Celebrate Oktoberfest Early on South Street

Even though summer is barely wrapped up, Philly is already getting into Oktoberfest season!

The ninth-annual South Street Oktoberfest takes over the 700 block of South Sept. 16, offering German food, drinks, music and culture just one mile from your 1500 Locust apartment. The event is organized by and headquartered at Brauhaus Schmitz, which celebrates German traditions year-round.

The Oktoberfest festival itself has become a Philly tradition, and it’s easy to see why. The normally bustling South Street is shut down to vehicles so festival-goers can celebrate both indoors and out. Beer is central to most Oktoberfest celebrations, and the South Street party won’t disappoint with 10 German beers on tap. Revelers can indulge in German foods like roast pork and sausage sandwiches, sauerkraut and potato salad or in snacks like pretzels, candied nuts and Gingerbread cookies.

A number of German folk bands will take the stage throughout the festival, and guests can participate in traditional German dances or just watch the fun from the sidelines. Another great spectator sport is the Liter Lift, where a $500 prize will go to the competitor who holds up a liter of beer in one hand the longest.

The event is free to attend, or guests can splurge for a VIP package that includes several beers, a Bavarian buffet, an official Oktoberfest T-shirt and a glass stein filled with a festival “survival kit.”


Brauhaus Schmitz

718 South St.

Philadelphia, PA 18147