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The Best Ways To Celebrate Oktoberfest In NYC


by New York Bucket List


New York City’s Oktoberfest has it all: German beer, brats, pretzels, and more. The months-long celebration kicks off in early September and runs through the end of October, with authentic events taking place throughout the city 7 days a week. 

To help you narrow down the best celebrations, we gathered a list of open bars, brewery fests, and rooftop Oktoberfest events that you can’t miss. Take a look at our top NYC Oktoberfest experiences below and then explore our ultimate NYC fall bucket list for more ideas on what to do this season. 

Oktoberfest at Brooklyn Brew Fest | September 10

This traditional German celebration features over 150 styles of craft beer from local breweries. With all the elements of a classic beer garden, this Oktoberfest celebration has no shortage of food, entertainment, and interactive games.

When: September 10, 1:00-4:30 pm and 6:00-9:00 pm

Where: 141 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn

For more information on Brooklyn Brew Fest.


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Oktoberfest at Pier 17 | Septemebr 24

Enjoy live music, yard games, German beer, an assortment of food, and more at the largest Oktoberfest in all of NYC this year. The Rooftop at Pier 17 is open rain or shine and offers stunning waterfront views against the backdrop of the Brooklyn Bridge.

When: September 24, 3:00-10:00 pm

Where: Pier 17: 89 South St

For more information on Oktoberfest at Pier 17.

Oktoberfest at TailGate in Williamsburg | Fridays from September 9 to September 30

TailGate has teamed up with local breweries like Brooklyn Brewery, Threes, and Ebbs to bring all of the fun of Munich to Williamsburg. Pull on your lederhosen and dirndl and celebrate Oktoberfest with live DJs, traditional food offerings, and more surprises every Friday night in September!

When: Fridays from September 9 to September 30, 6:00 pm - 12:00 am

Where: 86 N 11th St, Brooklyn

For more information on TailGate’s Williamsburg Oktoberfest.

Sam Adams Octoberfest on Stone Street | October 8

Head downtown to Manhattan's historic Stone Street, where you'll find old-world charm and a Sam Adams Octoberfest pop-up Biergarten—complete with beer, food, live entertainment, giveaways, and NYC's largest Stein Hoist Competition! Grab a pint from any of the participating bars including Underdog, Ulysses, Stone Street Tavern, Adrienne’s Pizzabar, The Cauldron, The Dubliner, Beckett’s Bar & Grill, Route 66 Smokehouse, and Mad Dog & Beans Mexican Cantina. The main event kicks off on October 1, but visitors can enjoy Sam Adams Octoberfest from mid-September through the end of October. Prost!

When: October 8, starting at 12pm

Where: Stone, Pearl and S. William Sts. and Mill Ln.

For more information on Sam Adams Octoberfest.

Oktoberfest NYC at Watermark Pier 15 | Throughout October

Celebrate Oktoberfest at this waterfront venue with the usual assortment of german brews, brats, pretzels, wursts samplers, beer braised turkey legs, and much more! Your ticket includes two german beers and a souvenir stein to take home. Feel free to bring the family—there will be plenty of games, food, and activities for everyone to enjoy!

Where: Watermark: 78 South St Pier 15

For more information on Oktoberfest NYC at Watermark Pier 15.

GoldFish Presents Oktoberfest at the Williamsburg Hotel | October 15

Enjoy a German-inspired biergarten with a live performance by GoldFish at The Williamsburg Hotel in Brooklyn on Saturday, October 15! 

You can take your experience to the next level with Bucket Listers VIP Lounge Access. VIP Admission includes full access to the main event area and private access to the Water Tower lounge featuring a private bar, special guest DJ performances, direct views overlooking the main stage, and breathtaking views of New York City’s Skyline!

When: Saturday, October 15, 2:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Where: The Williamsburg Hotel: 96 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

For more information on Oktoberfest at the Williamsburg Hotel.


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