In the Western New York area, Oktoberfest isn’t limited to a week or two – very often, we start celebrating in September, just like the Europeans. The original Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival in Germany, running from late-September to early October and featuring a full selection of Bavarian foods and beverages. In Western New York, most Oktoberfest festivities are one night or all-day parties full of German food, beverages and entertainment.
The festivities kick off in Hamburg on Saturday, September 18th with Hamburg Oktoberfest at Memorial Park in the Village of Hamburg from 3 to 11 p.m. The event features the G.A.M.A. Blaskapelle Show Band, German folk dancing, a German car show, and plenty of German food, beer and wine.
The following week, head to Buffalo’s famous Central Terminal for Picnic on the Plaza: Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 25th from 6 to 11 p.m. Located at 495 Paderewski Dr. in Buffalo, the Central Terminal event will feature a German “beer garden” and music from the Frankfurters; other beverages, food, and merchandise will also be available for purchase. Tickets are $10 per person – come in costume and get in for free!
The Lamm Post at 962 Wehrle Dr. in Williamsville will hold their Oktoberfest festivities on Saturday, October 2nd from 6 to 10 p.m., featuring the German American Musicians in the outdoor grove, along with traditional German food, beer, and dance. Call 716-574-0060 for more information.
Artpark will also be hosting an Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 at the Embassy Suites at Avant, 200 Delaware Ave. in Buffalo from 6 to 11 p.m. Featuring food, beer, and wine, tickets are $40 per person and available by calling 716-754-9000 x. 124.
Banchetti by Rizzo’s, located at 550 N. French Rd. in Amherst, will hold its Oktoberfesta on Friday, October 15th starting at 6 p.m. Featuring a German band, a buffet feast featuring bratwurst, sauerkraut, spaetzle, and more, and an unlimited supply of seasonal and German draft beer, wine, and soda pop (other beverages available for $1), tickets for this event are $28 and can be purchased by calling 716-691-4045.
Buffalo Brew Pub, located at 6861 Main St. near Transit Rd. in Williamsville, will be hosting their annual Oktoberfest party over two nights, Wednesday and Thursday, October 20th and 21st, with entertainment by the Frankfurters. Get more information about this event by calling 716-632-0552.