Philadelphia Guide to Oktoberfest Festivals

Philadelphia Guide to Oktoberfest Festivals - The Oktoberfest Munich is one of the largest festivals in the world. PhillyBite has created a list of the Top local Philadelphia Oktoberfest 2017 Events in the City of Brotherly Love

Philadelphia Guide to Oktoberfest Festivals

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Philadelphia, PA - PhillyBite10Oktoberfest - Munich's famous beer festival. The Oktoberfest Munich is one of the largest festivals in the world. PhillyBite Magazine has created a list of the Top local Philadelphia Oktoberfest 2017 Events in the City of Brotherly Love. Also See.. Oktoberfest Basics About German Beers


Past9th Annual South Street Oktoberfest,- Saturday, September 16, 2017 12:00pm to 8:00pm, 700 Block of South Street, Presented by Brauhaus Schmitz, For the 9th year in a row, Brauhaus Schmitz presents South Street Oktoberfest in front of the restaurant on the 700 block of South Street beneath a massive tent, rain or shine. Guests can attend and purchase beers and food on a pay-as-you-go basis or upgrade to an exclusive VIP package- including no-wait bathrooms, a Bavarian buffet from 1-6pm, six tokens good for beer, official BrauhausOktoberfest t-shirt, drawstring bag and a glass liter stein filled with “Oktoberfest survival supplies” to take home, all for $115, tax and gratuity included (limited tickets available). With 10 German beers available on draught, a wealth of German food, live Oom-pah music, German dancers and more, it is one of the fall’s most exciting food-and-drink events and a do-not-miss celebration for beer lovers!!

PastCity Works Eatery & Pour House (220 Main St., King of Prussia) - invites guests to take part in seasonal Oktoberfest celebrations from Saturday, September 16 – Tuesday, October 3.Special menu items include the Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich with bacon sauerkraut, Pilsner mustard gravy, potato pancakes, and apple onion jam ($14); Spätzle Stroganoff with braised shredded beef short rib, goat cheese spätzle, Cipollini onion, oyster mushroom, red wine braised cabbage, and pepper crème fraiche ($21); and Smoked Potato Croquettes with smoked potato puree, sauerkraut, double smoked bacon, Gruyere, panko, and Dusseldorf aioli ($9).

PastPhiladelphians looking for some afternoon fun, delicious Oktoberfest fare and brews should head to Red Owl Tavern next Tuesday, September 26th, where Executive Chef Caitlin Mateo will host The Wurst BBQ! From 12-4pm, guests can sit outdoors in the shadows of history on one of America’s most historic intersections, across from Independence Hall, and enjoy a bevy of German-style sausages (wursts). Mateo and her team will serve a selection of sausages including bockwurst, knockwurst and bratwurst. $15 buys a copious platter of sausages, along with a side of German-style potato salad and spicy mustard. Red Owl Tavern is known for its robust beer program and for day-drinkers this Tuesday, the accomplished bar will not disappoint. Guests can enjoy Warsteiner Premium Oktoberfest ($7); Sam Adams Octoberfest ($8) and Hofbräuhaus Oktoberfestbier ($5).  433 Chestnut St. | 215-923-2267 | 
Philadelphia’s tallest beer garden is celebrating the traditional German festival with the 2nd Annual SkyGarten Oktoberfest on Thursday, September 28th and Friday, September 29th, featuring German-inspired dishes and brews and a Liter Lift Competition! Guests will enjoy German specialty dishes 51 stories in the sky, including a Roast Pork Platter ($12), boasting slow roasted pork, German potato salad, braised red cabbage; Wurst Platter ($13), served with bratwurst, bauernwurest, sauerkraut, and Kaesespaetzle (German Mac ’N Cheese), ($8) German spaetzle, caramelized onions, and emmentaler cheese. In traditional Oktoberfest fashion, guests can PROST! with a pint of Hofbrauhaus Oktoberfest ($5) or test their endurance in a Liter Lift Competition. The competition will commence at 8 pm on Thursday and Friday. The winner will receive $100 cash! Interested participants must signup prior to the event. Email Jeff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. SkyGarten is open 5-10 pm on Thursday and 5-11 pm on Friday. 1717 Arch St. | | 215.557.7887
PastCity Tap House, Philadelphia’s go-to destination for craft beer, is celebrating Oktoberfest with a Sam Adams Stein Hoisting Competition on September 29th at City Tap House Logan Square, and October 16th at City Tap House University City. Both events will begin at 5pm, featuring Oktoberfest-inspired fare, Sam Adams’ OctoberFest, and a Stein Hoisting Competition! Guests can get their German fare fix with dishes such as the German Sausage Sampler, chock-full of knockwurst, kielbasa, and bratwurst; Potato Pancakes, served with a side of apple compote and topped with a savory chive crème fraiche; and Beer Braised Pork and Sauerkraut Fritters. Bartenders will be pouring Sam Adams’ OctoberFest all night, and guests can flex their beer muscles in a Stein Hoisting Competition, starting at 6:30 pm. The winner will receive a City Tap House gift card! Logan Square | 2 Logan Square | | 215.587.9040

