Photo Courtesy of Hunter Mountain
It’s time to bust out your lederhosen and welcome Oktoberfest, a traditional German fall festival that’s perhaps better known to most Americans as the biggest beer fest of the year. The celebration dates back to the early 19th century, intended to celebrate the marriage of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen in 1810. Though the original Oktoberfest lasted less than a week (October 12–17â€‹), today the festival is more readily celebrated between mid-September and early October in the U.S. to accommodate weather concerns.
Whether this is your first Oktoberfest or you’re a seasoned sauerkraut-fiend, join us in raising a brew-filled Bavarian bierstein mug to these Oktoberfest events in our region. Cheers — or as the Germans say, “Prost!”
September 22 – October 28, Saturdays and Sundays, 12-6 p.m.
One of the Hudson Valley’s most anticipated Oktoberfest events, the Bear Mountain Inn celebrates in German spirit through the end of October. Each night of the festivities features a different band, with all shows taking place on the grounds of the nearby Anthony Wayne Recreation Area.
September 22 – October 14
Catch four weekends of Oktoberfest fun, with free family-friendly events like the Das Laufwerk Eurocar Rally (October 6-7) and the off-road Colors in the Catskills adventure (September 29-30). For those 21 and over, Hunter Mountain’s extra spirited wine and cider events are more affordable than you think.
September 23, 12-7 p.m.
This community-focused celebration captures the spirit of Germany in an all-day family-friendly event, featuring food from local purveyors and music from Orange County’s own Alpine Squeeze Band. And though the $5 entry will cover all entertainment and non-alcoholic drinks, beer and hard cider will be available for purchase.
Take over the streets of Albany for a block party like no other. The 10th annual event is hosted by Wolff’s Biergarten, featuring special German brews, wine, and Albany’s most adorable event of the year, the Dachshund Race. If you’re looking for a little pre-game action, the Oktoberfest 5K offers a great way to get in on some free beer.
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September 29-30, 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
This two-day riverside revelry offers much more than just beer and beautiful views of the Hudson. Fill your belly with a feast of bratwurst and sauerkraut, then lay down a blanket on majestic Mayor’s Park grounds for music and a potential post-food-coma snooze.
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October 5, 6:30-11 p.m.
Swing on over to the Putnam County Golf Course to carouse and feast in traditional Oktoberfest style. The Amish Outlaws will visit to provide good tunes throughout the eventing, while a bar and beer tent will provide brews galore. Snack on bangers, knockwurst, and kielbasa and let the good times roll.
October 6-7, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Oktoberfest at the Pfälzerbräu Taproom is more than just a festival surrounding great beer and German traditions. The brewery’s weekend festivities also commemorate its second anniversary. So no matter which you come to celebrate, don’t leave without a taste of the zingy Hefeweizen special release wheat bear or a juicy, fire-grilled knackwurst.
October 7, 11 a.m. – dusk
A Tappan tradition for nearly 130 years, this authentic German fest is famous for its food, live oompah bands, dancing, and imported Bavarian beer for purchase. Best of all, it’s a family-friendly event and kids under 14 enter for free.
Photo courtesy of Defiant Brewing Co.
October 7, 1-5 p.m.
Head to The Adelphi for an upstate Oktoberfest that’s right around the corner from the race course. Grills fire up to char German classics like bratwurst, IPA braised kielbasa, cider braised cabbage and more. For dessert, munch on a slice of German Bee Sting Cake and grab a pint from a local brewery to go with it. Chatham Brewery, Cooperstown Brewery, and others will be onsite for sips and sampling.
October 15, 22, 29, 12 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Prepare yourself for a full-scale Oktoberfest when Defiant Brewing Co. kicks the festivities into high gear this October. The brewery’s smokehouse heats up with finger-kicking German barbecue, soft pretzels, and sliders, while the taproom pours our signature seasonal brews. Try any of the 18-plus on-tap offerings, such as the Defiant Oktoberfest lager or the Headless Horseman Pumpkin Ale.