The first Oktoberfest, way back in 1810, celebrated the marriage of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Two hundred and eight years later in New York, we’re celebrating something a little less romantic: 2-liter beers; weisswurst and spicy mustard; the sweet, sweet sound of tubas; and a reassuringly European excuse to drink all day.
Despite its name, Oktoberfest begins in September, allowing Germans -- and you -- to oom-pah-pah in the warmer nights. That gives us more weeks of celebrating all over the city with German beers, German music, and hangover-preventing German food. Just in case you want to add a little costuming to the celebration, a frankly stunning array of lederhosen and dirndls are available for two-day shipping with Amazon Prime (Lederhosen4u, please contact me about my influencer rates). While you wait by the mailbox, you can start practicing your German:
I’m wasted, can you call me a Lyft?
Ich bin betrunken, bitte nenne mich Lyft?
September 22, September 29
Drink to the last few weekends of a functional L train from 11am to 2am. Don’t miss the steinholding -- or Masskrugstemmen -- contests, a traditional Bavarian show of strength where people with alcohol-inflated confidence attempt to hold a 1-liter stein of beer straight out in front of their bodies. A pig roast, brass bands, and late-night DJs take the party at this traditional German biergarten straight into Sonntag (that’s Sunday for all you Amerikaner).