When a German asks you, "Was seinen Sie ihre Lieblings Freizeitbeschaftigungen?" don't be alarmed by the large words.Â Stare right into their Deutches Augen (German Eyes) and yell like a private in boot camp, "Practicing for Oktoberfeeeest!"Â Make sure to draw out that last syllable to really drive home your dedication to The Fest, because this stuff's important.
Since 1810 Oktoberfest has been a celebration of one thing and one thing only, happiness.Â It started with a celebration of the marriage between Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on the 12 of October 1810.Â In 2011 it remains no less joyous than the beautiful celebration of eternal love, there is just more beer.
To make sure you're in the know, here's a list of NYC Oktoberfest events to black out a week or two of your life in a drunken, and happy, stupor:
Lexington Avenue Oktoberfest Blowout:Â In honor of this illustrious holiday, Lexington Avenue will be shut down on Sunday October 2nd from 42nd-57th Street.Â The celebration will commence at 10am and end at 6pm.Â Go get your drink on!
Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden:Â New York's oldest beer garden has been a premier venue for the week-long Oktoberfest celebration for over a hundred years.Â Starting at 12 pm daily on October 1st and ending on the 9th, the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden will be serving up plenty'o'happiness-in-a-glass.Â 29-19 24th Avenue Astoria, New York 11102
Zum Schneider Restaurant and Biergarten:Â From now until October 9th, knock a few back in a traditional Oktoberfest setting and celebration.Â 107 Avenue C at East 7th Street, New York, NY 10009
Oktoberfest 2011 in The Garden at Studio Square NYC:Â Just how it sounds-a killer Oktoberfest celebration at The Garden at Studio Square on October 1st and 2nd.Â 35-33 36th Street, Long Island City, NY 11106
Das Best Oktoberfest NYC:Â On October 22, there will be more beer, sausage, music, and that's right-Lederhosen, than you know what to do with.Â The NYC tour will consist of two big sessions of Okstoberfestivities from 12pm to 4pm and 5:30pm to 9:30 pm at La. venue.Â 608 West 28th Street, NYC 10001-11th Ave and 28th Street
Where are you celebrating Oktoberfest?
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