Oktoberfest NYC: Where to grab a beer and celebrate

By staff


Oktoberfest, the beer-fueled Bavarian festival, is kicking off Sept. 22 in Munich and the city's festivities will begin in earnest.

So, if you’re looking for some lederhosen-laden action closer to home, here are beer-and-sausage-fueled affairs in New York City.

Drink around Germany at Treadwell Park

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All three of the beer hall's locations will offer beers from Germany, with a stamp in a passport for each beer you sample from a new region (fill up the booklet and you get a free stein). Line your stomach with festive fare like giant pretzels and wurst. The party kicks off Sept. 21 with parties at all locations, featuring live music, a stein-holding contest and photo booth. (Through Oct. 14, 301 South End Ave., Battery Park, 212-945-0528; 1125 First Ave., Upper East Side, 212-832-1551, 508 W. 42nd St., midtown,

Brat eating contest (Oct. 20)

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On Oct. 20, there's a national brat eating contest with amateurs and pros trying to defeat Molly Schuyler's record of 50 brats in eight minutes. And every Sunday through Oct. 21, enjoy family-friendly Oktoberfest activities, including brunch. (712 Third Ave.,

Pig roasts, brass bands and keg tapping at Black Forest Brooklyn

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Between Sept. 22 and Oct. 13, Black Forest Brooklyn's two locations will be decked to the nines in celebration of Oktoberfest. Stop by for beer specials and a four-course family-style meal. Each weekend, there will be massive parties with keg-tapping ceremonies (with free beer), mug-holding competitions, a dirndl and lederhosen selfie contest and live music with Slavic Soul Party! (733 Fulton St., 718-935-0300, and 181 Smith St., 718-522-1806,


Churchill Downs at Boulton & Watt

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Who needs to travel when you can head to Boulton & Watt's Churchill Downs-themed party? The restaurant and bar will have artificial turf, inflatable horses and derby props and will offer Bulleit Bourbon Juleps and Ketel One Botanical Spritzes for $8 starting at 3 p.m. Wear your best hat for a contest that could win you a $100 Boulton & Watt gift card. Reservations can be made by calling 646-490-6004. (Free entry, 5 Avenue A,

Celebrate OktoberFest at Watermark

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Head to Watermark Bar for a four-week-long celebration. Admission is free and includes cornhole, ping pong, stein holding contests and a keg-tapping ceremony on Sept. 22. Bites, including German fare, giant pretzels, bratwurst and knackwurst, will be sold on site, too. The beer? Only OktoberFest beer will be available. It was brewed in Munich and has six different variations. Single beers are $10 a piece. (Free, but there are priority packages from $50, noon to midnight Sept. 21-23, Sept. 27-30, Oct. 4-7 and Oct. 11-14, Pier 15 on the South Street Seaport,