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Here's Your Guide to Oktoberfest 2016 in NYC

By Julia Bottles | September 2, 2016 2:32pm | Updated on September 19, 2016 4:29pm
 Oktoberfest is almost here. Here's where you can celebrate.
Oktoberfest is almost here. Here's where you can celebrate.
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Lift your steins and give thanks — Oktoberfest is almost upon us.

The Munich folk festival traditionally runs for 16 to 18 days, but here in New York City you can find events throughout September and October.

Whether you're looking for family fun or a serious party, here's how your Oktoberfest calendar is shaping up:

Friday, Sept. 16

Oktoberfest Kick Off Celebration
Where: Treadwell Park, 1125 First Ave, Upper East Side
When: 7 p.m.

Get an early jump on the Oktoberfest festivities at this Upper East Side beer hall. A variety of German beers will be on tap, and ambitious revelers can work their way through them to fill a special passport. There will also be a beer stein hoisting competition with prizes awarded to the winners. The bar will be celebrating Oktoberfest through Oct. 14.

Saturday, Sept. 17

59th German-American Steuben Parade
Where: Fifth Avenue from East 65th Street to East 86th Street, Upper East Side
When: 12 to 3 p.m.

Watch the parade that celebrates "over three centuries of German-American friendship" and marks the start of Oktoberfest in New York City. Spectators can expect to hear bands and watch dance groups in traditional costumes. $15 grandstand tickets are also available if you want an unobstructed view.

Oktoberfest in Central Park
Where: Rumsey Playfield — SummerStage (enter at East 72nd Street)
When: 1:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Kickoff the Oktoberfest celebrations with this annual tradition. The festival will exclusively serve German brews while you listen to the Polka Brothers and other bands. If you're feeling strong that day you can enter yourself into the eighth annual National Masskrugstemmen Championship, in which competitors see who can hold a full beer stein at arms' length the longest. Tickets to the event are $30.

Oktoberfest Launch Party
Where: Loreley Beer Garden, 7 Rivington St., Lower East Side
When: 12 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Come enjoy Oktoberfest specials all day and night along with a ceremonial keg tapping of Hofbrau Oktoberfest at 2 p.m. There will also be a free pig roast at 4 p.m. Large groups and pub crawls are welcome.

Oktoberfest New York
Where: Watermark (Pier 15), 78 South St., Financial District
When: 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.

This Oktoberfest party promises to bring Munich to New York. Revelers can enjoy their steins of beer with live music, traditional food and family fun. The event is free but you can reserve tickets. 

Opening Day of Oktoberfest
Where: Reichenbach Hall, 5 W. 37th St., Midtown
When: All day; Bratwurst Boys Band shows from 3 to 6 p.m. and 8 to 11 p.m.

This beer hall promises a festive atmosphere with servers and bartenders in traditional dirndl and lederhosen. You can get a some authentic German cuisine to go with your litre of German beer. Then kick back while listening to the Bratwurst Boys Band who will be playing two shows that day.

Oktoberfest 2016
Where: Brooklyn Bavarian Biergarten, 265 Prospect Ave., Park Slope
When: 7 p.m.

The Biergarten is kicking off the celebrations with a live performance from the German orchestra band Die Spitzbaum. The festivities will include beer, food, games and more.

Sunday, Sept. 18

Oktoberfest New York
Where: Watermark (Pier 15), 78 South St., Financial District
When: 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.

This Oktoberfest party promises to bring Munich to New York. Revelers can enjoy their steins of beer with live music, traditional food and family fun. The event is free but you can reserve tickets. 

Wednesday, Sept. 21

Oktoberfest with Bavarski Band
Where: Reichenbach Hall, 5 W. 37th St., Midtown
When: 7 to 11 p.m.

Catch the Bavarski Band perform while chowing down on schnitzels and wurst at Midtown's version of a Bavarian Bier Halle.

Friday, Sept. 23

Oktoberfest with the NY Mets
Where: Citi Field
When: 5:40 to 11 p.m.

