Celebrate at a local 2013 Oktoberfest in Pennsylvania. Come on Pennsylvania residents, with 3.5 million German descendants, I would expect massive parties on the scale of Ohio, Wisconsin, California or Texas. Am I missing them or just underestimating the party here? Here are the Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and other Pennsylvania Oktoberfest parties that I found:
Pennsylvania Bavarian Oktoberfest – Canonsburg, PA – September 20-22, 2013
This 15th annual Pennsylvania Bavarian Oktoberfest in Downtown Canonsburg will have German food, beer, live music, Name the Brew contest and Carnival with games and amusement rides.
Oktoberfest Bethlehem – Bethlehem, PA – October 4-6 and 11-13, 2013
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. Dancers, dachshund races, bar skills challenge, decorative beer barrel competition, Miss Oktoberfest contest, rides and games too! Tickets for the public are $25 for a weekend pass, $10 for single day admission. Children ages 6-12 are $3. Discount available for ArtsQuest members.
Location: SteelStacks, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Oktoberfest – Wilkes-Barre, PA – September 13-15, 2013
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
Mifflinburg Oktoberfest – Mifflinburg, PA – October 4-5, 2013
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.
Location: 10770 Old Turnpike Road, Mifflinburg, PA 17844
Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh Oktoberfest – Pittsburgh, PA – September 20-21 & 27-28, 2013
Two weekends of German fun at the Hofbrauhaus Oktoberfest in Pittsburgh at the Southside Works. Imported Munich Oktoberfest bier, entertainment and prizes.
Location: 2705 South Water Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Green Tree Oktoberfest – Pittsburgh, PA – September 14-15, 2013
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
Penn Brewery Oktoberfest – Pittsburgh, PA – September 20-22 & 27-29, 2013
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
Sewickley Oktoberfest – Sewickley, PA – October 4-5, 2013
The 2nd annual Sewickley Oktoberfest will be held in 2013 with German food, Spaten beer and live music. Sewickley is just west of Pittsburgh.
Location: 510 Beaver Street Sewickley, PA 15143
Bloktoberfest – Philadelphia, PA – October 19, 2013
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.
Location: South Street and Broad, Philadelphia
GTV Almrausch Oktoberfest - Philadelphia, PA – November 2, 2013
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 while having some fun. Another chance for lederhosen, laughter, and libations. Everyone wears smiles. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Tables of ten are available. Free parking.
Location: Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd., Philadelphia, PA
Oktoberfest at Grumblethorpe – Philadelphia, PA – October 5th, 2013
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
Brauhaus Schmitz Oktoberfest – Philadelphia, PA – September 16-21, 2013
This German bierhall and restaurant will throw its 5th annual Philadelphia Oktoberfest Block Party on Saturday, September 21st 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
Oktoberfest at Frankford Hall – Philadelphia, PA – September 21, 2013
This Northern Liberties Beer Garden will shut down Frankford Avenue with a block party of beer tents, live music and family friendly carnival for its Philadelphia Oktoberfest.
Location: 1210 Frankford Ave Philadelphia, PA 19125
Oktoberfest at Elmwood Park Zoo – Norristown, PA – October 12, 2013
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.
Location: 1661 Harding Blvd Norristown, PA 19401
Stoudts Oktoberfest – Adamstown, PA – September 28-29, 2013 and the First Four Sundays in October
Opening weekend at the Stoudts Brewery Restaurant & Pub will have live music, food, German dancers, children’s aplen horn blowing contest and the Parade of the Pig.
Location: 2800 N Reading Rd Adamstown, PA 19501
Marienville Oktoberfest – Marienville, PA – September 26-29, 2013
This annual fall festival 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.
Location: Town Square Rt 66 Marienville, PA 16239
Cassville Oktoberfest – Cassville, PA – September 28, 2013
Oktoberfest and 5K Run/Walk in Cassville.
Location: Cherry Street, Cassville, Pennsylvania 16623
Lansdale Oktoberfest – Lansdale, PA – October 5, 2013
Ceremonial keg tapping at 12:35 PM on Saturday. Children’s apple bobbing, potato sack races, the pie eating contest, and the Masskrrugstemmen (for adults) in addition to live music and German dancers.
Location: Whites Road Park, Lansdale, PA
Ambler Oktoberfest – Ambler, PA – October 5, 2013
The 22nd annual Oktoberfest north of Philadelphia will have a beer garden, food vendors, arts and crafts, live music and kids rides.
German Society of Pennsylvania Oktoberfest – Philadelphia, PA – September 21, 2013
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
Carlisle Barracks Oktoberfest - October 11-13, 2013
Carnival, food and arts & crafts fair.
Location: 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17013
Sisters of the Holy Redeemer Oktoberfest – Huntingdon Valley, Pa – September 28 – 29, 2013
Their 7th 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 & ponyrides.
Location: Provincialate, 521 Moredon Rd., Huntingdon Valley, Pa
Boyertown Oktoberfest – Boyertown, PA – September 21, 2013
German music, dancers, beer, food, crafts and artwork from 11 AM to 9 PM.
Collier Township Oktoberfest – Oakdale, PA – September 14, 2013
Live music and fun from Collier Township Parks and Recreation.
Location: 5 Lobaugh St., Oakdale, PA 15071
Heidelberg Oktoberfest – September 28, 2013
Live music, Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier, children’s games, and fireworks at 8 PM.
Location: Heidelberg Park
Carbon County Oktoberfest – Lehighton, PA – October 18-19, 2013
Music (DJ during the day and live music both evenings), authentic food, and beer provided by local Red Castle Brewery.
Location: Big Creek Grange, 275 Grange Rd, Lehighton, PA 18235
Xfinity Live Xtoberfest – Philadelphia, PA – September 28, 2013
2nd Annual event with beer garden, beer tents, live music, food and contests. Sample 150+ beers from participating breweries and enjoy Oktoberfest-style foods.
Location: 1100 Pattison Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19148
Blocktoberfest – Mt Airy, PA
Allen Lane Station. 7294 Cresheim Street Philadelphia, PA 19119
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: