The Best Oktoberfest Events Right Here in Westchester
Our top picks in case you feel putting your stein to good use.
We know international flights out of Stewart are crazy cheap right now, but you don’t have to go all the way to Bavaria to experience a great Oktoberfest. Plenty of towns, public groups, and even individual businesses are getting their lederhosen on in October. Here are some of our top picks in case you feel like grabbing your stein and joining in.
One of the largest and most popular Oktoberfests by far, Bear Mountain’s Anthony Wayne Recreation Area boasts plenty of beer, brats, schnitzel, waffles and more. Live music will fill the air.
September 27 – October 20
Fridays, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m, Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 6 p.m.
Palisades Parkway, Exit 17, Bear Mountain
Cost: Free to enter; Parking: $10
More frequented in October for it’s spooky history, the Village of Sleepy Hollow also has an annual Oktoberfest celebration, hosted at The Kathryn Davis River Walk Center. Classic German sausages, pretzels, and beer will flow, Bavarian music will sound, and younger kids can enjoy their time in the oh-so-culturally-authentic bouncy castles.
September 28 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Kingsland Point Park
299 Palmer Ave., Sleepy Hollow
Cost: Free to enter; Parking: $5
Dedicated to preserving Bavarian customs and traditions (expect to see plenty of dirndl and lederhosen), it’s no surprise that this cultural organization throws an annual Oktoberfest. The $55 price tag includes unlimited German-American food and beer, plus live music by The Austrian Boys Band and performances of traditional German dancing.
September 29, noon to 6 p.m.
Krucker’s Picnic Grove
81 Call Hollow Rd, Pomona
Cost: $55 for adults; $20 for children, ages 4–12
Streets downtown will close to allow the town of Hastings to transform its downtown into a massive celebration featuring activities and demonstrations from the local fire department, live music, and tons of participating local restaurants — think BORO6, Bread & Brine, Divino Cucina, Penny Lick Ice Cream, and more. Other local shops and businesses will be holding extended hours, so come out to see everything Hastings has to offer.
October 4, 6 p.m. 9 p.m.
Boulanger Plaza, Hastings-on-Hudson
Cost: Free entry, food and drink extra
Chef Dale Talde's new Westchester restaurant is hosting its own Oktoberfest celebration on October 5. Expect bites like local cheeses, wood-fired sausages, autumnal vegetables, and a tasting of twelve different beers from New York breweries including Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, Interboro Spirits and Ales, and Threes Brewing.
October 5, noon to 4 p.m.
49 E Sunnyside Ln, Tarrytown
New this year, Croton’s Oktoberfest will shut down a section of Grand Street for the festivities. In addition to a biergarten pouring primarily Hudson Valley beers, expect food from 14 restaurants, including The Cookery and 105-Twenty Bar & Grill, live music by Brooklyn’s Hungry March oompa band, a harvest market, and kid’s activities.
October 5, noon to 6:30 p.m.
Village of Croton-on-Hudson at Grand St
Cost: Free to enter
Oktoberfest at Captain Lawrence Brewing Company
Captain Lawrence breaks out the freshly brewed marzen for its two-day Oktoberfest celebration. Flex your muscles at the stein hoisting contest, pair some brews with traditional German dishes, play Oktoberfest games, and enjoy live music. On Sunday, an Oktoberfest craft fair will also join the mix.
October 5 — 6, noon to 10 p.m.
444 Saw Mill River Rd, Elmsford
Cost: Free to enter
Among the tons of long-time businesses participating in this 'fest, you're sure to find something to get you in the spirit to drink, eat, and play. Find traditional ‘fest games like the stein-holding and alpine horn competitions, as well as a frankfurter toss (and edible food!) at The Iron Tomato after grabbing traditional beers and ciders from Manhattan Beer Distributors.
Ring in the celebration by listening to the rhythmical toons of oompah band Alpine Squeeze and then continue the celebration in downtown White Plains. The city welcomes new business Cantina Tacos and Tequila to the block.
October 13, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: $10 for a wristband to purchase beer outdoors (ID required).
Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains (between East Post Road and Maple Avenue)
Hans Brauhaus is open for business all weekend! Our outdoor food tent is ready for your Oktoberfest enjoyment. We're pouring Wish List, our fresh Oktoberfest, along with German cuisine from Chef Jon. Come and grab a brat! #oktoberfest #peekskill #peekskillbrewery #ny #goodbeer #beergeek #beer #cheers #craftbeer #fresh
The Yonkers Brewing Co. holds its very own Oktoberfest celebration every year, but don’t discount this party just because it’s going stäg. Food and drink specials will run all day (Bavarian pretzels will of course be in high demand, but so will everything on their one-day-only menu, so try your hand at their schnitzel sandwiches). Be sure to check out the brewery’s takes on three German-style beers: a Smoked Rye Ale, a light Helles, and a style of Oktoberfest, the sublime Heffeweisen with it's subtle banana notes. Get ready to clang your glasses together to the traditions of themed music and lederhosen at this fest.
October 13, 1 p.m. to midnight
Yonkers Brewing Co.
92 Main St., Yonkers
Cost: Free to enter
October at the Peekskill Brewery
Fill up your glass at this block party with some select collaborations or grab a can of a few of the brewery's specialty beers, including "The Good, The Bad, The Argyle," released annually at the 'fest! Find some fun for everyone here with live music, food trucks, beer tents, and games for all ages.
October 19, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
47-53 South Water St., Peekskill
Cost: Free to enter