Oktoberfest Events In And Near Boston

You’ve probably heard about Oktoberfest — the citywide party every year in Munich, Germany. It starts near the end of September and millions attend. Want to join in on the fun, but can’t travel to Germany? No problem. We’ve created a handy list. You can start your celebration at a local bar in Dorchester (there are plenty), and continue at one or more upcoming events in or near Boston.

While the Dorchester Brewing Company (1250 Massachusetts Ave, Dorchester) held its official Oktoberfest celebration on September 23, you can start yours with something healthy: “Yoga With Erin Madore” from 10:15 to 11:30 am on Saturday, September 30th. Hungry after yoga? The brewery will offer the “Munch Mobile Kitchen Popup” from 1:00 to 8:00 pm.

This event, and the ones listed below, are only for persons 21 years of age or older.

In Boston, the Harpoon Brewery (306 Northern Ave) will celebrate with German beers, bratwurst sausages, pretzels, and an Oompah band on Friday, September 29 from 5:30 to 11:30 pm and Saturday, September 30th from 1:00 to 7:00 pm. Tours of the brewery are also available. Tickets should be purchased in advance.

Also in Boston, the City Tap House Boston (10 Boston Wharf Road) bar and restaurant will celebrate with an “Ain’t Firkin Around About Oktoberfest” event all day on Sunday, October 1st.

In Cambridge, the Cambridge 5K Oktoberfest run will start on Sunday October 1st at 9:30 am at the Cambridgeside Galleria. Participating runners will receive a race shirt plus food and beer from Jacob Wirth, swissbäkers, Cambridge Brewing Co, Notch, Slumbrew & Bantam Cider. Advance registration is required for participating runners.

In Somerville, Redbones Restaurant (55 Chester Street, Davis Square) will sponsor a “30th Birthday Oktoberfest” on Sunday, October 1 from Noon to 6:00 pm. The event will include cider, German beers, live music, and items from the restaurant’s famous barbecue menu.

Also in Somerville, the celebration will continue at the Bronwyn Restaurant (255 Washington Street), a popular restaurant which serves authentic German food and beer. It also features an actual outdoor biergarten in the back, which is open weather permitting.

Later in October, the Samuel Adams Octoberfest (World Trade Center Concourse, Boulevard of Flags, One Seaport Lane) will be held on Friday, October 27 starting at 4:00 pm. The event will feature live music, food, beer, a “Hops Slide,” lawn games, and a “Stein Hoisting” competition. Tickets should be purchased in advance.

Beantown Jazz Festival

View of Columbus Avenue during the 2016 Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival

Boston’s biggest block party, the 2017 Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017¬†on Columbus Avenue, west of Massachusetts Avenue, for six blocks to Burke Street.

This free, annual, outdoor public concert delights music lovers and features world-class music on three stages including jazz, Latin, blues, funk, and groove performances. The festival is held every year on the last Saturday of September.

To learn more and browse the schedule of performers, visit the Beantown Jazz Festival website.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (right) and Berklee President Roger H. Brown (left) welcomed attendees at the 2016 Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival.