Beginning Sept. 17, get your boot steins ready for Oktoberfest. The annual beer festival originated in Munich as a wedding celebration for Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen (that’s a mouthful!) in 1810. Why is it called Oktobertfest when it’s mostly in September? Back in the day it was celebrated in October, but was later moved to take advantage of warmer weather. While hopping on a plane to Munich to isn’t realistic, revel in the joy of beer, food and fun right here. We found four ways to celebrate Oktoberfest in Philly that are fun and affordable. Prost!
South Street Oktoberfest
Saturday, Sept. 17
718 South St.
Pay as you go
For the eighth year in a row, the folks at the German restaurant and beer hall Brauhaus Schmitz are bringing the Oktoberfest party to South Street. Chef Jeremy Nolan will be cooking up Oktoberfest eats including and beer will be served up by Hofbrauhaus, the world famous Munich brewery.
UpToberfest Oktoberfest at Uptown Beer Garden
Saturday, Sept. 24-Sunday Sept. 25
Noon to 10 p.m. each day
1735 JFK Blvd.
Expect bands, games and foodie favorites like pretzels, wurst, schnitzel and spazel at this new Oktoberfest party. Local and imported beers will be on tap and you can even get a commemorative 1-liter boot stein. Burn calories every time you lift your beer-filled boot stein for a sip.
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Saturday, Oct. 1
Ridge and Lyceum avenues
If you brew beer at home, here's your chance to put your skills to the test. This fourth annual event on Ridge Avenue in Roxborough will feature a home brew competition and will be hosted by Fox 29’s Mike Jerrick. There will even be local food trucks and live entertainment — so even if you don't drink beer, you have options for a good time.
23 Street Armory Oktoberfest
Friday, Oct. 7 to Sunday, Oct. 9
22 S. 23rd St.
General Admission $45; VIP $65
The Brauhaus team will transform the 23rd Street Armory into a Munich festival tent for this memorable Oktoberfest experience — complete with Bavarian blue and white ceilings, festival tables & benches imported from Germany and stages for musical acts that include Die Heimatklange Orchestra and Grammy-winner Alex Meixner.