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12 Upstate Oktoberfests to Cheers to This Fall

From Chatham to Lake George, upstate beer drinkers have plenty of ways to celebrate the season.

September 10

Wolf Hollow Brewing Oktoberfest

Kick off the Oktoberfest season with Wolf Hollow, which on September 10 will host its annual Oktoberfest—featuring food trucks, games, music and cold pints of the brewery’s Fall Tree Oktboberfest beer—from noon to 9pm. Limited edition half-liter WHBC mugs will be on sale while supplies last. wolfhollowbrewing.com

September 17

SingleCut Oktoberfest

Join SingleCut North & Side Stage Tap Room for its annual Bavarian bash on September 17. Stop by the Clifton Park brewery from 1 to 6pm for a sandwich from the Two For The Road food truck, barbecue from Tikkun BBQ, and plenty of beer served in limited edition steins. Compete in the stein-hoisting competition, or sit back and listen to live music all day long. singlecut.com

September 24

Glenville Oktoberfest

Celebrate the start of fall September 24 at Glenville’s family-friendly Oktoberfest, held in beautiful Maalwyck Park. Enjoy Bavarian food, beer and live music from Gregory and The Brauhaus Band, Herbie and His Accord-a-Tones, and The Bratwurst Boys.

Glenville Oktoberfest

September 24

Mixed Breed Brewing Oktoberfest

Guilderland Center Brewery Mixed Breed will host its second annual Oktoberfest this September 24, and you’re invited! Stay tuned for more details, but expect one thing: plenty of craft beer. mixedbreedbrewing.com

October 1

Wolff’s Biergarten Oktoberfest

Wolff’s Biergarten is holding its 12th annual Oktoberfest Block Party! Join the Albany bar on Broadway from 11am to 6pm for food trucks, dachshund races, boot-chugging and stein-holding competitions, and a live polka band. Presale tickets are $25 and include a one-liter commemorative stein. Admission at the door is $30. wolffsbiergarten.com

October 1

Frog Alley Brewing FROGtoberfest

FROGtoberfest, which always features fun surprises and terrific fall-worthy brews, returns again this year to great fanfare. Head to Schenectady brewery Frog Alley on the first day of October for an afternoon of beer and live music by Jimmie Allen, Alana Springsteen, Skeeter Creek and more, beginning at 3:30pm. frogalleybrewing.com

October 7-9

Lake George Village Oktoberfest

Celebrate the long Indigenous Peoples’ Day Weekend the right way at Lake George Village’s annual Oktoberfest and Fall Festival. This free three-day event will feature nonstop German and Polka music, traditional dancers, an Adirondack Brewery beer garden, local wine, carnival rides and bratwurst aplenty! lakegeorgeoktoberfest.com

October 8

Amsterdam OktoberFest

Bridge Street’s German-themed block party is back! Enjoy a day of games, German food, beer specials, vendors and live music, plus yodeling and stein-hoisting competitions. amsterdamny.gov

October 8

Chatham OctoberFeast

Chatham’s annual OctoberFeast harvest celebration returns to Columbia County this October 8. Stay tuned for details, but get pumped for tons of food and activities that appeal to the whole family, plus plenty of beer-centric treats for the adults. visitchathamny.com

October 15

Adirondack Brewery Oktoberfest

Return to beautiful Lake George for another can’t-miss Oktoberfest celebration during peak fall foliage season. What can you expect? Nonstop polka music, an Adirondack Brewery beer garden, bratwurst, keg-tossing, stein-hoisting, potato pancakes, cornhole and samples from local craft breweries, wineries and cideries. lakegeorgeoktoberfest.com

October 22

Northway Brewing Oktoberfest

Strap on your lederhosen and dirndls and head up to Northway Brewing, where dozens of local breweries converge for the ultimate upstate beer-sampling event, featuring live music, food and games. northwaybrewingco.com 


Staff Pick

Whiteface Oktoberfest

October 1 and 2

Whiteface Mountain Oktoberfest

Kick off the month of October with a trek up the Northway to Whiteface Mountain’s two-day Bavarian-style celebration featuring live oompah music, dancing and food (two orders of spätzle, please!). Enjoy a stein of German beer and take a scenic gondola ride for some of the best leaf-peeping in the state. whiteface.com

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