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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 22 – October 28
Friday-Sunday, 12–6 p.m.
Palisades Parkway, Exit 17, Bear Mountain
Cost: Free to enter; Parking: $10

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

While the bulk of this month’s festivities will be devoted to the brewery’s tenth anniversary, PB hasn’t forgotten the other reason for the season: Every weekend through the end of October guests will be able to enjoy the Hans’ Brauhaus pop-up food tent in the beer garden. Enjoy bratwurst, knackwurst, frsh pretzels with mustard, applesauce, German potato salad, cabage, chicken … oh, and a boatload of German style beer, of course, plus weekly live music!
Weekends through October 28
Friday-Saturday Noon-2 a.m.
Sunday 11 a.m.-Midnight
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 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 29 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

Traditional ‘fest games like the stein-holding and alpine horn competitions, as well as a frankfurter toss (and edible food!) from The Iron Tomato, plus drinks and of course live music from Alpine Squeeze and DJ NJam, White Plains’ annual celebration has been honed over a full decade into a well-lubricated festivity machine, and this year’s 10th Anniversary ‘fest is set to be better than ever!
Sunday October 7, 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 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, frankly). Be sure to try the brewery’s takes on several German-style beers, including Oktoberfest, the sublime Heffeweisen with it’s subtle banana notes, Hoppy Lager German IPA.IPL, and Double IPA, but feel free to branch out and try something different too.
Saturday October 13, 1 p.m.–midnight
Yonkers Brewing Co.
92 Main St., Yonkers
Cost: Free to enter