Put on your lederhosen; Oktoberfest activities are about to begin on Long Island! For sixteen days each year, Munich, Bavaria, Germany hosts the world's largest funfair, attracting over six million people for the annual celebrations. The history of Oktoberfest dates back to October 12, 1810, with the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Sax-Hildburghausen. The royal event was celebrated with horse races, parades, and various activities, which have all become traditions in Munich for the past two centuries.
With everybody seemingly flocking to Munich, Bavaria, Germany for Oktoberfest, it may appear that Long Island is being left behind on the entertainment. Thankfully, however, Long Islanders have plenty of options for participating in the festivities without ever having to leave the Island.
Though the festival has become synonymous with beer drinking and partying, there is far more depth and culture to the festivities than may be assumed. With traditional music, clothing, and dances being featured at many Oktoberfest celebrations, there are fun activities for all ages to participate in.
Check out the following list of Oktoberfest festivities happening right here on Long Island!
Octoberfest at The Maple Tree BBQ
September 18th - October 5th
820 W Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901
T.J. Finley's Oktoberfest
42 E Main St, Bay Shore, NY 11706
Oktoberfest Benefit Celebration at Black Forest Brew Haus
September 26th - October 18th
2015 New Highway, Farmingdale, NY 11743
St. Patrick’s School 2nd Annual Oktoberfest Fundraiser
284 East Main Street, Smithtown, NY 11787
Four Course Oktoberfest Beer Dinner at The Library Café
274 Main St., Farmingdale, NY 11735
Ompahfest at Plattduetsche Park Restuarant
October 3rd - October 5th
1132 Hempstead Tpke, Franklin Square, NY 11010
Third Annual Oktoberfest At Resurrection Lutheran Church
420 Stewart Avenue, Garden City, NY, 11530
Okoberfest at Westminster Presbyterian Church
109 Udall Rd, West Islip, NY, 11795
2nd Annual East End Oktoberfest
October 25th - October 26th
4558 Sound Ave, Riverhead, NY 11901
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