The Best Places to Celebrate Oktoberfest in Philly
The very first Germans to set foot in Pennsylvania arrived around 1681. They went on to establish the community of Germantown in 1683. Since then the German population exploded in Philadelphia and many of their customs and traditions have since been woven into the the fabric of America. Among these traditions is the annual celebration of Oktoberfest. Many may brush this celebration off as just another reason to drink, the origins of Oktoberfest are in fact a lot more significant.
Originally created to celebrate the unification of the German Democratic Republic and Federal Republic of Germany. Now millions of Americans celebrate every year making it a mainstay in today’s culture. Whatever reason you’re looking to celebrate this German holiday, we put together a list The Best Places to Celebrate Oktoberfest in Philly, check it out!
718 South St. | Sept. 14-20th
The festivities kick-off September 14th and continue through September 20th. Brauhaus Schmitz looks to host the biggest Oktoberfest in Philadelphia. Aside from a variety of special nights such as liter-lift competitions, beer & cheese pairings as well as game nights, Brauhaus Schmitz will be hosting a huge black party September 19th from 12 pm-8 pm. The Oktoberfest block party will encompass the entire 700 block of South Street as well as 8th St. between Kater and Rodman. Guests will enjoy authentic German beer, live oompah music, games, live entertainment and much more! General admission is free with pay-as-you-go food and drinks. VIP admission is $125 per person and includes special draughts, private bathrooms, a Bavarian buffet, 8 beer tickets, a commemorative stein and more. VIP admission is available online, but is very limited.
1210 Frankford Ave. | Sept. 15th, 16th, 19th
This Stephen Starr owned watering hole is actually going to join forces with its neighbor Fette Sau to produce an extravagant Fishtown Oktoberfest. Prepare for a block party September 19th spanning from Frankford & Girard to Shackamaxon St. which will run from 12pm-10 pm. You can expect plenty of beer selections, pony rides, food specials, games and entertainment.
Leading up to the block party, Frankford Hall will host beer Olympics on September 15th and a game tournament on the 16th.
7980 Oxford Ave. | Sept. 26-27th
Free sausage sandwich for anyone wearing lederhosen or a dirndl! (3pm to 5pm both days), How can you not want to celebrate here? For beer lovers you’ll be happy know that that Hop Angel Brauhaus will be serving-up Pumpkin Beers on Tap, Flying Fish, Oktoberfish Hofbrau, Marzen Stoudtds Oktoberfest Two Roads, Oc2berfest Pumpkin Beers in Cans, and Sly Fox Oktoberfest.
King of Prussia Mall | Oct. 1st-3rd
Drinking in the parking lot usually isn’t a cause for celebration but during Oktoberfest it’s a great experience. King of Prussia, the regions largest mall will transform its parking lot into a two day Oktoberfest extravaganza complete with a German beer oasis. Over 50 national and international breweries serving up over 100 types of beer will be on-hand.
18h & South St. | Oct. 3rd
Graduate Hospital will play host to a family friendly block party on October 3rd. If you’re looking for live music, activities for kids, tons of food (pay-as-you-go) as well as a dizzying array of craft beers, than you won’t want to miss this event.
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