Who’s ready for a Neshaminy Creek pumpkin beer and a Dos Hermanos taco?
Look forward to a ton of seasonal food-and-drink combinations at this year’s Bloktoberfest, returning Saturday, October 14 with a solid lineup of food trucks, brewery sponsors and live bands.
Filling up four blocks on South Street between Broad and 18th streets, the annual festival goes down from noon to 8 p.m., a full eight hours of laid-back, outdoor fun.
BLOKTOBERFEST FAST FACTS
- Bloktoberfest returns Saturday, October 14, noon-8 p.m.
- The festival takes place on South Street from Broad to 18th streets.
- Enjoy free admission with pay-as-you-go food and two beer bracelet options.
40+ Beer and Food Options
In true Philly festival spirit, 20-plus food trucks are ready to serve up eats all afternoon and into the evening during Bloktoberfest, and, as with any Oktoberfest-style celebration, plenty of beer will be available to wash it all down.
Look forward to sushi burritos from Hai Street Kitchen & Co., Mexican eats from El Guaco Loco, Dos Hermanos Tacos and Mi Pueblito Tacos, homestyle southern food from Baby Blues BBQ and a diverse array of other food truck options.
Cannoli World, Milk + Sugar and Waffles & Wedges will represent the sweet side of the food truck spectrum, so be sure to save room for dessert.
Plus, South Street West spots, including The Cambridge, Jet Wine Bar, Rex 1516, Little Spoon Cafe and Tio Flores, will also dish out eats all festival-long.
For the complete rundown of food options, click here.
As many as ten different breweries are sponsoring the event. Local spots include Neshaming Creek Brewing Company and Urban Village Brewing Company, while places from across the country include Alesmith Brewing Company, Half Acre Beer Company, Oskar Blues Brewery and more.
The varieties of beer on tap are as vast as the breweries behind them. Choose from a selection of seasonal pumpkin brews and festbiers, IPAs, ciders, ryes, pilsners and beyond.
If you plan on boozing, you’ll need to pick up a beer bracelet. Beer bracelets can be purchased in advance or on the day of the festival. See below for more details.
The PHS Pop-Up Garden at South Street will also be open on Saturday and neighborhood bars will open their doors to guests, too.
For those looking to score craft brews at Bloktoberfest, beer bracelets are required. Purchase one for $15 in advance or $20 at the door to obtain three (12-ounce) drinks. A “bonus beer bracelet” can be purchased for $25 in advance and $30 at the door to secure two extra drinks (five vs. three).
After acquiring a beer bracelet, if you use up all of your tickets but still want to sample other sudsy pints, additional drink tickets will be available for $5 each at the festival.
Other delightful news: Proceeds from beer sales go to charity, which you can read more about here. Last year’s event raised nearly $50,000 for a variety of local organizations!
Throughout the festival, a range of (mostly homegrown) musicians will perform across two different stages. You can groove to the rhythmic and high-energy beats of 10-piece band Worldtown Soundsystem, the pop-rock tunes of Boston-based Bent Knee, the reggae-inspired songs of Tall Trees and more.
A total of nine bands are set to perform, creating a festival experience filled with live jams.
Getting to South Street West is super easy thanks to SEPTA’s Broad Street Line. Simply take the Broad Street Line to the Lombard-South subway stop and you will land right at the start of the festival.
In addition to the festival, Graduate Hospital is home to a ton of great bars, restaurants, shops and parks, so be sure to explore while you’re there. Click here for visitphilly.com’s full guide to the bustling neighborhood.