Oktoberfest in Pennsylvania

Celebrate at a local 2020 Oktoberfest in Pennsylvania.  Here are the Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and other Pennsylvania Oktoberfest parties that we’ve found:

Last Major Update:

At this point we have checked for 2020 dates on all events. Some websites were still holding off on releasing a date, whereas other websites had not been updated at all for this year.
All events showing 2020 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here, due to COVID-19. We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!

2020 Events

Alpine Oktoberfest - Honesdale, PA - Aug 14 to Aug 16, 2020
Held at the Alpine Wurst & Meat House, 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. One-day and three-day passes are available for Oktoberfest.

Renaissance Festival Pittsburgh - West Newton, PA - Aug 22 to Sep 27, 2020
Different themes each weekend

Bucks-Mont Oktoberfest - Warminster, PA - Sep 5, 2020
Saturday from 11 AM to 10 PM. German food, fun and beer! German music groups playing all day, soccer games, keg tapping ceremony plus fun for the kids including a moon bounce, clowns, face painting, kickball, hayrides, arts & crafts, obstacle course and playground. Rain date is Sunday.

BMW Car Club of America Oktoberfest - Pittsburgh, PA - Sep 15 to Sep 19, 2020
Annual event to honor BMW’s anniversary. High performance driving and social activities. If you have attended this event before, please tell us whether it should be considered an oktoberfest and listed here. Thanks!

Boyertown Oktoberfest - Boyertown, PA - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2020
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.

Pennies from Heaven Oktoberfest - Wexford, PA - Sep 19, 2020
A charity event done the way it should be done: Great food, wine bar, vodka bar, beer garden and Fireball Fun Center; classic rock music, silent auction baskets, and a live auction, in a casual setting that includes campfires, hay bales, and s’mores.

Millheim Oktoberfest - Spring Mills, PA - Sep 19, 2020
Live music, dancing, food and beer from Elk Creek, held at the Fire Company’s grounds. Proceeds go to the Millheim Fire Company.

Marienville Oktoberfest - Marienville, PA - Sep 25 to Sep 27, 2020
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

Oktoberfest Bethlehem - Bethlehem, PA - Sep 26 to Sep 27, 2020
This Bethlehem Oktoberfest 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!

Carbon County Oktoberfest - Palmerton, PA - Sep 26 to Sep 27, 2020
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: Blue Mountain Resort

Oktoberfest at Grumblethorpe - Philadelphia, PA - Oct 3, 2020
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.

Roxtoberfest - Philadelphia, PA - Oct 3, 2020
Fall fun is brewing at the annual “Roxtoberfest”, the Roxborough neighborhood’s uniquely Philly spin on the world-renowned German Oktoberfest celebration. The popular, family-friendly event, presented this year by Roxborough Memorial Hospital, will take place from 12 noon until 6 p.m. Food trucks, live music, German folk dancing, competitions and children’s activities are just some of the fun things to see, eat and do at Roxtoberfest. This fall street festival takes place along Ridge Avenue between Lyceum Avenue and Leverington Avenue in Roxborough. This is our neighborhood Oktoberfest, so you’ll see us there!

Concordia Oktoberfest - Cabot, PA - Oct 3, 2020
Concordia Lutheran Ministries Cabot campus is transformed into a site for fun, food, friends and family the first Saturday in October each year to enjoy the traditional German Oktoberfest. The day features a special German menu, musical entertainment, a petting zoo/pony rides, and games and entertainment for all ages ending with Zambelli fireworks.

Downtown Indiana Oktoberfest - Indiana, PA - Oct 3, 2020
S&T Bank hosts an Oktoberfest in downtown Indiana with great craft beer (20+ brewers anticipated), live music and good food!

Spring Gate Oktoberfest - Harrisburg, PA - Oct 10 to Oct 11, 2020
Hosted by Spring Gate Vineyard. Kicks off at noon on Saturday. Enjoy beer, wine, and German-inspired foods available a la carte. No admission fee is charged!

