Strap on your lederhosen and raise your beer stein to celebrate Oktoberfest! Oktoberfest is the German autumn festival that celebrates everyone’s FAVORITE things: beer, food and merrymaking. The official celebration takes place annually in Munich, Bavaria from mid September to early October. However you don’t have to travel to Munich to properly celebrate Oktoberfest. Zum Schneider hosts Munich on the East River in New York City. This is one of the most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations outside of Munich. We are excited to share how to celebrate Oktoberfest in NYC with you.
What is Oktoberfest?
This year marks the 183rd Oktoberfest, which runs from Saturday, September 17, 2016 through Monday, October 3, 2016. Oktoberfest began as a wedding celebration to honor the marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. It is ironic that the largest beer festival in the world DID NOT not initially include alcohol! Today over six million people visit Munich and drink over six million liters of beer during the 16-day festival.
At its core, Oktoberfest centers around bringing people together to have a good time. The festival features beer tents, live music, games, amusement park rides, and a traditional Bavarian fair. If you attend an authentic Oktoberfest celebration, expect to spot a lot of lederhosen and dirndls, drink copious amounts of beer, munch on pretzels and polka dance the night away.
We wanted to clear up the confusion over the name. Oktoberfest originally took place in October. However, as it grew and the duration was extended, the start date was moved up to mid-September. This allows for better weather and a more enjoyable experience for festival attendees.
How to Celebrate Oktoberfest in NYC: Munich on the East River
Our first time at Oktoberfest at Munich on the East River was fantastic. We wore dirndls and listened to live music with Mösl Franzi & the JaJaJa’s. We also ate pretzels, drank Grüner and posed with gigantic beer steins.
WHAT TO WEAR:
- Lederhosen: (Lay-der-hose-in) literal translation is “leather pants.” Men wear trousers held up by a pair of leather suspenders
- Dirndl: (Dern-dull) traditional German dress worn by ladies
- Ladyhosen: (Lay-dee-hose-in) leather pants worn by ladies
WHAT TO EAT
German food and libations are a significant part of the Oktoberfest experience. Traditional German foods include wurst, obatzda, and giant pretzels. Guten Appetite!
- Beer: Bier
- Brot: Bread
- Brezeln: Pretzel
- Wurst: Sausage
- Steckerlfigsch: Grilled Fish
- Obatzda: Bavarian Cheese Spread
- Hendl: Roasted Chicken
- Applestrudel: Apple Strudel
The beer stein also makes for an excellent prop, especially for those of us that prefer wine to beer.
Now you have our tips on how to celebrate Oktoberfest in NYC. We highly recommend Munich on the East River and purchasing Reserved Seating.
The tent will be open on:
Thursday Sept. 29th 6pm-10pm
Friday Sept. 30th 5pm-10pm
Saturday Oct. 1st 12pm-10pm
Sunday Oct. 2nd 12pm-8pm
General Seating $25
Reserved Seating $35
VIP Seating $100
Liaba bsuffa und lusdig, ois niachdan und bled. I’d rather be drunk and funny than sober and stupidBavarian Proverb