iIt's that time of year again, when we lift our steins, munch on pretzels, and chow down on bratwurst!
Oktoberfest was first created in 1810 to honor the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig's marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. We've only had one Prince here in the U.S.--and he's gone now--and marriage celebrations are no longer the point anyway. Eating, drinking and laughing are!
The holiday is being recognized across all five boroughs. Here are some of the parties that we thought looked the best:
Chelsea Market will celebrate from Thursday, September 29th through Sunday, October 2nd. Vendors will join in on the fun with themed food and live music will be available.
Loreley Biergarten on the Lower East Side will be celebrating Oktoberfest through October 16th. An indoor and heated outdoor beer garden awaits you here, with specialty items available every day of the week, like rotating Oktoberfest craft beers, seasonal craft ciders and soft-baked pretzels. On the weekend, check out their pig roasts and keg tappings.
This Saturday, October 1st, head to Radegast Hall in Williamsburg to listen to live music around communal tables, get your wurst on and chug one of their five Oktoberfest beers. A mug-holding competition is on tap as well.
Sit outside at Watermark Bar at Pier 15 in the Financial District daily through October 31st and chug half liters of beer for $10, scarf down ginormous pretzels and brats, dance to polka on and join in on Oktoberfest-themed games.