By Allen Foster
You may have heard that Volkswagen means “peoples’ car.” Knowing that, it probably comes as no surprise that Volksfest translates to “peoples’ festival.” More specifically, a Volksfest is a rather large cultural event that combines attractions, such as amusement rides and games of skill and chance, with food, venders, and that vital element… alcohol. Typically beer, but it could also include wine. Oktoberfest is the largest Volksfest in the world. It occurs annually in Munich and runs for a little over two weeks. Luckily, the celebration is not restricted to just Germany. In fact, you can enjoy some incredible Oktoberfest activities right here in Philadelphia. Following is a list of the ones that should definitely be on your radar this year.
Frankford Hall Oktoberfest
1210 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Date: Sept. 16, 2017
Even on an average day, the festive atmosphere at Northern Liberties’ Frankford Hall makes you feel like you’re relishing life in a modern-day Bavarian biergarten. Large picnic tables, warm pretzels, brats, brews, and invigorating conversation all combine to create a wonderfully rich and vibrant ambience. Just imagine what happens during Oktoberfest! In traditional Philly flair, the party spills out onto the streets under tents that offer imported and local beers while the live music creates the perfect celebratory vibe.
Oktoberfest Live! 2017 – Philadelphia Craft Beer & Music Festival
XFINITY Live! Philadelphia
1100 Pattison Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Date: Sept. 30, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Draft Magazine declared Oktoberfest Live! one of the top 10 Oktoberfest parties in the country. With room for over 15,000 attendees, you can be sure to get your fill of all this massive celebration has to offer. There are indoor and outdoor beer gardens, German Oktoberfest-style beer tents, food trucks, live music, DJs, games, contests, giveaways, and more. As far as selection, the Philadelphia Craft Beer & Music Festival features over 125 breweries that offer unlimited sampling from over 250 craft beers. Designated Driver tickets are available at a reduced admission price.
Ambler Main Street Oktoberfest 2017
Ambler, PA 19002
Date: October 7, 2017 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
The 26th annual Ambler Main Street Oktoberfest is a no-admission event located in the heart of the historic Montgomery County borough. The 2017 celebration features over 90 vendors, 10 food trucks, restaurant samplings, arts & crafts vendors, business specials, rides for the kids, and more. Additionally, there is a beer garden and two stages that host live musical performances all day long. Come enjoy a festive community atmosphere that offers something that is sure to delight every member of your family.
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The Church of the Good Samaritan
212 W. Lancaster Ave.
Paoli, PA 19301
Date: Oct. 7, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
If you’re looking for a true family-friendly event that includes face painting, pumpkin decorating, bouncy-houses, music, dancing, German food, beer, and more, then your best bet is the Rotary Club of the Upper Main Line’s Annual Oktoberfest. The club supports local organizations such as ACLAMO in Norristown, The ARC of Chester County, and Community Volunteers In Medicine in West Chester. On an international level, the organization raises funds for initiatives like ShelterBox, Rotaplast, and the fight to end polio. All of the proceeds from this event will go directly to charity and the first 200 attendees will receive a free commemorative mug!
Bloktoberfest Philly 2017
South Street West
Date: Oct. 14, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Not since peanut butter and chocolate has there been a pairing as apropos as a block party and Oktoberfest. This year marks the ninth year for South Street’s original humdinger, Bloktoberfest! The daylong, no-admission, four-block celebration offers attendees a variety of food from local vendors and an ample beverage selection from area craft breweries. Additionally, there will be multiple stages where local and nationally recognized acts can entertain the festival-goers. Proceeds from beer sales directly benefit organizations in and around Graduate Hospital that are trying to make a difference in the community.