13 Must-Attend Pennsylvania Beer Festivals

Fall calls for a celebration of craft beer with a variety of festivals across the state. Whether you toast great beer at a classic Oktoberfest celebration with amazing German dishes, opt for a historic experience at a museum, or gear up for a day of taste-testing every single beer from dozens of breweries to find your next new favorite, Pennsylvania’s brew scene has the perfect pour for you this fall.

1. Lititz Craft Beer Fest

With more than 150 amazing brews to sample from 80+ craft breweries and the “Homebrew Competition” finalists, the 9th annual Lititz Craft Beer Fest is a must for craft beer enthusiasts and anyone wanting to know what this “craft beer thing” is all about. Enjoy live music and a wide range of food options from some great local food trucks as you find your new favorite brew(s) with all proceeds going to the Lititz AMBUCS in support of its mission — Inspiring People to Conquer Challenges Related to Mobility and Independence.

When: Sep. 23
Where: Lititz
Cost: $10 Designated Driver; $55 General Admission

2. Oktoberfest at Reading Liederkranz

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Oktoberfest at Reading Liederkranz

It’s an Oktoberfest extravaganza featuring a delicious selection of classic German fare including schnitzels, roast pork dinners, rotisserie chicken, fried brie, brats, and strudel during Oktoberfest at Reading Liederkranz! It wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without equally great beer! The event features eight bars serving up local craft brews, several German brews including Spaten and Weihenstephan, along with a selection of domestics, and an equally impressive line-up of live music and entertainment.

When: Sep. 27-Oct. 1
Where: Reading
Cost: Price Varies

3. Philadelphia All-Star Craft Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Festival

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Philadelphia All-Star Craft Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Festival

Experience the ultimate sampling experience at the Philadelphia All-Star Craft Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Festival taking place at Citizen’s Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies. You’ll feel like a pro walking the warning track as you enjoy unlimited samples of more than 250 fantastic libations. There will be plenty of opportunities for those all-important selfie photo opps, including in the Phillies dugout! Live entertainment, free parking, and lots of games and giveaways round out the fun with each attendee receiving a keepsake sampling glass and custom pretzel necklace.

When: Sep. 30
Where: Philadelphia
Cost: Price varies

4. Mifflinburg Oktoberfest

Honor Mifflinburg’s rich German heritage at the 18th annual Mifflinburg Oktoberfest celebration. Attendees can watch exciting competitions — such as the keg toss and mug lift — as well as try out their new dance moves to some live entertainment. Pick up your commemorative Mifflinburg Oktoberfest beer stein for refills of the best beers around, and cheer on your favorite dachshund during Saturday’s Doxie Dash!

When: Oct. 6-7
Where: Mifflinburg
Cost: Price varies

5. Oktoberfest at SteelStacks

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Oktoberfest at SteelStacks

If you’re looking for a little German culture done Pennsylvania-style, why not experience Oktoberfest? Located on the SteelStacks™ campus in Bethlehem, the blast furnaces of the remainder of Bethlehem Steel set the backdrop to this unique event. This free event features authentic German food, beer, live music, and wiener dog races!

When: Oct. 6-8, 13-15
Where: Bethlehem
Cost: Free to attend

6. Kennett Brewfest

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Kennett Brewfest

Kennett Square is famous for being the “Mushroom Capital of the World” with the majority of the nation’s mushrooms (60 percent!) being produced in this region. Beer, however, takes center stage in autumn at the annual Kennett Brewfest. This celebration of craft beer features 80+ regional craft breweries offering more than 175 samples of all their best custom brews.

When: Oct. 7
Where: Kennett Square
Cost: $15 Designated Driver; $65 General Admission

7. The Steel City Big Pour

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The Steel City Big Pour

Enjoy some great tasting beer, food, art, and music at Construction Junction’s annual Steel City Big Pour. Going strong since 2007, this annual fundraiser provides big-time fun that supports a big-time cause of reclaiming, salvaging, deconstructing, repurposing, and upcycling construction materials to keep them in use and out of the waste stream. This year’s Big Pour at Rockwell Park promises to be bigger and better than ever!

When: Oct. 7
Where: Pittsburgh
Cost: Price varies

8. Friday the 13th October Beerfest

Cira Green, Philadelphia’s “Park in the Sky” is the setting for Friday the 13th October Beerfest. The event features 20 seasonal beers from local vendors, along with some seasonal fare, with DJs and live acoustic bands providing the entertainment against the backdrop of the city skyline.

When: Oct. 13
Where: Philadelphia
Cost: $59

9. Pour at the Park

Experience a fun evening for the whole family during Pour at the Park at North Park. Along with beer tastings, lots of tasty food, a ticket raffle featuring fabulous baskets valued at $250 to $500 each, and live entertainment by NASH.V.ILL feat. Byron Nash and Jacquea Mae, there will be Coach Dave’s Kids Camp where kids 6-15 years of age can test their sports skills in the "Ultimate Sports Zone."

When: Oct. 14
Where: Allison Park
Cost: Price varies

10. OctoberFEAST

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Raise your stein and celebrate Oktoberfest at the annual OctoberFeast at Peddler’s Village! The annual festival features seasonals brews to try, authentic German food, and live entertainment.

When: Oct. 14-15
Where: New Hope
Cost: Free Admission

11. Autos & Ales Craft Beer Festival

The annual Autos & Ales Craft Beer Festival is back and a brewfest folks won’t want to miss. The event kicks off with live music, food, and dozens of breweries, all within the galleries of the award-winning, AACA transportation museum.

When: Nov. 3
Where: Hershey
Cost: $20 Designated Driver; $55 General Admission; $75 VIP

12. Rhythm & Brews Fest

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Rhythm & Brews Fest

Jam to some terrific live music while sampling the latest and greatest craft brews, seltzers, and ciders during the 7th annual Rhythm & Brews Fest at Montage Mountains Resort. Big Eyed Phish – The Dave Matthews Tribute Band, and the other featured bands provide the musical backdrop while a variety of local and national breweries and cideries showcase their finest brews and beverages. Don’t leave without your commemorative tasting glass as a souvenir of this fun event!

When: Nov. 11
Where: Scranton
Cost: $39 Online; $55 at the Door

13. Valley Forge Beer & Cider Festival

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Valley Forge Beer & Cider Festival

Spanning two sessions with 150 beers and ciders for sampling, the annual Valley Forge Beer & Cider Festival is a brewfest folks won’t want to miss. This fun-filled ho-ho-holiday beer and cider festival is a must-visit to celebrate the holidays.

When: Dec. 14
Where: Greater Philadelphia Expo
Cost: TBD

To see a full list of the fall events and festivals happening in PA, check out visitPA.com. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, X, Pinterest and Instagram to stay up-to-date on even more great trip ideas and places to visit around the state.

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