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Top 10 Octoberfests in New England

WAY Octoberfest (or … Oktoberfest) is a grand occasion to get out with friends in the splendor of mid-fall and to taste beers that we have loved long and well, along with the many small-batch and micro-brews that New England brewers are producing almost everywhere you look. Octoberfest also means diving into good German food and music, silly competitions like keg tossing, and outdoor fun for kids and entire families. Remember: if your lust for excellent beer extends to every month of the year, many New England breweries offer brewery tours and tastings all year long

Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road Princeton, MA Phone:

October 21-22, 2017

Enjoy German food, music, traditional dancing, beer, craft vendors, a farmers' market, and a chance to ride the SkyRide for aerial views of the fall foliage on the mountain.

200 Block of Water Street Gardiner, ME Phone:

October 7, 2017

Come to taste and celebrate Maine agriculture, beers and October spirit. Vendors will serve up a variety of dishes featuring local pork; Maine bands will entertain; and guests can compete in the chicken fling; frozen T-shirt race, and the the Gardiner Beard & Mustache Competition.

Smugglers Den Campground on Route 102 Southwest Harbor, ME Phone:

October 6-7, 2017

This fun fall festival includes great microbrews, wine and cheese tasting with wines from several countries, live music and a crafts tent with artisans from Maine and beyond. The event is held rain or shine under big tents.

Bold Point Park East Providence, RI Phone:

October 7, 2017

Come enjoy a little slice of Bavaria in Rhode Island at this beautiful city park in the heart of a bustling downtown. Seasonal brews, and savory German cuisine compliment the lively and spirited sound of music spilling from the Biergartens.

Loon Mountain, 60 Loon Mountain Road Lincoln, NH Phone:

October 7-8, 2017

An oompah band adds zest to a to a stein-holding contest, keg toss, and kids activities like a root beer keg toss and pumpkin painting. Prost in the White Mountains!

Mount Snow Resort, 39 Mount Snow Road West Dover, VT Phone:

October 7-8, 20167

Plenty of beer, schnitzel and oom-pah music along with kids games like pumpkin painting, an apple sling shot and the schnitzel toss and a beanbag toss.. While the young ones are playing, adults can enjoy beers from 25 German and domestic breweries and authentic German food. Try the keg toss, yodeling contest and stein holding as well as a horseshoe tournament.

Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Avenue Boston, MA Phone:

September 29-30, 2017

This Octoberfest has been a tradition for two decades for Boston’s beer-loving people. The party offers Harpoon beer, German food, oompah bands, chicken dancing, keg bowling game, and German chocolate cake-eating contest.

Attitash Ski Resort, Route 302 Bartlett, NH Phone:

October 7-8, 2017

The annual Oktoberfest will happen at Bear Peak, where guests can sing and dance of King Ludwig's Band, compete in stein hoisting and keg tossing, chow down on authentic German food and dive into a Biergarten serving brews from local and regional brewers. Lots of play time for kids, and dogs are welcome too.

Waterfront Park, 10 College Street Burlington, VT Phone:

September 22-23, 2017

The event will be a Bavarian festival for the harvest and patrons will find many of the traditional aspects of being in Munich, Germany, with a Green Mountain spin. Enjoy food, authentic Live music from the Inseldudlers, tons of games and contests.

Kate Gould Park, Main Street Chatham, MA Phone:

October 21, 2017

Crafts and games for kids, the Chatham Town Band, professional entertainers, food trucks, a beer trailer, and fun in the park.

German American Cultural Society of Rhode Island, 78 Carter Avenue Pawtucket, RI Phone:

September 30-October 1, 2017

Eat, drink, dance, sing, yodel. The Alpenblumen Schuhplattlers will demonstrate real folk dancing and the Alpenblumen Musikanten take the stage on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon with lots of cowbell. There will be an outdoor Biergarten this year.