Looking to party Bavarian style? Philly’s got you covered. The city is offering an array of Oktoberfest celebrations to bring out your inner Oom-pah dancer. Beers will be flowing, pretzels will be eaten and plenty of drunk memories are going to be made.. or forgotten. Here are the best places to Celebrate Oktoberfest 2018 in Philly.
Best places to celebrate Oktoberfest 2018 in Philly.
Sample over 250 summer/early fall beers from over 100 breweries with your own stein at Xfinity Live!’s Oktoberfest extravaganza. Explore seven different indoor and outdoor areas including indoor food venues and outdoor food trucks while listening to authentic music. Oktoberfest Live! will offer gluten-free options for beer, plus free parking for all event guests. VIP tickets offer everything with general admission plus one hour of private tastings from 2-3pm, additional beers, private restrooms, a complimentary soft pretzel with bottled water and multiple private VIP areas.
September 22, 3-7 pm, XfinityLive!,1100 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia, $35-$65, xfinitylive.com
Popular Biergarten Frankford Hall hosts this extravaganza partnered with BBQ joint Fette Sau. Plenty of beer, delicious food, music, dancing plus a family-friendly entertainment area. A must if you want to celebrate Oktoberfest 2018. Highlights include: a ceremonial keg tapping with Mad Beatz Drum Line, performances from Das Booty and the GTV Almrausch dancers, games, and of course, traditional German fare offerings such as currywurst, turkey legs and warm Bavarian pretzels alongside seasonal brews. A special area dedicated to family-friendly entertainment will feature The Lara & Joe Show, face-painting, balloon-twisters, pony rides, and more.
September 22, 12-10pm, Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia, Free admission, frankfordhall.com
10th annual South Street Oktoberfest
This event may be held on Saturday but you can spend the whole week preparing for it with Oktoberfest week of events. Every night at 8 pm leading up to the event compete in the Liter Lift Qualifier Competition for a chance to win an Oktoberfest survival guide that includes glass beer stein, beer tickets for the festival on Saturday and other party swag. Then on Saturday, the winners from the week will compete in the final lift at 1:30 pm for the chance to win $500. The main event includes 10 German beer options, authentic German food, live Oom-pah music, German dancers and more. VIP tickets include everything with general admission plus no-wait bathrooms, a Bavarian buffet from 1-6pm, six tokens good for beer, official Brauhaus Oktoberfest 2018 t-shirt, sunglasses and a glass liter stein filled with Oktoberfest survival supplies.
September 22, 12-8 pm, 700 block of South St., Philadelphia, Free- $115, brauhausschmitz.com
The seasonal beer garden is having their final party German style. Expect plenty of German and specialty local craft drafts. The menu will include a variety of housemade brats from BRU Craft & Wurst, plus currywurst, pretzels, brotzeit, potato pancakes and more. General admission is free at the door and only 100 VIP tickets are available for $20. VIP tickets include a special VIP-only area, with a separate bar including a special keg of Captain Lawrence Brewing Company Oktojawn, lite buffet, and a keepsake glass filled with your beer of choice. A perfect way to enjoy Oktoberfest 2018.
September 29th, 12-8 pm, Uptown Beer Garden, 1735 Market St., Philadelphia, eventbrite.com
3rd annual 23rd Armory Oktoberfest
The 3rd annual 23rd Armory Oktoberfest 2018 two-day event promises to be the most authentic Oktoberfest experience outside of Germany itself. Expect the venue to be decked out in blue and white Bavarian colors along with plenty of authentic treats, live music, dancing and beer. The first beer and pretzel are on the house. There are three different four-hour slots to choose from: Friday Night Session (7:30pm – 11:30pm), Saturday Afternoon Session (1:00pm – 5:00pm) and Saturday Night Session (7:30pm – 11:30pm). General admission, VIP and Uber VIP reserved tables are all available for purchase. General admission includes all of the goodies listed above. VIP includes everything with general admission plus two beers on the house instead of one, a glass stein to take home, a platter of food for your group, use of the downstairs bathrooms and a reserved table for groups of 2-4. Uber VIP includes everything with VIP plus Brotzeit (meats and cheeses, bread), Schlachtplatter for your group (family style, roast chicken, sausages, roast pork, sauerkraut, potato salad), Schnaps-ski and access to the best-reserved tables for groups of 4-8.
October 5th- 6th, Various times, 22 South 23rd St., Philadelphia, $25-$85, upcomingevents.com