up at 12:30 pm, draw for partner, cash prize
    SHOP TIL YOU DROP !! INSIDE OUR BUILDING
    Pampered Chef-Mary Kay-Pink Papaya-PartyLite-Thirty One-Tastefully Simple-J & J Enterprises

    OPEN TO THE PUBLIC-FREE ADMISSION

  2. Steve Sargent says:

    OKTOBERFEST
    Turner Hall Pavilion
    60 Branch St, Clinton
    Saturday Sept. 20, 2014
    12-5 pm
    FUN FOR ALL AGES!
    German music provided by “The Mad Bavarian Brass Band”
    German Food & Burgers/Dogs/German Beer/Bake sale table
    Many Activities, Including
    Face Painting~Moonwalk ~Games~Races –All day…Money Wheel ~
    Horseshoe Tournament—1 pm sharp! $5 entry fee, sign up at 12:30 pm, draw for partner, cash prize
    SHOP TIL YOU DROP !! INSIDE OUR BUILDING
    Pampered Chef-Mary Kay-Pink Papaya-PartyLite-Thirty One-Tastefully Simple-J & J Enterprises

    OPEN TO THE PUBLIC-FREE ADMISSION

  3. Steve Sargent says:

    OKTOBERFEST
    Turner Hall Pavilion
    60 Branch St, Clinton
    Saturday OCTOBER 3rd, 2015
    12-5 pm
    FUN FOR ALL AGES!
    German music provided by “The Mad Bavarian Brass Band”
    German Food & Burgers/Dogs/German Beer/Bake sale table
    Many Activities, Including
    Face Painting~Moonwalk ~Games~Races –All day…Money Wheel ~
    Horseshoe Tournament—1 pm sharp! $5 entry fee, sign up at 12:30 pm, draw for partner, cash prize

    OPEN TO THE PUBLIC-FREE ADMISSION

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