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Oktoberfest!

Prost!

Oktoberfest is upon us. The traditional autumnal German festival that causes ordinarily mild-mannered humans to drink an astonishing amount of beer, don lederhosen and dance the polka like it’s nobody’s business.

To that, we say, “Ja!”

The name is a tad misleading because activities will take place here from Saturday, September 16th through well into October. (I guess Septemberoktoberfest just doesn’t roll off the tongue.) In any event, the city will have celebrations in all five boroughs in various public spaces and beer gardens.

Here are a few of the cooler ones:

This Saturday, September 16th, head to the the German-American Steuben Parade, which runs up Fifth Avenue from 68th to 86th Street. Then pop over to the Central Park Summerstage at the Rumsey Playfield (72nd & 5th) from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. Unlimited German brews and grub will be served, plus you can polka till you drop. Tickets are $31.

DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) will host it’s first ever Oktoberfest from Thursday, October 6th to Saturday, the 8th. The Archway, DUMBO’S premier plaza, will be transformed into a German beer hall. Draft beer, pretzels, brats and sauerkraut…even vegetable brats will be served. Music (Melina and the Oompahs!) and lederhosen will no doubt also be in great supply.

And finally, Munich on the East River will run from Friday, September 29th through Sunday, October 8th. You can expect an Oompah band stage, suds, pretzels, Steckerlfish (grilled mackerel), cotton candy, hard cider, gingerbread hearts and more! Tickets are $28 for general seating and $38 for reserved seating.

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