OctFest Sept. 9, 1pm to 9pm at The Brooklyn Hangar, 2 52nd St., Sunset Park; tickets $60 or 2 for $100.
If you’re the kind of person who refuses to stop wearing that Guided By Voices concert tee from 1997 even though your beer gut is threatening to pop through it like the Chestburster from Alien, this is the Oktoberfest for you. The indie stalwarts, who have a new album out, will headline this day of music and beer put on by Pitchfork, wherein local breweries like Schmaltz, Braven, Alphabet City, and Vice’s Old Blue Last will pour unlimited samples alongside more Germanic brewers like Radeberger. Other acts include Okkervil River, The Sadies, Charles Bradley, Kilo Kish, and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. It’s all taking place at the 13,000-square-foot Brooklyn Hangar warehouse in Sunset Park.
Oktoberfest in Dumbo Oct. 6 from 5pm to 10pm and Oct. 7 from 1pm to 10pm,
As the Village Voice‘s cover story (RIP cover stories) points out this week, Dumbo has officially become mobbed with tourists, but that shouldn’t stop you from hitting up the Dumbo Improvement District’s second annual Oktoberfest. For one thing, unlike those ticketed fests, this one is free and kid-friendly. The Teutonic tunes will come courtesy of The Polka Brothers (check out their polka version of Journey), the New Orleans-tinged Street Beat Brass, and Melina and the Oompahs. There will be tubas. The Lighthouse’s bartenders will be decked in the requisite lederhosen as they serve up pretzels, brats, and Dumbo-branded steins.
Oktoberfest at Watermark Bar Sept. 15-17, 22-24, and 29 to Oct. 1 at Watermark Bar, Pier 15, 78 South Street, tickets free or $60 for two-hour beer tasting.
This Oktoberfest, occurring over three weekends, is near Wall Street and features beer pong and cornhole. Add in some dirndl-wearing waitresses wielding steins of Hofbrau, Weihenstephan and Radeberger and you know there’ll be bros and broettes. But you can’t beat the location– Watermark Bar is right on the Hudson, so you can always hop on a ferry and escape to the nearest schooner if things get a little too “zicke, zacke, zicke, zackie, hoi, hoi, hoi.”
Oktoberfest at Paulaner on Bowery Sept. 16, 23, 30 and October 7, 14, 21 at Paulaner on Bowery, 265 Bowery.
It doesn’t get more authentic than this– Paulaner, one of the official beers of Munich’s Oktoberfest, is adopting that city’s 200-year-old tradition of having the mayor tap the first keg of fresh Oktoberfest beer. We’re assuming Bill de Blasio was busy, because in this case the “mayors” will be beer savants like Jimmy Carbone, owner of the beloved but endangered Jimmy’s 43. Needless to say, the menu will include Bavarian staples like beer-braised chicken, pork knuckles, and sausages.