Enjoy a pre-game Oktoberfest party in the Bullpen Plaza at Citi Field before the Mets take on the Philadelphia Phillies. Attendees will receive a limited-edition Mets Oktoberfest gift. For more information about ticketing, click here.

Saturday, Sept. 24

Oktoberfest New York
Where: Watermark (Pier 15), 78 South St., Financial District
When: 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.

This Oktoberfest party promises to bring Munich to New York. Revelers can enjoy their steins of beer with live music, traditional food and family fun. The event is free but you can reserve tickets. 

Sunday, Sept. 25

Oktoberfest New York
Where: Watermark (Pier 15), 78 South St., Financial District
When: 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.

This Oktoberfest party promises to bring Munich to New York. Revelers can enjoy their steins of beer with live music, traditional food and family fun. The event is free but you can reserve tickets. 

Tuesday, Sept. 27

Oktoberfest with Melina Sings Band
Where: Reichenbach Hall, 5 W. 37th St., Midtown
When: 7 to 11 p.m.

Listen to the Melina Sings Band while chowing down on schnitzels and wurst at Reichenbach Hall, which promises to be the biggest and "most bona-fide" German beer hall in NYC.

Saturday, Oct. 1

Oktoberfest New York
Where: Watermark (Pier 15), 78 South St., Financial District
When: 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.

This Oktoberfest party promises to bring Munich to New York. Revelers can enjoy their steins of beer with live music, traditional food and family fun. The event is free but you can reserve tickets. 

Oktoberfest with Melina Sings Band
Where: Reichenbach Hall, 5 W. 37th St., Midtown
When: 7 to 11 p.m.

Listen to the Melina Sings Band while chowing down on schnitzels and wurst at Reichenbach Hall, which promises to be the biggest and "most bona-fide" German beer hall in NYC.

Oktoberfest Midnight Yacht Cruise
Where: Boat launches from the SkyPort Marina at East 23rd Street and FDR Drive
When: Check-in at 11 p.m.; boarding begins at 11:45 p.m.; return is approximately 4 a.m.

If your idea of Oktoberfest is partying on a boat, this is the event for you. Two DJs will play this three-level party boat with guests dressed to impress. Tickets must be purchased in advance and start at $26.75.

Sunday, Oct. 2

Oktoberfest New York
Where: Watermark (Pier 15), 78 South St., Financial District
When: 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.

This Oktoberfest party promises to bring Munich to New York. Revelers can enjoy their steins of beer with live music, traditional food and family fun. The event is free but you can reserve tickets. 

Wednesday, Oct. 5

► Beer Tasting Dinner
Where: Loreley Beer Garden, 7 Rivington St., Lower East Side
When: 7 to 10 p.m.

Try seven different German beers paired with a three-course German dinner with beer expert Rudi Eilers. The dinner includes a seasonal salad, three kinds of German sausages with mashed potatoes and beer-marinated sauerkraut, as well as a Black Forest cake soaked in cherry schnapps. Tickets are $55 per person, and you must be at least 21 to participate.

Thursday, Oct. 6

► Oktoberfest Celebration
Where:
Manhattan Bridge Archway (across from the Pearl Street Triangle)
When: Oct. 6 and 7, 6 to 10 p.m.; Oct. 8, 3 to 10 p.m.

The Manhattan Bridge Archway is being transformed into a beer hall for the first time. The event put on by the DUMBO Business Improvement District will feature musical performances, crafts, themed foods and of course beer. There will be traditional tunes from Melina and the Oompahs, and on Oct. 7 and 8 DJ Holzmeister will be spinning everything from traditional Bavarian music to German pop songs. More information about specific dates and times can be found here.

Saturday, Oct. 15

Oktoberfest with Melina Sings Band
Where: Reichenbach Hall, 5 W. 37th St., Midtown
When: 7 to 11 p.m.

Listen to the Melina Sings Band while chowing down on schnitzels and wurst at Reichenbach Hall, which promises to be the biggest and "most bona-fide" German beer hall in NYC.