Summer is over and it sucks. Outdoor concerts, park picnics, rooftop barbecues? Done. What are we going to look forward to now? How are we going to survive the work week without exciting weekend plans?
I know – Oktoberfest. “Where?” you ask. We have got you covered. Check out our picks for where to celebrate Oktoberfest in and around NYC.
Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest
Jersey City Craft Brew Fest
On Saturday, October 15th, Harborside’s Waterfront Property will be hosting the Jersey City Craft Brew Fest in honor of the world’s largest beer festival, or “Volkfest” (if you care to learn some German) known as Oktoberfest. From 12 – 4 p.m., or 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., guests can taste over 150 styles of craft beers and ciders featuring New Jersey breweries such as, Hoboken’s 902 Brewing Co. and Newark’s Ironbound Hard Cider, as well as top brews like, Sixpoint, Smuttynose and Ommegang. Sadly, there won’t be bratwurst and schnitzel, but there will be food available by Mac Truck, Urban Lobster Shack, Nuchas, and more. Live music, games, merchandise and insta-photo ops – thanks to the epic skyline view – will be present too. Since on-site parking is available for guests, there are even $15 tickets dedicated to “designated drivers.” Tickets are available here, $70 for general admission (use promo code thirsty at check-out for a 25% discount)
Head to the Upper East Side for a monthlong celebration of German beer. From September 16 – October 14, Treadwell Park will offer a variety of German regional brews, kicking off on September 16 at 7 p.m. with a special event featuring a tasting passport (try them all and fill yours up!) plus giant schnitzel, a wurst sampler and berliner, a traditional German donut filled with raspberry jam. Also: a beer stein hoisting competition!
For the next few weeks, it’s all things German at this event, which is being hosted at a different NYC venue each night. Popping up at 17 venues over 17 nights (whoa!), Oktoberfest NYC features German folk music, unlimited Spaten Stein packages and German cuisine plus the chance to win a trip to Munich for OKT 2017, including VIP tours of the Spaten and Franziskaner breweries. Just fill up your souvenir beer passport with stamps from each participating bar for entries to win.
Head to Jersey City for another month-long bash, featuring the largest biergarten in the tri-state area. Over 50 beers on tap – along with Bavarian cuisine – will be served from September 30th through October 28th at Zeppelin Hall. Guests can also opt for the Beer Flight, including four 5 oz. samples chosen by the bartender. Weekends will also feature German bands and a Masskrugstemmen, a beer stein holding contest.
Munich heads to NYC for an Oktoberfest bash being held over two remaining weekends at Watermark Bar, on Pier 15 at South Street Seaport. Get ready for live music, steins full of beer and traditional Oktoberfest fare at this family friendly event. September 24-25, October 1-2 from 12 p.m. until 12 a.m.