Oktoberfest Guide – Boston

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Oktoberfest is a legendary festival known around the world. What started off as a wedding celebration in the 1800’s has now morphed into an annual epic 3 week party. Nowadays it seems like every bar and brewery has its own version of this fest. Since there are so many options available to you, here we’ll break down some of our favorite spots to celebrate.

Brato Brewhouse & Kitchen

Brato has always been one of our favorite spots for a bite and a drink. The kitchen at Brato is constantly evolving and changing, cranking out fresh, delicious food that changes weekly. Brato started off with gourmet grilled cheeses and housemade sausage, and this fall they are going back to that.

In true Brato fashion, they are not settling by just hosting a copycat version of Oktoberfest– their “Wurst Lagerfest Ever” is shaping up to be one delicious day. Brato is flexing their sausage muscle by bringing the people 13 different sausages including a buffalo chicken blue cheese sausage, Argentine chorizo beef sausage, apple and cider pork sausage, and many, many more. On top of that, they are rolling out 4 new lagers which will go perfectly to wash down all those sausages. Stop by on October 2nd, 2021 for this sausage-palooza.

Notch Brewing

 It is only right that Notch is throwing one epic Oktoberfest party, as they are one of the only spots in Boston where you can get your beer served in a stein year round. That golden liquid just tastes better coming from these oversized glasses.

Notch already specializes in German beers and lagers, so we can only imagine what delicious brew they will be releasing for this year’s party. On top of that, the TubaFrau Hofbräu Band will be playing classic German tunes all afternoon to get you in that Oktoberfest Spirit. Notch is already designed like a German beer hall, so it is only fitting that they are hosting their own celebration. Their Brighton location will be celebrating the 25th and their Salem spot will be celebrating the 26th.


Harpoon has been in the business of throwing Oktoberfest ragers for the past 30 years. What Harpoon lacks in steins it more than makes up for with one of the biggest parties of the year in Boston.

Every October they break out the massive tents and turn their parking lot into pure Oktoberfest chaos. If you are daring you can sign up for their stein holding and pretzel eating contest. There is live music all day and night with plenty of liquid courage on tap. Not much more needs to be about Boston’s oldest Oktoberfest celebration. Opening night is October 1st, 2021 with festivities all day on the 2nd.


If you have not made your way down to Canton to check out Trillium’s massive new state-of-the-art campus of a brewery, Oktoberfest is your excuse to visit. The hazy kings of Boston might not be known for beers which you can actually see through the glass, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make some fine German brew.

They will be breaking out their collectable steins and rocking live music– the aforementioned TubaFrau Hofbräu Band (it’s an understatement to say that this time of year is busy for the group). To soak up all the beer they will also have brats and pretzels in traditional German style. Stop by on September 18th & 19th of 2021 for the festivities.

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