Celebrate Oktoberfest 2017 in NYC
September 8th, 2017
The first Oktoberfest was held in Munich in 1810 to honor Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Two hundred years later, the five-day wedding festival for two people with long names has turned into a whole lot more. Oktoberfest has become a worldwide celebration that lasts two weeks in which millions of people take part. The main purpose, to drink beer! This fall Oktoberfest is practically celebrated every day, and NYC has numerous fun events and bars for you to enjoy.
One of the biggest Oktoberfest events in New York will take place at Pier 15, three weekends in a row. From 12pm to 12am Friday to Sunday, Pier 15 will have live music with steins full of beer, traditional Oktoberfest food, and fun for the entire family. General admission tickets are free so reserve them asap! Two Hour Beer Tasting tickets are also available for $60.
Octfest is one of the earliest Oktoberfest celebrations, taking place on September 9th from 1PM to 9PM at the Brooklyn Hangar. The all-day festival will feature live music, food vendors, and 40 breweries with unlimited tasting. 6 bands will be performing with Guided By Vocals and Charles Bradley headlining. Tickets are $60, with a $100 for 2 special.
On September 16th and September 17th New York City Oktoberfest hosts a beer-fueled tour of NYC’s best venues. A different 12 ounce Oktoberfest beer is provided at each of the eight venues. Check in begins at the first stop, Paulaner, the German brew house. As the first stop of the event, Paulaner will be kicking off the tapping of their official Oktoberfest beers. The event costs $55 and runs throughout the entire day.
Zum Schneider, the original Bavarian Bierhaus in NYC, hosts Munich on the East River from September 29th to October 8th. An abundance of tents will be setup, similar to Munich’s Oktoberfest, and beer will be a plentiful. The event will feature live music, vendor stands, strongman competitions, and other fun games. Individual tickets are available for each day, with prices vary based on seating type.
Oktoberfest Midnight Yacht Cruise is as the name describes, a midnight yacht cruise. The Harbor Lights Yacht docks from SkyPort Marina on October 1st at 11:30PM and will return at about 4am. The event will have DJs and three levels to party on. For people looking to celebrate with a big group, the event offers VIP packages.
On September 19th the West Village’s Standard Biergarten will have an Oktoberfest Kick Off event. Girls will be dressed in dirndl dresses and boys in lederhosen. To top it off, a 35 piece German Polka Band will be on hand. Enjoy a mug of Standard Brauhaus Oktoberfest everyday from noon to 2am until the event ends on October 4th. Afterwards the Biergarten will pretty much be the same, without the band and German outfits.
Loreley Beer Garden is a huge outdoor restaurant and beer garden on the lower east side. The beer garden is a great place to celebrate Oktoberfest with their extensive list of German imported beer and delicious German inspired food. For those visiting in October, the entire outdoor section is fully heated.
Bierhaus NYC is a classic German Restaurant & Biergarten found in Midtown. A specialty item of Bierhaus NYC is the boot. Drinkers will be challenged to fend off the air bubble and the dreaded spill. For people looking to celebrate with the whole family, there will be a Kidtoberfest on September 24th. Kids can enjoy face painting, games, coloring, and live music, and for those under 10 the food is free.