The leaves are starting to turn, there’s a brisk chill outside, and the stores are filled with pumpkin spice and apple cider. We’re looking forward to one thing– Oktoberfest! If you’re also ready to put on your lederhosen and start planning celebrations with your friends, then look no further. We’ve compiled some can’t-miss Oktoberfest festivities in Boston just for you.
Getting to and from Boston is simple and safe when you ride with C&J Bus Lines (which is important when you’re celebrating Oktoberfest). We offer service to South Station from Dover, Portsmouth, and Newburyport starting at just $10.99! You can relax, enjoy our free Wi-Fi and power outlets, and recharge your energy before an exciting day in the city.
Check Out DBco for a Traditional Celebration
Be sure to mark September 21 on your calendars for the Dorchester Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest celebration. There will be live music, German food, and of course, plenty of beer served up in steins. They encourage everyone to dress the part, so don’t be shy! The best part of the event? Tickets are totally free. DBco is Dorchester’s newest tap room and is located on Mass Ave, which is easily accessed by public transportation.
Head to Harpoon—and Bring Fido!
Want to attend one of the most iconic Oktoberfest celebrations in New England? Then you’ll want to go to Harpoon Brewery’s festival on October 4 and 5. This outdoor event is usually very busy, so it’s best for those who don’t mind a crowd. You can buy early access tickets now, or pay $25 at the door (which includes one beer and a souvenir cup).
If you already have plans on Friday and Saturday, you can still get in on the celebrations on Sunday, October 6. Bring your favorite furry friend to Harpoon’s Dogtoberfest! Besides beer, there will be a fun run/walk, costume contests, and more. All proceeds go towards Kenary Brain Tumor Research Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. You don’t have to bring a dog to attend, but it’s a great way to get out of the house and support a great cause at the same time.
Spend the Day Exploring Harvard Square
On Sunday, October 13, the Harvard Square Business Association is hosting it’s 41st Annual Oktoberfest block party and parade! Over 100,000 people are expected to turn out for live music, dancing, family-friendly activities, and amazing vendors serving up food from all over the world. You can also hop between several local biergartens, including Alden & Harlow, Beat Brew Hall, Charlie’s Kitchen, The Hourly Oyster House, John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House, and The Sinclair.
Celebrate Tradition at Olde Magoun’s
Every Wednesday in September and October, you’ll want to visit Olde Magoun’s for their amazing German food and beer specials (think: potato pancakes, Bavarian cheese spreads, schnitzel, and lots of pretzels). Also, they will host an all-day Oktoberfest celebration on September 28 with food, live music, and a ceremonial keg tapping! You don’t want to miss this unforgettable celebration.
When you’re ready to don your dirndl or lederhosen and spend the day celebrating Oktoberfest, you’ll want to check out our schedules and buy tickets to ride with C&J into Boston. We want you to have a great time and be responsible, so let us do all the driving. Ride with C&J from Dover, Portsmouth, or Newburyport direct to Boston South Station! In just over an hour, you’ll be in the heart of the city and can access any of these events by public transportation.