Fall Festivals Galore

Fall is upon us and that means beer fests, pumpkin fests, and Oktoberfest fests that all roll up into one giant festival fest. Luckily for you, we have the best of the fests all sorted out for you, from fall harvests to beer-soaked extravaganzas and everything in between.

McGillin’s Old Ale House has begun its celebration of fall by putting Oktoberfest beers from Stoudt, Dogfish Head, Yuengling, Sly Fox and more on tap along with updating their menu with German foods like bratwurst and potato salad. Saranac Pumpkin Ale is also for sale alongside pumpkin martinis and pumpkin bombs. This celebration runs through the Midtown Village Fall Festival when McGillin’s will turn Drury Street into a giant beer garden.

This weekend Hop Angel Brauhaus will be holding a Pumpkin Festival on Saturday the 22nd at 3 p.m. and a Pumpkin themed brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday’s outdoor tent party will include keg bowling and an all-ages pumpkin carving contest. Pumpkin beers like Manayunk Yunkin Punkin and Philadelphia Kenz O’Lantern will be on tap. A pumpkin dinner menu will be served Saturday and Sunday.

This Saturday, September 22nd the Philadelphia Horticultural Society will be holding their Fall Garden Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Navy Yard. Free admission leads guests to garden tips and demos, crafts, games, plant and craft shopping, and cooking demos from The Chew co-hosts Daphne Oz and Carla Hall. Of course no PHS fall festival would be complete without their Garden Giants contest for the biggest pumpkins and more.

The Institute Bar will also be having an event this weekend. The 12th Street Arts & Brews Conservation Education Block Party will be this Saturday the 22nd from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Vendors selling arts and crafts will be lined up along the block while DJs and live music play. The bar’s second floor will be full of art work from Old Philadelphia highlighting the city’s brewing history and Philadelphia Brewing will be taking over the tap system.

This weekend also continues Frankford Hall’s massive Oktoberfest celebration. Saturday includes a street festival and a ceremonial keg tapping which begins at 12pm. Frankford Hall will have their own food tent set up alongside the many tents of German and local brewers. A family area will be included in the street festival as will live music. Everyday from Saturday until Sunday September 30 Frankford Hall will be holding Oktoberfest activities like a Beer Olympics and a special day of children’s activities.

Brauhaus Schmitz will be hosting their 4th Annual Oktoberfest Block Party on Saturday, September 29 from noon to 8 p.m. The fair will shut down South Street for live music, German beer, and a pig roast. The week leading up to the big party Brauhaus will be hosting events like an Oktoberfest flight night, German beer quizzo, and a bratwurst eating contest.

The King of Prussia Mall’s inaugural Beerfest Royale is set to take place on Friday, October 5 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and Saturday October 6 from 12:30-8:30 p.m. The celebration of local craft and German beer will feature two beer tents, live German music and a plaza filled with food vendors in the mall’s large parking lots. Tickets are required but the price includes access to all concessions.

The 7th annual Midtown Village Fall Festival block party will be on Saturday, October 6 this year from noon to 8 p.m. stretching down 13th from Chestnut to Locust. Food from local restaurants like Barbuzzo, Jamonera, and Sampan will be aplenty, of course, and there will be a beer garden, rain or shine. Arts and crafts, shopping, a dunk tank, and sumo wrestling will also be involved.

The Institute’s 4th Annual Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin Beer Festival will also be on October 6th. At 9 a.m. brunch opens up and for $15 you get your meal and early access to the pumpkin beers on tap, which are pay as you go. At 11 a.m. Green Street will be closed down for seating and the sidewalk turned into concession stands when the festival opens to the public. The Institute will be serving a 4-item pumpkin menu with 45 pumpkin beers and ciders rotating on tap all day. Most importantly, the first 20 guests to drink 6 pumpkin beers win a pumpkin pie.

October 7, City Tap House will hold its second annual Pumpkin Smash from 1-6pm. Elysian Brewing Company will be providing brews for the biggest pumpkin beer festival you’ve ever seen, with over 25 pumpkin beers on tap. Elysian’s founder Dick Cantwell will be there and there will also be a pumpkin pie eating contest. Live music from Predator Dub Assassins begins at 1 p.m.

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  • Tonyjlive

    Sweet! I hope The Institute is more prepared this year, than last for their Pumpkin Beer Festival. I don’t know what happened, but I’m hoping for a good event this year.

  • tsarstruck

    Hmm. No mention of Bloktoberfest? http://bloktoberfestphilly.com/

  • Rebs
  • Elron Hubbard

    In regards to the Pumpkin Beer Festival at Institute:

    Year 1 was a mess at the Institute, then they got it right Year 2 and screwed it up again Year 3 by getting greedy and going bigger.

  • Heather

    I;m glad Tony brought up the topic. We have been working on our pumpkin festival–which is not only the 2nd largest in the country–but it is the 2nd largest pumpkin beer festival in the world (Only Elysian has a bigger fest and we will have several of those on as well as having brewmaster/founder Dick Cantwell hanging out with us) This year we have both beer and food set up outside. Instead of having to wait around for table servers everyone can walk up to the beer and the food, get what they want and spend more time enjoying the day. It is cash only outside. All beer and food prices will be even dollar amounts.
    Second we will have Porta-Pots outside.
    Third, we have streamlined the menu considerably. There are a total of 6 items for the day (after brunch) which hopefully will allow for a steady flow both inside and outside. We reviewed the top selling items and came up with a list that we feel should make everyone happy.
    Finally we are staffed 3 times more this year than last.
    We are confident that this year should be great for everyone.
    One final note, brunch was a ticketed event and it is sold out.

  • John Dory

    Anywhere to see the list and menu for pumpkin fest at the Institute? Also, Bierstube has some great stuff planned. Their beer is far superior than Brauhaus, in my opinion.

    • With now 50 pumpkin beers confirmed I’d guess all of them.

  • Heather

    We posted the list on our Facebook page but yea pretty much all of them including a few that will only be at our event. At last count we were at 53.

    I can spill the beans now about our outdoor beer pouring. Charlie just finished the taps for what is probably the only of it’s kind outdoor tap system. Pretty sick.

  • AnnaMoran

    John, I agree. The Lobstoberfest at Bierstube was the best Oktoberfest event. MealTicket has better coverage of all the events http://ow.ly/dST44

  • Lucille

    Anna, When is Lobsterfest? I only see some beautiful looking pork chops on their webpage. http://tinyurl.com/8gj4w7f

  • Heather

    We would be foolish to disagree about last year. We also totally understand why some folks have sour feelings about it. What I can tell you 100% is it isn’t greed driven. We did not expect 200 people to arrive by noon any more than we expected a line of 40 people at 10am. We were overwhelmed on every level. Without the outdoor seating we would have been turning people away. It is a catch-22 because that would have come up as an issue. When we started this, we had 13 pumpkin beers. That was only 4 years ago and now it is up to over 50. I would reference what I posted before about how we have taken steps to address what went wrong last year and ensure this year is fun for everyone.

  • gary

    Manayunk gets no love, ever. Next Saturday is the Manayunk StrEAT Food Fest: http://manayunk.com/component/content/article/153