The refreshing, crisp September air can only mean one thing: Oktoberfests!, aka, Take me to your lederhosen!
A few Oktoberfests have already happened this year so yinz won’t wanna wait any longer to get out there to have some of these seasonal bevs, German food, and socializing. Here’s our Oktoberfest round-up:
Obviously the most on-point destination for Oktoberfests and always a good time, the Penn Brewery has German food, German music, and good times. Get there between September 17th – 19th and September 24th – 26th.
Head to downtown Canonsburg September 17th – 18th for their annual Pennsylvania Bavarian Oktoberfest festival with authentic German music (as well as a second stage with popular music), German food, German beer, and so much more. There will also be games, crafts, and vendors.
The Federal Galley is having an all-day Oktoberfest celebration on September 25th full of a variety of German beers, games, and live music. There’s a Keg Rolling Race at 1pm, a Stein Holding Contest at 4pm, and Hammer-Schlagen all day. The event is free but you must register. (PS. Grab your lederhosen! They are encouraging costumes.)
In the mood for some brewery fun? Head to Altered Genius Brewing October 2nd – 3rd for their Oktoberfest featuring German beer and German food — as well as their shouldn’t-be-missed sweet potato beers Jekyll and Hyde.
For those with more refined Oktoberfest tastes check out the Pittsburgh Symphony Association’s Oktoberfest on October 7th which benefits the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The night takes place at the Teutonia Mannerchor and features an authentic German buffet dinner. The music for the night? Provided by none other than the PSO’s own oompah band. Tickets are $75 per person.
Want to infuse your Oktoberfest with some really old-style flair? Head to the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival October 9th – 10th for their “Oktoberfest: A Final Huzzah!” themed weekend. They will have traditional German favorite foods, a Stein Lugging Contest at 3:30pm, and German music. You’ll also be treated to sights of medieval men in lederhosen and Tavern Wenches.
Head out-and-over to Downtown Indiana for their annual Oktoberfest on October 9th from 2pm – 6pm. Live music, food trucks, and the ability to sample homebrews from regional brewers. Tickets are $35 for general admission; $60 for VIP.This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.