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Welcome Fall With Northeast Oktoberfests

Sugarbush-oktoberfest Raising a glass to all things fall in the mountains. (Sugarbush)

While we’re waiting anxiously for the snow to fly, resorts across the Northeast are celebrating fall foliage season with fun, food, music and stunning views of the mountains. Here are SnoCountry.com’s top picks for Oktoberfests this year.

Join Sugarbush Oct. 7 for their annual Oktoberfest, featuring Bavarian inspired food, drink, games, and The Reformed Mad Bavarian Brass Band North. Compete in stein hoisting competition, keg tossing, and football tournament for a chance to win prizes. Von Trapp's beer garden will host the Stein Hoist Competition with their Oktoberfest beer.

No better way to take in the fall colors than a chairlift ride. (Wachusett/Facebook)

Raise your steins and toss the empty kegs at Wachusett’s Oktoberfest, Oct. 20-21, as you eat, drink and celebrate with live German music, contests, shows, craft and farmers' market vendors, and activites for the whole family. 

At Connecticut’s Powder Ridge Oktoberfest get out your lederhosen, as the mountain will be bursting with brews, bratwurst and bands. Beer sampling from over 30 breweries with hundreds of beers, free lift rides up the mountain to view the spectacular fall foliage. live bands performing throughout the day and of course the infamous keg toss competition 

Partake in a Bavarian costume contest. (Sugar Mountain)

You’ll find yodels of fun at Sugar Mountain’s Oktoberfest, Oct.13-14. Live Bavarian music performed by the 15-piece Harbour Towne Fest Band and traditional American music performed by the Valle Crucis Middle School Band highlights the two-day festival. Children's fun includes hay rides, corn hole, pumpkin bowling, water balloon tossing, play time with Sugar and Sweetie Bear, and an array of bounce houses. Local and regional art and craft and fun food vendors sprawl their wares on the back lawn. 

The first weekend of Hunter's Oktoberfest occurs along with Ciders in the Catskills. (Hunter/Facebook) 

Hunter Mountain’s Oktoberfest weekends, Sept. 22 - Oct. 14, celebrate the arrival of autumn with authentic traditional German-American festivities, food and culture with a variety of entertainment options during all four free weekends. Oktoberfest weekends also occur in conjunction with specialty events alongside plentiful food and craft beverages, live music, artistic vendors, lawn games, our Scenic Skyride and much more.

Flex your forearms during the Samuel Adams Stein Hoisting contest at Loon. (Loon/Facebook)

White Mountain Oktoberfest, New Hamnpshire’s largest celebration of German food, drink, and music, happens at Loon Oct. 6–7. Enjoy seasonal brews, bratwurst, and breathtaking fall foliage alongside friends old and new. An Oompah band will provide the soundtrack to two days of fun events, including a stein-hoisting contest, keg toss, and plenty of fun activities for kids. Don’t forget to enroll in Beer College with Samuel Adams.

Celebrate the end of summer with Sunday River’s Fall Festival October 6-7. In addition to favorites like North American Wife Carrying Championship, Blue Mountain Arts and Crafts Fair, music festival, and New England Corn Hole Championship, see the fall foliage by taking a plane ride, then jumping out with a new skydiving offering this weekend.

King Ludwig's Bavarian Band, an authentic German Oom-Pah-Pah-Band. (Pats Peak)

Join the fun at the annual Octoberfest celebration at Pats Peak with live music from King Ludwig's Bavarian Band, a German Food Fest, Harpoon German Beer Garden, German Beer Stein Sale, Sing-a-longs and Kids' Activities. Lift Rides 11- 3 for $5 per ride (weather permitting). There will also be a S&W Sports Mountain Bike Tent Sale, Woodsmen Show, and Chainsaw Carving Show.

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