Are you ready to enjoy good German beer and cuisine? In September and October 2019, 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.Last Major Update: July
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BSV Oktoberfest - Walpole, MA - Sep 7 to Sep 8, 2019
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
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Night Shift Oktoberfest - Everett, MA - Sep 24, 2016
Oktoberfest Lowell - Lowell, MA - Oct 14, 2017
German American Business Council of Boston Oktoberfest! - Boston, MA - Sep 19, 2018
Held at The Point
Cape Cod Beer - Hyannis, MA - Sep 22, 2018
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.
NSB Oktoberfest - Everett, MA - Sep 22, 2018
Held at Night Shift Brewing.
Oktoberfest at DBco - Dorchester, MA - Sep 22, 2018
Kick off Oktoberfest with fresh Oktoberfest beers in traditional German liter steins, traditional food, live German band and more!
Oktoberfest at Olde Magoun’s Saloon - Somerville, MA - Sep 22, 2018
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 23, 2018
Hosted by Notch Brewing and Karl’s Sausage Kitchen. Liter pours, German food, Bavarian music, and more!
Duxbury Oktoberfest - Duxbury, MA - Sep 28, 2018
Harpoon Oktoberfest - Boston, MA - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2018
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 - Sep 29, 2018
Annual Oktoberfest held at Mashpee Commons and hosted by the cityâ€™s recreation department.
Douglas Octoberfest - Douglas, MA - Oct 6, 2018
Douglasâ€™ most popular local event is its Octoberfest street fair. Thereâ€™s lots of entertainment, rides and games. Proceeds from many food booths, games, and childrensâ€™ activities go to support local community groups. Location: Main St, Douglas, Massachusetts
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
Oktoberfest in Harvard Square - Cambridge, MA - Oct 7, 2018
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
Ipswich Ale Oktoberfest - Ipswich, MA - Oct 12, 2018
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 13, 2018
Itâ€™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 Amherst - Hadley, MA - Oct 13, 2018
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.
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 on October 20. Featuring Canton’s own Double Eagle Oktoberfest Band, this rollicking event will offer 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!
First Parish Canton’s Oktoberfest - Canton, MA - Oct 20, 2018
Unitarian Universalist congregation in Canton MA will be holding an Oktoberfest event on Saturday, 8-October.
Applefest at Wachusett Mountain - Princeton, MA - Oct 20 to Oct 21, 2018
This event also has an Oktoberfest celebration with German cuisine, beer garden and live music.
Chatham Oktoberfest - Chatham, MA - Oct 20, 2018
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.
Oktoberfest Boston –
Sept 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
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
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
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
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 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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