As school starts up again and work seems like it is never ending, Philly is here to give you the pick-me-up you need on the weekends. Have you ever been to an authentic Oktoberfest or Fürlingfest in Germany? If your answer is no, then have no fear: dig out your lederhosen and dirndl and head out to a variety of venues in Philadelphia for a full day (or night) of fun. In lieu of the most authentic German experience you can find across the globe, enjoy the rows or tables, authentic German food, and of course, lots of beer.
Starting off at McGillin’s Old Ale House, the celebration lasts for the entire month of September, only stopping well into October. The pub opened back in 1860, and is here to bring you anything from authentic German ale to seasonal pumpkin beers. Specialty food items will also be available, like mussels steamed in Oktoberfest lager and grilled pork loin with a sweet-and-sour cherry sauce. McGillin’s ends the season off right at the Drury Street beer garden during the giant Midtown Village Fall Festival on October 7th. For more information on the event, click here.
Spruce Street Harbor is celebrating Oktoberfest in a less authentic way – instead of long tables and chants heard for miles, Spruce Street Harbor Park features tree-strung hammocks, fairy lights, backyard games, impressive aerial floral arrangements, and amazing food from local vendors. But of course, we can’t forget about seasonal beers and special cocktails to sip in front of live music and fun activities during fall festival. For more information about the Fall Festival at Spruce Street Harbor Park, click here.
And if heavy beer isn’t your thing, do not worry: Fairmount Park is opening up its historic homes for Cider Fest on September 30th. Enjoy tasty treats from food trucks and live music as you relax and sip ciders from all over Philadelphia. For more information on the event, click here.
And finally, always a fan favorite, the 23rd Street Armory is opening up its doors this Columbus Day Weekend to bring you a bit of Munich. Authentic rows of tables and benches imported from Germany itself create the authentic German atmosphere that you’ve been waiting for. Complete with a stage waiting for live music to be heard by all, Hofbräuhaus supplies the beer and food, while you supply the fun and spirit. For more information on the 23rd Street Armory Oktoberfest, click here.
Whether you are looking for a true German feel or need a relaxed way to finish off the work week, there is an Oktoberfest waiting to be taken over by you this October!