Oktoberfest starts Saturday! Can't make it Germany? Grab your significant other and get your brew on at one of these awesome venues around the country. Cheers!
1. Throwback Thursday-Fest
Check out Pilsener Haus Biergarten in Hoboken on Thursday, September 26 for some seasonal brews and retro pop throwbacks. The venue has a beer and bratwurst happy hour special, and will be playing hits from the 80s and 90s from 8 pm to midnight. Offering both indoor and outdoor seating Pilsner Haus prides itself on being "the only authentic beer garden in New Jersey." Throwback attire not included.
2. Fun For The Whole Family-Fest
The Great Northwest Oktoberfest located in the heart of downtown Whitefish, Montana offers fun and games for all ages. With competitions like log sawing, keg throwing and a kid's chicken dance contest, there's sure to be a little something for everyone (in addition to the abundant local and imported beer specials). The festival spans two weekends, September 26 to the 28th, and October 3 to 5.
3. Brew Your Own-Fest
Who said anything about traveling? Create your own Mini-Oktoberfest right in your own kitchen! The Brooklyn Brewshop is famous for it’s beer making kits, all available online for just $40. With flavors ranging from Summer Wheat to Chocolate Maple, you're sure to find a draft you love. And if you wanted to spice things up with a sexy German Beer Maiden ensemble … we won't judge you. After all, 'tis the season!
4. So-Cal Sunny-Fest
Alpine Village hosts the largest annual Oktoberfest celebration in Southern California and is held every Friday and Saturday night up through October 27. In addition to providing patrons with thirteen different brews to choose from and almost twenty different shops to browse, this Oktoberfest is known for it’s charitable donations. This year's recipients include the South Bay Center for Counseling, Chive L.A., AIDS Walk L.A., and multiple Boy Scout groups. If you grow a little tired (or bloated) from all of the beer, this venue hosts a Champagne Brunch from 10 o'clock to 2 o'clock in the afternoon every Sunday.
5. Beer AND Wine-Fest
Take a trip to Southwest Harbor, Maine to experience the 18th annual Acadia Oktoberfest. Traditional German beers will be served on October 12, preceded by the 4th annual Wine and Cheese Festival on the 11th. At the cost of $27 a couple, wine and cheese night is accompanied by jazz entertainment and local refreshments, while the beer festival full admission ticket includes all-day access to the brew tent, 10 sampling tickets and a souvenir beer mug. The best part? This venue offers a shuttle bus to take you to and from the event safely. Sounds good to us!
6. Bostonian Beer-fest
Check out Harpoon Oktoberfest in Boston on October 4-5 for a serious day of seasonal fun. Bostonians are famous for their ability to out drink almost anyone, and Harpoon beer sponsors a full day of authentic fun and games, including keg bowling and German chocolate cake-eating, alongside the gorgeous New England fall foliage. The doors close at 7:30 on Saturday so be sure to get there early!
7. Rock-tober Fest
If you're looking for some non-polka entertainment to wash down with your beer, check out La Crosse Oktoberfest located in Wisconsin. Rock and roll icon Bret Michaels will be performing on Monday, September 30, after the traditional buffet style Lederhosen Luncheon. If you're looking for some weekend fun, check out the Craft Beer Night on Friday, October 4 for unlimited sampling of guest brews for just $25.