Peddler’s Village OctoberFEAST - New Hope, PA - Oct 17 to Oct 18, 2020
Raise your beer and bratwurst to celebrate with German food & drink and family friendly fun on Sat & Sun, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pay-as-you-go in the Food, Beer, Wine & Spirits Garden. Free Parking and admission. Live entertainment.

Upper Main Line Oktoberfest - Paoli, PA - Nov 6, 2020
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. They will be hosting a virtual fundraising event for their charities of choice instead – Chocolate and Cheer: a chocolate and beer tasting with chocolates from Eclat Chocolate (West Chester) and brews from Victory Brewing (Downingtown) hand-delivered prior to the event (Chester, Delco, Philly, and Montco only, 21+). Use the ticket link below to head to Eventbrite and register for your beer and choclates (and other goodies) and join in the fun. Normally: Rotary Club of the Upper Main Line’s Annual Oktoberfest is a family-friendly event. They’ll have games, pumpkin decorating, face painting, and bouncy-houses for the kids, plus live music, dancing, bratwurst, and a great beer selection (including Victory Oktoberfest) for kids-at-heart. 100% of the proceeds go directly to charity projects and donations. Locally, they support organizations like ACLAMO, ARC of Chester County, Community Volunteers In Medicine, Philabundance, and T&E Cares as well as supporting Rotary International initiatives such as disaster relief, food and medical services, and the fight to end polio. Admission: $8 advance, $10 at the door – Kids under 21 free with paying adult.

After our glowing recommendation of the Pennsylvania Oktoberfest scene, I also feel the need to provide the links for the nearby states that also celebrate Oktoberfest: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia.

 

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Past Events

Oktoberfest at Cannstatter Volksfest-Verein - Philadelphia, PA - Aug 31 to Sep 2, 2019
The popular Labor Day Oktoberfest in Philadelphia that kicks off the German celebrations here in the US returns for its 147th year. Three days of great food, fantastic entertainment, vendors, kids activities, singing & dancing, crafts, souvenirs & prizes, and more, running the Saturday-Monday of Labor Day weekend each year in the Northeast section of Philadelphia. One day ticket is $6, a two-day pass is $9, and a three-day pass is $11, and kids under 12 are free. The park opens at noon each day.

Teutonia Mannerchor Oktoberfest - Pittsburgh, PA - Sep 6 to Sep 7, 2019
Three chances to enjoy a traditional Oktoberfest, as well as Rocktoberfest (a casual and relaxed, more Americanized version).

Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh Oktoberfest - Pittsburgh, PA - Sep 13 to Sep 21, 2019
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.

Green Tree Octoberfest - Pittsburgh, PA - Sep 14, 2019
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.

Appalachian Brewing Company Oktoberfest - Harrisburg, PA - Sep 15 to Oct 5, 2019
A celebration of German-style food, beer, and music

Pennsylvania Bavarian Oktoberfest - Canonsburg, PA - Sep 20 to Sep 22, 2019
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, plus two stages for music and dancing performances. It runs Friday from 4 PM to 11 PM, Saturday from 12 PM to 11 PM, and Sunday from noon to 5 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.

Penn Brewery Oktoberfest - Pittsburgh, PA - Sep 20 to Sep 29, 2019
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.

Frankford Hall Oktoberfest - Philadelphia, PA - Sep 21, 2019
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.

Brauhaus Schmitz Oktoberfest - Philadelphia, PA - Sep 21, 2019
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 (10 kinds on tap!) and sausage. The VIP package gets you no wait bathrooms, Bavarian buffet, six tokens for beer, tshirt and stein.

