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Long Ireland Beer Company’s Oktoberfest. (Credit: Courtesy Long Ireland Beer Company)

Did you know? Oktoberfest originated in 1810 in Munich as a celebration of the marriage of King Louis I (the Prince of Bavaria) to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. 

Neither did we. Today, we mostly associate it with good sausage and beer.

The North Fork has several Oktoberfest celebrations throughout late September and October for beer lovers and families looking for a fun day outdoors.

Preston House & Hotel Oktoberfest

Friday, Sept. 24 through October

428 East Main Street, Riverhead

A special Oktoberfest menu awaits at this historic Riverhead hotel and restaurant. Dishes include beer-soaked sausage, Wiener schnitzel and more.

Cooperage Inn Fall Festival

Weekends through October

2218 Sound Avenue, Calverton

This family friendly outdoor festival has bratwurst, jumbo pretzels, roasted corn, apple cider donuts and other tasty treats. The live music lineup includes Audio Replay, Panic, Big Revival and more to be announced.

Reflextions Riverhead Oktoberfest

Saturday, Sept. 25

Grangebel Park, Riverhead

Experience the fabulous light-based art of Reflextions Riverhead while enjoying food, beer from Peconic County Brewing, North Fork Brewing, Long Island Beer Co. and live music from Who Are Those Guys.

Greenport Harbor Brewing Company

Saturday, Oct. 2

42155 Main Road, Peconic

Dance to live music by Die Spitzbaum, try a new German Beer release, Oktoberfest menu, and games including a beer stein holding contest. Wear your lederhosen!

Long Ireland Beer Company 9th Annual Oktoberfest

Saturday, Oct. 9

817 Pulaski Street, Riverhead

This lively celebration will include several fun competitions including keg tossing, best lederhosen and dirndl, best beard and sausage eating and stein holding. The day wraps up with a screening of the movie BeerFest.

Garden of Eve Oktoberfest

Saturday, Oct. 16 and Sunday, Oct. 17

4558 Sound Avenue, Riverhead

The annual festival features kielbasa, local beer and activities for the whole family such as pumpkin picking, hayrides and pedal karting.