Come to Oktoberfest! In the cities and town Greens, on the waterfront, in the ski mountains, great beer is being served alongside crisp autumn games and contests, bratwurst, German chocolate cake, and fun for kids. Also: live music and — at some ski resorts, gondola rides — make this a fun festive time for all ages. Find an Oktoberfest below; organized by state
Smoke in the Valley Craft Beer Fest at Bad Sons Beer Company, Derby, CT, on October 5 —
Thirty home brewers showcase their beers, and the number of them doubles for VIP guests in the VIP Tent! A highlight of this event is the Homebrew Competition. Held rain or shine.
Swine and Stein Oktoberfest in Gardiner, Maine, on October 12 – Local pork farmers and cooks take center stage at this Oktoberfest. Live music, including a touch of Caribbean sound, by Pete Kilpatrick Band, Emilia Dahlin, and Calypso Soldiers.
Acadia Oktoberfest, Wine Tasting, and Beer Fest at Acadia National Park, Southwest Harbor, ME, on October 11 and 12 — Plenty of wine and cheese will join beer microbrews at this party, also bringing live music and a crafts tent with artisans from Maine and beyond. The event is held rain or shine under big tents. Music by Pitch Black ribbons.
Harvard Square Oktoberfest and HONK! Parade in Somerville and Cambridge, MA on October 11to 13 — This festival brings brass street bands from all over the US and world. On Saturday more than 25 bands create a giant music and dance party in Davis Square. Oktoberfest, on Sunday, offers food, six beer gardens, arts, crafts, vintage goods, sidewalk sales and one-of-a-kind items.
New Bedford Oktoberfest at Pier 3, New Bedford, MA, on October 5 – More craft brews than ever before, and live music by Chops Turner, Rude Boys, The Pourmen, and Seven Day Weekend.
Harpoon Octoberfest in Boston at Harpoon Brewery, Boston, MA, on October 4 and 5 – Come enjoy Harpoon beer, German food, oompah bands, chicken dancing, keg bowling game, and German chocolate cake. Shuttles will be running from South Station. The MBTA’s Silver Line serves the neighborhood.
Oktoberfest at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, Princeton, MA, on October 5 and 6 – AppleFest at Wachusett expands into Oktoberfest with German food, folk dancing, beer, crafts, a farmers’ market, contests and live music by Tubafrau Hofbrau Band, and Schwarze Schafe Band.
Douglas Oktoberfest on Main Street, Douglas, MA, on October 5 — Entertainment includes singers, bands, choral groups, dance, cheerleaders, and more. Rides and games on the church lawn are great for small children. Parents and other adults: enjoy the beer!.
Oktoberfest at East Hill Farm in Troy, NH, on October 6 — This is a farm dinner with German music. Live oompah music, too. Reservations required. BYOB
Attitash Oktoberfest at Attitash Ski Resort, Bartlett, NH, on October 12 and 13 — Bavarian music from King Ludwig’s Band, German food, a Biergarten with 20 breweries serving beers and ciders. On Sunday, children will have a Kinderplatz tent with kid fun. Also” an apple slingshot and a kid’s schnitzel toss. Scenic lift ride is available.
White Mountain Oktoberfest at Loon Mountain, Lincoln, NH, on October 12 and 13 — Enjoy beer and brats under the brow of the glorious White Mountains. An oompah band adds zest. Take the challenge of a stein-holding contest, keg toss. Kids can do a root beer keg toss and pumpkin painting.
Oktoberfest of Bennington at Colgate Park, Bennington, VT, on October 5 –Live music by the Rymanowski Brothers, German food, beer, vendors and family fun.
Harpoon Octoberfest in Vermont at Harpoon Riverbend Taps and Beer Garden, Windsor, VT, on October 12 and 13 – The nice waterside venue will jump with live oompa music, outdoor seating, food from the Riverbend Taps kitchen, and Harpoon beer. Families are welcome.
Mount Snow Oktoberfest at Mount Snow Resort, West Dover, VT, on October 12 and 13 – Dive into the beer, schnitzel and oom-pah music along with kids games like pumpkin painting, an apple sling shot and a schnitzel toss. Adults can enjoy beers from 25 German and domestic breweries and authentic German food.