Escaping to Munich, Germany, where the mother-of-all Oktoberfest celebrations takes place each year, may not be the most economical or practical way to enjoy pints and brews with your friends. But fear not, New Yorkers, the city has an endless number of festivals and parties where drinking at noon is acceptable and lederhosen are encouraged. Here are a handful of Oktoberfest fetes worth checking out.
BEERGARDEN Vol. II
At North Brooklyn Farms in Williamsburg, BeerGarden Vol. II will offer unlimited beer tastings from breweries across the city and its suburbs for one day only. Samples from LIC Beer Project, Hudson Valley Brewery and many more will be on hand.
Unlimited tasting tickets are $ 50 per person, $ 75 for VIP tastings include early entry, food and more. Sept. 30, 4 to 9 p.m. at North Brooklyn Farms, 320 Kent Ave., Brooklyn. Tickets and info on Eventbrite.
Bronx Brewery hosts Oktoberfest in its backyard with live music, German food and beer.
(Courtesy of Bronx Brewery)
Watermark presents Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest returns to Watermark bar at the South Street Seaport, complete with full-liter steins of beer, games, entertainment and German fare like brats and pretzels for three straight weekends. Admission is free but tickets are necessary.
Sept. 15-17, Sept. 22-24 and Sept. 29 – Oct. 2 from noon to midnight. Pier 15, 78 South St. Visit oktober-fest.nyc to reserve a spot.
Forest Avenue Oktoberfest
A one-day street fair celebrating Oktoberfest will bring German beer hall-style festivities to Staten Island’s West Brighton neighborhood on Oct. 1. The party will include “four blocks of live music, rides, attractions and outdoor dining.” More than 20 restaurants will set up stands in the street and a public beer garden for of-age guests will be constructed.
VIP Beer Garden tickets ($ 12) get you discounted drinks ; children’s VIP tickets ($ 7, and also open to adults who don’t want booze) get you front-of-the-line access to attractions and unlimited soda and juice. Sunday Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Forest Ave. from Hart Blvd. to Bard Ave. Visit forestavenuebid.com/oktoberfest for tickets and more info.
A one-day street fair celebrating Oktoberfest will bring German beer hall-style festivities to Staten Island’s West Brighton neighborhood on Oct. 1.
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Munich on the East River
Back for its fourth year, this annual event bring New Yorkers a taste of Oktoberfest along the water. Run by Zum Schneider, a Bavarian Bierhaus in the East Village, the party takes place beneath an enormous tent that will house genuine German furniture, an Oompah band, traditional food and, of course, beer. Games, a photo booth and a strongman competition will be offered, too.
Zum Schneider Oktoberfest Tent will be at 24-20 FDR Drive Service Road East at 22nd St. General tickets are $ 28, reserved seating tickets are $ 38, VIP tickets are $ 100. The event runs from Sept. 29 to Oct. 8. The tent is open from 5 to 10 p.m. Wed. through Fri., noon to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 8 p.m. on Sundays. See nyc.zumschneider.com for more info.
Oktoberfest comes to the Bronx Brewery for a day.
(Mark Ryann/Bronx Brewery)
Oktoberfest comes to the Bronx Brewery for a day. This six-year-old brewery hosts the festival in its backyard during one of its final outdoor events of the year with live music, German food and beer.
Entry tickets are $ 5; $ 10 gets you entry plus one beer; $ 15 gets you entry plus a limited edition stein plus one beer. (Small fees apply to all tickets.) Sept. 30 from noon until 8 p.m. at the Bronx Brewery, 856 E. 136th St. Additional info at thebronxbrewery.com.
Oktoberfest Flushing Style: Sauerkraut and Kimchi
Head to the Voelker Orth Museum for a twist on a traditional Oktoberfest. In addition to live music, there will be home cooking from both Germany and Korea served up to guests in the garden. This uniting of two culinary and ethnic experiences is a unique spin on the beer-heavy holiday that only the world’s melting pot — Queens — could concoct.
Early bird tickets purchased before Sept. 20 are $ 30, ($ 35 after that date). Sept. 23 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, Queens. More info at vomuseum.org.