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Oktoberfest in Pennsylvania

Celebrate at a local 2016 Oktoberfest in Pennsylvania.  Here are the Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and other Pennsylvania Oktoberfest parties that I found:

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2016 Events

Honesdale Oktoberfest – Honesdale, PA – August 19-21, 2016
The Alpine Wurst & Meat House is located in the Poconos region of Northeast Pennsylvania.  It has been known for its delicious German sausages and other meats for more than thirty years.  Kick off the Oktoberfest season under the Tent for a three day weekend in August that happens annually.  Enjoy beer, food, dancing and live music under the Tent that seats more than 1,000 people.  They also offer other events in fall for visitors to enjoy the German-American cuisine, including the Fall Schlachtfest Buffet at the end of October and the Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner in November.

Cannstatter Volksfest-Verein – Sept 3-5, 2016
The popular Labor Day Oktoberfest in Philadelphia that kicks off the German celebrations here.

Pennsylvania Bavarian Oktoberfest – Canonsburg, PA – September 16-18, 2016
18th annual event in Downtown Canonsburg with free admission.  Tens of thousands attend every year.  It will have German food, beer, live music, Name the Brew contest and Carnival with games and amusement rides.  Ride All Day amusement passes are available.  Vendors setup along Pike Street.  On the two stages for music and dancing performances, you’ll see SNPJ Button Box, Alpen Schuhplattler, Frank Paolombi Band, Augsburg Band, the Bill Ali Band, Ruff Creek, Kenny Blake Trio, Steeltown Band, Dancing Queen, Joel Lindsey and Sugarcane!  It runs Friday from 4 PM to 11 PM, Saturday from 11 AM to 11 PM, and Sunday from noon to 6 PM. Pets are not permitted in the festival area.  In the past, there has been free parking and a free shuttle service from the Pennsylvania Transformer Technologies lot at 30 Curry Avenue because there is no designated parking from the event within the downtown area.

Boyertown Oktoberfest – Boyertown, PA – September 16-17, 2016
9th annual event.  Highlights include German music, dancers, beer, food, crafts and artwork.  Runs Friday from 5 to 9 PM and Saturday from 11 AM to 9 PM. The mayor’s keg tapping will occur at 11 AM.  It takes place at the Town Center Parking Lot behind the first block of East Philadelphia Ave.  Parking is available on several local streets and lots.  Anticipated attendance is approximately 5,000 people.  Rain date is Sunday.  This annual event on the third weekend in September is a fundraiser for Building a Better Boyertown.  BBB is a nonprofit organization formed in 2002 to promote the community, preserve its historical heritage and attract people.

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Oktoberfest – Wilkes-Barre, PA – September 16-18, 2016
Over 30,000 are expected to attend the PA Oktoberfest with authentic German-American food, beer, live music, strong arm contest and wiener dog race. Advance tickets are $5 for a one day pass and $10 for the weekend pass. Location: 1280 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18702

Lancaster Liederkranz – September 16-18, 2016
Open to the public. General admission is $5 for adults and $2 for kids ages 6-15.

Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh Oktoberfest – Pittsburgh, PA – September 16-17 & 23-24, 2016
Two weekends of German fun at the Hofbrauhaus Oktoberfest at the Southside Works in Pittsburgh. Imported Munich Oktoberfest bier, entertainment and prizes.  Hofbrauhaus was started in Germany at the request of Wilhelm V, the Duke of Bavaria.  The brewery provided food and drink at the wedding celebration in 1810.  The Pittsburgh location was the third opened in America – behind the Cincinnati/NKY region and Las Vegas.  It opened in 2009 in the Southside Works, the $300 million entertainment, shopping, office and residential complex that opened across the Monongahela River.
Location: 2705 South Water Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Oktoberfest at Frankford Hall – Philadelphia, PA – September 17, 2016
This Northern Liberties Beer Garden will shut down Frankford Avenue for the day with a block party as the bar simply isn’t big enough to contain all of the people seeking fun, German beer and sausages.  Drink imported and local beers and try sausages under the tents as you enjoy live music and family friendly fun at its Philadelphia Oktoberfest.  This event happens annually and we’re confident that it will happen again this year even though it hasn’t been announced as of this writing (April 2016)
Location: 1210 Frankford Ave Philadelphia, PA 19125

