Oktoberfest in New York

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 2020 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.

Last Major Update:

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!

2020 Events

Six Flags The Great Escape: Oktoberfest - Queensbury, NY - Sep 12 to Sep 27, 2020
Celebrate Oktoberfest at The Great Escape each day with German music, dancing, fall beers and festive foods. There will be acoustic performances at the Alpine Fest Haus and two headlining bands at the main stage by SkyCoaster. Admission is $21.50 or free with season pass.

Spring Garden Schlachtfest - East Aurora, NY - Sep 13, 2020
Spring Garden Park hosts this celebration of the beginning of fall. Enjoy a Pork Roast dinner, traditional blood and liver sausage, more from the grill and German beers on tap. Live music. Cost is $6.00 per person.

Cape Vincent Oktoberfest - Cape Vincent, NY - Sep 19, 2020
Featuring German music, dancers, food, beer & wine in Downtown Cape Vincent

Mountain Brauhaus Oktoberfest - Round Top, NY - Sep 25 to Sep 26, 2000
Want to go to Oktoberfest without the expense of a flight to Europe? Well you’re in luck, The Mountain Brauhaus in Round Top, NY offers a one of a kind authentic German/Austrian experience right here in the United States. Oktoberfest at The Mountain Brauhaus includes music by one of the finest German bands, authentic Schuhplatter dancing by The Mountain Brauhaus Schuhplatter Verein, German food, free flowing German beer and wines. Celebrate while fun among friends; and don’t forget the great Oktoberfest atmosphere and promotional items. 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

Whiteface Oktoberfest - Wilmington, NY - Sep 26 to Sep 27, 2020
Head into the Adirondacks for a weekend of celebrating all things German at Whiteface Mountain. Authentic German music, dancing, beer and food along with crafts and complimentary rides for kids and adults. Discounted gondola trips to the summit of Little Whiteface for a view of the fall foliage in the Adirondacks. Enjoy live music. Admission is $10-16 without gondola ride and $24 to $30 with trip. Location: 2634 Main St. Lake Placid, NY 12946

Glenville Oktoberfest - Glenville, NY - Sep 26, 2020
Multiple biergartens and Oktoberfest bands, plus kids zone, dunk tank, car show and more

Old Falls Street Oktoberfest - Niagara Falls, NY - Sep 26, 2020
Celebrate at the 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.

Trout Town Oktoberfest - Roscoe, NY - Sep 26, 2020
The brewery’’s largest festival of the year is the annual Oktoberfest event on Saturday. With plenty of traditional food and craft beer to choose from, the Roscoe Beer Co will feature its very own Oktoberfest beer, as well as some other autumn favorites like our Autumn Spice and a few other highly anticipated brews. This a true family day of fun with an area for children to paint their very own pumpkins, enjoy the carriage hay rides, wind through the challenging hay maze, pick a pumpkin to take home and listen to live music. Come hungry because sticking to a true Oktoberfest there will be authentic German dishes that will sell out fast! Roscoe Cares will join us to sell hot cider and doughnuts raising funds for local families in need.

Roscoe Beer Co Oktoberfest - Roscoe, NY - Sep 26, 2020
The festival will feature traditional food and craft beer for guests to enjoy. The festival will be sticking to true Oktoberfest tradition and will be serving authentic German dishes that always sell out fast. The brewery will be featuring its very own Oktoberfest beer as well as some other autumn favorites. It is a family friendly event with plenty of activities for the children to take part in. The children are sure to have a great time with the chance to paint their own pumpkins, conquer a challenging hay maze and many more activities. There will also be an Oktoberfest themed costume contest, so come dressed to impress. The children will not be the only ones engaging in fall festivities, a pumpkin carving station will be set up for the adults to unleash their fall spirit and creativity.

Most Holy Rosary Oktoberfest - Maine, NY - Oct 2 to Oct 4, 2020
Food, live music, casino tent, raffles, and children’s games.

Knights of Columbus Schuhplatter Oktoberfest - Cheektowaga, NY - Oct 17, 2020
Live Music by The Auslanders. Tickets are $10 in advance and $13 at the door.

Swain Oktoberfest - Swain, NY - Oct 17, 2020
Two floors of draft beer within the main lodge, 2 different venues featuring live music, multiple food trucks, and most importantly over 45 different breweries featuring over 90 different craft brews!

