BOSTON – Come fall in New England, there's a cornucopia of fall festivals, haunted walking tours, and pumpkin patches that dot the landscape of New England annually in the autumn. Perennially, the region ranks among the best in the nation for these fun fall activities and was recognized by USA Today for their excellence, per reader surveys about fall entertainment.

This week, the newspaper’s rankings for the best Oktoberfest festivals made headlines, with many New England events making the list.

Oktoberfest is an annual, multi-week folk festival that originated in Germany and celebrates the best in food, drink, music, and more of the German culture. It has since gained immense popularity around the world and has definitely managed to establish a strong following in Boston.

Ranking among the ten most authentic Oktoberfest festivals in the United States was one in Vermont that bases much of its theme off of Austrian culture and The Sound of Music. Known as the Trapp Family Lodge, the von Trapp Brewing Oktoberfest is located in Stowe, Vermont. The celebration is thoroughly beloved and apparently gets a lot of things right about the Germanic region. This year, the Oktoberfest celebration will begin on September 21.

Elsewhere in New England, two Oktoberfest celebrations are currently ongoing in Boston. Olde Magoun’s Saloon is one such example where Oktoberfest festivities are happening every evening from September 4 through September 28. Some Bostonian Oktoberfests are still lying in wait, including many that will also peak on September 21 with a series of food trucks, keg tappings, live music, and more. Among these are Boston’s Dorchester Brewing Co. and the Aeronaut at Zone 3.

One of the most long-lasting Oktoberfest celebrations will be Brewer’s Alley at Boston Harbor Hotel, stretching from September 25 to October 26 and showcasing dozens of different beers to be tried from numerous breweries.

Lastly, Jack’s Abby is commonly regarded as one of the best in Boston for Oktoberfest and they are hosting a big blowout on the weekend of September 27 to September 29. The bar will be decked out and filled with tons of German and Austrian foods and beverages. Additionally, an oompah band will be present. Sold.


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