Brauhaus Schmitz Oktoberfest – Philadelphia, PA – September 17, 2016
This German bierhall and restaurant celebrates all week long.  On Saturday it sponsors the annual Philadelphia Oktoberfest Block Party from noon to 8 PM. A 200 foot long tent will be erected on the 700 block of South Street. Live oompah music, ceremonial keg tapping and liter lift competition will accompany the German beer and sausage.
Location: 718 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Marienville Oktoberfest – Marienville, PA – September 23-25, 2016
This annual fall festival in Forest County on the last full weekend of the month of September has live music, crafts and food vendors. Home decorating and costume contests on Friday. Parade, bike race and pumpkin raising contest on Saturday. Pet parade on Sunday.  Diverse music including country, oldies and rock music Open Friday 6 – 10 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.  Location: Town Square Rt 66 Marienville, PA 16239

Cassville Oktoberfest – Cassville, PA – September 23-25, 2016
Oktoberfest and 5K Run/Walk in Cassville. Friday events include horse & carriage rides and basket bingo. Saturday events include talent show, sky diving, teen dance and musical entertainment by Chris Woodward Band, Sharp Tones and Cannon Express D.J.. On Sunday, there will be the custom & classic car and motorcycle show as well as the performance by The Fabulous Flashbacks. Location: Cherry Street, Cassville, Pennsylvania 16623

Blue Bell Country Club Oktoberfest – Blue Bell, PA – Sept 30, 2016

Mifflinburg Oktoberfest – Mifflinburg, PA – Sept. 30 – October 1, 2016
This annual Oktoberfest will be held at the VFW Fair Grounds just west of Mifflinburg on Route 45. German and American seasonal beer, German food, German bands and dancers, polka band, hayride. After the 11 AM Volksmarch, the ceremonial keg tapping will happen at 1 PM on Friday. There’s a keg toss contest on Saturday at 1 PM. Beer selection includes Paulaner, Spaten, Hacker Pshorr, Beck’s and Sam Adams. German style wines form Shade Mountain Winery. Free parking and admission. Location: 10770 Old Turnpike Road, Mifflinburg, PA 17844

Sewickley Oktoberfest – Sewickley, PA – Sept 30 – Oct 1, 2016
The annual Sewickley Oktoberfest with Spaten beer and live music.  German food includes bratwurst, kielbasa, and pulled pork sandwiches, potato pancakes, pretzel knots and more!  Cash only event.  Chicken dancing and contests at the Saturday (day) session.  Adults are $10. Ages 13-20 are $5 to the Saturday day session (kids 12 and under free).  Friday and Saturday night sessions are ages 21 and up only.  All access pass to all three sessions is $20.  VIP Package to one session is $30.  Sewickley is located west of Pittsburgh. 
Location: 437 Broad Street Sewickley, PA 15143

Oktoberfest Bethlehem – Bethlehem, PA – Sept 30 -Oct 2& 7-9, 2016
This Bethlehem Oktoberfest on the first two weekends in October is a traditional German Oktoberfest with Pennsylvania influence. There will be a giant festhalle tent with German food, beer and bands playing polka, rock and party music. More than 2,000 participate in the 5K. Dancers, dachshund races, bar skills challenge, decorative beer barrel competition, Miss Oktoberfest contest, rides and games too! Admission is free this year!
Location: SteelStacks, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Ambler Oktoberfest – Ambler, PA – October 1, 2016
Saturday from 11 AM to 6 PM.  The 25th annual Oktoberfest north of Philadelphia in Montgomery County will have a beer garden, food vendors, arts and crafts, live music and kids rides.

