Get those steins and livers ready, because Oktoberfest actually starts in September—and we’ve compiled NYC’s 15 Best Beer Events This Fall into one happy (or should we say hoppy) place for you. Get ready to go bottoms up with these booze-filled festivities coming up in your near future. Cheers!
Oh, and did we mention that we’re giving away a trip to Munich in 2016 to celebrate Oktoberfest? It’s the real deal. Enter here for your chance to win. Prost!
Radegast Hall’s Oktoberfest
September 16 – October 4
Radegast Hall pumps the Oktoberfest party out for nearly three weeks, complete with Bavarian food, live music, stein-holding competitions, beer tastings, and more. You have plenty of dates to choose from, so there’s no excuse to miss out on this beer garden bash.
Greenwood Park’s Barrier Brewing Takeover
September 16, 6 PM – 12 AM
Spend this hump day evening getting your drank on at one of Brooklyn’s best outdoor drinking spots. The beer garden will be featuring beverages from Long Island’s Barrier Brewing Company all night long, plus you can get in a game or two of bocce ball and cornhole.
Oktoberfest New York
SOUTH STREET SEAPORT
September 18, 12 PM – October 5, 12 AM
In the event you can’t make it to Germany for Oktoberfest this year, it’s all good because Germany is coming to you for three weeks at Watermark Bar for twelve hours a day. The East River hotspot will host food vendors offering German goodies and with enough Radeberger, Weinhenstephan, and Hofbräuhaus München for all. Start getting those stein-holding biceps ready.
NYC Brewers Guild Blocktoberfest 2015
September 19, 1 PM – 5 PM
Waverly Avenue between Atlantic & Fulton
Local NYC breweries from across the five boroughs come together for a block party like no other for this Oktoberfest celebration. Create your own sampling adventure by trying beer selections from Bronx Brewery, Greenpoint Ale and Brewing Company, Heartland Brewery, Sixpoint Brewery, Rockaway Brewing Company, Flagship Brewing Company, and more for an afternoon. You won’t have to look far for food either, with local favorites like Papaya King, Lobster Joint, and others on hand.
Stone Street Octoberfest
Ulysses’ Folk House
Stop by this outdoor beer garden in your best German costume and get down to Oompah music while downing beer and enjoying traditional German cuisine. Sounds like a perfect way to spend your Saturday night!
Brooklyn Bavarian Biergarten’s Oktoberfest!
Brooklyn Bavarian Biergarten
This new spot opened in August as part of Park Slope’s historic Grand Prospect Hall. Featuring an indoor bar, a beer garden, and pretzels twice the size of your face, prepare yourself for a night of drinking from Steins and eating all sorts of Bavarian specialties.
NYC Oktoberfest Beer Tour
September 19, 12 PM – 10 PM
This Oktoberfest celebration is only for those with enough drinking endurance to last for 10 hours. That’s right, folks—drink your way from noon until well after the sun goes down as you enjoy a different 12-ounce Oktoberfest beer at every bar on the tour.
Rockaway Oyster Festival
September 19, 2 PM – 7 PM
The Lot on 116 St
Beer, oysters, and music make this rain-or-shine event the perfect trifecta for a solid day. Rock out to Irish bands like Lost Tribe of Donegal and The Narrowbacks, and be sure to dip your toes in the sand—it might be your last chance this year!
Brooklyn Pour New York Craft Beer Festival 2015
September 26, 3 PM – 6 PM
Brooklyn Expo Center
The Village Voice’s 5th Annual Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival is back and even bigger than years past! This year’s fest features more than 100 craft brews from the tri-state area and beyond, with food and entertainment to round out the day. The question is: how many different beers will you be able to try?
September 26, 1 PM – 5 PM
Industry City Distillery
The Brewminaries, a homebrew club in Prospect Heights, is hosting a beer-fueled Oktoberfest featuring 20 different German-style lagers and ales, including pilsners, shwarzbiers, doppelbocks, marzens, weizens, and more! Your entry includes a tasting glass to take home alone with unlimited beer pours. Prost to that!
First Annual Family Oktoberfest
September 26, 1 PM – 6 PM
German School Brooklyn
Oktoberfest fun for the whole fam is going down at the German School Brooklyn! Parents of the city—no need to worry about finding a sitter, unless of course you plan on double-fisting pints
and can’t spare an arm to carry your kid.
October 3, 12 PM – October 4, 3 PM
This inaugural craft beverage fest has something for everyone with beer, wine, liquor, and cider-makers all coming together to present the best that New York has to offer. Drink up in an outdoor beer hall, and treat yourself to a variety of food in the Brooklyn Eats marketplace.
Oktoberfest Midnight Yacht Cruise
October 3, 11:30 PM – 4 AM
Get dolled up and head out for a night in style to celebrate Oktoberfest on the water. This three-level dance party will go til the sun comes up with Top 40 hits, EDM, and Latin beats to keep your fists pumping. This may not be your average Oktoberfest, but we’re not complaining!
Aviator’s Radebegrer Oktoberfest
FLOYD BENNET FIELD
October 3, 12 PM – 4 PM
Aviator Sports and Events Center
Aviator Sports and Events Center is turning into a beer garden to celebrate Oktoberfest for its third year, and this time around, the festivities are bigger and better than ever. You can expect a live performance from German American dance band Die Spitzbaum while you gorge on Bavarian pretzels, bratwurst, and Radeberger.
The Edible Oktoberfest
October 7, 6 PM – 9 PM
Treat yourself to a full family-style dinner at Brooklyn Brewery with a traditional meal prepared by Astor Center Chef Emily Petersen. You can expect to have some of the best wurst around with grilled weisswurst, bratwurst, bockwurst, and baurenwurst all on the menu, along with German potato salad, sauerkraut with apples and onion, and plenty of Brooklyn Brewery’s finest beers!