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Fall Beer Festivals in Philadelphia

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Get ready for beer steins and bratwursts as Oktoberfest hits Philadelphia. The city's celebrations of the traditional German festival are bigger than ever with massive block parties, flourishing beer gardens and lively neighborhood celebrations.

The final weeks of September and the beginning of October mark Oktoberfest season in Bavaria and in Philadelphia, bringing dozens of celebrations to many of Philly's bars, restaurants and attractions.

Beyond official Oktoberfests, the pleasant autumn temperatures spur an array of other beer-fueled festivals, often filled with delicious food and live music, too.

So dust off your lederhosen or dirndl and get ready to ring in the season with your favorite celebratory suds. Read on for our guide to Oktoberfest celebrations and fall beer festivals in Philadelphia.

144th Labor Day Volkfest at the Cannstatter Club

September 3-5, 2016

Held every year since 1873, the Cannstatter Volksfest is the nation’s oldest German festival and a Labor Day weekend tradition in Philadelphia. Come for an experience filled with German music and dancing, delicious eats (including Bratwurst, Leberkaese and Schnitzel) and a family-friendly environment filled with rides and more. The three-day fest takes place at the Cannstatter Club, the largest beer garden in northeast Philadelphia, which means tons of brews will be flowing, too.

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Celebrate Labor Day at Volkfest at the Cannstatter Club, the nation’s oldest German festival. (Photo courtesy of the Cannstatter Club)

Vereinigung Erzgebirge 79th Annual Oktoberfest

September 10, 2016

The Vereinigung Erzgebirge, also known as the “VE Club,” in Warminster of Buck's County hosts its 79th Annual Oktoberfest, featuring a day full of live music, soccer playing, beer drinking and other German-styled fun. There is also a ton in store for the kiddos, including hay rides, a moon bounce, face painting and more.

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Fall Fest at Spruce Street Harbor Park

September 16-18, 2016

Spruce Street Harbor Park — everyone's favorite world-renowned seasonal park on the Delaware River — welcomes autumn this year with Fall Fest. In addition to fall-themed activities and live music, brew lovers can look forward to a daily rotating selection of beers broken out into three categories: beers of Philadelphia (Sept. 16), beers of Pennsylvania (Sept. 17) and beers from surrounding states (Sept. 18).

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Brauhaus Schmitz’s Oktoberfest

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Held in front of Brauhaus Schmitz on the 700 block of South Street, the eighth annual Oktoberfest streetfestival offers a Bavarian buffet and a ton of beer options to fill your stein as you hang outside and enjoy a wealth of festive entertainment. Get your face painted, take on a flower crown, listen to oom-pah music, watch German dancers and more during the day-long celebration. And if you can’t wait to get the party started, Brauhaus Schmitz invites you to partake in a slew of events going on all week leading up to the final Oktoberfest extravaganza.

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Brauhaus Schmitz hosts one of the city's biggest Oktoberfest celebrations with a giant outdoor block party on South Street. (Photo courtesy South Street Headhouse District)

Oktoberfest 2016 at Frankford Hall

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Fishtown's busy beer garden Frankford Hall teams up with neighbor Fette Sau for a fantastic day of beer and classic German fare, including Bavarian pretzels, frankfurters, bratwurst and more. Games, dancers, DJs and live music will add to the 10 full hours (12-10 p.m.) of Oktoberfest fun. Beer-drinkers can look forward to authentic pours like Paulaner Oktoberfest, Paulaner Hefeweizen, Bitburger Pilsner, Hofbrau Dunkel Lager and Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen, among other drafts.

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Newtown Beerfest at the Newtown Stocking Works Complex

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Boasting relatively rare appearances by sought-after breweries like Bell’s, Founders, Bullfrog and Clown Shoes, the Newtown Beerfest draws beer connoisseurs to the parking lots of the Newtown Stocking Works Complex, overflowing with approximately 100 different beer producers.

