Celebrate Oktoberfest in NYC!

September 20, 2023 Desiree Homer

Oktoberfest is back in NYC from September 8th - October 29th, and there’s no shortage of events all over the city to celebrate this annual event. Every year, New Yorkers party like they’re in Munich by dressing in traditional Bavarian outfits, drinking authentic German beer, and finding all the best Oktoberfest events across the five boroughs. You won’t want to miss out on this month of food, drinks, and fun!

The History of Oktoberfest

In 1810, a royal wedding was cause for a large celebration in Munich, Germany. Prince Regent Ludwig of Bavaria, the later King Ludwig I, and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen were to be married on October 12th of that year. Andreas Michael Dall’Armi, Member of the Bavarian National Guard, had the idea of making this wedding a unique gathering by inviting the entire city to join the festivities with a large feast and a horse race. It was such a success that the people wanted more. An annual event was established, and Oktoberfest got its start.

Oktoberfest has evolved over the years, but the premise is still the same: the spirit of the festival and the gathering of the community. Today, Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, is the world’s largest folk festival, and it brings in around six million visitors annually. It is a celebration of German culture, traditional food, Bavarian music, and (of course) authentic beer. 

Oktoberfest in NYC

Cities all over the world, including New York City, have modeled this celebration and have their own Oktoberfest events. It’s the perfect time to put on your Bavarian outfits, grab a pretzel or some brats, and drink some German beer with friends. 

Oktoberfest NYC is happening at the Watermark - Waterfront Bar at Pier 15 at 78 South Street. Come check out this 3500-square-foot venue with amazing views of the Brooklyn and Williamsburg bridges and the Brooklyn Skyline. There’s something happening seven days a week between September 8th - October 29th to celebrate Oktoberfest. For more information about their schedule, menu options, fast past tickets, VIP reserved tables, and so much more, click HERE.

Zum Schneider NYC - Munich in Brooklyn is happening in the Backyard of the 3 Dollar Bill in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, from September 29th - October 8th. Come check out the atmosphere of the fully decorated tent, traditional food, music by Mösl Franzi and the JaJaJas Oompah band, and, of course, exclusively imported German beer. Tickets come in four different categories, so there’s something for everyone. General seating, Reserved seating, VIP boxen, and Biergarten. For more information on ticketing, click HERE.

There are also daily events happening during Oktoberfest all over the city to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for a bar crawl, a river cruise, brewery specials, an Oktoberfest run, beer tastings, or a rooftop party, there are events for everyone. For a more extensive list of events and ticketing information, click HERE.

If you can’t make it to Munich this year, don’t worry! New York City has you covered with an abundance of fun events over the weeks that span Oktoberfest. There’s still plenty of time to join in on the fun and festivities! And whenever you have NYC events to plan, trust the pros at EMRG Media to make it memorable!

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