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 2017 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.
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Cheektowaga German Heritage Festival - Cheektowaga, NY - Sep 2 to Sep 3, 2017
A two day festival to celebrate German culture. Live music by Bergholz Blaskapelle, The Ausländers, The German-American Musicians and The Frankfurters. They will sell German food and beer. Kinder Park Family Fun area for children to enjoy and shopping in the Vendor Marketplatz. Sponsored by the Federation of German-American Societies.
Brothers of Mercy Oktoberfest 5K Run/Walk - Clarence, NY - Sep 8, 2017
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.
Germania Oktoberfest - Poughkeepsie, NY - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2017
Oktoberfest NY - Irondequoit, NY - Sep 8 to Sep 16, 2017
Their annual Oktoberfest party celebrates 27 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.
Hamburg Oktoberfest - Hamburg, NY - Sep 9, 2017
German beer, wine and food along with live German music, dancing and the German car show. Music by the German American Musicians. Location: Lake Street, Hamburg, NY 14075
Spring Garden Schlachtfest - East Aurora, NY - Sep 10, 2017
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.
Oktoberfest New York - New York, NY - Sep 15 to Oct 2, 2017
Watermark NY (Pier 15), located in Lower Manhattan on the last two weekends of September and the first weekend of October.Sept. 17-18, 24-26 & Oct. 1-2, 2016 Admission is free with two hour beer tasting for $60.
Steuben Parade - New York, NY - Sep 16, 2017
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
Six Flags The Great Escape: Oktoberfest - Lake George, NY - Sep 16 to Sep 24, 2017
Celebrate Oktoberfest at The Great Escape from 1-4 PM 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.
German American Parade Afterparty - New York, NY - Sep 16, 2017
Bear Mountain Oktoberfest - Bear Mountain, NY - Sep 23 to Oct 29, 2017
The popular Bear Mountain Oktoberfest will be at Anthony Wayne Recreation Area.Every Saturday & Sunday 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.
Hunter Mountain Oktoberfest - Hunter, NY - Sep 23 to Oct 15, 2017
Free admission. Four weekends of Oktoberfest fun with German-American music and local bands. First weekend: Gestalt BMW Car Rally. Second weekend: Colors in the Catskills Motorcycle Rally. Third Weekend: Das Laufwerk Eurocar Rally. Fourth weekend: Wine Tasting and Farmer’s Market.
Mountain Brauhaus Oktoberfest - Round Top, NY - Sep 23, 2017
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 for our lucky patrons. 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
Munich on the East River - New York, NY - Sep 29 to Oct 8, 2017
Most Holy Rosary Oktoberfest - Maine, NY - Sep 29 to Oct 1, 2017
Food, live music, casino tent and children’s games.
Whiteface Oktoberfest - Wilmington, NY - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2017
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 30, 2017
North Albany Oktoberfest - Albany, NY - Sep 30, 2017
Old Falls Street Oktoberfest - Niagara Falls, NY - Sep 30, 2017
Celebrate at the 7th 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. Hours are from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Lake George Oktoberfest and Fall Festival - Lake George, NY - Oct 6 to Oct 8, 2017
6th annual Oktoberfest features German biers, food & music, arts & crafts, kids fun activities, and fireworks. Enjoy the fun on Canada Street beginning Friday at 5:00 pm.
Oktoberfest Midnight Yacht Cruise - New York, NY - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2017
Knights of Columbus Schuhplatter Oktoberfest - Cheektowaga, NY - Oct 14, 2017
Live Music by The Auslanders. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door.
Adirondack Brewery Oktoberfest - Lake George, NY - Oct 14, 2017
Annual Oktoberfest with Authentic German food, live German music, games, and micro-brew tasting samples from 12 regional breweries from 1-5 PM. Oktoberfest costumes welcome! All inclusive tickets are $35 in advance. 100% of proceeds are donated to local North Country Ministry
Swain Oktoberfest - Swain, NY - Oct 21, 2017
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Flying Bison Brewery Oktoberfest - Buffalo, NY - Sep 12, 2016
Bierhaus Oktoberfest - New York, NY - Sep 16 to Oct 2, 2016
Bierhaus NYC celebrates Oktoberfest with Steuben Parade parties and celebrity keg tapping / dirndl contests. Sept 16-17 and Sept 30 – Oct 1.