Germania Oktoberfest - Poughkeepsie, NY - Sep 10 to Sep 12, 2021
Always the weekend after Labor Day. Held at the Germania Festival Grounds. Delicious German foods, Munich beers, baked goods, children’s activities, dancers and singers.

Steuben Parade - New York, NY - Sep 18, 2021
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. Location: Central Park, New York, NY

You should also check the lists of nearby states that also celebrate Oktoberfest: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Vermont.

 

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Past Events

Oktoberfest in Cold Spring - Cold Spring, NY - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2018

Brothers of Mercy Oktoberfest 5K Run/Walk - Clarence, NY - Sep 6, 2019
5K Nature Run & Walk is a fundraiser to support the Brothers of Mercy mission. There is also beer, food, dancing and musical entertainment by the Auslanders between 5:30 PM and 10 PM. Cost is between $10 and $25.

Oktoberfest NY - Irondequoit, NY - Sep 6 to Sep 14, 2019
Their annual Oktoberfest party 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.

Oktoberfest New York - New York, NY - Sep 13 to Oct 20, 2019
Watermark NY (Pier 15), located in Lower Manhattan on Friday through Sunday for three weekends. Admission is free with two hour beer tasting for $60. Come enjoy the games, food, beer, and entertainment!

Hamburg Oktoberfest - Hamburg, NY - Sep 14, 2019
German beer, wine and food along with live German music, dancing and the German car show. Music by the German American Musicians. Location: Memorial Park on Lake Street, Hamburg, NY 14075

Oktoberfest of Peekskill - Putnam Valley, NY - Sep 14 to Sep 15, 2019
Get your polka on with great music, great German food and beer, and entertainment

Treadwell Park Oktoberfest - New York, NY - Sep 20 to Oct 11, 2019
Germany is famous for their amazing beers, and now you can experience them at Treadwell Park. Purchase one of their select offerings listed in the Oktoberfest passport, and receive a stamp to get started. Once you’ve completed your “tour” of Germany with stamps for all beers in the passport — receive a complimentary 32oz stein of Oktoberfest to keep!

Oktoberfest in Central Park - New York, NY - Sep 21, 2019
German brews and food, live music, and more, the same day as the Steuban Parade.

Oktoberfest of Tonawanda - Tonawanda, NY - Sep 21, 2019
Held at Niagara Community Park, with German music, food, beer tent and more!

Reichenbach Hall - New York, NY - Sep 21, 2019
200 seats in a 5000 sq foot hall in Midtown, with games, German food and beer, and music. They kick off festivities with the tapping of the Ceremonial Oktoberfest Keg and the opening party does not stop until this keg taps out. *This restaurant is like Oktoberfest year round, but when we find special events (live music etc) we add them to our fall calendar for you to head over and enjoy!

Bear Mountain Oktoberfest - Bear Mountain, NY - Sep 27 to Oct 20, 2019
The popular Bear Mountain Oktoberfest will be at Anthony Wayne Recreation Area every Saturday & Sunday plus Columbus Day. Live entertainment, German food and beer, perfect for those looking for a day trip out of New York City. Free admission but $10 parking per vehicle.

German American Parade Afterparty - New York, NY - Sep 27 to Oct 6, 2019
Zum Schneider, the original Bavarian Bierhaus in NYC owned by Sylvester Schneider, once again presents Munich on the East River, an unforgettable and traditional München Oktoberfest experience. Zum Schneider hosts its annual event by following the age old traditions of Oktoberfest typically celebrated in Munich for over 200 years.

Munich on the East River - New York, NY - Sep 27 to Oct 6, 2019
Fully decorated traditional Oktoberfest tent with original furniture (Garnituren), an Oompah band stage, general & reserved seating area and an elevated VIP section. Original Oktoberfest beers on tap, authentic German foods and live music

Hunter Mountain Oktoberfest - Hunter, NY - Sep 28 to Oct 20, 2019
Free admission. Four weekends of Oktoberfest fun with German-American music and local bands, each weekend having a different theme so you can come back for a different experience every time!

Springville Oktoberfest - Springville, NY - Sep 28, 2019
The Annual Oktoberfest will run from 2-11 PM with live music, German food, European car show, hot dog eating contest, best apfel dessert contest and Best German Dress contest.

North Albany Oktoberfest - Albany, NY - Sep 28, 2019

Syracuse Bavarian Oktoberfest - Minoa, NY - Oct 4 to Oct 5, 2019
Enjoy German food, beer, music and dancing, hosted by the German American Society of Central New York. Magic show and balloons for children. Free admission and parking, held at Lewis Park in Minoa.

