Prost! ’Tis the season for Oktoberfests and fall beer festivals in Philadelphia.
Visitors and residents searching for authentic Oktoberfest experiences — think juicy bratwurst, traditional music, warm Bavarian pretzels and steins overflowing with German beer — can find a ton of happenings this fall in neighborhoods, bars, restaurants, attractions and beer gardens all around the city.
Also on tap: Fall beer festivals showcasing the very best seasonal brews from local, regional and international breweries in neighborhoods and towns across Philadelphia and the CSaturdountryside.
Read on for our guide to Oktoberfest celebrations and fall beer festivals in Philadelphia.
Late August – October 6, 2018
Unsurprisingly, the oldest continuously operating tavern in Philadelphia knows how to throw an awesome Oktoberfest. For more than a month, McGillin’s Olde Ale House adds traditional German fare to its food menu and Oktoberfest beers from Sly Fox Brewing Company, Lancaster Brewing Company, Stoudts Brewing Company, Beck’s Brewery, Warsteiner and — new this year! — the bar’s very own signature Oktoberfest beer to the beer list.
Where: McGillin's Olde Ale House, 1310 Drury Street
The 80th annual Bucks-Mont Oktoberfest, the longest running German festival in Bucks and Montgomery counties, returns on Saturday, September 8 to the Vereinigung Erzgebirge social and sports club in Warminster, Pennsylvania. German beer, food and music fill the day alongside family-fun activities like soccer games, a moon bounce, face painting, hayrides and even an obstacle course.
Where: Vereinigung Erzgebirge (VE Club), 130 Davisville Road, Warminster
September 8-23 (weekends only)
Local wine gets just as much attention as the seasonal beer served in the the Oktoberfest Bier + Wein Garten at the Chaddsford Winery Harvest Festival. Complimentary samples of a new cocktail — a spiced apple ginger mule — pair just as nicely with a Bavarian pretzel or food-truck fare.
Where: Chaddsford Winery, 632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford
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Nearly 80 local, national and international breweries participate in this sudsy soiree at The Stocking Works in Newtown. Guests get to try rare and crowd-pleasing brews from the likes of Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia), Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, California), Allagash Brewing Company (Portland, Maine) Hofbrau (Munich, Germany) and many others.
Where: The Stocking Works, 410 S. State Street, Newtown
More than 45 breweries take over the Philadelphia Zoo to hand out tastings of toasty brews and hard ciders at this Oktoberfest event. All night long, attendees sip unlimited samples (served in a fun souvenir tasting cup!), chow down on food-truck grub, meet some of the zoo’s animals, chat with keepers, play yard games, groove to live music and more.
Where: Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 West Girard Avenue
South Street’s popular German eatery Brauhaus Schmitz brings the Oktoberfest spirit to Philly with this massive annual block party. Attendees enjoy a day packed with live music and dancing, German beer and bites, kids’ activities and tons of fun.
Where: 700 block of South Street
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German beer flows steadily through the day and night when German biergarten Frankford Hall teams up with neighboring BBQ joint Fette Sau for this popular Oktoberfest bash in Fishtown. Traditional Oktoberfest fare and lively entertainment round out the PHLOktoberfest festivities.
Where: Frankford Hall and Fette Sau, 1210 Frankford Avenue
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More than 250 seasonal craft beers await unlimited sampling at XFINITY Live! Philadelphia’s Oktoberfest shindig. The event takes place both indoors and outdoors of the restaurant/bar complex, providing ample space for sipping brews, dancing to live music and snacking on food from XFINITY Live!’s many venues or food trucks parked outside.
Where: XFINITY Live! Philadelphia, 1100 Pattison Avenue
Get ready to throw some discs as you throw some back during the Sly Fox Can Jam Music Festival. In addition to beer, spirits and cocktails, the fall fete includes an epic KanJam tournament and a packed lineup of bands playing live throughout the day.
Where: Sly Fox Brewing Company, 331 Circle of Progress Drive, Pottstown
Saturday, September 29, 2018 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 7-11 p.m.
East Falls residents — fittingly nicknamed “Fallsers” — and visitors come out to the large parking lot under the Twin Bridges for delicious beer, food and a good time at Fallser Fest. Attendees can find family-oriented activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and entertainment more geared toward an adult crowd from 7-11 p.m.
Where: Fallser Fest, 4100 Ridge Avenue
CiderFest at the Historic Houses showcases more than 20 varieties of hard cider from Pennsylvania cideries like Kurant Cider, Original 13 Ciderworks, Hale & True Cider Co. and Stone & Key Cellars. All six historic houses, located in Fairmount Park, are open for self-guided tours during the event, which also includes transportation from house to house, free food pairings, live music, activities and pay-as-you-go food trucks.
Where: Various locations including Woodford Mansion, 2300 N. 33rd Street
Uptown Beer Garden fetes the end of another season with the third annual UpToberfest Oktoberfest. Guests can wash down homemade brats from Brü Craft & Wurst, currywurst, pretzels, brotzeit, potato pancakes and more with a stein of traditional German bier or local seasonal craft beer.
Where: Uptown Beer Garden, 1735 Market Street
The Ardmore Initiative presents Ardmore Oktoberfest, a celebration of German heritage, beer and food in downtown Ardmore. In addition to the festive beer and traditional German fare, this family-oriented event also features live entertainment, pumpkin decorating, face painting and much more.
Where: 17 Cricket Ave, 17 Cricket Avenue, Ardmore
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Victory Brewing Company presents a day of live music, a variety of food and craft vendors and the Victory Beer Garden, all along blocked-off Green Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, during the annual Downingtown Fall Fest in Chester County.
