Fall calls for a celebration of craft beer with a variety of festivals across the state. Whether you toast great beer at a classic Oktoberfest celebration with amazing German dishes, opt for a historic experience at a museum, or gear up for a day of taste-testing every single beer from dozens of breweries to find your next new favorite, Pennsylvania’s brew scene has the perfect pour for you this fall.
To see a full list of the events and festivals happening this summer, check out visitPA.com.
1. Greensburg Craft Beer Week
Craft beer connoisseurs will be in their element during Greensburg’s Craft Beer Week, a nine-day, multi-venue event showcasing breweries, restaurants, local businesses, and more through craft beer! As Greensburg grows, more and more beer establishments are adopting and embracing craft beer and a culture of creativity, diversity, collaboration, and fun.
When: Sept. 20-28
Cost: $35 General Admission Home Brew + Chill Ticket or $50 VIP Home Brew + Chill Ticket
2. Downtown Indiana Oktoberfest
This September, dozens of breweries from across the region will gather at the Downtown Indiana Oktoberfest to offer an afternoon of craft beer sampling and amazing food. Be sure to check out the vibrant local restaurant scene!
When: Sept. 21
Cost: $35 - General Admission or $60 - VIP ticket
3. Kennett Brewfest
Kennett Square is famous for being the “Mushroom Capital of the World” with the majority of the nation’s mushrooms (60 percent!) being produced in this region. Beer, however, takes center stage in autumn at the annual Kennett Brewfest. This celebration of craft beer features more than 100 regional craft breweries offering samples of all their best custom brews.
When: Sept. 28
Where: Kennett Square
Cost: $15 Designated Driver, $50 Standard, or $85 Connoisseur
Celebrate the German holiday in downtown Philadelphia at Bloktoberfest Sept. 28. Four blocks from South Street from Broad to 18th Street will be closed for this event featuring a wide selection of beer by craft breweries from around the country, food from neighborhood vendors and food trucks, and multiple stages of live music featuring nationally recognized and emerging local acts.
When: Sept. 28
Cost: Free to attend, prices vary for food and beer.
5. Seven Springs’ Autumnfest
Treat yourself to a spectacular weekend in the mountains and enjoy the best of Pennsylvania’s fall foliage at Seven Springs’ Autumnfest! During the first three weekends in Oct., you can celebrate Oktoberfest and experience authentic German food, entertainment, and beer tastings! Artisans and crafters from far and wide will have their handmade creations on display.
When: Sept. 28 & 29, Oct. 5 & 6, Oct. 12 & 13, and Oct. 19 & 20
6. KOP Beerfest Royale
King of Prussia’s Beerfest is back and bigger than ever! Craft and international brews from all corners of the world will be pouring Thursday night for Donnerstag Happy Hour and twice on Saturday (Oct. 5).
When: Oct. 3 & 5
Where: King of Prussia
Cost: $15 Designated Drivers or $45 General Admission
7. Mifflinburg Oktoberfest
Honor Mifflinburg’s rich German heritage at their 15th Annual Oktoberfest. Attendees can watch exciting competitions — like the keg toss and mug lift — as well as try out their new dance moves to some live entertainment. Pick up your commemorative Mifflinburg Oktoberfest beer stein for refills of the best beers around, and be sure to take advantage of the Safe Ride Program.
When: Oct. 4 & 5
Cost: Prices vary
8. Brew-chanan Fest
Going into their thirdyear, Brew-chanan Fest will host 60 breweries, wineries, and cider houses from across PA and a few neighboring states to provide samples of some of their favorites! You won’t want to miss this festival packed with drinks, food, and music in Buchanan Park!
When: Oct. 5
Cost: $12 Designated Drivers or $45 General Admissions Ticket
9. ?Oktoberfest at SteelStacks
If you’re looking for a little German culture done Pennsylvania-style, why not experience Oktoberfest? Located on the SteelStacks™ campus in Bethlehem, the blast furnaces of the remainder of Bethlehem Steel set the backdrop to this unique event. This free event features authentic German food, beer, and live music.
When: Oct. 4-6 and Oct. 11-13
Cost: Free to attend
10. Conshohocken Beer Fest
Started in 2014, the Conshohocken Beer Fest features more than 50 regional and craft brewers at A.A. Garthwaite Stadium. The day also includes tailgating games, live music, and local restaurant food!
Where: A.A. Garthwaite Stadium
Cost: $15 Designated Driver or $50 General Admission
Raise your stein and celebrate Oktoberfest at the fifth annual OctoberFEAST at Peddler’s Village Oct. 12-13! The annual festival will feature seasonal brews to try, authentic German food, and live entertainment.
When: Oct. 12 & 13
12. Great Brews Beer Festival
The 29th Great Brews Beer Festival at Split Rock Resort offers beer samplings, live musical entertainment, games, giveaways, food, and craft vendors. Stouts, IPAs, ales, and hard ciders will be available for sampling.
When: Nov. 23
Where: Lake Harmony
Cost: Prices vary by day and package
13. Valley Forge Beer & Cider Festival
Spanning two sessions with 150 beers and ciders for sampling, the annual Valley Forge Beer & Cider Festival is a brewfest folks won’t want to miss.
When: Dec. 14
Where: Greater Philadelphia Expo
Cost: $40 General Admission or $55 VIP
14. Fear ‘N’ Beer
Fear ‘N’ Beer Brewers Fest is Altoona’s newest horror-themed craft beer festival! Taking place at the Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona, the festival offers live music, food, vendors, and Halloween fun! Proceeds will benefit Mending Hearts Animal Rescue.
Where: Peoples Natural Gas Field
Cost: $35 General Admission or $75 VIP
15. Pints of Chester County
Make it a brew weekend as Pints of Chester County, a new event featuring 10 Chester County craft brewers. Hosted by Locust Lane Brewery, this inaugural event is a showcase for the homegrown craft brewers of Brandy Valley Brew Scene.
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