Oktoberfest Live! at Xfinity Live - Philadelphia, PA - Sep 21, 2019
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. Get unlimited samples of the best fall and early winter beers, including your favorite pumpkin and Oktoberfest styles, in your own custom stein while enjoying live music throughout the day. 21+ event

St. Paul’s Oktoberfest - Glenside, PA - Sep 21, 2019
10th annual event. The event features great food, beer, silent auction with great deals, entertainment by Don Bitterlich on his amazing accordion and house oompah Band. Kids activities will be FREE of charge and include a pony ride, face painting, giant slide and much more. (Donations welcome.) All proceeds benefit Lutheran Disaster Response. Tickets include one beverage of choice, a souvenir mug, and a platter of food. The platter is filled with either Spaetzle or Dumplings, Red Cabbage or Sauerkraut, One sausage (Bier, Bavarian or Oktoberfest), Bread or Roll, Sliced Pork or Sliced Beef.

Wurst.Oktoberfest.Ever - Middletown, PA - Sep 21, 2019
All the wursts on the grill, plus beer, pretzel flights, German music, and no cover charge!

Oktoberfest at the Bourse - Philadelphia, PA - Sep 21, 2019
The Bourse Food Hall transforms into The Bourse Beer Hall for one day only! Indulge in German-inspired food from 20+ vendors and enjoy an extensive list of German-style beers that are available in keepsake mugs to take home. Guests can also look forward to a traditional keg tapping, face painting, performances from the United German Hungarians Schuhplattlers and Polkadelphia, and much more

UGH Oktoberfest - Oakford, PA - Sep 27 to Sep 28, 2019
Hosted by the United German Hungarians. Friday is Rocktoberfest, featuring live music with food and drink available to purchase. Saturday is Oktoberfest. Enjoy lots of food, music, soccer, dancing and family friendly entertainment all day and night long. $8 cover charge gets you in the door. Both days are held at the Trifecta Sporting Club in Trevose

Bloktoberfest - Philadelphia, PA - Sep 28, 2019
Several blocks of Washington Ave from Broad to 17th Street in Philly will be closed to traffic for this non profit event with live music, craft beer and food. Admission is free.

Ardmore Oktoberfest - Ardmore, PA - Sep 28, 2019
An 8 day German festival with beer, food, live music, yodel contest, nailing contest, brat eating contest and cycle party. Admission is free. Do not miss the fraternity style drinking activities like beer pong, flip cup, and more. Foods include giant bier pretzl, German potato salad, Apfelstrudel, Wurstteller sausage, and German chocolate cake.

Carlisle Barracks Oktoberfest - Carlisle, PA - Oct 4 to Oct 6, 2019
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.

Triumph Oktoberest - New Hope, PA - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2019
At noon they will have the traditional tapping of the first barrel of Oktoberfest by New Hope’s Mayor Keller. After 4pm, Oktoberfest is a 21+ only party with stein-hoisting competitions, pretzel eating competition, cornhole and giant Jenga on the patio, and more, plus live music, German staples and their delicious regular menu (Triumph is a favorite stop when we’re taking family train rides in New Hope with our nephew)

Strasburg Rail Road Oktoberfest - Strasburg, PA - Oct 5 to Oct 19, 2019
Select dates only. Celebrate Oktoberfest Strasburg Railroad style. Lancaster County is rich with German heritage; and you’ll join the celebration as you sample the wonderful flavors that make up this annual event. Please plan to arrive no later than the boarding time in order to enjoy the full experience. Enjoy flights of local craft beers and German food, including a menu of bratwurst, pork, sauerkraut, soft pretzels, German chocolate cake or apple dumplings.

Neshaminy Creek Oktoberfest - Croydon, PA - Oct 5, 2019
From 12-7 PM for a day full of the finest NCBC beers (including some limited ones, tba), food, and live music! All ages can attend. Free entry. Lederhosen preferred, but not required.

