Brauhaus Schmitz presents South Street Oktoberfest

For the 9th year in a row, Brauhaus Schmitz presents South Street Oktoberfest in front of the restaurant on the 700 block of South Street beneath a massive tent, rain or shine. Guests can attend and purchase beers and food on a pay-as-you-go basis or upgrade to an exclusive VIP package- including no-wait bathrooms, a Bavarian buffet from 1-6pm, six tokens good for beer, official Brauhaus Oktoberfest t-shirt, drawstring bag and a glass liter stein filled with "Oktoberfest survival supplies" to take home, all for $115, tax and gratuity included (limited tickets available).

With 10 German beers available on draught, a wealth of German food, live Oom-pah music, German dancers and more, it is one of the fall's most exciting food-and-drink events and a do-not-miss celebration for beer lovers!!

*** Ardmore Oktoberfest

Saturday, September 23, 2017

2:00pm to 8:00pm

Cricket Ave. (GPS use 17 Cricket Ave.)

Presented by Ardmore Initiative with sponsor McCloskey's Tavern

Prost! Fill up your beer stein at Ardmore Oktoberfest, the Main Line's hottest Oktoberfest festival that rivals the best-with over 5,000 people expected in 2017. On Saturday, September 23rd from 2:00pm to 8:00pm, Cricket Lane in Downtown Ardmore will be transformed into a Bavarian wonderland complete with German fare, robust brews and live entertainment from The O' Fenders and the James D. Oompah band.

Guests won't have to travel thousands of miles to the epicenter of Oktoberfest to sample savory traditional selections from John Henry's Pub (Bavarian bratwurst, sauerkraut, smoked pork sandwiches, pierogies, mac and cheese with Oktoberfest beer sauce), Jack McShea's of Ardmore (Bavarian pretzels with obatzda German cheese sauce, funnel cake, apple fritters, potato pancakes with apple butter), and McCloskey's Tavern (pierogies, German potato salad, crab cake sliders, pickles on a stick), the event's sponsor. Kids can also get in on the Oktoberfest fun with cookie decorating, pumpkin decorating, crafts, face painting and other outdoor activities.

Ardmore Oktoberfest is free to attend, or VIP tickets are available for $50. VIP tickets include access to a special VIP area with hand-selected, craft beers (including some rare selections), non-alcoholic refreshments, traditional Oktoberfest fare, and a welcome gift. For more information and VIP tickets, visit

*** Uptoberfest Oktobefest at Uptown Beer Garden

Saturday, September 23, 2017

12:00pm to 8:00pm

Uptown Beer Garden (1735 JFK Blvd.)

Presented by Uptown Beer Garden

UpToberfest Oktoberfest returns to Uptown Beer Garden for the second year in a row! Stop by on Saturday, September 23, 2017 for the annual celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig I & Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. There will be beer pouring, German fare, music and other fun. The menu will include four different brats, currywurst, pretzel, brotzeit, potato pancakes and more. Taps will be flowing with a special German import draft list, plus a few special American release fall seasonals. General admission tickets are free. VIP tickets are available for $20 and include a special VIP-only area, with a separate bar including a special keg of Hofstetten von 1810 (recipe derived from the original beer served at the first Oktoberfest in 1810), lite buffet, and a keepsake glass filled with a beer of their choice. Twenty-one and older to drink with identification. Full event details and ticket information will be available on Uptown Beer Garden's Facebook in early September.

*** Oktoberfest on the Square

Saturday, September 30, 2017

12:00pm to 10:00pm

Haddon Square Pop-Up Beer Garden (51 Haddon Avenue, Westmont)

Presented by Brauhaus Schmitz and Keg & Kitchen

In addition to South Street, the 23rd Street Armory and Brooklyn, New York even the Garden State will get a taste of authentic Germany. Brauhaus Schmitz partners with Keg & Kitchen to present Oktoberfest on the Square on Saturday, September 30, 2017, with two sessions from 12:00pm to 5:00pm and 5:00pm to 10:00pm. Enjoy traditional German festival food including a pig roast, sausages, sauerkraut, potato salad, currywurst and French fries. Beer selections will include Hofbräu Fest Beer, Hofbräu Märzen, König Ludwig Weissbier and Bembel Cider. VIP reserved seating is available for $25 and includes glass liter mug and first beer. General admission is free and pay-as-you-go.

