Time to break out your lederhosen. South Street’s German beer hall Brauhaus Schmitz celebrates Oktoberfest in a big way with a humongous block party this Saturday, September 21.
In addition to the festivities at Frankford Hall, the annual Oktoberfest celebration at the German Society, and the Oktoberfest party at Morgan’s Pier, Brauhaus throws a huge bash, blocking off South Street.
Rain or shine, the block party runs from noon to 8 p.m., shutting down the 700 block of South Street with all manner of merriment, including oompah music, a pig roast and plenty of brilliant German brews.
All afternoon, the 700 block of South Street will be closed to vehicular traffic to make way for a 200-foot-long tent with seating for approximately 700 revelers.
Chef Jeremy Nolan takes to the street with a traditional pig roast, roasting and grilling approximately 2000 pounds of sausage and pork to feed the masses.
Look for a stage of live oompah music near 8th Street, the championship round of the liter lift competition, as well as facepainting, schnapps tasting, a tapping of a ceremonial keg, and — yup — copious amounts of German beer.
Plus, this year brings another round of Oktoberfest fun with a second festival slated for Sunday, September 22, at the Reading Terminal Market with Wurthaus Schmitz, Brauhaus’ awesome sausage and sandwich counter at the market.
From noon to 6 p.m., Wursthaus gets in on the Oktoberfest action with an afternoon-long celebration in the center court at Reading Terminal Market. Continue the brew-fueled celebrations with live music, German food and more beer.
Brauhaus Schmitz Oktoberfest Block Party
When: Saturday, September 21, noon-8 p.m.
Where: 700 block of South Street
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.brauhausschmitz.com
Wursthaus Schmitz Oktoberfest
When: Sunday, September 22, noon-6 p.m.
Where: Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch streets
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.readingterminalmarket.org