PastBeer lovers can also participate in the 2017 Samuel Adams National Stein Hoisting competition at City Works Eatery & Pour House on September 29, where the winner will go on to compete at the regional finals. Winners of the regional finals will then compete in the national finals in Boston on October 27. The champions of the finals will  attend the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Gala 2017. Additionally, the top male & female stein hoist winners from City Works (2 winners total) will each win a trip for 2 to Boston in 2018, including 2 nights lodging, airfare, Sam Adams Brewery tour & 2 tickets to a game.

PastArdmore Oktoberfest - Saturday, September 23, 2017 2:00pm to 8:00pm Cricket Ave. (GPS use 17 Cricket Ave.), Presented by Ardmore Initiative with sponsor McCloskey’s Tavern

 Prost! Fill up your beer stein at Ardmore Oktoberfest, the Main Line’s hottest Oktoberfest festival that rivals the best-with over 5,000 people expected in 2017. On Saturday, September 23rd from 2:00pm to 8:00pm, Cricket Lane in Downtown Ardmore will be transformed into a Bavarian wonderland complete with German fare, robust brews and live entertainment from The O’ Fenders and the James D. Oompah band.

 Guests won’t have to travel thousands of miles to the epicenter of Oktoberfest to sample savory traditional selections from John Henry’s Pub (Bavarian bratwurst, sauerkraut, smoked pork sandwiches, pierogies, mac and cheese with Oktoberfest beer sauce), Jack McShea’s of Ardmore (Bavarian pretzels with obatzda German cheese sauce, funnel cake, apple fritters, potato pancakes with apple butter), and McCloskey’s Tavern (pierogies, German potato salad, crab cake sliders, pickles on a stick), the event’s sponsor. Kids can also get in on the Oktoberfest fun with cookie decorating, pumpkin decorating, crafts, face painting and other outdoor activities.

Ardmore Oktoberfest is free to attend, or VIP tickets are available for $50. VIP tickets include access to a special VIP area with hand-selected, craft beers (including some rare selections), non-alcoholic refreshments, traditional Oktoberfest fare, and a welcome gift. For more information and VIP tickets, visit

PastBlue Mountain Resort, Palmerton Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 1, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Oktoberfest
Head to the Valley Lodge at Blue Mountain for a mountain-style Oktoberfest celebration including scenic chairlifts, live music, key rolling, authentic German food & beer, crafters and artisan and more. Admission is Free. All proceeds will be donated to Carbon County Chamber. For more information, visit,

BeerIconSmallSaveBRU Fall Festival - Saturday, October 7, 2017 12:00pm to 8:00pm 1300 Block of Chestnut Street (Outside BRU and U-Bahn), Presented by BRU Craft & Wurst and U-Bahn

