Grab your lederhosen, because it’s almost time for Oktoberfest!
September is the time to celebrate Oktoberfest in Pittsburgh, with lots of brews, big pretzels, and plenty of places to enjoy live German bands.
Here’s where to find the best Oktoberfest celebrations in town.
September 6 & September 7
German club Teutonia Männerchor is opening the doors to their private club to the public for two days only to celebrate Oktoberfest. On September 6 from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., and September 7 from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., head to the Big Tent for bier wagons, food stalls and more. This year’s Oktoberfest will be held in the “Traditional Münchener Style,” with beers from Hacker-Pschorr in Munich and beer specialties from Pittsburgh Brewing. The food menu will include Schnitzel, Bratwurst, Knockwurst, Spätzle, and their famous potato pancakes. There will also be live music throughout the weekend. Learn more on the event page. Teutonia Männerchor (857 Phineas Street)
ZooBrew: Oktoberfest at the Pittsburgh Zoo
Enjoy 45+ craft beer samples and a variety of tasty bites while strolling through the Pittsburgh Zoo at their annual Oktoberfest celebration. Tickets are $63 for non-members, and include all food and drinks, live entertainment, admission to the zoo (with limited animal exhibit viewing), and more. For more information, visit the event page. Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium (7370 Baker Street)
Church Brew Works
September 13 – October 6
For more than three weeks, the Church Brew Works is celebrating Oktoberfest, with a new menu of traditional German food and their Oktoberfest brews. And on Fridays and Saturdays, polka band The Grkmans will be playing live German music. Church Brew Works (3525 Liberty Avenue)
September 13 – 14 and September 20 – 21
Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh on the South Side is always ready for Oktoberfest, but during the two weekends of September 13 & 14, and September 20 & 21, they go all out. Look for live entertainment, lots of family-friendly activities, plenty of Hofbrahaus Oktoberfest drafts (they’re officially tapping the key on September 4), and a special food menu, including dishes like Oktoberfest-style Roasted Half Chicken with homemade German potato saland and fried cabbage, German-style meatloaf and schnitzel. Hofbrahaus Pittsburgh (2705 S. Water Street)
September 20 – 22 and September 27 – 29
Held over two weekends at the Troy Hill brewery, Penn Brewery’s Oktoberfest celebrations is one of the city’s best. You’ll find tons of German-style beers (including Penn Oktoberfest, Penn Dark, Penn Pilsner, and Kaiser Pils), and a food tent with bratwurst, kielbasa, sausages and sauerkraut. There will also be plenty of entertainment, including Autobahn, Kevin Solecki, Madel Jager, North Coast Mix, Mon Valley Push, and Kozmix. VIP Packages are available, and more information can be found here. Penn Brewery (800 Vinial Street)
Pennsylvania Bavarian Oktoberfest
September 20 – September 22
One of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations in Pennsylvania takes places in Canonsburg. Now in its 21st year, the Pennsylvania Bavarian Oktoberfest features two stages with German music, German food and beer, vendors, amusement rides, games, and more. For more information, visit the event page.
Spoonwood Brewing Co.
Various dates, September 20 – October 5
Spoonwood Brewing Co. in Bethel Park is celebrating Septemberfest, a riff off traditional Oktoberfest celebrations, with various events happening on select dates over two weeks. Look for the Cinnamon Ghoul Pumpkin Ale Tapping on September 20, the Septemberfest Bavarian Menu Release on September 24, Axe Throwing on September 27, and lots of live music dates. You can see the full lineup here. Spoonwood Brewing Co. (5981 Baptist Rd., Bethel Park)
Saturday, September 21
North Side food hall Federal Galley is turning into a German-style food hall on Saturday, September 21. From 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., they’ll have live traditional German music, a German attire costume contest (for both humans, and dogs), special menu items, and steins with Oktoberfest brews from Sierra Nevada, Firestone Walker and more. See more on the event page. Federal Galley (200 Children’s Way)
Local Bar + Kitchen
The South Side’s Local Bar + Kitchen is hosting a Sam Adam’s Pop-up Oktoberfest Beer Garden event, featuring more than 40 beers on taps, including Sam Adam’s Oktoberfest and a lot of fall brews. They’ll also be featuring German food dishes at the event, which will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Local Bar + Kitchen (1515 East Carson Street)
Pittsburgh Symphony’s Oktoberfest at Teutonia Männerchor
The Pittsburgh Symphony Association is taking over the members-only Teutonia Männerchor Club for their annual Oktoberfest fundraiser. You’ll find authentic German food, exclusive German beers, and bingo – all to benefit the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $75 and include a buffet of German cuisine and one drink. Visit the Pittsburgh Symphony’s website to purchase tickets.
Oktoberfest Weekend at Seven Springs
October 5 & October 6
Head up to Seven Springs for their annual Oktoberfest Weekend, featuring live music, more than 80 craft vendors, a pumpkin patch, a hay maze, and more. As special weekend that’s part of their Autumnfest, you’ll also find “Bavarian Games” this weekend, testing wills of strength. Seven Springs
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