Blue Mountain Resort Oktoberfest – October 1-2, 2016

Strasburg Rail Road – Strasburg, PA – October 1, 8 & 22, 2016
Board the train for local craft beers and German food, including a menu of bratwurst, pork, sauerkraut, soft pretzels, German chocolate cake or apple dumplings.

Carlisle Barracks Oktoberfest – October 6-9, 2016
Carnival, food and arts & crafts fair. Carnival tickets are $1 or 40 tickets for $35. There is also an unlimited rides band that lets you go till you drop. An assortment of festival food is available for purchase.The event is organized by Army, Morale, Welfare & Recreation, which has been hosting the festival at Carlisle Barracks since 2008. Location: 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17013

Xfinity Live Xtoberfest – Philadelphia, PA – October 8, 2016
For those not familiar with the venue, XFINITY Live! is the sports entertainment venue located next to the Wells Fargo Center and across the street from Citizens Bank Park. Location: 1100 Pattison Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19148

Lansdale Oktoberfest – Lansdale, PA – October 15, 2016
Children’s apple bobbing, potato sack races, the pie eating contest, and the Masskrugstemmen (for adults) in addition to live music and German dancers.
Location: Whites Road Park, Lansdale, PA

GTV Almrausch Oktoberfest – Philadelphia, PA – November 2016
Authentic German dance club music and dancing beginning at 7 pm. The bar and wonderful food open at 6 pm. Have a beer and have a bratwurst, HAVE A BALL ! Another chance for lederhosen, laughter, and libations. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Tables of ten are available. Free parking.  Will update with exact date when posted online.
Location: Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd., Philadelphia, PA

2015 Events

Sacred Heart School Oktoberfest – Oxford, PA – October 10, 2015

Carbon County Oktoberfest – Lehighton, PA – September 25-26, 2015
Music (DJ during the day and live music both evenings), authentic food, and beer provided by local Red Castle Brewery. Rides and games of children of all ages. Location: Franklin TWP Fire Dept (near Beltzville State Park) in Lehighton.

Oktoberfest at Elmwood Park Zoo – Norristown, PA – September 12, 2015
The Elmwood Park Zoo will close to regular admission and throw its annual beer tasting festival. $40 general admission ticket gets you souvenir tasting glass, unlimited beer tasting and live animal encounters. Designated driver tickets are available for $15 per person.  Food Trucks and breweries include Brooklyn Brewery, Clown Shoes, Flying Fish, Lancaster Brewing, Naked Brewing, Round Guys Brewery, and Straub Beer.
Location: 1661 Harding Blvd Norristown, PA 19401

Sisters of the Holy Redeemer Oktoberfest – Huntingdon Valley, Pa – October 3-4, 2015
Their 9th Annual Oktoberfest held 12 noon – 8 p.m. on Saturday and 12 noon – 5 p.m. on Sunday with no admission charge. Fun for the whole family includes German music, beer, food, activities & games, raffles, craft tables, hayrides & pony rides. 
Location: Provincialate, 521 Moredon Rd., Huntingdon Valley, Pa

Green Tree Oktoberfest – Pittsburgh, PA – September 19-20, 2015
This annual Pittsburgh Oktoberfest will have a chili cookoff, car cruise and dog parade in addition to the opening ceremony, live music and Sunday night fireworks.
Location:  Green Tree Park, Green Tree, PA

Renaissance Festival Pittsburgh – Oktoberfest Weekend – September 26-27, 2015

Collier Township Oktoberfest – Oakdale, PA – September 12, 2015
Fun for the whole family on Saturday from 2:00 – 10:00pm. They will live entertainment featuring William Michael Morgan. FROGGY Radio will be broadcasting live on-site. And of course there will be German food, beer, and crafts.
Location: Collier Park – 5 Lobaugh St., Oakdale, PA 15071

Stoudts Oktoberfest – Adamstown, PA – September 20 & 27, October 4 & 11, 2015
Opening weekend at the Stoudts Brewery Restaurant & Pub will have live music, food, German dancers, children’s alpenhorn blowing contest and the Parade of the Pig. Location: 2800 N Reading Rd Adamstown, PA 19501

