PHOTOS: Oktoberfest at Dilworth Park

It was another beautiful Indian Summer day in Philadelphia on Saturday, and crowds flocked to many of the festivals around town, including the OctoberFest at the new Dilworth Park. The autumn event included fun activities and games, plus a beer garden hosted by Garces’s Rosa Blanca, where guests could sit at café tables or on hay stacks strewn about the roped-off area.

DJs & live music spiced up the party as some guests danced to the music. Mural Arts, The Franklin Institute and ZipCar were on hand with family-friendly activities, and guests enjoyed playing Connect Four, Jenga and Chess with oversized board games. The newly opened Great Lawn at the South End of the Park was the icing on the cake. I have photos of the afternoon below:

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Want To Win Free VIP Tickets To The Brauhaus Oktoberfest?

BrauhausOktoberfest1Of course you do. Because while even a normal ticket to this Saturday’s huge party being thrown by the Brauhaus crew is awesome, a VIP ticket is truly something special. And since they’ve been sold out since mid-August, there’s no way to get your hands on a pair except to play our little game.

Why is it worth it, you ask? Because here’s what a VIP ticket gets you:

· Exclusive Access- VIP Pass in and Out of the VIP Brauer Bund with Special VIP Draft List

· Full wait staff and bar staff, with 5 PRIVATE bathrooms (no waiting in line for porta-potties)

· Complimentary Bavarian Buffet Courtesy of Chef Jeremy Nolen (Served 1-6PM)

· 6 Tickets Good for Beer from the VIP list or outside stands

· Official Brauhaus Schmitz Oktoberfest T-shirt

· 1 Liter Glass Beer Stein filled with Oktoberfest survival supplies

So yes. VIP tickets? A very cool thing to have. And as we did last year, we’re deciding on who gets this last remaining pair by way of a poetry contest. Or, more accurately, a sonnet contest. And only the very best one will win.

Of course, there are a few rules…

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Oktoberfest and Fall Festivals in Philadelphia

oktoberfest-940The season of Oktoberfests and fall festivals are upon us and it’s time to celebrate in Philly’s own style. There are plenty of festivals, parties and deals to choose from, everything from the huge Brauhaus Schmitz Oktoberfest to the world’s biggest pumpkin beer festival. So choose wisely.

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Yuengling to Host Inaugural Oktoberfest Beer Race

Photo by Flickr user Chris Waits

Photo by Flickr user Chris Waits

I know, I know—why are we talking about Octoberfest in April?, you ask. Here’s why: Because the Yuengling Light Lager Jogger, the brewery’s springtime 5K that’s coming up this weekend, is always a quick sell-out, so I wanted to give you plenty of lead time on Yuengling’s just-announced second race on tap for later this year.

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Fall Festivals All Around Philadelphia


This morning we sat down to compile a list of some fun Oktoberfests and harvest festivals happening in and around town. A couple of dozen events later we realize that fall IS festival time. Check out all the events, there is certainly one or three for everyone.

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Brauhaus Schmitz Announces 2013 Oktoberfest Plans


Now in its fifth year, Brauhaus Schmitz’s Oktoberfest has gotten bigger every year. This year is no exception as the festival will kick off on Monday, September 16th and events will continue through Thursday, September 26th. The big event will be the street festival on Saturday, September 21st. The street party will block off all of the 700 block of South Street from noon to 8 p.m. for oompah music, German food and of course great German beer.

Other highlights inlude:

  • Nightly Liter Lift Competitions
  • Big in Munich, the chef-based band featuring Brauhaus chef Jeremy Nolen will be back for an industry night in Brauhaus Schmitz’s Brauer Bund.
  • Brauhaus Schmitz’ Reading Terminal stand, Wursthaus Schmitz will participate in the Terminal’s new Oktoberfest festival.
  • German Quizzo night with Brauhaus Schmitz owner Doug Hager and Jose Pistola’s Joe Gunn.


The Full Calendar of Events for Oktoberfest 2013 »

Bottomless Liter Mugs at Brauhaus Schmitz

And you thought Oktoberfest was over… Well, think again because Brauhaus Schmitz is bringing you Oktoberfest round two on Thursday, October 25th.

This time, Oktoberfest gets a little sweeter as the event will benefit the Center for Literacy to support education programs and services. But from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., $30 will get you BOTTOMLESS BEER. Ja, you read correctly–we said bottomless. Pick from 5 different drafts and fill those liters up. $10 of each ticket will go directly to the charity.

Brauhaus Schmitz [Official Site]

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