Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest 2017 in NYC

What better way to kick off fall than an Oktoberfest celebration? And no, that doesn’t require a trip to Germany. Tons of spots in the Big Apple embrace the annual Bavarian celebration by hosting Oktoberfest parties of their own. Raise a beer (and maybe even sport those lederhosen) to these festive Oktoberfest 2017 NYC events kicking off on Sept. 16.

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German-American Steuben Parade of New York

For the 60th time, this parade is marching up 5th Avenue on Sept. 16. Marchers are coming from all over America as well as Germany, Austria and Switzerland. There will be floats, dancers, music and, of course, traditional attire. Address: 5th Ave. from 65th St. to 86th St. Click to go

Oktoberfest in Central Park 

Be part of one of the liveliest Oktoberfest parties in New York City when Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield transforms into a massive celebration on Sept. 16 (1:30-7:30pm). Some guests show up in costume while German beers and food are guaranteed. There’s also live entertainment from bands including Spitze! and The Polka Brothers. Tickets are $31. Address: Enter 72nd St at 5th Avenue Click to go

Munich on the East River

Tradition lives on with help from Manhattan beer spot, Zum Schneider. For the fourth year in a row, Zum Schneider will set up a traditional, festive Oktoberfest tent on the East River with German food, beer and live music. The tent will go up on Sept. 29 until Oct. 8. Address: 24-20 FDR Drive Service Road East, Manhattan Click to go

Pig roast at Bierhaus NYC

Even though it’s “Oktoberfest all year long at Bierhaus NYC,” the spot is hosting an after-party in honor of the 60th German-American Steuben Parade on Sept. 16. From 1-7:30pm, the Manhattan biergarten will host a German pig roast and serve German food and drinks. Phone: 212-867-2337 | Address: 712 3rd Ave, Manhattan Click to go

Oktoberfest Cruise

Celebrate the annual event with a 2.5 hour cruise. Every weekend from Sept. 23 to Nov. 5 (and on Columbus Day), Circle Line Sightseeing will take guests through NYC to Bear Mountain State Park. In honor of Oktoberfest, the cruise will offer German bites like bratwurst, pork schnitzel and Bavarian pretzels, Warsteiner beers and music from German Oom-pah & Polka bands. Even better? The boat will also dock for three hours at Bear Mountain so guests can explore before heading back. Click to go

Watermark Oktoberfest New York

Another annual event is back as Watermark presents Oktoberfest New York returns on Sept. 15-17, Sept 22-24 and Sept. 29-Oct. 2 (12pm-12am). The free waterfront event will have live music, steins full of beer, traditional Oktoberfest grub and gorgeous city views. Watermark guarantees it will feel like Munich in New York. Phone: 212-742-8200 | Address: Pier 15, 78 South St., Manhattan Click to go

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