Whiteface Oktoberfest welcomes Bavaria to the Adirondacks. (Whiteface/Facebook)
It’s time to dust off our lederhosen, fire up the oompah band and enjoy a tall mug of German beer at Oktoberfests across Northeastern ski resorts.
White Mountain Oktoberfest, a celebration of German food, drink, and music, takes place at Loon Columbus Day Weekend, Oct. 7-8. Enjoy seasonal brews, bratwurst, and breathtaking fall foliage. An Oompah band will provide the soundtrack to two days of activities, including a stein-hoisting contest, keg toss, and pretzel toss – plus plenty of fun for kids. Admission is free.
Taking the best from AppleFest, Wachusett expanded the calendar to one more event with OktoberFest, Oct. 21-22. Enjoy German food, live music, traditional dancing, beer, craft vendors, and farmers' market. Stein hoisting, keg tossing and pie eating contests throughout the weekend. Adults: $5 advance; $8 door; kids 6-12: $3 advance; $5 door; 5 and under free.
Like most German-themed Oktoberfest events, the 20th Annual Mount Snow Oktoberfest, October 7-8, will have plenty of beer, schnitzel and Oom-pah music; but throw in kids games, pumpkin painting, an apple sling shot and the famous “schnitzel toss” and you’ve got two days of fun for the whole family. Pricing varies for drinkers and non-drinkers; discount for advance purchase before Oct. 5.
Attitash’s 20th Annual Oktoberfest, Oct. 7-8, will feature traditional Bavarian music from King Ludwig's Band, authentic German fare, as well as a Biergarten featuring 19 different local and regional breweries. The Samuel Adams Stein Hoist Competition participants will attempt to hold a full beer stein with a straight arm parallel to the ground for as long as possible. Rounding out the adult activities are the keg toss competition, corn hole boards, and slacklining. Children have their own Kinderplatz tent. Admission packages available online.
Mark your calendars for the Whiteface Mountain Oktoberfest, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, for a Bavarian-style celebration with authentic music, dancing, food and beer. Free one-day admission and gondola ride for anyone with an Olympic Sites Passport, as well as free admission and gondola rides on Sunday for all Whiteface and Mt. Van Hoevenberg 2017-2018 season pass holders. Ages 12 and under also free admission both days of the festival.