Hague Oktoberfest - Hague, NY - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2016
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, kids activities, German food, keg toss & Miss Oktoberfest relay. Location: Hague Town Park
Oktoberfest with the NY Mets - New York, NY - Sep 23, 2016
Oktoberfest - Mineola, NY - Sep 24, 2016
Knights of Columbus Hall 186 Jericho Turnpike Mineola, NY. 7 PM to 11 PM. Live Band Open Bar German Food German Beer Coffee Dessert. $50 Per Person. Reservations Only No Walk Ins Please. Contact Tom Kelly 516-414-2229
Springville Oktoberfest - Springville, NY - Sep 24, 2016
The 11th 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.
Founder’s Day Oktoberfest - Jeffersonville, NY - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
Niagara County Historical Society Oktoberfest - Niagara Falls, NY - Oct 15, 2016
Hofbräuhaus Buffalo Sponsors Riverworks Oktoberfest – October 3, 2015
Village of Williamsville Oktoberfest – Williamsville, NY – September 25-27, 2015
Last Stop Oktoberfest – Amherst, NY – October 30, 2015
Location: Classics V Banquet Hall
Oktoberfest at The Mansion! – Glen Cove, NY – October 10-11, 2015
The Glen Cove Mansion on Long Island will be Hosting a two day tented Oktoberfest this year Oct 10 & 11.
3rd Annual Oktoberfest – Brooklyn, NY – October 3, 2015
This third annual event is hosted at the Aviator Sports & Event Center. Aviator Sports is well know for its two NHL size ice rinks, public skating, hockey, figure skating and training along with a great place to have a birthday party. The Oktoberfest event runs from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. It features music, games, and of course great beers. European beer giant Paulaner is the host sponsor. Other beers available include Franzianer-Hefeweizen, Tucher-Hefeweizan, Carsberg German Pilsner, St. Paulie Girl, Spaten Dunkel dark, Spaten Oktoberfest, and Sam Adams Oktoberfest. The games include flip cup, Bocce, beer pong and an organized Cornhole double elimination tournament with cash prizes. Cornhole goes by many names but is basically an organized team bean bag toss. Get your tickets for $40 online. Parking is free at Aviator Sports or take their shuttle from Brooklyn College. Location: Floyd Bennet Field, 3159 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.
Revelry by the River Oktoberfest – NYC – October 7, 2015
23rd Street & the East River
Club Lorelei Oktoberfest – Hamburg, NY – September 20, 2015
Brooktoberfest – Saratoga County, NY – September 26, 2015
Local food, silent auction and family fun under the big tents at Brookside Museum with the Saratoga County Historical Society. Event runs from 5:30 pm to 9 pm.
Location: 6 Charlton Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Baldwinsville Oktoberfest – Baldwinsville, NY – Not Held in 2015, Expected back in 2016.
Oktoberfest with German food, live music and dancing Friday evening from 4 to 11 pm and Saturday from noon to 11 PM. 5K family run/walk on Saturday afternoon at 5 PM. Admission: Adults are $3, children 6-12 years old are $2. There will also be a pushball tournament.
Location: Baldwin Canal Square
Town Dock Tavern – Rye, NY – October 5, 2015
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!
Reichenbach Hall – Until October 2015
A German beer hall in Midtown that kicks off festivities with the tapping of the Ceremonial Oktoberfest Keg and the opening party does not stop until this keg taps out. It will continue every night through the end of October highlighting live shows. Don’t forget to like their Facebook page for updates.
Location: 5 West 37th St. New York, NY 10018
Wings and Oktobeerfest – Rockville Center, NY – October 17, 2015
Blaue Gans – Tribeca, NYC – September 18 – October 3, 2015
Kurt Gutenbrunner’s restaurant serving Austro-German food in the heart of Tribeca is celebrating Oktoberfest with a special menu.
Location: 139 Duane St New York, NY 10013
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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