*** 23rd Street Armory Oktoberfest

Friday, October 6, 2017, 7:00pm to 11:00pm

Saturday, October 7, 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Saturday, October 7, 7:00pm to 11:00pm

Sunday, October 8, 1:00pm to 8:00pm

23rd Street Armory (22 South 23rd Street)

Presented by Brauhaus Schmitz

Celebrate Columbus Day weekend with Brauhaus Schmitz and their second-annual 23rd Street Armory Oktoberfest October 6 through October 8, 2017. Staged in the sprawling and fortress-like 23rd Street Armory (22 South 23rd Street), the fest includes four sessions, each able to accommodate 1,500 revelers for one of the biggest beer-drinking events to hit Philadelphia and one of the most authentic Oktoberfest parties in the United States.

Guests will enjoy traditional Oktoberfest Food from Chef Jeremy Nolen, homemade Bavarian pretzels from Chef Jessica Nolen, Hofbräuhaus beer imported from Germany in this transformed authentic German Bierhall by Doug Hager, complete with blue-and-white banners strung for miles from end to end. In addition, Hager and his team plan to assemble enough festival tables and traditional wooden benches, all imported from Germany, for ample seating and a lofted sound stage for live music from the Alex Meixner Band (perhaps best known for the Hormel Pepperoni One-Man Pep Band Dance), along with Brauhaus regulars the Heimatklange Band.

General Admission costs $35 per person; VIP is $65 per person; and UBER VIP costs $85 per person. GA includes: open seating on festival benches, liter of beer, keepsake glass stein; VIP includes: all GA perks, plus VIP quick entrance, reserved seating, three food tickets; and UBER VIP includes: reserved seating for at least eight people, with table service, glass liter mug, 10-liter mini kegs, two Brotzeit (meats and cheeses) appetizers, two Schlachtplatte entrees (featuring Schweinhaxe, or crispy pork shank) on table upon arrival, plus two Schnaps skis and access to private bathrooms.


*** Philadelphia Honey Festival

Thursday, September 7, 2017, 5:00pm to 9:00pm at Glen Foerd on the Delaware

Saturday, September 9, 2017, 10:00am to 4:00pm at Wyck Historic House

Sunday, September 10, 2017, 10:00am to 4:00pm at Bartram's Garden

Presented by Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild with Glen Foerd on the Delaware, Wyck Historic House and Bartram's Garden

The mission of the Philadelphia Honey Festival is to raise awareness about the importance of honey bees to our environment, our food supply and our economy, and to promote urban beekeeping and gardening. Celebrating its eighth year, the Philadelphia Honey Festival returns September 7th, 9th, and 10th at three historic sites. Note: there is no programming on September 8th. This year, the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild (PBG) is pleased that all of our three partners are back - Glen Foerd on the Delaware, Wyck Historic House and Bartram's Garden.

This year, all three historic locations offer visitors family friendly activities including:

  • Open hive demonstrations

  • Honey extractions

  • Open Hive Talks

  • A host of children's activities

  • Honey tastings

  • Mead Tastings

  • Sales from local beekeepers

  • Presentation by John Cambridge PhD MPH of the Philadelphia Insectarium

  • Bee-bearding demonstration with Don Shump (PBG president and owner of The Philadelphia Bee Co.).

Each venue will also have additional local community activities to expand our usual offerings. Including, a live G-town radio broadcast from the Wyck Historic House, Philly Farm Truck at Glen Foerd, and Parks on Tap Jr. at Bartram's Garden. Entry to the festival venues, educational activities and demonstrations is free!

