Ardmore Oktoberfest

A celebration of all things German on Cricket Avenue



Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volksfest (beer festival and travelling funfair). Held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, it is a 16-day folk festival running from mid- or late-September to the first weekend in October, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. Locally, it is often simply called the Wiesn, after the colloquial name of the fairgrounds (Theresienwiese) themselves. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the original Munich event.

Can’t make it to Germany? Join me on the Main Line for the 7th Annual Ardmore Oktoberfest when it returns to Cricket Avenue on Saturday, September 23, 2017, from 2pm to 8pm.

Downtown Ardmore will be transformed into a Bavarian wonderland complete with traditional German fare, brews, music and a brand-new VIP experience. McCloskey’s Tavern, John Henry’s Pub and Jack McShea’s will serve bratwurst, sauerkraut, pretzels with obatzda, potato pancakes, pierogies and more. McCloskey’s Tavern will tap nine beer and cider selections featuring local and seasonal favorites. Live music will include The O’Fenders and the James D. Oompah Band. Family fun will include cookie decorating, pumpkin painting, arts and crafts, and face painting. Admission to Ardmore Oktoberfest is free with food and drink pay-as-you-go. Age verification wristbands are a $1.00 donation for those 21 and up (with identification). Tickets are also available for a new Tired Hands Brewing Company VIP beer garden for only $50 each. For VIP tickets and more information, visit www.ardmoreoktoberfest.com or call (610) 645-0540.

“Dust off your lederhosen and dirndls, and get ready to ring in Oktoberfest season on the Main Line,” said Ardmore Initiative Executive Director Christine Vilardo. “Ardmore may be thousands of miles away from the epicenter of celebrations in Europe but don’t be fooled. This Main Line town throws an Oktoberfest that rivals the best!”

Rachée Fagg is a Delaware County, PA mom. This post was adapted from her blog, Say It Rah-shay.

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