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Raise a Stein at Westchester County’s Oktoberfest Celebrations

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Some of the best Oktoberfest festivities are happening right here in Westchester County, and we want to help you celebrate them all.

With additional reporting by Ryan Noel

FYI: You don’t have to go all the way to Bavaria to experience a great Oktoberfest. In Westchester County, 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 on the local fun.

Hoppfest XL

Bedford’s seventh annual “Oktoberfest with a twist” returns in 2022 with seasonal beers from Captain Lawrence and Broken Bow breweries, as well as wine, bourbon, tastings, music, pub games, food trucks, fire pits, and loads more on the Village Green. Plus, all proceeds benefit the Bedford Historical Society’s Properties Preservation Fund so, really, you’re drinking to help support educational initiatives. That’s civic volunteerism if ever we heard it.

When: Saturday, September 24, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Bedford Village Green, Bedford
Cost: Starting at $125 — Does not include food trucks

 

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Sleepy Hollow Oktoberfest

More frequented in October for its spooky history, the Village of Sleepy Hollow also has an annual Oktoberfest celebration. Classic German food and drink will flow, Bavarian music will sound, and younger kids can enjoy their time drinking hot chocolate.

When: Saturday, September 24, 1-5 p.m.
Where: Kingsland Point Park, 299 Palmer Ave, Sleepy Hollow
Cost: Free to enter; Parking: $5

Cross County Center Oktoberfest 

Oktoberfest is making its way over to the Cross County Center this season. The festivities will be held on The Green in the center of the mall on Saturday from 1-7 p.m., and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. The beer garden will be stocked with local beers from Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, and grilled brats and pretzels will be available for snacking.

When: Saturday, September 24, 1- 7 p.m. & Sunday, September 25, 1-5 p.m.
Where: Cross County Center, Yonkers
Cost: Free to enter

Growler’s Oktoberfest

Growler’s Beer Bistro in Tuckahoe will host its October celebration on the first of the month. It will serve up traditional German food (even more than it normally does) 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!

When: Saturday, October 1, 12 p.m.
Where: 25 Main St, Tuckahoe
Cost: Free to enter

 

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Croton Oktoberfest 

Croton-on-Hudson’s Oktoberfest is returning to the Upper Village this year for the first time since 2019. The event will be held alongside the village’s Fall Fest in Vassallo Park, which caters more towards kids. Be sure to stop by for food trucks, beer, over 80 vendors, and family fun.

When: Saturday, October 1, 12- 6 p.m.
Where: Upper Village, Croton-on-Hudson
Cost: Free to enter

Pound Ridge Harvest Festival

The Pound Ridge Partnership’s 10th annual fall fest is back for another year of food, drink, live music, and family fun. Local eateries and vendors will have plenty on offer, and the drink will flow freely: craft beer for the adults and a “root beer garden” for the kids. The musical headliner for the day is Blues Traveler.

When: Saturday, October 1, 1-6 p.m.
Where: Pound Ridge Town Park
Cost: Free entry

Holy Smoke Oktoberfest 

Join the crew of Holy Smoke in welcoming autumn during their biggest party of the year. This Mahopac Oktoberfest is making a come-back after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Those 21 and older can purchase a ticket for an all you can eat and drink evening full of German beers, food, games, and giveaways. Ticket sales for this event end on September 24.

When: Saturday, October 8, 1- 5 p.m.
Where: Holy Smoke BBQ, Mahopac
Cost: $108.16

White Plains Oktoberfest

This 10-year tradition is making its return to the streets of downtown White Plains. Join thousands of locals and visitors decked out in Lederhosen and Dirndls, sip German beer, and munch on German food. Walter’s Hot Dogs will be providing seasonal food to the crowd. To give the adults a glimpse of the beer lineup, the fest will have Sam Adams, Captain Lawrence, Strong Bow Cider, White Plains’ own Wolf & Warrior, and many more. The band Melina & the Oompahs will be performing traditional German Oompah hits from all decades. The lead singer, Melina, grew up in Germany and now resides in NYC.

When: Sunday, October 9, 1- 6 p.m.
Where: Mamaroneck Ave, between East Post Rd., and Maple Ave., White Plains
Cost: Limited advance tickets are $11, day-of tickets will be available for $15

 

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