Oktoberfest at Grumblethorpe – Philadelphia, PA – October 3, 2015
The Revolutionary Germantown Festival celebrates October 4, 1777 when the Continental attempted to kick the British out of Germantown. The day includes battle re-enactment, beer garden and traditional Oktoberfest at Grumblethorpe from 4:30-7:30 PM after the festival concludes.
Location: 5267 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia PA

Pennies from Heaven Oktoberfest – Wexford – September 26, 2015
Nearly 300 are expected from 6 to 10 PM for open beer vodka & wine bars, food, silent & live auctions and the hEARd Matthews Band. Tickets are $105. All proceeds go to families in need.
Location: Elias Fry Barn, 465 Knob Road, Wexford PA 15090

Bloktoberfest – Philadelphia, PA – October 3, 2015
Four blocks of South Street from Broad to 18th Street in Philly will be closed to traffic for this non profit event with live music, craft beer and food.  Now celebrating its 7th year it runs from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Admission to enter is free. 
Location: South Street and Broad, Philadelphia, PA

Penn Brewery Oktoberfest – Pittsburgh, PA – September 18-20 & 25-27, 2015
This Pittsburgh Oktoberfest will happen the last two weekends in September at the Penn Brewery. German food, alpine entertainment and seven Penn Brewery beers on tap.
Location: 800 Vinial Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Heidelberg Oktoberfest – September 26, 2015
Festival runs on Saturday from 1 PM to 8 PM. Live music, raffles, craft vendors, German & American food and Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier. Fireworks at 8 PM. For kids, there will be games, clowns, balloon artists, magic act, bounce house, slide, petting zoo, pumpkin painting and hay rides. Location: Heidelberg Park

German Society of Pennsylvania Oktoberfest – Philadelphia, PA
The German Society of Pennsylvania welcomes the public to join them for German music, food and the GTV Almrausch Schuhplattler Group. Advance tickets are $25 for non-members. Children 12 and under are $10.
Location: 611 Spring Garden St. Philadelphia, PA 19123

After my glowing recommendation of the Pennsylvania Oktoberfest scene, I also feel the need to provide the links for the largest festivals for Oktoberfest in the United States as well as nearby states that also celebrate Oktoberfest: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia.

Whether you have found a festival to enjoy or you will be celebrating from home, Funtober has some other resources that will help you prepare for Oktoberfest. Read about the history of Oktoberfest. Learn about Oktoberfest beer. Find the words to Oktoberfest music. Plan your Oktoberfest outfit. And try cooking some of these Oktoberfest recipes.

Find other fun things to do in Pennsylvania in October:

Pennsylvania Festivals
Pennsylvania Corn Mazes
Pennsylvania Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Pennsylvania
Pumpkin Patches in Pennsylvania

6 COMMENTS

  1. The Sisters of the Holy Redeemer will host their 7th Annual Oktoberfest on their Provincialate grounds
    in Huntingdon Valley, Pa. on Saturday, September 28th (12 noon – 8 p.m.) and
    Sunday, September 29th, 2013 (12 noon – 5 p.m.) Rain or shine!
    German music, food, beer, activities and games, craft tables, hayrides and ponyrides. Fun for the whole family!

  2. St. Joseph Church/Bread of Life Community is host to Oktoberfest 2015!
    Friday, September 11th 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
    Saturday, September 12th 12 noon – 11:00 pm
    Sunday, September 13th 12 noon – 5:00 pm

    Come join us for Live Entertainment, Authentic German Culinary Delights, German Folk Dancers, German Market, Theme Basket Raffles, Games for the Children and, of course, Beer for the Adults! Special activities include “Running of the Weenies” Dog Race (2pm Saturday, Church Tours (6pm Friday and 1 & 3pm Saturday and Sunday) and Mercedes Benz Car Raffle. Bavarian Waffles and Wine Experience are our new additions for 2015!

    St. Joseph Church/Bread of Life Community – West 24th & Sassafras Streets – Erie, PA.

    Free Admission, Free Parking!

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