As we mentioned earlier this week, there is a groundswell of awesome fall festivals taking place this weekend. Not the least of which, is the seventh annual Bloktoberfest street festival returning to South Street West this Saturday, October 3.
The nine-hour festival celebrates Oktoberfest with an impressive lineup of 39 craft beers from across the country including a number of local brews. Beyond beer, the festival promises a full day (nine hours to be exact) of live music, delicious food from local restaurants, cafes and food trucks, shopping and craft vendors and more.
Plus from Bloktoberfest’s great location on South Street, it will be easy for you to get to a number of the other awesome fall festivals taking place this weekend, including the Midtown Village Fall Fest only a few blocks away.
Read on for our quick guide to Bloktoberfest 2015.
FESTIVAL FAST FACTS
- The festival runs Saturday, October 3, noon-9 p.m.
- The festival takes place on South Street from Broad to 18th
- Free admission with pay-as-you-go food and drink tickets/beer bracelets
• Food Trucks, Local Restaurants, Vendors and Craft Beer
In festival spirit, food trucks and local restaurants will plate festival-ready foods all day long. Participating food trucks include The Cow and the Curd, Mom Mom’s Polish Food Cart, Nomad Pizza and Calle del Sabor. Popular restaurants and shops along South Street (think Rex 1516 and The Cambridge) will also be setting up along the festival grounds. Since Bloktoberfest is an Oktoberfest celebration, craft beers will be flowing all day long. Beer bracelets or tickets are required for those who are looking for brews.
More on Bloktoberfest, below.
• Live Music
Throughout the festival, a range of local musicians will perform at the all-day festival. You can groove to music from Cold Fronts, DJ Benja Styles, Kate Faust, Tall Trees and Medusa’s Disco at the 17th Street stage.
• Drink Tickets and Beer Bracelets
Beer bracelets or drink tickets are required for those looking for brews at the all-day festival. Beer bracelets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door for three drink tickets, and $25 in advance and $30 at the door for five drink tickets.
Scoop up beer bracelets online before the festival for the $5 discount. For those who don’t purchase beer bracelets, individual drink tickets will be available on a pay as you go basis at the festival for $5 a pop.
GETTING THERE AND STAYING OVER
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 be at the start of the festival.
And instead of hopping back on the subway after the festival, you can use Bloktoberfest as an excuse for a weekend getaway or staycation and take advantage of the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package which provides guests with two nights at a hotel, free hotel parking and a welcome gift.
In addition to the festival, Graduate Hospital is home to a ton of great bars, restaurants, shops and parks. Click here for Visit Philly’s full guide to the bustling neighborhood.