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TAPPED Philadelphia at Elmwood Park Zoo

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Enjoy tastings of over 100 selections of beer, wine and ciders at the Elmwood Park Zoo. Music and zoo animals sweeten the experience, and a variety of food options will be available for purchase.

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Alla Spina OktoberFest

September 23-25, 2016

Victory Brewing Company takes over the taps at Alla Spina for a three-day weekend full of Oktoberfest fun. Enjoy traditional German fare, Victory beer specials, live music and, on Friday, Sept. 23, the chance to witness a spirited "Stein Hoist Competition."

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Celebrate a long weekend of Oktoberfest fun at Alla Spina. (Photo courtesy Michael Gruber for Alla Spina)

Shacktoberfest at Shake Shack

September 23 - October 2, 2016

This Friday, Shake Shacks in the area kick off their Shacktoberfest celebration. Through October 2, visit your favorite Shake Shack for a slew of special Oktoberfest-themed food and drinks. Enjoy specials like a brat burger, an Apfelstrudel shake, a Bavarian-style soft pretzel and more. Plus, Oktoberfest beer will be served in a special commemorative stein.

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Fall Fest at Morgan’s Pier

September 23 - October 29, 2016

Morgan's Pier doesn't wrap for the season at the end of summer. The Delaware River waterfront venue Morgan's Pier hosts a month-long series of fall-themed celebrations on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting at the end of September and running through October. Expect special events like an Oktoberfest bash, pumpkin carving contests, a Halloween party and more. Check Morgan's Pier's website by clicking the button below to stay up to date on more details as they're released.

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Enjoy Oktoberfest on the waterfront at Morgan's Pier. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Sly Fox Can Jam Music Festival at Sly Fox Brewery

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Take an adventure to Sly Fox Brewery in Pottstown for an awesome annual music festival and Can Jam competition. The free, day-long event features performances, food and plenty of Sly Fox beer straight from the brewery. Register in advance if you wish to join the heated disc game tournament or throw a few discs recreationally on the extra sets that'll be set up for festival-goers to use.

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Pottstown's Sly Fox Beer hosts the annual Can Jam Music Festival at Sly Fox Brewery right outside its Pottstown brewery. (Photo courtesy Sly Fox Beer)

German Heritage Festival

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Hosted by the German Society of Pennsylvania, the German Heritage Festival is an afternoon celebration with German beer, food, live music and family fun. Last year's authentic eats included bratwursts, Spanferkel (roast pig) and sauerkraut. Stay tuned for more details about this year's event by clicking the button below.

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Ardmore Oktoberfest

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Oktoberfest comes to Ardmore, one of the largest towns on the Main Line in the Philly suburbs. Enjoy Oktoberfest weiss, IPAs and local brews from Tired Hands Brewing Company with pierogies, brats and other delicious eats. Face painting, moon bounces and a cookie decorating setup will be available for the kids and two live bands will supply music.

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Oktoberfest in Ardmore means raved-about brews, live music, kids' activities and more. (Photo courtesy Destination Ardmore)

UpToberfest Oktoberfest at Uptown Beer Garden

September 24-25, 2016

Cheers with a one-liter boot stein during the two-day UpToberfest at Uptown Beer Garden. The Center City alfresco drinking destination will serve up a variety of local and imported lagers alongside classic German eats, including pretzels, wurst, schnitzel and spazel. As you savor the food and drinks, also enjoy live music and an array of games that invite you to fire up some friendly competition.

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Uptown Beer Garden in Center City Philadelphia transforms into a classic Oktoberfest for a weekend in late September. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Downingtown Fall Fest

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The seventh annual Downingtown Fall Fest welcomes more than 5,000 guests for a day of live entertainment, great food, shopping and craft beer from Victory Brewing Company. The festival is pay-as-you-go, so choose which restaurants and vendors you want to visit and which beers you want to try and then sit back to enjoy music from live bands, including kids from the School of Rock.

