High 5: Oktoberfest in the Hub
Savor German-inspired beer, food and more at these Boston area locales
Samuel Adams Boston Octoberfest: Catch zwei celebrations September 23–25 thanks to this Hub icon. Its Downtown location on State Street and its original brewery and tap room in Jamaica Plain both boast live music, stein-hoisting competitions, food specials and fest-inspired beers.
Night Shift Brewing Oktoberfest: The acclaimed brewer unveils its Bavarian-inspired day of revelry on September 24 from noon–11 p.m. at its Everett tap room (pictured), complete with new releases that include helles, Vienna and Munich-Style lagers. The next day, Night Shift's Lovejoy Wharf location joins in with its own shindig from 11:30 a.m.–8 p.m., with both fetes featuring music from the Hofbrau Spieler Band and Oktoberfest-themed treats.
Harpoon Octoberfest: The longtime tradition at this Seaport facility returns September 30 & October 1, complete with all the usual beer, food and music that Harpoon's fans expect. Come back with your pooch on October 2 for the pet-friendly Dogtoberfest, a fundraiser for the Kenary Brain Tumor Research Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and MSPCA-Angell that includes a three-mile run/walk, a costume contest, pet adoptions and even a beer for dogs.
Turtle Swamp Brewing Oktoberfest: This Jamaica Plain hangout, which boasts a welcoming outdoor patio, hosts a bash on October 1 with all the expected German-inspired revelry, including live music, pretzels, bratwurst, a stein-lifting contest and commemorative steins for souvenirs.
Harvard Square Oktoberfest: This 43rd annual event has stood the test of time, and for good reason. October 9 from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. sees a myriad of international food vendors, craft makers, beer purveyors and music acts on multiple stages descend on the revered locale for a day of outdoor fun and frivolity, all with a German-ish accent.