Boston's Best Places To Celebrate Oktoberfest

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Oktoberfest is a grand autumnal celebration in the holiday's birthplace of Germany – a time where thousands gather to drink beer, carouse with friends and indulge in delicious, authentic food. Boston also knows how to do Oktoberfest right, with plenty of parties and celebrations going on to make even the greenest out-of-towner feel like an Oktoberfest pro! Enjoy Oktoberfest festivities at one of these five spots to celebrate in Boston.

Oktoberfest in Harvard Square
18 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 491-3434

There's always a party going on in Cambridge's Harvard Square district every Oktoberfest season, with a popular David Square parade, tons of street vendors and gallons of beer to be had, as the holiday winds its way throughout the city. Tons of folks gather in Harvard Square to indulge in sauerkraut, sausage and steins full of strong German beer, with this year looking to be no different. It's a guaranteed good time.

Baltic European Deli & Cafe
632 Dorchester Ave.
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 268-2435

Standing contrary to Harvard Square's social, outdoor Oktoberfest celebration, shopping at the Baltic European Deli & Cafe, located on Dorchester Avenue in South Boston, is the homebody's equivalent to a rockin' Oktoberfest party. This hometown European deli possesses all of the delicious, savory meats and cold cuts necessary to bring a taste of Germany home to the family. The Baltic European Deli & Cafe also offers sit-down dining for those looking for a halfway point between both destinations. Either way, it's a win!

Jacob Wirth
31-37 Stuart St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 338-8586

Jacob Wirth has earned its fine reputation as one of the most well-respected and reviewed destinations for traditional German cuisine, and serves as a great place to bring German relatives or friends who are flying in and are missing a taste of home. Fine German sausage, schnitzel, cabbage, pretzels and sauerbraten are always on the menu here at Jacob Wirth's and always provide a delicious taste of traditional Deutschland cuisine!

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Harpoon Oktoberfest
The Harpoon Brewery
306 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210
(888) 427-7666

What better way to celebrate Oktoberfest than at a brewery? And a Boston brewery, at that. The Harpoon Brewery on Northern Avenue celebrates Oktoberfest every year, with plenty of beer and cider on hand to quench even the mightiest thirst. Meanwhile, food stands serve up sausage, bratwurst, potato pancakes and more to feed to hungry crowds which fill up the brewery every year. It's a good time.

Samuel Adams Oktoberfest
30 Germania St
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 368-5080

Another great brewery option for the Oktoberfest time of year is the Samuel Adams Brewery, located on Germania Street in Jamaica Plain, in between Marmion Street and Brookside Avenue. The Sam Adams Oktoberfest party is one heck of a great Oktoberfest party as the brewery and its crew provide traditional German music, tons of delicious German delicacies and, of course, kegs and kegs of great Samuel Adams Oktoberfest brews. Add to this the games and competitions which round out the Oktoberfest celebration and hitting up this joint is a no-brainer.

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George Pacheco has been writing professionally about arts and entertainment for over a decade. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, George currently resides in a humble New England home with his wife, cat and massive music and film collection. His work can be found at