Glen Foerd on the Delaware (Grant Ave. & Milnor St., Philadelphia 19114) kicks off the first official day of the festival on Thursday, September 7th. The event runs from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Honey Happy Hour will feature mead and honey beer sampling! The monthly Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild meeting will take place at 7:30 pm with John Cambridge PhD MPH of the Philadelphia Insectarium as the keynote speaker.

Wyck Historic House, Garden, and Farm (6026 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia 19144) offers a full day of events on Saturday, September 9th from 10 am - 4 pm. Special features include a Mead Contest, ongoing children's activities, vendor marketplace, and an informative presentation from Dion Lerman (Environmental Health Programs Specialist from Penn State) entitled: Keeping the Critters Down: Integrated Pest Management for Everyone.

Bartram's Garden (54th Street & Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia 19143) hosts the final day of the festival on Sunday, September 10th from 10 am - 4 pm. Special features include a children's carnival, a presentation by the Philadelphia Insectarium, Children's Bee Parade, native plants sale, a marketplace with local crafts, beer and specialty cocktails provided by Parks on Tap Jr., and a presentation by Sam Torres from KeyStone Colonies and beekeeper at Glen Foerd discussing the ins and outs of beekeeping. On site, Bartram's be having our annual fall plant sale which offers a broad seasonal selection of perennial plants, trees, shrubs, and vines as well as horticultural staff experts to help answer questions.

*** Philly AIDS Thrift 12th Anniversary Block Party

Saturday, September 16, 2017

12:00pm to 6:00pm

5th and Bainbridge

Presented by Philly AIDS Thrift

Philly AIDS Thrift presents their 12th Anniversary Block Party on Saturday, September 16, 2017, from 12:00pm to 6:00pm, at 5th and Bainbridge. Enjoy celebrity dunk tank, moonbounce, games, food trucks, magicians, dancing in the streets, shopping and more. DJ Robert Drake will be spinning the tunes. Other entertainment includes sword swallowing with MacKenzie Moltov, music by West Philadelphia Orchestra, magicians, a mini-Halloween parade, and other surprises. Beer and wine will be available by Whetstone Tavern.

*** BRU Fall Festival

Saturday, October 7, 2017

12:00pm to 8:00pm

1300 Block of Chestnut Street (Outside BRU and U-Bahn)

Presented by BRU Craft & Wurst and U-Bahn

BRU Fall Fest is back! BRU Craft & Wurst and U-Bahn present eight hours of outdoor food, beer and music on the 1300 block of Chestnut Street on Saturday, October 7, 2017 during Midtown Village Fall Festival. Come hungry for Bratwurst on the grill, pulled pork sandwiches, pretzels and more. Bartenders will pour your favorite crafts from beer tents - including Oktoberfest and other seasonal selections. On the outdoor stage, get ready for eight hours of music live bands and DJs - that have in the past included Levee Drivers, DJ Jack Tripper, American Dinosaur, Brad Moser and Chris Paterno Band. BRU Fall Fest is free and open to the public, and 21 and older to drink (with identification). BRU will serve an abbreviated version of the regular daily menu inside, plus pouring from 38 taps. Skip Midtown Village's beer lines by dropping in for self-serve taps. Food and drink are pay-as-you-go. Band, beer and menu line-ups will be announced in early September. For more information about BRU, visit

*** Old City Fest

Sunday, October 8, 2017

11:00am to 6:00pm

3rd and Arch

Presented by Old City District

Old City District presents Old City Fest on Sunday, October 8, 2017, from 11:00am to 6:00pm, along N. 3rd Street (from Market to Race) and Arch Street (from 2nd to 4th). Activities will include a festival stage with live music, two runway fashion shows, a family fun zone, pop-up street performances and a wide array of food, beverages, art, craft and retail shopping, with 100+ Old City vendors participating. Admission is free, with food and drink pay-as-you-go. For more info, visit, tweet @OldCityDistrict or call (215) 592-7929.

