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September 6, 2013

Roundup: A Guide To Festive Oktoberfest Celebrations In And Around Philadelphia

From large-scale block parties to smaller celebrations, September and October are home to a variety of German beer and food-centric Oktoberfest celebrations. (Photo credits, clockwise from top left: courtesy Frankford Hall, G. Widman for GPTMC, Brauhaus Schmitz, Frankford Hall)

Prost! Oktoberfest takes over Philadelphia once again this year with more traditional German music, bratwurst and steins of beer than ever.

From quiet backyard celebrations to street-closing block parties our list has got you covered. We’ve compiled a chronological list of Oktoberfest celebrations that are bound to be full of Oktoberfest ales and German-centric fare.

Read on for our top picks for Oktoberfest celebrations in Philadelphia.

Frankford Hall’s Oktoberfest: September 14-27. Block Party, September 21. On Saturday, September 21, Frankford Hall turns Frankford Avenue from Girard Avenue to Shackamaxon street into a proper German festival with multiple beer tents housing keg upon keg of German beer, food trucks, live music, family-friendly activities (including carnival and pony rides!) and much more. Beyond the Oktoberfest party, contests, discounts, a kid-toberfest on September 22 and a special happy hour from September 16 through 20 from 4 p.m. to close pleases patrons.

Brauhaus Schmitz’s Oktoberfest: September 16-26. Block Party, September 21. Oktoberfest is a multi-week adventure at South Street’s Brauhaus Schmitz. From September 16 through 26, games, happy hours, live music and much more take place at the German beer hall. All festivities surround the epic outdoor block party on September 21 that shuts down South Street in front of Brauhaus Schmitz and fills the street with steins of beer, live music, a pig roast and much more.

The German Society of Pennsylvania’s Oktoberfest: September 21. Visit the German Society of Pennsylvania’s home base on September 21 for bunches and bunches of German goodness at its annual Oktoberfest celebration. From 2 to 6 p.m., enjoy classic German dishes like sauerkraut, bratwurst and a traditional pig roast. Also enjoy traditional German music and dancing. Tickets purchased before September 17 are discounted, so get yours soon. Tickets are available online and include all food and non-alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages (can you say beer?) are available on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Oktoberfest at Morgan’s Pier: September 21. Cozy up at Morgan’s Pier for its end-of-summer Oktoberfest event. Starting at noon, enjoy autumnal brews, warm spiked drinks, freshly grilled sausages and housemade charcuterie at the waterfront hangout. In addition to drinks and eats, DJ A-Trak, a renowned DJ who is a member of Duck Sauce, an award-winning DJ group, will spin beats for the crowd in the evening.

MGK Brew Blast: September 21. Step aboard the Battleship New Jersey for the 3rd annual MGK Brew Blast, an event featuring more than 50 craft beers, classic German fare, tours of the historic ship and live rock music. The festival is presented by the classic rock station WMGK. Tickets are $45 a piece and are available online.

Wursthaus Schmitz: September 22 and October 4. Wursthaus Schmitz, Reading Terminal Market’s go-to Bavarian sausage spot hosts two days of Oktoberfest celebrations complete with live music, German fare, a plethora of festive decorations, beer and more. The events run from 1 to 6 p.m. on September 22 and October 4. Get excited, Wursthaus Schmitz will also pair-up with Reading Terminal’s pub, Molly Malloy’s for flowing German beer all day.

Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen’s Oktoberfest: September 26. Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen invites guests out for a Thursday evening (and afternoon!) Oktoberfest celebration on September 26. Groove to traditional German music while enjoying German bites (think sausage platters and potato pancakes) and a slew of Oktoberfest brews. Bonus: Wear lederhosen to the Oktoberfest celebration and receive free drinks.

Xfinity Live Xtoberfest: September 28. On Saturday, September 28, sip more than 150 types of craft beer at Xfinity Live’s Xtoberfest. Tickets include access to a variety of Oktoberfest-inspired food, unlimited beer, live DJs and additional live music, games and much more. Beyond beer, a whiskey room and cider room fill the South Philly venue as well. The full listing of the day’s events is available here.

Hop Angel Brauhaus: September 28-29. The last weekend in September turns into a true German festival at Fox Chase’s Hop Angel Brauhaus. Inside and outside of the German-American bar and restaurant, the taps are set to overflow with a variety of Oktoberfest brews. Sausages, pretzels and other German treats will be available for guests as well. Bonus: Those sporting lederhosen or a dirndl receive a free sausage sandwich.

Devil’s Den: September 28-29. Head to Devil’s Den for the best of German food and drink on September 28 and 29. The South Philly beer haunt is chock-full of Oktoberfest specials including eight German brews on tap all weekend (light, hoppy or heavy — take your pick!) and an assortment of German food additions to the menu. Enjoy house-made German sausages, German potato salad served with traditional meat dumplings and more. Food will be available after 3 p.m. on September 28 and 29.