 BRU Fall Fest is back! BRU Craft & Wurst and U-Bahn present eight hours of outdoor food, beer and music on the 1300 block of Chestnut Street on Saturday, October 7, 2017 during Midtown Village Fall Festival. Come hungry for Bratwurst on the grill, pulled pork sandwiches, pretzels and more. Bartenders will pour your favorite crafts from beer tents - including Oktoberfest and other seasonal selections. On the outdoor stage, get ready for eight hours of music live bands and DJs - that have in the past included Levee Drivers, DJ Jack Tripper, American Dinosaur, Brad Moser and Chris Paterno Band. BRU Fall Fest is free and open to the public, and 21 and older to drink (with identification). BRU will serve an abbreviated version of the regular daily menu inside, plus pouring from 38 taps. Skip Midtown Village’s beer lines by dropping in for self-serve taps. Food and drink are pay-as-you-go. Band, beer and menu line-ups will be announced in early September. For more information about BRU, visit

BeerIconSmallAutumn sweeps into Dilworth Park with this annual five-day festival celebrating all the best of fall from Wednesday, October 11 to Sunday, October 15. Games, entertainment, fall decor and a craft beer and cocktail garden will fill Dilworth Park, all set to the tunes of live music and DJs, presented by Live Nation. New this year, the Made in Philadelphia Fall Market brings together regional vendors for a chance to shop the best handmade and local the city has to offer all in one place. The market showcases local crafters selling art, photos, accessories and jewelry, skincare, glassware, wood craft and more.

BeerIconSmall23rd Street Armory Oktoberfest - 23rd Street Armory (22 South 23rd Street), Presented by Brauhaus Schmitz

  • Friday, October 6, 2017, 7:00pm to 11:00pm
  • Saturday, October 7, 1:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Saturday, October 7, 7:00pm to 11:00pm
  • Sunday, October 8, 1:00pm to 8:00pm

Celebrate Columbus Day weekend with Brauhaus Schmitz and their second-annual 23rd Street Armory Oktoberfest October 6 through October 8, 2017. Staged in the sprawling and fortress-like 23rd Street Armory (22 South 23rd Street), the fest includes four sessions, each able to accommodate 1,500 revelers for one of the biggest beer-drinking events to hit Philadelphia and one of the most authenticOktoberfest parties in the United States.

Guests will enjoy traditional Oktoberfest Food from Chef Jeremy Nolen, homemade Bavarian pretzels from Chef Jessica Nolen, Hofbräuhaus beer imported from Germany in this transformed authentic German Bierhall by Doug Hager, complete with blue-and-white banners strung for miles from end to end. In addition, Hager and his team plan to assemble enough festival tables and traditional wooden benches, all imported from Germany, for ample seating and a lofted sound stage for live music from the Alex Meixner Band (perhaps best known for the Hormel Pepperoni One-Man Pep Band Dance), along with Brauhaus regulars the Heimatklange Band.

General Admission costs $35 per person; VIP is $65 per person; and UBER VIP costs $85 per person. GA includes: open seating on festival benches, liter of beer, keepsake glass stein; VIP includes: all GA perks, plus VIP quick entrance, reserved seating, three food tickets; and UBER VIP includes: reserved seating for at least eight people, with table service, glass liter mug, 10-liter mini kegs, two Brotzeit (meats and cheeses) appetizers, two Schlachtplatte entrees (featuring Schweinhaxe, or crispy pork shank) on table upon arrival, plus two Schnaps skis and access to private bathrooms.

BeerIconSmallThe Great Harvest Cider and Beer Festival - Saturday, November 4, 2017 12:00pm to 8:00pm Outside Hawthornes Beer Cafe (738 S. 11th Street) Presented by Hawthornes Beer Cafe

Hawthornes Beer Cafe is closing down 11th Street again for the Great Harvest Cider and Beer Festival on Saturday, November 4, 2017, from 12:00pm to 8:00pm. This annual beer and cider festival will feature over 75 hard ciders, toasty lagers, pumpkin ales and more. From the kitchen look for fall, hearty comfort food favorites and seasonal street food. Festivities will also include a family fun zone, live entertainment, DJs and much more. This all-day, all-ages free block party takes place on 11th street in front of Hawthornes, from Fitzwater to Catharine. Cash only. Twenty-one and older with identification to drink.

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