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Over 5,000 people pack Downingtown for live music, shopping, food and awesome craft beer at the town's annual fall festival. (Photo courtesy Downingtown Fall Festival)

Oktoberfest at PHS South Street Pop-Up Garden

September 27 - October 2, 2016

In addition to the awesome s'more-roasting fire pits, look for $5 mulled wine, $6 cinnamon shots and cider at the PHS South Street Pop-Up Garden during a special six-day Oktoberfest celebration. To add to the fun, a number of bratwurst eating and stein hoisting contests, oompah bands, costume contest, prizes and giveaways will also take place.

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Oktoberfest at International House Philadelphia

September 28, 2016

Looking for a little Oktoberfest fun to break up your week? Spend Wednesday evening (6-8 p.m.) at the International House Philadelphia, where you can enjoy an array of authentic German eats and beers alongside music by Polkadelphia.

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International House Philadelphia hosts a midweek Oktoberfest celebration full of German eats, food and live music. (Photo courtesy of International House Philadelphia)

Oktoberfest at SkyGarten

September 28 - October 1, 2016

Enjoy Oktoberfest festivities from 51 floors up at SkyGarten at the Top of the Tower. In addition to epic skyline views, the beer garden will hold a special line up of German beers and food for you to enjoy, along with an array of Bavarian flags and other classic Oktoberfest decorations

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Oktoberfest at Hop Angel Brauhaus

October 1 & 2, 2016

Hop Angel Brauhaus brings a taste of Munich to Fox Chase during its annual Oktoberfest celebration. Head to the German-American bar and restaurant for Oktoberfest brews, food and family-friendly fun. Last year, those sporting lederhosen or a dirndl received a free sausage sandwich, so stay tuned to see if your special suspenders can score you this awesome deal this year.

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Midtown Village Fall Festival

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Held every autumn, the Midtown Village Fall Festival is one of Philadelphia’s biggest annual street festivals. Now in its 11th year of throwing down in Midtown, the fest unfolds along and around 13th Street with an all-day affair packed with tasty food, drinks, live entertainment, shopping and more.

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Celebrate the new season at one of Philly's biggest street festivals. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

McGillin’s Oktoberfest

Through Saturday, October 2016

McGillin's Old Ale House doesn't take Oktoberfest lightly, hosting a celebration that begins in late August and runs all the way until early October. Visit the historic pub to score a bunch of brews imported straight from Germany, along with a special house beer created just for the occasion. Working with Fordham and Dominion Brewing in Delaware, McGillin’s brings its own Oktoberfest to the taps, made from German and Czech hops and Vienna malt. Be sure to come hungry, too, as the lunch and dinner menus will be lined with German food specials like mussels steamed in Oktoberfest lager and grilled pork loin with sweet-and-sour cherry sauce. The celebration concludes on Saturday, October 1 at McGillin's giant Midtown Village Fall Festival beer garden on Drury Street.

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Take part in a month-long Oktoberfest celebration at one of Philly's most historic pubs. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)


October 1, 2016

The town of Roxborough celebrates fall during Roxtoberfest, unfolding along Ridge Avenue between Lyceum and Leverington avenues. In addition to plenty of food and drink options, the fest brings live music, life-sized board games, an array of children’s activities and other activities to keep the entire family entertained all afternoon long.

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Ambler Main Street Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Downtown Ambler transforms into a traditional Bavarian festival scene during its 25th annual Oktoberfest. Over 90 vendors and 10 food trucks are set to line Butler Avenue and surrounding side streets, along with rides for the kiddos, a beer garden, musical performances on two stages, arts and crafts stations and more.

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Celebrate Oktoberfest in downtown Ambler with 90+ vendors, rides, live music, and more. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Spend the evening in the historic Grumblethorpe's 18th-century garden enjoying cold brews, local sausage, potato salad, coleslaw and other delicious eats. While you're there, embark on tours of the colonial home. Admission is free, but all food and tours are pay-as-you-go.

