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Contrary to its name, Oktoberfest festivities start in September and traditionally end on the first Sunday of October. That stills leaves us with plenty of time to sample the best pretzels and Bavarian beer Boston has to offer.
From live oompah bands and special beer releases to bratwurst and cask taps, the local breweries and restaurants below are throwing Oktoberfest events for your beer-drinking pleasure. Check back for more participating venues as we update the list.
Where: 255 Washington St., Somerville
When: Through Oct. 30
What: Brownyn isn’t dedicating a single weekend to Oktoberfest — it’s celebrating for more than a month. The Somerville restaurant’s food and drink specials will have you thinking you’ve been transported into a Munich beer hall. Check out the Oktoberfest menu here, and stay tuned for more details on the upcoming festivities.
Where: 251 Main St., Boston
When: Sept. 23 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
What: Idle Hands Craft Ales has teamed up with Charlestown’s Monument Restaurant & Tavern for its fourth annual Oktoberfest collaboration. The brewery will pour its own Brocktoberfest Märzen, Gretel German Pilsner, Pandora Belgian Pale Ale, and Four Seam IPA, while Monument will whip up some German dishes like bratwurst, pretzels, and spätzle.
Where: 411 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham
When: Sept. 23, 24, 25, 26 at various times
What: The Waltham brewery’s four-day fête has a little something for everyone: steins of beer (including Might Squirrel’s own Oktoberfest lager), German music from the Beerhall Boys and Tuba Frau Hofbräu Band, a bevy of food trucks (Papi’s Stuffed Papillas, Kith and Kin, Chicken & Rice, and the Tres Latinas Truck will all be on site), and a keg tapping of Oktoberfest Marzen on Sept. 23 at 5 p.m.
Where: 30 Germania St, Boston; 60 State St., Boston
When: Sept. 24, 25, 26 (Jamaica Plain); Sept. 25, 26 (Downtown Boston)
What: Sam Adams is saying Prost! to Oktoberfest with parties at its Jamaica Plain and downtown taprooms. A $5 ticket can be purchased at the door and includes a seven-ounce pour of OctoberFest plus access to seasonal beers, live music, stein hoisting, Boston Lager beer brats, and giant pretzels.
Where: 284 Broadway, Cambridge
When: Sept. 24 from 5 p.m. to midnight; Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. to midnight
What: For $10 at the door, guests can join in on Lamplighter’s Oktoberfest celebration with steins full of Oktoberfest Lager, Apollo Sunshine, and more seasonal favorites. Brato Brewhouse + Kitchen will provide the Bavarian-inspired menu, and the 10 best-dressed guests each day will win free beers, so be sure to dig out your lederhosen or dirndl.
Where: 2 Belgrade Ave., Boston
When: Sept. 25 and Sept. 26
What: Pop into the Roslindale brewery for a special Oktoberfest beer on draft, plus sausages from Urban Hearth and pretzels with house-made beer cheese or mustard made with Distraction beers.
Where: 87 Santilli Highway, Everett; 1 Lovejoy Wharf, Boston
When: Sept. 25 from noon to 11 p.m. (Everett) and Sept. 26 from noon to 8 p.m.(Lovejoy Wharf)
What: Held at the brewery’s Everett and Lovejoy Wharf taprooms, Night Shift’s Oktoberfest celebrations will feature three special beer releases, a stein-holding contest, live music, and themed beers and food. Get there early — the first 50 people at each location will receive a free stein.
Where: 525 Western Ave., Boston; 283R Derby St., Salem
When: Sept. 25 at noon (Brighton) and Sept. 26 at noon (Salem)
What: If you haven’t had the chance to stop by Notch’s new Brighton taproom at The Speedway, Oktoberfest is as good of a reason as any. Can’t make it to Brighton? The original Salem brewery is throwing a party, too, with both locations releasing Festbier and offering Bavarian food, games, a dirndl and lederhosen contest, and music from the Tuba Frau Hofbräu. Tickets are $30 at the door, and the first 200 guests will get a custom Notch stein.
Where: 541 Tremont St., Boston
When: Sept. 29 from 5 p.m. to midnight
What: Polka and live music will be accompanied by Bavarian and German specials like truffled mushroom spaetzle, apple cider-glazed pork shank, and everything pretzel balls with hot mustard and scallion cream cheese at this South End party. Oh, and plenty of beer, too.
Where: 306 Northern Ave., Boston
When: Oct. 1 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Oct. 2 from noon to 7 p.m.
What: Two days of festivities are in store at Harpoon’s Oktoberfest celebration, featuring specials on draft, stein-hoisting competitions, chicken dancing, a pretzel eating contest, and an entire afternoon of live music. Tickets ($30–$49) can be purchased here. Got a canine in tow? Stick around for Dogtoberfest on Oct. 3.
Where: 100 Clinton St., Framingham
When: Oct. 1 at 5p.m., Oct. 2 at 4 p.m., Oct. 3 at noon
What: Three full days of pretzel-eating and stein hoisting? We’ll take it. Framingham’s Jack’s Abby has plenty in store for the multi-day affair, including live music from the Schwarze Schafe German Band, a cake-cutting ceremony, a keg toss, flower crowns, and a medley of cask taps. Tables can be reserved here.
Where: 267 Western Ave., Boston
When: Oct. 2 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
What: If it’s a classic Oktoberfest celebration you’re after, Aeronaut Allston has it down pat. The brewery’s annual event will feature German-inspired beers, sausage and pretzels, and oompah music from Dennis Polisky & The Maestro’s Men. What else do you need? Tickets to the rain-or-shine event can be purchased here.
Where: 3377 Washington St., Boston
When: Oct. 2 at noon
What: Celebrate Oktoberfest at this Jamaica Plain brewery with bratwurst, live music courtesy of the The Handsome Ladies, and two special Turtle Swamp brews: Happy Place Festbier and Höpfen, a fresh-hopped Oktoberfest-style ale.
Where: 1 Chelsea St., Boston
When: Oct. 16 from 2 p.m. to midnight
What: This Charlestown gastropub is offering an Oktoberfest menu available after 4 p.m. through Oct. 31, featuring warm pretzels, schnitzel, bratwurst, and more. But if you’re looking for a more lively shindig, stop by on Oct. 16 for its official Oktoberfest celebration. The Yankee Strudel Band will play live music from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., followed by the Hofbräu Spieler Band, and the German menu — including German beers — will be available from 2 p.m. to close.
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