Getting FOMO from seeing your friends studying abroad wear lederhosens and drink beer in Munich? Don’t worry, you don’t have to miss out. You can have all the fun of Oktoberfest right here in Philly (minus the whole being in Europe part). The festivities have already started and will continue through the end of October. If you know where to look, you can easily immerse yourself in an authentic experience filled with traditional music, juicy bratwurst, and of course, German beer.

Here is a roundup of the Oktoberfest events you can’t miss:

23rd Street Armory Oktoberfest

October 5–6

If you’re looking for a traditional German experience over fall break, look no further. Sit in an 16,000–square–foot authentic beer hall with 1500 new friends. The fortress–like structure in west Center City mimics an authentic Munich festival tent. The annual event provides authentic Bavarian food, German beer, and live music. 

22 S 23rd Street

Midtown Village Fall Festival

October 6, 12–8 p.m.

There’s nothing that says fall like a good ole street fair. The all–day festival is right in Center City and offers food, drinks, live music, games, and shopping that can accommodate those of all ages. If you’re over 21, you can enjoy the indoor festivities at Bru Craft and Würst with beer and games.

13th and Chestnut 

10th Annual Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin Beer Festival at The Institute Bar

October 13, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

I must admit, I am an avid fan of anything and everything pumpkin flavored. If pumpkin spice lattes are a little too basic for your liking, try out this beer festival devoted entirely to pumpkin flavored drinks. The bar features an extensive menu of pumpkin beers, ciders, lambics, and sours.

549 N 12th Street

Oktoberfest at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Wednesdays in October

Oktoberfest is the perfect opportunity to get cultural and enjoy everything the PMA has to offer. Every Wednesday evening in October the museum stays open until 8:45 p.m., offering pay–what–you–wish admission and hosting events. In addition, there’s a beer garden serving local craft beers and food right in the Great Stair Hall. 

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway




So what are you waiting for? Grab your best German outfit, a few of your friends, and go enjoy some brats and brews. 


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