Where: Green Street and East Pennsylvania Avenue, Downingtown
October 3-31, 2018 (Wednesdays only)
Every Wednesday evening, the Philadelphia Museum of Art stays open until 8:45 p.m., granting visitors pay-what-you-wish admission and hosting different events. The institution takes the Wednesday night fun even further this October when it opens an Oktoberfest beer garden, serving local craft beers, flights and food in the Great Stair Hall. (Note: Paid tickets are required.)
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
October 4 & 6, 2018
This October, King of Prussia’s giant beer festival returns to the town for two days of beer-drinking fun. Craft breweries from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and beyond (including Victory Brewing Company, Yards Brewing Co., Troegs Independent Brewing, Brewery Ommegang and more) serve up samples of their finest fall pours, while King of Prussia restaurants offer bite-sized treats to attendees.
Where: , 160 North Gulph Road, King of Prussia
October 5-6, 2018
Munich-inspired festivities fill the 23rd Street Armory for an excellent beer festival presented by Brauhaus Schmitz. The now-annual festival promises authentic Bavarian food, German brews and live oompah music.
Where: 23rd Street Armory, 22 S. 23rd Street
Butler Avenue — the main thoroughfare in Ambler — bustles with activity during the town’s annual Oktoberfest. The fall fun comes courtesy of more than 90 arts-and-crafts vendors, 10 food trucks, rides for kids, two live-music stages, a beer garden and more.
Where: East Butler Avenue, Ambler
The Oktoberfest spirit hits Roxborough on Saturday, October 6 for Roxtoberfest, a neighborhood celebration featuring food trucks, beer from Yards Brewing Company, traditional German music, folk dancing and more. Children’s activities include a pie-eating contest, face painting, an obstacle course and a giant inflatable slide. In the beer garden, the 21-and-over crowd can find games like Jenga, Connect Four and beer pong.
Where: , Ridge Avenue between Lyceum Avenue and Leverington Avenue
The all-day Midtown Village Fall Festival returns to the lively neighborhood with food, drinks, live music, games, sidewalk sales and more along a number of Midtown Village’s busiest thoroughfares, which close to vehicular traffic during the festivities. Beyond the outdoor fun on 13th Street, Brü Craft and Wurst hosts a festival of its own with tons of beer, games and music to complement the excitement.
Where: , 13th & Chestnut streets
Following the Revolutionary Germantown Festival — and its main event, a reenactment of the Battle of Germantown, the only military battle ever fought within the borders of Philadelphia — the historic Grumblethorpe house hosts Battle Bash, the official “battle” after-party featuring reenactors from the battle, food, beer provided by Evil Genius Beer Company, live music and more.
Where: Grumblethorpe, 5267 Germantown Avenue
Nothing says “It’s fall!” more than a beer festival devoted entirely to pumpkin-flavored libations. Enter the 10th Annual Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin Beer Festival, a day-long event celebrating everyone’s favorite fall flavor at The Institute Bar, featuring an extensive tap list of pumpkin beers, ciders, lambics and sours.
Where: The Institute Bar, 549 N. 12th Street
During Bloktoberfest, several local organizations partner with nearby businesses to produce an outdoor celebration of neighborhoods, October, beer, food and music that stretches across the afternoon — and along four blocks of South Street in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood.
Where: , South Street between Broad Street and 18th Street
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Beer lovers can try more than 50 local, regional and national craft beers — including tastes from the soon-to-debut Workhorse Brewing Company in King of Prussia — while strolling around a spacious stadium field at this quick-to-sell-out neighborhood beer festival in Conshohocken.
Where: A. A. Garthwaite Stadium, 100 E. 11th Avenue, Conshohocken
Appropriately, Kennett Brewfest turns 21 this year, marking more than two decades of revelry to benefit Historic Kennett Square. The party includes tastings from more than 100 breweries as well as live music, food trucks, games and vendors.
Where: , Broad Street and South Street, Kennett Square
Peddler’s Village gets in on the Oktoberfest spirit with a full weekend of events inspired by the German tradition. Guests can enjoy cold beer, bratwurst, live entertainment and shopping at the two-day event.
Where: Peddler's Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope
The harvest season gets a proper celebration in the heart of Center City at Dilworth Park’s Octoberfest. The event spans for five days and promises craft beer from the Goose Island Beer Garden, Maker’s Mark cocktails and a crop of seasonal foods. DJs and other musicians provide live entertainment each day.
Where: Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Delicious seasonal beer and pretty fall foliage draws crowds to the Washington Crossing Fall Brewfest, located a mere two-and-a-half miles from New Hope, Pennsylvania in the scenic Washington Crossing Historic Park. More than 20 breweries — including Dark City Brewing Company (Asbury Park, New Jersey), Harpoon Brewery (Boston) and Wild Onion Brewery (Lake Barrington, Illinois) — are confirmed to attend the event so far with even more expected to be added to the final list.
Where: Washington Crossing Historic Park, 1638 River Road, New Hope
Thirstoberfest returns once again to Memphis Taproom, where guests can enjoy flagship and limited-release beers in the outdoor beer garden. Food trucks will be on hand to satisfy guests when hunger strikes.
Where: Memphis Taproom, 2331 E. Cumberland Street
The Great Harvest Cider and Beer Festival outside Hawthornes Beer Cafe offers 75 hard ciders, seasonal lagers, pumpkin ales, food truck fare, live music and fun-for-the-whole-family activities like an apple-bobbing competition and a pie-eating contest.
Where: Hawthorne's Beer Cafe, 738 S. 11th Street
At this annual event at Sly Fox Brewery, guests enjoy an entirely different kind of pairing: beer and cyclocross. The adventurous bike race traverses a variety of terrains and obstacles, and beer is available all around the race track for spectators to enjoy.
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