In Lancaster County, with its strong German heritage, it’s no surprise Oktoberfest tradition was adopted here more than a century ago.
The Liederkranz in Lancaster traces its history to the 1870s, when it was started by German immigrants, according to LNP’s archives. The group began as a German singing club for men. Today, more than 2,000 men and women are members of the club and make up the Liederkranz choirs and dance troupes, says Paul Stanavage, who is in charge of the group’s festivals.
Oktoberfest, held Sept. 20-22, remains the biggest event at the club’s home along Chiques Creek in Rapho Township.
Many breweries are joining the Oktoberfest celebration with parties and the release of German-style beers.
Stoudt Brewing Co. in Adamstown is celebrating its 40th year of Oktoberfests in the Adamstown beer garden with bands, German food and beer.
Here’s more information about Oktoberfests happening throughout Lancaster County.
And if you are up for the travel, Oktoberfest in Munich is Sept. 21-Oct. 6.
Starting Saturday, Sept. 14, Appalachian Brewing Co., 55 N. Water St., Lititz. German-style beer and food will be available through Oct. 5. Details: bit.ly/ABcOktoberfest.
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 20 to Oct. 13, Lancaster Oktoberfest at Lancaster Brewing Co.’s three locations, including two in Lancaster County. The Oktoberfest beer, a Marzen, will be on tap, and there will be German-style food.
Saturday, Sept. 28, noon-9 p.m., Oktoberfest party at Moo-Duck Brewery, 79 S. Wilson Ave., Elizabethtown. Canadian Goose Lager, an Oktoberfest Marzen beer, will be released. A special menu will include bratwurst sandwiches and there will be polka music. Details: bit.ly/MDOktoberfest.
Saturday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 29, Oktoberfest at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, 2775 Lebanon Road, Manheim. Bar Olympics will include pub games and a barkeep contest. Beer from the on-site Swashbuckler Brewing Co., plus German food and dancing. Cost is $31.95; children 5 to 11; $12.95. Details: bit.ly/PRFOktoberfest.
Saturdays and Sundays in October, 4-7 p.m. Oktoberfest at Tellus360. The festivities include German folk music, beer and daily stein competitions. Free. Details: bit.ly/TellusOktober.
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2 to 6 p.m., 40th anniversary Oktoberfest at Stoudt Brewing Co., 2800 North Reading Road, Adamstown. Continues on weekends through Oct. 20. German music, dancing and food. General admission tickets are $12. Ticket packages including admission, drinks and food range from $25 to $45. Details: stoudts.com/events.
Saturday, Oct. 12, 2-6 p.m., Biergartenfest with Wacker Brewing Co., 417 W. Grant St., Lancaster. Wacker will have German-style beer, entertainment and food. Cost is $20; kids under 16 and designated drivers are $10. Details: bit.ly/WackerOktober.