- About 20% of U.S. citizens claim German ancestry.
- Pennsylvania Bavarian Oktoberfest is the largest in Pennsylvania.
- There are approximately 7,200,000 visitors to Oktoberfest around the world.
Oktoberfest, held mid-September through early October, is one of the most highly anticipated events in each city that participates in the festivities. Cities and towns around Pennsylvania are no exception.
If you are looking for something exciting to do in the coming days, you won’t have to look far or hard. As Pennsylvania DUI lawyers, we strongly urge revelers to pay attention to how much brew they consume. No one wants to end their night out in the back of a squad car.
Here are some of the events that will be held across the state this year.
1. Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh Oktoberfest – September 14 through September 22
The Southside Works in Pittsburgh is hosting two full weekends of fun. Entertainment, imported beer, and prizes make the event worth attending. If you want a truly German experience, this is the place to be. The Hofbrauhaus originated in Germany more than 300 years ago.
2. Lancaster Liederkranz – September 21 through September 23
Admission for the event held in Pittsburgh, open to the public, is $5 for adults and $2 for kids up to age 15. Children 5 and under are free.
3. Frankford Hall Oktoberfest – September 22
Frankford Avenue will be shut down for the entire day while the Northern Liberties Beer Garden throws a block party. The Garden’s bar isn’t large enough to hold all of the people that will be in attendance. Imported and local beers, German sausages and live music round out what’s available at the party.
4. Pennies from Heaven Oktoberfest – September 22
If you’re looking for a way to party and give back at the same time, this is the event for you. Tickets for the party in Wexford cost $105 per person and provide access to open bars, food, auctions, and live music. Proceeds from the event go to local families in need.
5. Brauhaus Schmitz Oktoberfest – September 22
Oktoberfest will be celebrated for an entire week at this restaurant and bierhall. An annual block party will be held on Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. You can find the party on South Street in Philly — the live music should clue you in on the exact location. There will be a keg tapping, a liter lift competition, and more sausage than you can eat. Enhance your experience by purchasing the VIP package.
6. Marienville Oktoberfest – September 28 through September 30
This festival is held every year in Forest County during the last full weekend of September. Crafts, food, and live music draw a huge crowd. There are decorating and costume contests and a bike race. Pet lovers will enjoy participating in the parade on Sunday. You will find the festival at Town Square Rt 66 in Marienville.
7. Cassville Oktoberfest – September 29
A 5K run/walk in Cassville is the definite draw for this event. Activities are held Friday, Saturday and Sunday that include car shows, talent shows, and live music. Take your partner into Cassville Friday night for an evening horse and carriage ride. If horses aren’t your thing, join a game of basket bingo instead.
8. Blue Mountain Oktoberfest – September 29 through September 30
Head into the scenic Pocono Mountains for Oktoberfest held at the Blue Mountain Resort. The goal of the event this year is to be even bigger and better than last year. Live music, a biergarten, Bavarian-style food, and a dance floor are sure to make this one of the most popular events in the area. If you are looking for somewhere to eat over the weekend, this is a can’t miss.
9. Xfinity Live Xtoberfest – October 4 through October 7
This is guaranteed to be one amazing event. The carnival atmosphere will be enhanced by arts, crafts, food, and drink. Rides for adults and kids will be the focus of the festival, with a band available for purchase that provides unlimited access to rides.
10. GTV Almrausch Oktoberfest – November 3
Round out your Oktoberfest celebration with a trip to Philadelphia. The fun starts at 7 in the evening with amazing drinks, great food and club music. Truth be told, you can head over at 6 if you don’t mind waiting an hour for the music to start. The venue can accommodate parties as large as 10. You’ll pay $10 for advance tickets and $12 at the door.
Keep a Pennsylvania DUI Lawyer on Speed Dial
Oktoberfest is a fun way to end your summer or begin your autumn; however you prefer to look at it. There’s sure to be plenty of adult beverages involved no matter where you go, so be prepared to arrange for an alternate ride home should you become tipsy. You have several choices for getting home: Uber, Lyft, public transportation, a designated driver, taxi, or a sober family member.
If you happen to be arrested for driving under the influence in Pennsylvania, reach out to our office. Our Pennsylvania DUI lawyer will review the details of your case and advise you of your best course of action moving forward. We will defend your rights in court should you choose to hire our attorney following your free case evaluation. Call today to schedule your consultation.