Escape to the streets of Germany without leaving New York and celebrate all things fall at a New York City Oktoberfest event. Oktoberfest, a tradition dating back more than 200 years, brings the best of German cuisine, beer and entertainment right to your backyard. Pulse has the insider’s guide on where to find the best the fest has to offer.
Oktoberfest in Central Park
When: Saturday, Sept. 17, 1:30pm-7:30pm
Where: Central Park, Rumsey Playfield
What: Step into Central Park and be transported to the streets of Munich with exclusive German food, beer and wine. While celebrating, enjoy entertainment from “Spitze” and “The Polka Brothers” and watch the US Championship in Masskrugstemmen. Go.
Circle Line Sightseeing Oktoberfest Cruise
When: Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 24 through Nov. 6
Where: Up the Hudson River to Bear Mountain State Park
What: Celebrate Oktoberfest a little differently this year with a river cruise up the Hudson. Take in New York’s skyline and indulge in traditional Bavarian pretzels, bratwurst and schnitzel while aboard the two-and-a-half hour cruise. Go.
When: Sept. 17-18, Sept. 24-25 and Oct. 1-2, noon
Where: Watermark Bar, Pier 15
What: Grab a beer on the pier. This extravaganza will offer one-liter steins of Hofbrau, Weihenstephan and Radeberger and promises to help you escape to Germany. Go.
Munich on the East River
When: Friday Sept. 23-Sunday Oct. 2
Where: Zum Schneider Oktoberfest Tent
What: Experience a old-fashioned Oktoberfest celebration under a traditional tent featuring an Oompah band stage, original Oktoberfest beers and foods and live music with special guests. Expect to see guests and staff dressed traditional Dirndl and Lederhosen at this day and evening event. Go.