A Weekend of Food and Drink Festivals

PumpkinSmashFall is now well and truly upon us. And this being Philly, that means that our fair city is pretty much overrun with fall festivals.

I mean, Oktoberfests aside, there are still a bunch of different things to do. And one of them even involves drinking from a giant, 200 lb. pumpkin. And how cool is that?

Anyway, we just decided to throw everything together into a single, catch-all post so that those of you who haven’t made any plans yet would be able to see all the different good times available to you.

So let’s take a look, shall we?

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20 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend

Parks on Tap pops up at Lemon Hill this weekend. Photo by Albert Yee

Parks on Tap pops up this weekend for the last session of the season. Photo by Albert Yee


Parks on Tap @ Lemon Hill
Last week I told you Parks on Tap was ending but the traveling pop-up beer garden has been such a hit that it’s coming back for one more weekend, once again at the Lemon Hill mansion in Fairmount Park. On Sunday the theme is Oktoberfest, with German brews and a German Oompah band playing in the evening.

Oktoberfest @ 23rd Street Armory
Brauhaus Schmitz is turning the 23rd Street Armory — all 16,000 square feet of it — into a German festival, with music, dancing, food and, of course, plenty of beer. It’s on for Saturday and Sunday too.

First Friday Movie Under the Stars & Stripes @ Betsy Ross House
Get into the Halloween spirit with this double feature outside in the Betsy Ross House courtyard: Bucket of Blood and the original Night of the Living Dead. Read more »

PHS South Street Pop-Up Garden Announces Fall Plans


Photo via Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Has the summer heat had you avoiding any outdoor activity? Have you felt a little guilty about not being to the PHS South Street Pop-Up Garden in weeks? Well let it be known you will have all the way to the end of October to enjoy the idyllic garden. And there will be plenty of events to keep you entertained. In fact the fire pits have already arrived. S’mores, anyone?

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Uptown Beer Garden Is Hosting Week Long BBQ

Jonathan Petruce's chili dog for BBQ Week at Uptown Beer Garden | Photo via Uptown Beer Garden

Jonathan Petruce’s chili dog for BBQ Week at Uptown Beer Garden | Photo via Uptown Beer Garden

Uptown Beer Garden
is hosting a week of barbecue and beer from Chicago’s Half Acre Brewing Co. Chef Jonathan Petruce is producing a special menu featuring spare ribs, burgers, chili dogs, Mexican corn and smoked brisket.

Half Acre Brewing Co. will also be taking over one of Uptown’s two bars. The brewery is pouring pints for $5 (Navaja Double IPA is $5 for 10 ounces) all week.

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Is It Time To Start Thinking About Oktoberfest Already?

The Amory will become home to an Oktoberfest celebration | Photo by Vanessa Beahn

The Amory will become home to an Oktoberfest celebration | Photo by Vanessa Beahn

Oktoberfest has always been kind of a big deal in Philly–driven primarily by the large-scale block parties thrown by the crew behind Brauhaus Schmitz.

This year though? They’re doing their South Street party AND a three day Oktoberfest in Center City.

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PHOTOS: 8,000 Show Up for Brauhaus Schmitz’s Oktoberfest

After almost 11 minutes a champion was crowned. Joe Heyob won himself a Year of Beer at Brauhaus Schmitz.

Photo courtesy of South Street Headhouse District

The 700 block of South Street could barely contain the crowd of revelers who packed in to celebrate Brauhaus Schmitz’s 7th annual Oktoberfest on Saturday. “This year’s Festival was certainly the largest we have had yet,” says owner Doug Hager. “All day long we had a constant stream of people coming and going. We estimate upwards of 8,000 people stopped by the festival during the course of the day.”

That’s great for business all up and down South Street, but maybe too much to handle on one block (plus a small “bonus area”) alone. Hager suggests they may have to make some changes in years to come to accommodate the crowd. “We would like to see it continue to grow … I think we may have maximized what can be done on our block alone. We will have to look at all options for ways to either expand the size of or limit attendance to this festival in the years to come.”

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Brauhaus Schmitz’s Massive Oktoberfest Is This Weekend


The liter lift at Brauhaus Schmitz

On Saturday, September 19 from 12 noon until 8 p.m., Brauhaus Schmitz, will host its 7th annual Oktoberfest Block Party, shutting down the 700 block of South Street, and 8th Street between Kater and Rodman, for a raucous good time.

Admission is free and all food and drink is pay as you go. You can expect ten German beers to be pouring throughout the event, including the signature Brauhaus Oktoberfest from Traunstein Hofbrauhaus. The block party will also include live Oompah music, face painting, and the finals to the now famous Liter Lift Competition (winner earns free beer for a year), German dancers, Schnapski, and more.

If you can’t wait to get the party started, head to Brauhaus Schmitz tonight for that last chance to qualify for the Liter Lift finals (pre-register here) and there’s also The Race to Kick the Keg. If you order the beer that kicks the keg, you win a prize pack.

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Standard Tap’s Sausage Fest Set to Begin

standard-tap-sausage-fest-400Standard Tap’s yearly sausage fest kicks off on Friday, September 11th. There will be 15 dishes on the menu, all saluting cylindrical meats. Among the offerings, chorizo scotch eggs and something else called “The Mixed Bag.”

Share your Sausage Fest adventures on Standard Tap’s Facebook page or tag your pics on Instagram (#Standardtapsausagefest) for a chance to win a Sausage Fest Tee Shirt.

And of course the Tap will also be offering a wide variety of Oktoberfest beers to go with all of this sausage.

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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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