Oktoberfest, the world’s biggest beer festival offers more than just beer and New Yorkers who didn’t make it to Munich still have a few local options for celebrating Oktoberfest in Queens through mid-October. Bring the family and enjoy music, traditional Bavarian dishes, arts and crafts and funfair rides.
Sunnyside Gardens Park Annual Oktoberfest
An annual family friendly festival in a lovely park in Sunnyside, Queens. The normally members-only park will be open to the public for the day. Bring your family out to enjoy a craft fair featuring handcrafted items including jewelry, eco-friendly products, and clothing for kids and adults, live music, a pumpkin patch, and Oktoberfest food and drinks. The festival runs from noon until dusk and there will be live music from noon to around 3pm. Kids will love participating in the activities such as pumpkin painting, listening to music and getting their faces painted.
48-21 39th Avenue, Sunnyside
Free Admission, All Ages
Oktoberfest at the Poppenhusen Institute
This Oktoberfest the Poppenhusen Institute offers live entertainment, tournaments and games, pie eating and photo contests for the whole family. German singers and dancers will perform and there will be a special presentation on “The Early Beer Gardens of Queens.” Kids can get their faces painted and artists will draw and sell caricatures of one person or the whole family. Participants will also get to taste delicious German-American food and beer. Experience a true Oktoberfest.
114-04 14th Road, College Point
Admission is $15, children 5 and under are free, All Ages
While Oktoberfest traditionally wraps up early October there are still several dining options to explore the entire month – when the dancing is all done!
For an old-fashioned German Oktoberfest experience, head to Chalet Alpina. The decor is kitschy, time is kept by a cuckoo clock and the waitresses dress as if they are actually in Bavaria. There’s even an accordion player on weekends. The menu has large portions of German foods like potato pancakes, sauerbraten and schnitzel and traditional favorites like shrimp cocktail and veal chatelaine.
98-35 Metropolitan Ave, Forest Hills, 718-793-3774
Manor Oktoberfest Restaurant
With offerings like the Oktoberfest Bratwurst (sausage on a roll served with mustard and sauerkraut), potato pancakes, kassler rippchen, sauerbraten and an assortment of sandwiches from the carving board, Oktoberfest is rapidly becoming a neighborhood favorite among those who enjoy German cuisine. Enjoy a glass of Spaten, Weissbier or gluhwein with your meal and bring the kids along – there’s a children’s menu as well.
The Shops at Atlas Park, 80-28 Cooper Avenue (at 80th Street), Glendale, 718-326-2201
Manor Oktoberfest of Forest Hills, 73-11 Yellowstone Boulevard, Forest Hills, 718-544-2400
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden
Head out to Astoria’s famous Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden for a weekend lunch in a family friendly environment. Enjoy lots of BBQ, beer, Czech food, and live entertainment. Better suited to older kids than toddlers.
29-19 24th Ave, Astoria, 718-274-4925