Oktoberfest in Philly: Where to Eat and Drink
October in Philadelphia means a few things: football is back, fall festivals are in full swing, and it’s officially Oktoberfest season! Throughout the city, many breweries, restaurants, and beer gardens are hosting Oktoberfest celebrations and specials all month long. From live musical performances to stein-holding competitions, there’s something for everyone to enjoy (even if you’re not German). We’re sharing a few Oktoberfest celebrations we’re eyeing this season. Grab your friends, a stein, and a soft pretzel because you won’t want to miss this.
Roxtoberfest—Saturday, October 8th from 12:00pm-6:00pm
Head to Roxborough, PA for the 10th annual Roxtoberfest on Ridge Avenue. Families, friends, and even pups are welcome to participate in the day-long festivities. The street festival will have a main stage set up for live musical performances and entertainment as well as more than 70 unique small businesses and craft vendors. Food trucks will line the street as well as areas for children's activities and competitions.
Six musical performances are set to hit the stage ranging from German folk music to acoustic jams. There will be 2 stein holding competitions as well as dog costume competitions and pumpkin carving competitions. This event is free and open to the public. Pay-as-you-go for food, drinks, and artisanal goods. View the schedule of events and street map for directions here.
Oktoberfest at Morgan’s Pier—Saturday, October 8th from 2:00pm-12:00pm
Do you want to get your hands on a free Morgan’s Pier Oktoberfest mug? Be one of the first 200 guests to attend their annual Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, October 8th! Morgan’s Pier, located on the Delaware River Waterfront, will be hosting an Oktoberfest celebration from 2:00pm-6:00pm. Attendees are required to purchase tickets to get access to an open bar with unlimited beer and soft pretzels. There will be German-inspired food and drink specials, live musical performances, and a line-up of local DJs playing all night long.
Pre-sale tickets for the first 200 attendees are available online for $50. This event is for adults only. View additional information and plan your visit here.
23rd Street Armory Oktoberfest— October 7th and 8th
If you’re looking to experience the closest thing to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, you’ll need to check out the two-day Oktoberfest celebration happening at the 23rd Street Armory. The Armory will be transformed into a Munich-inspired tent with a blue and white striped ceiling and original tables and benches imported from Germany! There will be more than 1500 people, live German Oompah music, cultural German dance performances, and plenty of German beer! Come dressed in theme and prepared to eat authentic German food and sip ice cold beer served in a 1 liter Masskrug.
Ticket options range from general admission to VIP and Uber VIP. Options include reserved seating, early entry, food, and more. View the sessions available and purchase your tickets here.
Continue the Celebration All Month Long
If you’re looking for more fall festivals, beer gardens, and weekend plans in October, check out this resourceful guide from Visit Philly on upcoming events happening in the city.