Get Ready for Fall Celebrations at Oktoberfest!
Temperatures in the northeast have begun to trend cooler, and as the leaves begin to change, we are getting ready to host our long tradition of Oktoberfest celebrations starting the first day of fall on September 22nd.
Voted in the top 10 Best Oktoberfests in the Nation by USA Today, our Oktoberfest weekends celebrate the arrival of autumn with authentic traditional German-American festivities, food and culture with a variety of entertainment options during all four free weekends. These Oktoberfest weekends also occur in conjunction with specialty events alongside plentiful food and craft beverages, live music, artistic vendors, lawn games, our Scenic Skyride and much more.
Oktoberfest I (Sept. 22nd & 23rd) occurs in conjunction with the Ciders in the Catskills hard cider tasting event and centers around celebrating the growth of New York cideries from around the state. This year’s tasting will host cideries from New York City and all the way to Western New York. VIP packages are available and include a voucher for 20 cider tastings, a commemorative cider tasting glass and t-shirt, as well as admission to our Scenic Skyride.
The Colors in the Catskills: Off-Road Edition is the newest arrival for our second weekend of Oktoberfest (Sept. 29th & 30th) and will allow guests to explore Hunter Mountain’s vast trail network in the midst of fall foliage season. Lead by knowledgeable and experienced guides from Northeast Off-Road Adventures, guests can register their 4X4 vehicles to participate in off-road tours of Hunter Mountain. Additionally, drivers and passengers alike will be able to purchase exclusive camping packages that grant them access to camping right on the Mountain.
The Das Laufwerk Eurocar Rally and 18-time Grammy award winner Jimmy Sturr return for the third weekend of Oktoberfest (Oct. 6th & 7th) to rock the mountainside and showcase some of best European cars our guests have to offer. The Das Laufwerk Eurocar Rally is open to guests and completely free to attend! All European car models are welcome and will have access to exclusive parking in a reserved lot located close to the Hunter Mountain base lodge. Guests attending this weekend of Oktoberfest will have a chance to see the finest in German engineering including Audis, Volkswagens, Porsches and much more.
The fourth and final weekend of Oktoberfest (Oct. 13th and 14th) will celebrate wineries from around New York State with our Wine Tasting on the Mountain event. This year’s wine tasting event will host wineries from Long Island to the Finger Lakes. Similarly to our Ciders in the Catskills event, guests will be able to purchase VIP tasting packages which provide them with a voucher for 20 wine tastings, a commemorative wine glass and t-shirt as well as admission for one to our Scenic Skyride.
Remember admission to the Oktoberfest festival grounds is completely free and gates open each weekend at 11:00 AM – 6:15 PM Saturdays and from 11:00 AM – 5:15 PM Sundays (expect for Sunday, Oct. 7th which will remain open until 6:15 PM). All four Oktoberfest weekends are held indoors and outdoors, rain or shine.