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Kennett Brewfest

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Sample beers from more than 90 craft breweries during the 2016 Kennett Brewfest. The day-long festival features top brews from around the country, live music and tasty food. The event also raises funds for Historic Kennett Square, a nonprofit dedicated to keeping the Kennet Square area thriving.

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Philadelphia's First Annual Oktoberfest at 23rd Street Armory

October 7-9, 2016

The castle-esque 23rd Street Armory will get a makeover for Columbus Day weekend, transforming into an authentic Munich festival tent for Philadelphia's First Annual Oktoberfest. Bavarian blues and whites will paint the ceilings, while authentic festival tables and benches imported from Germany will furnish the floor along with a lofted stage area for live bands to play. Hofbräuhaus will supply the beer and German fare is sure to be flowing from the kitchens. Buy tickets for one, two or all three festival days!

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King of Prussia Beerfest Royale

October 6 & 8, 2016

The parking lot at the King of Prussia mall transforms into a German beer oasis at the annual Beerfest Royale, a two-day event consisting of more than 100 types of beer from 50-plus national and international brewers, food from area restaurants, live music and a cigar lounge. Tickets are limited, so reserve your spot in advance by clicking the button below.

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Sample more than 100 beers and enjoy great food in the King of Prussia Mall parking lot during Beerfest Royale. (Photo courtesy Beerfest Royale)

Victory Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Victory Brewing Company hosts its very first Oktoberfest this fall. Head to Victory's own beer garden to score the brewery's take on Festbier and Zeltbier, along with the Helles Lager, Prima Pils and Headwaters varietals. Classic German-style fare will also be served up at the fest, like jumbo pretzels and mustard, currywurst and Doner kebabs. No tickets are needed to attend, and beer and food is simply pay as you go.

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Victory Brewing Company hosts its first Oktoberfest, full of Munich-style munchies and beer. (Photo courtesy Victory Brewing Company)

Oktoberfest Live! at Xfinity Live!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Xfinity Live! Philadelphia invites you to grab your friends and come out for a day of unlimited samplings of more than 200 varieties of beer. Live music, contests, games and food trucks will accompany this event, which offers both early-bird pricing and VIP ticket deals.

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Oktoberfest at Dilworth Park

October 12-16, 2016

Beer, food, live music and fun activities are set to fill Dilworth Park for its multi-day Oktoberfest celebration. The beer fest starts after work on Wednesday, October 12 at the park's Saultoberfest Beer Garden and continues on throughout the week. On both Saturday and Sunday, the festival kicks off at noon with music from local DJs and performers.

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Dilworth Park brings an Oktoberfest celebration right to the heart of Center City. (Photo courtesy Dilworth Park)


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Graduate Hospital’s Bloktoberfest returns for a day of all-ages fun on South Street. The celebration features a wide selection of craft beer from around the country, delicious food from local restaurants and food trucks, live music and entertainment and family-friendly activities. Beer proceeds from the neighborhood event are reinvested into community schools, projects and area organizations.

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Stop by Graduate Hospital's 'Bloktoberfest' for one of the city's biggest fall block parties. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Conshohocken Beer Festival at the A.A. Garthwaite Stadium

October 15, 2016

Join dozens of breweries — from Philadelphia-area favorites to national mainstays — for the Conshohocken Beer Festival, which also includes live music, great food and more.

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Memphis Taproom Thirstoberfest

October 2016 (Exact date TBD)

Thirstoberfest is Memphis Taproom's annual fall beer bash. Last year's celebration involved 25 flagship and limited release beers, all enjoyed in the Fishtown bar's outdoor beer garden alongside food truck-supplied eats. Stay tuned for more details on this year's event as they're released by visiting the official website below.

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Quench your thirst with 25+ limited release beers at Memphis Taproom's ThirstoberFest. (M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Pumpkin Beer Festival at The Institute

October 2016

The Institute bar’s Pumpkin Beer Festival is called the largest pumpkin beer festival in the world. Now in its eight year, the fest features as many as 100 gourd beers, along with ciders, lambics, sours and a few styles brewed exclusively for the fest.

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