Boston Oktoberfest 2012: Harpoon & Other Fests
Think you have to go all the way to Germany to enjoy the annual Oktoberfest celebrations? Think again; the Boston Oktoberfest will provide plenty of German-inspired fun during the month of October. The only problem with the Boston Oktoberfest is there are many different celebrations to choose from. While some cities have a centralized celebration, Boston has different festivities. There's the Harpoon Oktoberfest (Sep 28 & 29) and the Boylston Shul-Verein Oktoberfest (Sep 8 & 9). What does this mean for visitors? Even more Oktoberfest fun throughout the city of Boston.
Over the weekend of September 28th through October , there are several Oktoberfest celebrations throughout Boston. Each of these celebrations has its own appeal, so depending how ambitious you are, it is possible to attend one, a couple, or all of the celebrations. Just be sure to start out with the celebrations that intrigue you the most in case you lose energy half way through.
The American beer company Samuel Adams has its headquarters in Boston. The brewery is a fun place to celebrate Oktoberfest. A special brew is made in honor of Oktoberfest, and there are also several other choices of beers to taste and drink that aren't available to the general public. This would be the beer connoisseurs' Oktoberfest celebration. You won't find the food vendors with big pretzels and brats here, but you will have the chance to taste interesting beers.
The best and biggest Boston Oktoberfest celebration (and some say in New England) is the Boylston Shul-Verein Oktoberfest, which happens on September 8th and 9th. This is where you will find the signature beer garden with a large selection of Bavarian beers straight from Germany. You can also enjoy a variety of nibbles from German food vendors including those huge soft pretzels, bratwurst, strudel, and jumbo pickles. For many visitors, this is their favorite Boston Oktoberfest celebration. The beer garden here is everything you would expect from a traditional Oktoberfest celebration.
The largest craft brewery in New England is Harpoon, on September 28th and 29th. After a couple hours in the aforementioned beer garden, you might be looking for another beer-focused activity. At the Harpoon brewery, visitors you will pay a cover charge for entry but that will include a pint glass to take home. Aside from tasting all of Harpoon's craft beers, this Oktoberfest also offers entertainment. Some beloved annual events include a keg bowling competition.
The final celebration of Boston Oktoberfest is the Harvard Square Oktoberfest. Each year 100,000 partiers attend these festivities, filled with food, drinks, and over 200 vendors selling everything from jewelry to crafts to clothes. If you're looking for a family-friendly Oktoberfest in Boston, this is a great place to go for a stroll and do some people watching.
With so many activities, it is easy to see why the Boston Oktoberfest is so popular. If you're planning on attending, be sure to make arrangements for accommodations in advance. The best way to see an insider's perspective on Boston is with a Boston vacation rental, so be sure to book yours in advance. This way, you can participate as much or as little as you want in the Oktoberfest activities and have a spacious place to relax when you want to rest your feet or take an afternoon nap after one too many Bavarian beers.