It’s September, which means it’s time for Oktoberfest. The father of all beer festivals began in Munich in 1810 and the fall cheer has spread far and wide. And why wouldn’t it? What’s not to like about beer, brats, and dancing the polka? Here are 5 NYC fests you can attend this weekend and next to pay tribute to the German tradition.
1. Munich on the East River Put on every year by Zum Schneider, this party lasts from September 27-October 6. For this weekend you’ll need to get your tickets at the door, but you can buy online for future dates at zumschneider.com.
2. Radegast Hall & Biergarten Oktoberfest A Williamsburg favorite, Radegast delivers the genuine German beer hall experience with added festivities through Oktoberfest season, including a pig roast, live music, mug-holding competitions, and kegs flown in from Germany.
3. Watermark Oktoberfest Held on Pier 15, this Oktoberfest has Hofbrau, Weihenstephan, and Radeberger on tap, and the East River views can’t be beat.
4. Oktoberfest Under the Archway The archway under the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO has become party central. In partnership with the Dumbo Business Improvement District, Sixpoint Brewery will be serving up suds from October 4-5.
5. Bear Mountain Oktoberfest Cruise Several years ago the Oktoberfest celebration at Bear Mountain moved venues, leaving cruisers without party. Circle Line’s answer? Host an Oktoberfest on the boat. That’s right. Beer. Brats. Pretzels. Music. The changing leaves are an added bonus.