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Prost! Check Out These Oktoberfest Events in the Hudson Valley


Oktoberfest is happening now in the Hudson Valley, and everyone’s breaking it down Bavarian style with brats, pretzels, and brews galore.

By Zarah Kavarana and Sabrina Sucato

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 12–17), 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 socially distant Oktoberfest events in our region. Cheers — or as the Germans say, “Prost!”

Oktoberfest Dinners at Mill House, Poughkeepsie

Tuesdays through October 6

Trust Mill House Brewing Company to craft an Oktoberfest menu that hits all the right notes. As part of its recurring dinner series through the beginning of October, the Poughkeepsie eatery opens for reservation-only dining. Book a table to dig into everything from Bavarian pretzels with maple bacon glaze and Reuben pierogis to handcrafted sausage and, for dessert, a rich slice of black forest cake. Of course, a pint of Mill House beer is a must.

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The time has come for our 3rd Annual Oktoberfest this Saturday, September 19th from 3-8 pm. Same delicious menu: Hot Dogs, Quaker Creek Bratwurst, Soft Pretzels with Beer Cheese Dip, and firehouse made German Potato Salad, Spaetzle, and Sauerkraut. Beer selection to include Franziskaner, Spaten Lager, Spaten Oktoberfest, Bud Light, and a local IPA from our neighbors at Tin Barn Brewery. Wine list is still being worked out. $40 Full admission ticket for anyone who will is over 21 and will be drinking $25 Reduce Admission ticket for Senior citizens, Designated Drivers, under 21, or anyone who would rather not drink Children 10 and under are free, but please claim a child's ticket for our tracking purposes. Live Music by Whiskey Riot an The Catskill Wingmen. Cornhole, Giant Jenga, and Oktoberfest games. Ticket are available via Ticketleap or see a member. Sugar-loaf-engine-company.ticketleap.com/3rd-annual-Oktoberfest COVID Precautions: -Tickets will be limited to 150 -Tables and Seating will be spread apart to allow safe distancing -Parking will be in field above Firehouse (on Bypass) due to tables being in front of firehouse. -Masks will be required at entry and while moving around the event.

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3rd Annual Oktoberfest, Chester

September 19, 3-8 p.m.

Hosted by Sugar Loaf Engine Company, this Oktoberfest is all about classic bites like hot dogs, bratwurst, and everyone’s favorite soft pretzels. Visitors can sip on German brews while listening to tunes by Whiskey Riot throughout the day. Games like cornhole and giant Jenga will be available as well.

Oktoberfest at Mountain Brauhaus, Round Top

September 25-26, 7 p.m.

The Hudson Valley’s mainstay German restaurant hosts its own version of Oktoberfest at the end of September. The celebration loops in music from traditional bands, authentic Schuhplatter dancing, and German food and drink.

Oktoberfest Bier Experience at Revel 32, Poughkeepsie

October 3, 12 and 4 p.m.

At the beginning of October, Lucky Hops and Revel 32 present a Poughkeepsie fest dedicated to all things beer. With two sessions limited to 50 people each, the experience features four breweries serving two beers apiece. Some of the brews will be seasonal, with food onsite to ensure perfect pairings. For true beer aficionados, the brewers will be onsite to answer questions about how they craft their signature brews, where they source ingredients, and more.

Walktoberfest, Highland and Poughkeepsie

October 3-4, 12-5 p.m.

Now this is how to do festival fun while social distancing in the Hudson Valley. On the first weekend in October, the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park partners with the Hudson Valley Rail Trail to host a Walktoberfest Essential Farmers Market. Ticket are $25 apiece ($10 for non-drinkers) and give guests access to samples from local distilleries, restaurants, and wineries. Keep an eye out for cooking demonstration announcements as the festival date approaches.

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Up for some day drinking & good eats? Tomorrow kicks off our first weekend of “Oktoberfeast” reserve your seat today by emailing us at info@babesbarandgrill.com $29 will get you a three course German meal of your choice. You can add unlimited German beers for $18. Appetizer Warm soft pretzel with IPA reduction & mustard mousse & German potatoes pancake with bacon, sour cream & chive Entree choices Wurst platter ever Assorted German sausages, sauerkraut, German potato salad & accompaniments Schweinebraten German style Roast pork with dark beer & onion gravy, Roast potatoes and carrots Reisling Poached salmon with dill cream sauce Served with spaetzel Dessert Apple strudel with Bavarian cream See you Saturday!

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Oktober “Feast,” West Haverstraw

October 10, 17, 24; Seatings at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Babes Bar and Grill in West Haverstraw rings in its first Oktoberfest in the Hudson Valley with a three-course seated meal packed with German favorites. The food fest begins with a warm soft pretzel with an IPA reduction and mustard mousse, with delectable bites like German sausages, roast pork, and apple strudel down the line.