Fairport Oktoberfest - Fairport, NY - Oct 4 to Oct 5, 2019
One of the largest and most popular Oktoberfests in New York State. An authentic and genuine German-American cultural experience through education, music, dance, food, wine, and, (of course) beer. All of FPPBC’s programs and activities benefit the community’s residents.

Hester Street Fair - New York, NY - Oct 5, 2019
Several breweries featuring different styles of their best brew. Grab a Sigmund’s Pretzels and German Bratwurst and have beer or two.

Niagara County Historical Society Oktoberfest - Niagara Falls, NY - Oct 5, 2019

Amsterdam Oktoberfest - Amsterdam, NY - Oct 5, 2019
Huge German themed block party on Bridge St. featuring Games, contests, German food, entertainment, vendors, live music & Biergarten beer specials!

OkTupperfest - Tupper Lake, NY - Oct 5, 2019
There will be something for the whole family – pumpkin painting, face painting, sack races, a beer tent, and musical entertainment all day long

Oaktoberfest at Oak Mountain - Speculator, NY - Oct 6, 2019
Throw on your lederhosen and come on up to Oak Mountain for Oaktoberfest! Live music, German buffet, craft vendors, kids activities, contests and more

Lake George Oktoberfest and Fall Festival - Lake George, NY - Oct 11 to Oct 19, 2019
Annual Oktoberfest for 5+ years featuring German biers, food & music, arts & crafts, kids fun activities, and fireworks. Enjoy the fun on Canada Street beginning Friday at 5:00 pm.

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.

Please don't drink and drive. We want everyone to get home safe. Use a designated driver or take public transportation. Uber and Lyft often offer ride credits for new users.

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.

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 or updates if you find them! We also love to list new Oktoberfests, and have advertising solutions if you'd like to reach a wider audience.

Find other fun things to do in New York in fall:

New York Festivals
New York Corn Mazes
New York Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in New York
New York Pumpkin Patches

8 thoughts on “Oktoberfest in New York

  1. James G. Halik says:

    Mountain Creek in NJ is our favorite. They have stepped it up! Dress up and get in free gets people into the spirit. Great mixed age crowd. Always luv Bear Mt. Big crowds . Cheap. Beautiful setting. Best bands(Meixner and DSB) and goes on for over a month! Dover NJ Germania small but real German! German club in Poughkipsee similar. Loved the one in Newport RI. Setting awesome. Great crowd with many college kids too. Good food. Great bands. Hunter in NY is good for a big fest but a little commercial. For a ski area fest Mountain Creek in NJ does it best and they have local boy Jimmy Sturr the polka legend there on his home turf. My German brother in-law says better than Germany! But he’s from Bremen where they don’t really do Oktoberfest. Best time of the year!!!!!!

  2. Platzl brauhaus Oktoberfest says:

    Check our website. A real Oktoberfest provided by a third generation German/American in Pomona NY. Celebrating German heritage since 1947. Our celebration begins Sept. 26 and runs for 4 Saturdays and the Sunday of Columbus Day weekend. We offer a menu which includes a variety of wursts, sauerbraten, potato pancakes, dumplings, cucumber salad, and an assortment of American BBQ foods. Our beer selection includes the traditional Munich Oktoberfest beer, served alongside some American Oktoberfest beer, craft beers, German wine and hard cider. There are different German bands performing on each weekend, German dancers, Sam Adams stein hoisting contest and many different recreational activities.

  3. Brendan Mccarthy says:

    could you please send me information for the polka party at the Manhattan bridge.
    It is supposed to happen this saturday

  4. Christy says:

    Hello, would like to know if this coming weekend is the Little Miss Schuetzen Park contest taking place in North Bergen at Schuetzen Park?

  5. Bob says:

    Mt Creek Octoberfest went down hill this year They moved the stage No more dancers on beer barrels with German bands Food $40 and cold It’s just a drunk fest Very disappointed I liked the previous year’s

  6. Martin Chris says:

    2019 – You can’t beat Whiteface in Wilmington. The German food, traditional German music, (great dance floor), great vendors and the gondola ride are fantastic. We try to go every year. Were staying across the street at Ledgerock don’t have to drive far. Also Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole is up the street. A theme park that should not be missed and still original designed by the famous Arto Monaco.( see PBS “ A castle in every heart”. )

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