Oktober-West

Some of the best Oktoberfest celebrations around are right here in Westchester.


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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.

 

Bear Mountain Oktoberfest At Anthony Wayne

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 new this year, you can even get special Groupon packages.
September 27 – October 20
Fridays, 6-10 p.m, Saturdays and Sundays, 12-
6:00 p.m.
Palisades Parkway, Exit 17, Bear Mountain
Cost: Free to enter; Parking: $10
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Growler's Oktoberfest

Growler's Beer Bistro in Tuckahoe will host its now-traditional October celebration on the thirteenth. They'll serve up traditional German beer and food (even more than they normally do!) alongside fun and games, live music and entertainment, and—again—plenty of beer. If you're familiar with Growler's, you can imagine how delighted your bellies will be, and if not then you really do need to come down this year!
Saturday, October 13, Noon-10 p.m.
25 Main St., Tuckahoe
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. 
Saturday, October 19, 2-10:00 p.m.
47-53 South Water St., Peekskill
Cost: Free to enter

 


Sleepy Hollow Oktoberfest

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.
Saturday, September 28 1–5 p.m.
Kingsland Point Park
299 Palmer Ave., Sleepy Hollow
Cost: Free to enter; Parking: $5

 

Oktoberfest @ VBG

Port Chester's friendly neighborhood biergarten, Village Beer Garden, will be hosting a celebration well within its German-American wheelhouse. Beer and traditional foods will flow all day, while games, crafts, and other kid-friendly activities like face painting will ensure that the 21-and-olders aren't the only ones having a good time at the open-air eatery.
Saturday, September 29 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
The MetroNorth Station
3 Broad St., Port Chester
Cost: Free to enter

 


White Plains Oktoberfest

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. 
Sunday October 13, 1–6 p.m.
Cost: $10 for a wristband to purchase beer outdoors (ID required). 

Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains (between East Post Road and Maple Avenue)

 

Yonktoberfest

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.  
Saturday September 28, 11 a.m.–midnight
Yonkers Brewing Co.
92 Main St., Yonkers
Cost: Free to enter

 

 

 

 

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