You can go to Germany for two weekends in October – without the need to fly.

Oktoberfest returns to SteelStacks, bringing with it all of Germany’s fall flavors, beers, live music and more. This popular event, which last year set a record for attendance, is being held for the 12th time.

Here’s everything you need to know about this popular event.

Hours, dates: September 30 – October 2; October 7-9; Friday from 5 to 11 pm; noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays

Where: Sites around the SteelStacks Bethlehem campus

How much: Admission is free, but some activities and attractions have a fee

October 8 from 14:00 to 16:00 at the Musikfest Cafe

No Oktoberfest event is complete without an autumn beer celebration, and this holiday is no exception. From German-style martinis to fall-inspired pumpkin ales, Pennsylvania’s award-winning craft breweries take center stage in Oktoberfest’s Brewers Village.

Details: The two-hour tasting gives you the chance to try beers from over 30 craft breweries. How much: $30 for ArtsQuest members, $35 for non-members. VIP tickets will give you early access for an hour, a chance to try a limited edition Yuengling Cask and an exclusive souvenir. How much: $50 for ArtsQuest members and $55 for the public. Coupons for drivers also available for $10.

While there, you can enjoy seasonal produce from favorite vendors Carl Emmer, Heidi’s Strudel, Groceries and Bun Heaven. You can also enjoy dining at Palette & Pour, a full-service bar and quick service kitchen on the first floor of the ArtsQuest Center.

And we mentioned Pierogi Palooza? (October 1 and 8 from 2 to 6 p.m.). With your passport, you’ll enjoy half a dozen pierogi in any combination of the following flavors:

  • Apple Pie (Pour Bar inside the ArtsQuest Center)
  • Pork and Sauerkraut (Palette Kitchen at ArtsQuest Center)
  • Stuffed Mac & Cheese (Fire Bridge across 1st Street)
  • Baked potatoes (next to the Levitt Pavilion stage)
  • Shacks (next to the Levita pavilion stage)
  • Mack Truck Stop

How much: $24 in advance, $29 at the door. Information, tickets:

Semifinals: October 2 at 4:30 p.m.; final, 4:30 p.m. Oct. 9, PNC Plaza

Oktoberfest will once again be the site of Steinholding’s official Pennsylvania State Championship. The goal of the competition is to keep your rack in good shape for the longest time without being disqualified by the judge. This is more difficult than it looks, as the glass is full of beer and must be held at arm’s length. A heavy glass beaker can weigh more than three pounds without liquid. Add beer and you’re closer to five pounds.


Noon Oct. 1, 2, 8, 9, Oktoberfest Arena

Pups in costume — or just in their usual cute ways — are welcome to join the free parades. You can register your dog on the day of the parade starting at 11:30 a.m. at the Oktoberfest Arena.

1:30 p.m., 3 and 4:30 p.m. October 1 and 8; 1:30 and 3:00 p.m. October 2 and 9, Oktoberfest Arena

Join the festivities at the Oktoberfest Arena by registering your speedy four-legged friends. Purebreds, dachshund mixes, and puppies under 35 pounds. are welcome. Race registration fee is $15 per taxi, $13 per ArtsQuest member per taxi. Registration will open 30 minutes before the start of the race and close 10 minutes before the start of the race. Race ticket sales will stop 30 minutes before the start of the race.

20:30 on October 1 and 8; Oktoberfest Arena

The valley’s top drag queens deliver some fierce Oktoberfest-themed performances. Hosted by Elektra Fears St. James, Dragtoberfest will feature fellow Golden Girls Drag Show cast members Sharon Ann Husbands, Georgia Versace Couture and some special guests.

October 7th from 7-8pm at PNC Plaza

Grab a friend and try your hand at an expanded version of the popular party game. Oktoberfest will feature 55-gallon “goblets,” two bounce balls, and a $250 check for the duo that wins the tournament.

How much: 10 dollars; $8 for ArtsQuest members.

Tickets and registration:

Schedule of events and more:

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