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The 14 best Oktoberfest events in Philadelphia

To celebrate Oktoberfest, Philadelphia bars and restaurants host bashes all around town. Here's where to find them.
oktoberfest philadelphia
Photograph: Bradley Weld
By Caroline Coral |

Being such a beer-loving—and producing!—city, it’s no surprise that the City of Brotherly Love has tons of options when it comes to celebrating Oktoberfest. Philadelphia beer lovers can dedicate a whole month to the stein-, bratwurst- and pretzel-filled event thanks to a handful of festivals and food and drink specials happening at bars, taverns and Philadelphia breweries. Whether it’s a weekend-long bash, a sit-down dinner or happy hour, Philadelphia Oktobefest fans can score more than their fill of German-inspired drinks and fare—and maybe even catch a polka band if they’re lucky. Follow this guide to find the best Oktoberfest Philadelphia events—many among the best things to do in Philadelphia in the fall.

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Oktoberfest events in Philadelphia

mcgillins olde ale house
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Paul Joseph
Things to do

McGillin’s Oktoberfest Philadelphia

Philly’s oldest continuously operating tavern is home to one of the city’s longest Oktoberfest celebrations. For more than a month taps are taken over with seasonal beers from Sly Fox, Lancaster Brewing and Stoudt’s along with a slew of pumpkin brews. Also be sure to try the special pour that was made through a collaboration between McGillin’s and Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company.

Cannstatter Volksfest
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Daniel Cruz Valle
Things to do, Festivals

Cannstatter Volksfest

A trip up to Torresdale is required if you want to take in the city’s most authentic Oktoberfest experience. Along with home cooking, beer drinking and old country-style music and dance, this fest is home to a fruchtsäule, a massive column decorated in fruit—a tradition with roots in Stuttgart.

spruce street harbor park
Photograph: Courtesy Delaware Valley Riverfront Corporation
Things to do, Festivals

Spruce Street Harbor Park Fall Fest

Riverside beers, live music and family-friendly, autumn-centric activities are on the roster for Fall Fest. Highlights include a partnership with Greensgrow Farms for onsite farmers’ markets, apple cider-pressing and performances by local artists Killiam Shakespeare, Stella Ruze and Louie Louie with The Whips.

frankford hall oktoberfest
Photograph: Courtesy Oktoberfest
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Frankford Hall Oktoberfest

Fishtown’s premier Oktoberfest returns for an indoor-outdoor afternoon of carnival games, big beers and beer-friendly bites, and traditional German dancers.

south street oktoberfest
Photograph: Courtesy Brauhaus Schmitz
Things to do, Festivals

South Street Oktoberfest

Every fall the 700 block of South Street gets tented up and ready to party, Bavarian style. Choose to pay as you go or, even better, grab a VIP ticket for beer, food and schnapps tokens, and commemorative swag. Most importantly, VIPs have access to private bathrooms, a must when celebrating this beery occasion.

ardmore oktoberfest
Photograph: Courtesy Kory Aversa
Things to do, Festivals

Ardmore Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest in the burbs means a serious line up of carbs including mac and cheese with beer sauce, potato pancakes and apple fritters—all accompanied with flowing beers and live music to boot.

uptown beer garden
Photograph: Uptown Beer Garden
Things to do

Uptoberfest Oktobefest

Uptown Beer Garden is getting a weekend-long makeover in honor of the holiday complete with an all-German draft list and a menu focused on street eats, namely a quartet of grilled brats and currywurst, Berlin’s go-to post-last-call snack.

Hop Angel Brahuaus
Photograph: Courtesy Hop Angel Brauhaus
Things to do, Festivals

Hop Angel Brauhaus Oktoberfest

Beers and Bavarian fare are only the beginning of the festivities at this Northeast brauhaus. Things get crazy with Gunther, a dancing bear, a raffle reserved for those outfitted in lederhosen and dirndls, and a strong man contest.

charlie brown pumpkin beer festival
Photograph: Shutterstock
Things to do, Festivals

Charlie Brown Pumpkin Beer Festival

Fall’s favorite marrow gets the spotlight at this all-day pumpkin beer festival. Lookout for the area’s largest lineup of seasonals, sours and ciders all made with the big round squash in mind.

King of Prussia Beerfest Royale
Photograph: Courtesy Bradley Weld
Things to do, Festivals

King of Prussia Beerfest Royale

Mall parking lots aren’t usually all that much fun but once a year KOP tents up a portion of its lot for a raucous day of local and imported brews. This year they’re upping the ante and adding local wineries and distilleries to the lengthy list of participants. Polka bands and local artists provide entertainment for the walkaround tasting.

23rd street armory oktoberfest
Photograph: Courtesy HughE Dillon
Things to do, Festivals

Armory Oktoberfest

The folks from Brauhaus Schmitz are taking over the 23rd Street Armory for three days of stein-swinging, lederhosen-wearing, oompah-listening fun. The ticketed event runs in afternoon and evening sessions, and this year they’re expecting to go through a whopping 300 kegs and 2,000 pounds of sausage.

Photograph: Courtesy Bloktoberfest
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Bloktoberfest 2017

Several blocks on the western side of South Street close down every October for an afternoon of local music, craft beer and portable bites from the corridor’s restaurants and guest food trucks. Best of all, all of the proceeds from the outdoor bars go to neighborhood charities.

iron hill brewery
Photograph: Courtesy Iron Hill Brewery
Things to do

Iron Hill Brewery Oktoberfest

All 12 locations of this local brewpub are embracing all things Teutonic for a two-week celebration including limited edition brew pints to drink in-house or in growlers and cans to take out plus a slew of menu additions including German-inspired gravy fries, crisp schnitzel and meaty butcher’s plates.

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