When the swimsuits are packed away, the lederhosen comes out to play. That’s right, Oktoberfest 2019 is here, and if you think Germany goes buck wild for its Volksfest, you clearly haven’t dared the boozy mayhem of Pier 15. For those of you who’ve had their fair share of stein-holding contests and claustrophobia-inducing crowds, fear not! There are still ways to drink good beer without it ending up all over your nondirndl attire. So raise your pint of Hefeweizen and get ready to party—like an adult.
Das Boot Sundays (and Brunch Saturdays!) at Loreley Beer Garden
Modeled after a Cologne brahaus, Loreley has a way of turning its Lower East Side tavern into a truly worthy Wies’n celebration spot. The crazier drinking deals—and the hordes of people who like to take advantage of them—can be found almost every night here, but we suggest visiting during weekend afternoons for ceremonial keg taps, pig roasts, and brunch instead. While you can pleasure your taste buds with Loreley’s deep-fried schnitzel or spiced bratwurst anytime, now you can add pumpkin kegs, liter boot discounts, and straight-from-the-spit pork to the menu. Through Sunday, October 13; 7 Rivington Street (between Bowery and Chrystie Street), Lower East Side
Beerfest at the Wilson
Remember how we didn’t want to find ourselves in the middle of a stein-holding contest? Well, how about cornhole or darts or Jenga?! The Wilson is putting a fun yet competitive spin on Oktoberfest, hosting a three-hour gaming event. Enjoy a lighthearted ping-pong match with a friend or dare to compete for the $200 gift card prize in the beer pong tournament. In the end, however, everyone wins, since a free Hofbräu is included with each ticket. Saturday, September 28; 132 West 27th Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues), Chelsea; noon–3 p.m.
Scavenger Hunt & Oktoberfest Party at the Bohemian Beer Garden
The Bohemian might be the most well-known outdoor beer garden in Queens—if not all of New York City—but how much do you know of its century-long history? You better brush up on your facts because knowledge is the name of the game for this Oktoberfest party–turned–scavenger hunt. For 45 minutes, you’ll search the grounds, look for clues, and take evidential photos in the hopes of winning a few secret prizes. Then, of course, reward your successful (or unsuccessful) sleuthing with one of the beer hall’s ever-rotating craft beers. Saturday, October 19; noon–3 p.m.; 29-19 24th Avenue, Astoria
What would Oktoberfest be without beer? Booze isn’t something you’ll need to worry about at this year’s Blocktoberfest, not when you have more than 30 NYC Brewers Guild members joining in on the fun at the backyard Williamsburg bash. Expect games, local DJs, and those cool last-days-of-summer vibes. Saturday, September 28; The Well, 272 Meserole Street, Williamsburg; 1–5 p.m.
Who needs a beer hall when you can enjoy all the traditional holiday festivities while cruising up the Hudson River? On this boating adventure, you’ll set sail to Bear Mountain Park, with access to German bites and brews along the way, including sauerkraut-soaked bratwurst, pork schnitzel, and a classic Bavarian pretzel. We suggest waiting until late October for peak fall foliage watching—made all the better with a refreshing glass of Warsteiner in hand. Multiple dates through Sunday, November 10; Pier 83, West 42nd Street and Twelfth Avenue, Midtown