*** Arts @ Night in the Piazza

Friday, October 13, 2017

See description under "Theater/Arts" below.

*** Cricket BOO

Saturday, October 21, 2017

9:00am to 12:00pm

Cricket Avenue, Downtown Ardmore

Presented by Ardmore Initiative, Lulu's Casita and pucciManuli

Celebrate Halloween Cricket Avenue style with the ultimate children's Halloween bash! Join Lulu's Casita and pucciManuli on Saturday, October 21, 2017 for the 3rd Annual Cricket BOO! Events at Cricket BOO include create-your-own treat bags, trick-or-treating on Cricket Avenue, pumpkin decorating, BOO! parade, ghouly games, Pumpkin 500!, photo booth, light refreshments, face painting, trunk-or-treat, sensory station, spider web maze, unlimited play at Lulu's Casita, and more! The cost is $15 per child. For a complete schedule of events and more information, visit

*** East Passyunk Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday

Saturday, October 28, 2017

11:00am to 4:00pm

East Passyunk Avenue around the Singing Fountain (Passyunk and Tasker)

Presented by the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District

East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (EPABID) presents a full day of spooktacular fun with free activities for the kids, adults and even fido too! East Passyunk Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday returns on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Family activities include pumpkin decorating, arts and crafts, live music, trick or treating, costume contests (for children and dogs), pet treats and more. For the grown-ups enjoy live music, 40 craft and arts vendors, fall fare, spirited cocktails, and more. Businesses between the Singing Fountain and Mifflin Triangle (Mifflin and East Passyunk) will open doors to trick or treaters. Most activities will be held at the Singing Fountain (EPA and Tasker), with select activities to be held at Mifflin Triangle (EPA and Mifflin). For more information, visit, like EPABID on Facebook and follow @epassyunkave on Twitter.

*** Ardmore Halloween Spooktacular

Saturday, October 28, 2017

11:00am to 1:00pm

Downtown Ardmore

Presented by Ardmore Business Association

Join local businesses in celebrating Halloween with a mini-parade, candy hunt, and more! For a complete schedule of activities visit the Ardmore Business Association at

*** South Street PumpkinFest

Saturday, October 28, 2017

12:00pm to 5:00pm

Headhouse Square and Headhouse Plaza (2nd and Lombard)

Presented by South Street Headhouse District

South Street Headhouse District (SSHD) presents tricks and treats for adults and children of all ages during South Street PumpkinFest on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. PumpkinFest takes over Second Street's Headhouse Plaza between Pine and South Streets, with live music, shopping, seasonal bites and brews, straw bale maze, circus performances, horse and wagon hay rides, face painting and more. South Street businesses will open their doors for trick or treating (children 12 and under). PumpkinFest is free, with food, drink and shopping pay-as-you-go. For more information, visit, follow @officialsouthst on Twitter or call (215) 413-3713.

*** The Great Harvest Cider and Beer Festival

Saturday, November 4, 2017

12:00pm to 8:00pm

Outside Hawthornes Beer Cafe (738 S. 11th Street)

Presented by Hawthornes Beer Cafe

Hawthornes Beer Cafe is closing down 11th Street again for the Great Harvest Cider and Beer Festival on Saturday, November 4, 2017, from 12:00pm to 8:00pm. This annual beer and cider festival will feature over 75 hard ciders, toasty lagers, pumpkin ales and more. From the kitchen look for fall, hearty comfort food favorites and seasonal street food. Festivities will also include a family fun zone, live entertainment, DJs and much more. This all-day, all-ages free block party takes place on 11th street in front of Hawthornes, from Fitzwater to Catharine. Cash only. Twenty-one and older with identification to drink.


*** Parks on Tap Jr. (During Philadelphia Honey Festival)

Sunday, September 10, 2017

10:00am to 4:00pm

Bartram's Garden (54th Street & Lindbergh Blvd.)

Presented by Bartram's Garden

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