Tis the Season to Celebrate All Things German: Lancaster County Oktoberfests and Brew Fests

September 17, 2014

If you’re visiting Lancaster County in the fall and REALLY want to get a taste of our German
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heritage, the local Oktoberfests and brew fests in our area should take priority on your calendar. They offer celebrations of German food, music, and beer.

During your stay, get ready to eat, drink, dance, and be merry at one of these Oktoberfest and brew fest occasions:

Stoudts Oktoberfest
Weekends, September 27 – October 26
2800 North Reading Rd., Adamstown, PA

Celebrate German traditions in Stoudts’ Gemutlichkeit Bier Garden. Fun for the entire family! And it’s all only 20 minutes away from theHistoric Smithton Inn.

See Stoudts’ website for ticket information and to find out what’s happening each weekend.

Lancaster Liederkranz Smokin’ Blues and Brews Fest  
Saturday, September 20, 4 to 8 p.m.
722 South Chiques Road, Manheim, PA

Please your palate with Liederkranz’s famous German food and the opportunity to sample beers from over 30 breweries.

Tickets: $35 in advance or $40 at the gate (includes beer tasting and food)
Tickets are available at the club or on the Fest website

Oktoberfest on the Rails (at Strasburg Railroad)
October 4, 11, 18 (Boarding: 5:30 p.m.Departure: 6 p.m.)
301 Gap Road, Ronks, PA

All aboard! If you’re looking for an ultra-unique way to experience German heritage, check out this event. Ride the rails of the Strasburg Railroad while sampling traditional German food and locally crafted brews.

Adult (age 12 and over): $52
Children (age 3-11): $30
Toddlers (age 0-3): $10

To order tickets, call their office or order online.

And if none of these events fits your schedule, you can at least get a taste of locally brewed Oktoberfest-inspired craft beer at local craft beer breweries like Ephrata’s own St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company. As they would say in Germany, “Wunderbar!”

By Rebecca Gallagher

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By Rebecca Gallagher