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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.