Bru Craft & Wurst: October 1. Midtown Village’s Bru Craft & Wurst hosts an open bar party in celebration of the Oktoberfest holiday. An advanced $40 ticket gets you all-you-can-drink draughts from Avery Brewing Company from 6 to 9 p.m., a souvenir pint class and your choice of a Bavarian pretzel, a bratwurst sandwich or Bru fries. Tickets are available online. Tickets are not required for entry, those without tickets may enjoy an assortment of German eats on special for $5 a piece and a solid selection of featured draughts. All guests are encouraged to come in costume — sport a helmet and be entered to win an Avery Brewing Company gift basket or a Bru “haus key” for the beer wall. Also keep a look out for Bru Oktoberfest specials and festivities during the Midtown Village Fall Festival.

King of Prussia Beerfest Royale: October 3 and 5. The King of Prussia mall parking lot transforms into a German beer oasis at the annual Beerfest Royale, a two-day event consisting of more than 50 breweries and more than 100 brews. Enjoy sips from Samuel Adams, Hoegaarden, Magic Hat, Dogfish Head and more. Indulge in food from area restaurants and groove to live music at multiple stages throughout the festival.

Shacktoberfest at Shake Shack: October 4-13. Shake Shack brings back Shacktoberfest, its popular take on Oktoberfest, for a number of days in October. From October 4 to 13, indulge in a variety of bratwursts and even a bratwurst burger complete with cheddar cheese and ShackSauce. Also, now’s the time to take home a limited edition Shake Shack beer stein filled with Brooklyn Brewery’s Oktoberfest for $10. Come back with your stein during Shacktoberfest and get $7 refills.

Memphis Taproom Thirst-Oberfest: October 5. Thirst-Oberfest returns to Memphis Taproom on October 5 with more than 25 flagship and limited release beers you’re invited to enjoy in their beer garden. As for munchies, look to the special-edition food truck that will be appropriately and selling German-inspired hotdogs.

Read on for more beer-fueled Oktoberfest celebrations.

Grumblethorpe Oktoberfest: October 5. Following the Revolutionary Germantown Festival, the Grumblethorpe homestead goes back to its German roots with its annual Oktoberfest event. Embark on tours of the colonial home and join in the fun at a party in Grumblethorpe’s garden. Sip beer, enjoy German meals and listen to live music at the evening event. Admission is free, but all food and tours are pay as you go.

Ambler Main Street Oktoberfest: October 5. Downtown Ambler turns into a traditional Bavarian festival with their annual event hosting great food, live music, art work, hand-crafted items and rides for the kids all day long.

Steins filled high with German beer is the theme of September and October with more than a dozen Oktoberfest celebrations taking over Philadelphia. (Photo courtesy Shutterstock)

Roxtoberfest: October 5. Lyceum Avenue in Roxborough welcomes a beer garden, food trucks, a dunk tank, carnival games and more at its Roxtoberfest celebration. From noon to 6 p.m., enjoy the best of Northwestern Philadelphia at the all-day event. In the case of rain, the Oktoberfest celebration is set to take place on Saturday, October 5.

Distinguished Oktoberfest at The Cambridge: October 6. Enjoy a relaxed Oktoberfest celebration at The Cambridge on South Street. $30 gets you a variety of German eats, a beer stein to take home and two German brews all in the atmosphere of The Cambridge’s backyard patio.

Midtown Village Fall Festival: October 6. The Midtown Village fall festival, the popular eight-block outdoor party is back. Indulge in food samples from Midtown Village restaurants, sidewalk sales, handmade items from artisans and crafters. An assortment of pumpkin brews take the stage at this neighborhood-wide event along with alfresco beer garden tents. Food from some of the most-loved Midtown Village restaurants move outside for some tasty street fare, and shops offer storewide discounts to festival goers.

McGillin’s Oktoberfest: Through October 6. Every day through October 6 at the Midtown Village haunt, Oktoberfest brews and German food are the theme. McGillin’s serves up everything from Yuengling Oktoberfest, to Sly Fox Oktoberfest Lager, to Oktoberfest brews straight from Germany all month long. Pair your fall-centric beer with a variety of German eats, think mussels steamed in Oktoberfest Lager or a German style sausage platter.

SugarHouse Casino’s Oktoberfest 2013: October 12. Along the Delaware River, Sugarhouse Casino presents a full afternoon of German celebrations. From 2 to 8 p.m., sip German beer and partake in educational beer tastings at an outdoor beer garden, and enjoy your brews with discounted Bavarian fare, live music, contests and games.

Elmwood Park Zoo Oktoberfest: October 12. Craft beer and zoo animals come together at the annual Oktoberfest at the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown. Enjoy all-you-can-drink beer from six craft breweries — Brooklyn Brewery, Smuttynose Brewing Company, Philadelphia Brewing Company, River Horse Brewing Company, Lancaster Brewing Company — and wine from Karamoor Estate Wines. Tickets are $40 for those looking to get their drink and include beer, a souvenir tasting glass and live animal encounters. Tickets for designated drivers are available for $15 and VIP tickets featuring all-you-can-eat food are available as well.

Blocktoberfest: October 19. Mark your calendars, Graduate Hospital’s Blocktoberfest fills South Street from Broad to 18th Streets on October 19. Local vendors set up shop with beer, eats and giveaways to entertain the masses. The festival also welcomes a solid lineup of food trucks and live music for the day-long event.

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