Prost! Check Out These 10 Oktoberfest Events to Hit in the Valley
Oktoberfest is happening now in the Hudson Valley, and everyone's breaking 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!"
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.
Oktoberfest at The New York Renaissance Faire, Tuxedo Park
September 30 - October 1
Count on the New York Renaissance Faire to brew up a good time. Come clad in your finest era-appropriate attire and relish in traditional European harvest games and dances. And with plenty of craft beer available throughout the Shire, you’ll be belting “huzzah” in no time.
Take over the streets of Albany for a block party like no other. The 9th 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.
The Tallman Grill, Sparkill
September 29 - October 29, Weekends only
If food is your thing, make no mistake that The Tallman Grill has you covered for some the best in authentic German dining. Every weekend through October, you can find everything from soft pretzels to spaetzel, and practically every kind of wurst in between. Fuel your dancing feet with one of 14 hearty German beers on tap, and grove to live music every Saturday night.
Cold Spring Oktoberfest, Cold Spring
September 23 - 24
This two-day riverside revelry offers much more than just beer and beautiful views of the Hudson. Fill your belly with a feast of bratwurst and sauerkraut, then lay down a blanket on majestic Mayor’s Park grounds for music and a potential post-food-coma snooze.
Oktoberfest at the CIA, Hyde Park
If you’ve ever been to a classic beer fest, you’ve probably learned that things can get real messy, real quick. So if you’d rather not leave the venue soaked in suds, consider a trip to the Culinary Institute of America for the same tastes of Oktoberfest, but on a level of superiority that only their chefs can achieve. American Bounty’s one-night, prix fixe affair features five incredible courses, each paired with a craft brew from the on-site Brewery at the CIA.
Oktoberfest at New Paltz Brewing Company, Wawarsing
October 7 - 8
Oktoberfest at the Pfälzerbräu Taproom is more than just a festival surrounding great beer and German traditions. The brewery’s weekend festivities also commemorate it’s one-year opening anniversary. So no matter which you come to celebrate, don’t leave without a taste of the tangy “No Doubt Sauerkraut” sour beer, or a juicy, fire-grilled knackwurst.
Bear Mountain Oktoberfest at Anthony Wayne, Bear Mountain
September 23 - October 29, Weekends only
One of the Hudson Valley’s most anticipated Oktoberfest events, the Bear Mountain Inn will celebrate in German spirit through the end of October. Each night of the festivities will feature a different band, with all shows taking place on the grounds of the nearby Anthony Wayne Recreation Area.
Hunter Mountain Oktoberfest, Hunter
September 23 - October 15
Catch four weekends of Oktoberfest fun, with free family-friendly events like the Das Laufwerk Eurocar Rally (October 7-8) and the adorable Dachshund Derby (October 1 and 15). For those 21 and over, Hunter Mountain’s extra spirited wine and cider events are more affordable than you think.
Oktoberfest at Tymor Park, Lagrangeville
This community-focused celebration captures the spirit of Germany in an all-day family-friendly event, featuring food from local purveyors and music from Orange County’s own Alpine Squeeze Band. And though the $5 entry will cover all entertainment and non-alcoholic drinks, beer and hard cider will be available for purchase.
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