Stoudts Oktoberfest - Adamstown, PA - Oct 10 to Oct 20, 2019
Two weekends of fun. Location: 2800 N Reading Rd Adamstown, PA 19501

Sacred Heart School Oktoberfest - Oxford, PA - Oct 12, 2019
Authentic German food, beer, games, and a German band

23rd Street Armory Oktoberfest - Philadelphia, PA - Oct 18 to Oct 19, 2019
Brauhaus Schmitz will transform the 16,000 square-foot 23rd Street Armory into the likeness of a Munich festival tent once again. The Armory will be decked out from top to bottom in Bavarian blue and white, with authentic festival tables and benches imported from Germany plus a lofted stage area plus special themed Oktoberfest activities and contests. Live music and a dance floor will be available for each of the three sessions (one Friday night and two Saturday). Traditional Oktoberfest food will be provided by Valentin Bay, with beer provided by Hofbrau. Grab a group and enjoy the benefits of VIP and Uber VIP tickets, including souvenir glasses, liters of beer, private seating with table service, private bathrooms, and food included! We’ve attended the media premiere of this event in the past and found every morsel offered to be delicious and the music fun, so we would definitely put this in the “don’t miss” column!

Lansdale Oktoberfest - Lansdale, PA - Oct 26, 2019
Children’s apple bobbing, potato sack races, the pie eating contest, and the Masskrugstemmen (for adults) in addition to live music and German dancers.

GTV Almrausch Oktoberfest - Philadelphia, PA - Nov 2, 2019
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 $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Tables of ten are available. Free parking. Will update with exact date when posted online.

We hope you enjoy these celebrations of Oktoberfest. Let us know below which one you've headed to and which one you like the best!

We have added maps with the locations of each Oktoberfest. We may not have had the exact location for each Oktoberfest so in some instances we have placed the marker in the general vicinity of the Oktoberfest. Be sure to get specific directions from another source and do not solely rely on our map at the moment. We have also noticed that the markers may not show up on some mobile browsers. We will work to sort out this bug in the future.

Please confirm dates, locations and activities available at the Oktoberfest before going. That's one reason that we provide a website address when we find one. We attempt to ensure that the information for each Oktoberfest is accurate but there are bound to be a few errors. If you let us know when you find one, we will fix it. In some cases, we may link to last year's event when information for this year is not yet available. Do not be fooled.

The festivals listed range in size. Some events may have hundreds of thousands of attendees. Others may have only a handful. We're sorry that we don't have more information about attendance numbers at the moment. We will do our best to add this information as time goes on.

Professionalism varies as well. Some Oktoberfests are professional operations with large budgets. Others are local operations run by volunteers. Do your due diligence before making plans to attend so that you know what to expect. We will happily publish information about your experience with any Oktoberfest so that our visitors will be better informed in the future.

Some Oktoberfests are more family friendly than others. If you have small children, look for an Oktoberfest that has activities for kids. Other events start out with family friendly activities and become more adult oriented as it becomes later in the evening.

Not all Oktoberfest celebrations will be authentic German festival experiences. Some may simply be an excuse to drink rather than celebrate German heritage. Some may call themselves Oktoberfest but provide local or seasonal beer rather than authentic German Oktoberfest beer. Be sure to consider the type of celebration that you are looking to attend when you pick your Oktoberfest.

Activities offered at each Oktoberfest varies. Some activities that you may find are parades, keg tapping ceremony, beer gardens, Miss Oktoberfest or costume contests, stein holding contests, bratwurst eating contest, chicken dance, wiener races, keg toss, live German bands and local entertainment, polka dancing and fairground games. Some Oktoberfest events will just have beer and brats.

Please don't drink and drive. We want everyone to get home safe. Use a designated driver or take public transportation. Uber and Lyft often offer ride credits for new users.

We've got some other resources that would help you prepare for Oktoberfest as well. 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.

Do you run one of the Oktoberfests listed? Feel free to send us additional information and we will add it. We apologize for any errors: send us corrections or updates if you find them! We also love to list new Oktoberfests, and have advertising solutions if you'd like to reach a wider audience.

Find other fun things to do in Pennsylvania in fall:

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

6 thoughts on “Oktoberfest in Pennsylvania

  1. Darla says:

    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. Kathy says:

    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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