Toast to Fall at These 11 Epic Hudson Valley Oktoberfests
Prost! Here's where to grab a pretzel, sip some lager, and break it down Bavarian-style.
It's time to bust out your lederhosen and welcome Oktoberfest, a traditional German fall festival that's perhaps better known to most Americans as the biggest beer fest of the year. The celebration dates back to the early 19th century, intended to celebrate the marriage of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen in 1810. Though the original Oktoberfest lasted less than a week (October 12–17), today the festival is more readily celebrated between mid-September and early October in the U.S. to accommodate weather concerns.
Whether this is your first Oktoberfest or you're a seasoned sauerkraut fiend, join us in raising a brew-filled Bavarian bierstein mug to these Oktoberfest events in our region. Cheers — or as the Germans say, "Prost!"
September 20, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Swing on over to the Putnam County Golf Course to carouse and feast in traditional Oktoberfest style. The Amish Outlaws will visit to provide good tunes throughout the evening, while a bar and beer tent will pour brews galore. Snack on bangers, knockwurst, and kielbasa and let the good times roll.
Oktoberfest at Tymor Park, Lagrangeville
September 22, 12-7 p.m.
This community-focused celebration captures the spirit of Germany in an all-day family-friendly event, which features food from local purveyors, plus traditional German music, dancing, and games. And though the $5 entry will cover all entertainment, beer and Hudson Valley eats will be available for purchase.
Bear Mountain Oktoberfest at Anthony Wayne, Bear Mountain
September 27 - October 20, Fri 6-10 p.m., Sat-Sun 12-6 p.m.
One of the Hudson Valley’s most anticipated Oktoberfest events, Bear Mountain Inn's shindig celebrates in German spirit through the end of October. Each night of the festivities features a different band, with all shows taking place on the grounds of the nearby Anthony Wayne Recreation Area.
Hunter Mountain Oktoberfest, Hunter
September 28 - October 20
Catch four weekends of Oktoberfest fun, with free family-friendly events like the Das Laufwerk Eurocar Rally (October 12-13) and the off-road Colors in the Catskills adventure (October 5-6). For those 21 and over, Hunter Mountain’s extra spirited wine and cider events are more affordable than you think.
Take over the streets of Albany for a block party like no other. The 12th annual event is hosted by Wolff’s Biergarten, featuring special German brews, wine, and Albany’s most adorable event of the year, the Dachshund Race. If you’re looking for a little pre-game action, the Oktoberfest 5K offers a great way to get in on some free beer.
Photo courtesy of Hunter Mountain
Oktoberfest Pig Roast, Pine Island
September 28, 3-7 p.m.
Oktoberfest at Blue Arrow Farm is the ultimate dinner experience for Hudson Valleyites who love the craft beer and nose-to-tail eats. During the first annual event, the Silverman Fox Sportsmen's Association features a slow-roasted, local farm-raised whole hog, along with local beers by Long Lot Farm Brewery and Rushing Duck Brewing. Hungry already? Scoop up tickets for $40 before they sell out.
October 5, 12-4 p.m.
Goosefeather may be new to the Hudson Valley, but it's diving headfirst into the local Oktoberfest festivities with a food-filled afternoon event. Tickets cost $50 apiece and include tastings of 12 beers from breweries like Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, Interboro Spirits and Ales, and Threes Brewing. As for food, the chef-driven restaurant delivers German flavor in the form of wood-fired sausages, autumn vegetables, and local cheeses. Ready to sip a brew in King's Garden?
Oktoberfest at Tilly Foster Farm, Brewster
October 5, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
This single-day farm festival offers much more than just beer and fall feels. For the $29 admission price, revelers can fill their bellies with a feast of knockwurst and kielbasa, along with go-to barbecue, then kick back with the tunes by 70's Rock Parade. As for drinks, a cash bar and beer truck will be onsite with seasonal beer. Bring a blanket and chairs to spend a full evening on the farm!
October 6, 11 a.m. - dusk
A Tappan tradition for nearly 130 years, this authentic German fest is famous for its food, live oompah bands, dancing, and imported Bavarian beer for purchase. Best of all, it’s a family-friendly event and kids under 14 enter for free.
Photo courtesy of Defiant Brewing Co.
Defiant Oktoberfests, Pearl River
October 9, 14, 19, 2-6 p.m.
Prepare yourself for a full-scale Oktoberfest when Defiant Brewing Co. kicks the festivities into high gear this October. The brewery's smokehouse heats up with finger-kicking German barbecue, soft pretzels, and sliders, while the taproom pours our signature seasonal brews. Try any of the 10-plus on-tap offerings, such as the Hoptactical Football IPA or the O'Defiant Stout.
Oktoberfest Family Fun Day, Stony Point
October 13, 1-6 p.m.
Support The North Rockland Diamonds at this community fundraiser, which benefits the team's 2019/2020 season. Tickets for the afternoon fest run $60 per person and $20 per child, with reduced rates for families of four or more, and admission includes German food and drinks, plus music, games, face painting, and raffle entries.