Some of the best Oktoberfest celebrations around are right here in Westchester.
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, and you can even enter for a chance to win a 2-day stay at Bear Mountain for next year.
September 23 – October 29
Friday-Sunday, 12–6 p.m.
Palisades Parkway, Exit 17, Bear Mountain
Cost: Free; Parking: $10
More frequented in October for it’s spooky history, the Village of Sleepy Hollow also has an annual Oktoberfest celebration, this year hosted at The Kathryn Davis River Walk Center. Classic German food and drink will flow, Bavarian music will sound, and younger kids can enjoy their time in the oh-so-culturally-authentic bouncy castles.
Saturday, September 30 1–5 p.m.
Kingsland Point Park
299 Palmer Ave., Sleepy Hollow
Cost: Free; Parking: $5
Traditional ‘fest games like the Stein Holding Competition, German eats from The Iron Tomato, drinks, and of course live music from Alpine Squeeze and DJ NJam, White Plains’ annual celebration has been honed over nearly a decade into a well-lubricated festivity machine.
Sunday October 8, 1–6 p.m.
Cost: $5 for a wristband to purchase beer outdoors (ID required).
The Yonkers Brewing Co. holds its very own Oktoberfest celebration every year, but don’t discount this party just because it’s going solo. 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, frankly), and the brewery will even be selling limited quantities of 16oz and 32oz steins. Be sure to try the brewery’s takes on several German-style beers, but feel free to branch out and try something different too.
Saturday September 30, 1 p.m.–midnight
Yonkers Brewing Co.
92 Main St., Yonkers
Cooktoberfest - Elmsford
The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry has set up an entire evening of fun and food, highlights including their DoughNation pizza truck outside, and a full pig roast indoors, alongside copious other brats, wursts, sides, and snacks, as well as unlimited suds from Captain Lawrence. Live music will top off the whole affair.
Sunday October 22, 6:30–9:30 p.m.
The Captain Lawrence Brewing Company
444 Saw Mill River Rd., Elmsford
Cost: $85 advance, $95 door price