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.
We’ve updated our list of fall festivals and Oktoberfests. Check out the post and get back to festing.
Fall Festivals [f8b8z]
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.
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.
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]
This Saturday, October 13th, Reading Terminal Market is bringing the country to you. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the 12th annual Harvest Festival is taking place outside the Market on Filbert Street. Shut down to cars for the day, Filbert Street will be transformed into a full farm experience, transporting all of you city mice who are looking for a sweet country escape. Think giant bales of hay, corn stalks, farm tractors, and hay rides around the market. If this isn’t making you feel like you’re getting closer to Old McDonald already, then check out the food. All the Market’s vendors will be offering seasonal goods like personal fried apple pies, harvest-themed cookies and candies, fudges, brittles, caramel and candy apples, fresh doughnuts and some serious barbecue. Local produce, like squash, apples, and pumpkins, will be available so you can bring the seasonal fun home to your own kitchen.
If activities are more your style, have no fear. Games for the kids, pumpkin decorating and pie-eating contests will be going on throughout the day. A bluegrass band, Special Delivery, will be providing some tunes so you can nibble on your treats while swaying to some country crooning.
Harvest Festival [Reading Terminal Market]
Now that fall has officially arrived, what better way to welcome it in with the Midtown Village Fall Festival. This year, the festival turns seven. The festival closes down 13th Street from Locust to Chestnut, Drury Lane, Sansom from 12th to Juniper and new this year, Locust between 12th and 13th.
The block party brings all the local restaurants to the street with awesome food and drink. Hotspots like Barbuzzo, Sampan, El Vez, Lolita, Jamonera and Zavino will be providing food, beer, and cocktails to make your wander around the block a little more fun.
“And what did we eat yesterday? Over 600 lbs of pig, over 2500 wurst, and all 600 pretzels! The T-shirt should have been ‘Aporkalypse 2012′”
It’ll be a Sausage Fest at Point Breeze’s American Sardine Bar this Saturday. Chef Scott Schroeder kicks off the fun at 4 p.m. featuring sausage dishes from thirteen chefs. It will also be a bit of a Hop Chef reunion as Rittenhouse Tavern, Stateside, Le Virtu, Ela and Schroeder’s South Philly Taproom will all be representing.
in addition to the sausage there will also be an extensive selection of Oktoberfest beers pouring.