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Fall is heading into Boston strong and one of the most delicious periods of the season is fast approaching: Oktoberfest. Throughout September and October breweries around Boston are pulling out all the stops for this beer lovers holiday. Grab your stein, load up on some carbs, and prepare to drink. Prost!
by Celina Colby
Experiences are listed in chronological order.
When: Saturday 9/9
Info: Listen to live music by Double Eagle Oktoberfest Band, sip beer, and snack on eats by Brato Brewhouse and Kitchen, and watch a celebrity dunk tank raising funds for Housing Families at this all-out Oktoberfest and 12th anniversary party at Idle Hands Craft Ales.
When: Thursday 9/14 to 10/29
Info: Where better to celebrate Oktoberfest than at Boston’s most beloved German restaurant? At Bronwyn you can sip authentic German beers and classic dishes like hand-crafted sausages, schnitzels, and pretzels while enjoying Oktoberfest entertainment.
When: Friday 9/15
Info: Weihenstephan, the oldest brewery in the world, and Jack's Abby collaborated on a special lager for Oktoberfest and this is its debut party. Watch the gravity cask tapping, listen to live music, eat festive snacks, and get competitive during the Massachusetts State Championship Steinholding Qualifier Round.
When: Friday 9/15 to Saturday 9/30
Info: The Mighty Squirrel Oktoberfest celebration spans multiple weekends so you have several opportunities to raise a stein full of your favorite brew, snack on German eats, and listen to live music. The celebration also includes the 5th annual Oktoberfest Four Miler race benefiting the RACE Cancer Foundation.
When: Friday 9/15 to Sunday 9/17
Info: Jam out to live music by Grüvmeiners and sample new German-style beer releases at this all-day Oktoberfest party at Dorchester Brewing. Try a beer-braised bratwurst specially made for the event, and dress to impress in lederhosen and dirndl.
When: Saturday 9/16
Info: Enjoy your favorite German-style beers at Cheeky Monkey then hit the dance floor to jam out to live music by Hit Play. The festivities will also include games and competitions, so don’t let your competitive guard down just yet.
When: Saturday 9/16 to Sunday 9/17
Where: All Trillium Locations
Info: Sip on classic beers like Marzen and Wiesnbier, snack on special German-inspired foods, and enjoy live entertainment at all Trillium locations. Don’t miss your chance to get a special edition stein while you’re at it.
When: Friday 9/22 to Sunday 10/1
Info: Relish the true passions of Oktoberfest: German food and German beer at the Jack’s Abby celebration. You can also listen to live music and partake in keg tossing and stein holding competitions. Don’t miss a special sausage and beer flight pairing on September 27.
When: Friday 9/22 through Sunday 9/24
Where: Downtown & Jamaica Plain
Info: One of Boston’s most beloved breweries is honoring Oktoberfest with a series of German inspired brews, three days of live music, a stein hoisting competition, and a special festival food plate complete with the obligatory bratwurst.
When: Friday 9/22 to Sunday 9/24
Where: Everett and West End
Info: Go wild at the Night Shift Brewing Oktoberfest celebration featuring a very serious Stein Holding Competition, a costume contest, live music, food from The Sausage Guy, and featured German-style lagers. Enjoy beer gardens and events all weekend at the Everett, Lovejoy Wharf, Esplanade, and Allston locations.
When: Saturday 9/23
Where: Jamaica Plain
Info: Sip brews in a beer garden on the lawn of the historic Loring Greenough House in Jamaica Plain. This Oktoberfest celebration is also part of a larger Harvest Festival where you can eat Autumn goodies from local vendors, watch a cider press demo, and do some light apple picking.
When: Saturday 9/23
Info: Test your appetite at a sausage eating competition, dance it out to the lively beats of a German band, and raise your stein full of beer to toast the occasion at Boston Public Market. This family-friendly event also has lots of engaging kids activities.
When: Saturday 9/23
Info: This celebration features all the beloved traditions of Oktoberfest (stein hoisting, a beer garden, and plenty of brews) with family-friendly fall festival activities like face painting and pumpkin decorating. The whole family will leave happy.
When: Tuesday 9/26
Info: Enjoy a fall and Octoberfest themed tasting dinner at Broken Records Beer Hall. Each course will utilize a classic Octoberfest food and pair it with, of course, the perfect beer.
When: Friday 9/29 to Saturday 9/30
Info: Join thousands of other beer lovers at Harpoon’s 32nd Octoberfest, their largest event of the year. Enjoy live music, show off your skills at stein hoisting and pretzel eating competitions, revel in the return of the chicken dance and, of course, drink some high-quality beer.
When: Saturday 9/30 to Sunday 10/1
Where: Union Square
Info: Delight your taste buds with festive food specials from Bow Market vendors (like Oktoberfest macarons and currywurst) and sip your Remnant beer anywhere in the market for this special occasion. Live bands will play all weekend to set the Oktoberfest mood. If you want to work up a sweat before indulging, participate in the Funktoberfest Fun Run on Sunday.
When: Sunday, 10/1
Info: Bring your pup to the fluffiest event of the season, a party at Harpoon where you and they can enter costume, trick, and look-a-like contests. Enjoy Harpoon beers and snacks from an on-site food truck, there will even be a dog-friendly beer available for your furry friend. Proceeds from the event go to Kenary Brain Tumor Research Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and MSPCA – Angell.
When: Wednesday, 10/4
Info: In partnership with Brookline's Curds & Co, Trinktisch is hosting a beer and cheese tasting class paired with four German beers to get you into the Oktoberfest spirit. You’ll learn about each brew and cheese type and then sample the delicious flavors together.
When: Saturday, 10/7
Info: Enjoy all your favorite AERONAUT Oktoberfest beers on tap, snack on German fare from Swissbakers and Hungry Nomad and shake it out to classic polka music on the dance floor. After a few drinks try your hand at an all-skill-levels stein hoisting competition.
When: Sunday 10/8
Where: Harvard Square
Info: Celebrate Oktoberfest and HONK! all in one go at this raucous all weekend festival in Harvard Square. Listen to live music on multiple stages, sample food from international food vendors, experience arts and crafts, and toast at festive beer gardens around the square. Don’t miss the annual HONK! Parade.
When: Saturday 10/14
Where: South Boston
Info: Jam out to the music of local artists and enjoy local beers and eats at the LOT in South Boston. This is a family-friendly event (sponsored by the On the DOT development) and carnival and lawn games will be available for all day fun.
When: Saturday 10/14 to Sunday 10/15
Info: Taste a special Oktoberfest-inspired menu, engage in lawn games, participate in stein hoisting competitions, and sample beer from a selection of local breweries. Then dance the night away to a live German oompah band in this charming farm settling.