Oktoberfest presented by Yuengling

Free admission for 2014!

2014 Oktoberfest presented by Yuengling

October 3-5 & 10-12

Fridays: 5-11pm
Saturdays: 12-11pm
Sundays: 12-8pm



What's an Oktoberfest without some fest? Technically, it's just Oktober… but we wanted to make sure it's way more than that, so we've designed some delightful activities, scratch that -- make it Oktober-festivities -- for you and yours to partake in. Fun! Check back for more updates.

Passports Available for Craft Brewers' Village presented by the Brewers of Pennsylvania!
Tickets for the 90-minute tasting sessions are $25 ($20 for ArtsQuest Members)
Purchase Tickets Now!

Tickets now available for the Oktoberfest Perfect Together Pairings
October 4 and 10-11 at 5:30pm. Tickets are $45 ($40 for ArtsQuest Members)
Purchase Tickets Now!

Enter the 2nd-Annual Oktoberfest Scarecrow Competition and Exhibit
$700 in Cash Prizes to be Awarded

Weiner Dog Race Registration now open
Sundays, October 5 & 12 starting at 3pm.
Register online Now!

Yuengling Oktoberfest 5k Registration now open
Sunday, October 5 starting at 10:30am.
Register online Now!

Quoit tournament hosted by Lehigh Valley Sports and Social
Saturday, October 4th at 4PM in the Festhalle courtyard.
Register online Now!


Oktoberfest Games

Spielplatz & Daniels BMW Courtyard

Our Oktoberfest wouldn't be complete without a smattering of whimsical games that you probably wouldn't play anywhere but at an Oktoberfest! Check your inhibitions at the door and celebrate the harvest with our crazy fun games and challenges! Games are FREE to play.

  • Barrel Roll – Teams of two roll a beer barrel across our course –only using one hand each – to earn the fastest time!
  • "Das Boot" Beer Pour – Steady hands and good aim are need to pour beer from the top of our platform into the boots below. Try not to spill any, because spilled beer isn't good for anyone!
  • Stein Race – Try and score the fastest time across our playing field while you carry 6 mugs of beer, filled to the brim with yesterday's beer. Penalties assessed for spillage!
  • Masskrugstemmen – Our take on the traditional Oktoberfest test of strength/endurance. How long can you hold pitchers of beer straight-out at arms length, without spilling or bending your elbows?

Daily Happenings at Oktoberfest

  • Spielplatz Games at the Levitt Pavilion including Barrel Rolling / Stein Races / Masskrugstemmen and more…
  • Rides & games including Horseshoes / Quoits / Water Pong and more…
  • Children's activities / Hay maze / Scarecrow exhibit
  • Music on two stages
  • Glassblowing by the Banana Factory's Hot Glass team
  • Kunstler Markt artisans' area

Yuengling Oktoberfest 5k

Sunday, October 5th | 10:30am

Yuengling Festhalle Tent

The race will kick off at 10:30 AM, starting and ending at the Yuengling Festhalle Tent. Participants can look forward to German-themed elements throughout the course as well as other surprises! All participants will receive the following exclusive Yuengling Oktoberfest 5k swag:

  • Custom edible lebkuchen heart 'medals' for all finishers (traditional Oktoberfest German heart-shaped gingerbread)
  • Official Yuengling Oktoberfest 5k t-shirt
  • Official Yuengling Oktoberfest 5k beer stein/mug
  • Two FREE Yuengling Oktoberfest beers (21+)
Register here: http://www.oktoberfestrace.com/page/show/1094344-register-here-for-the-

Bar Skills Challenge

Saturday, October 4th | Noon-4pm

Sponsored by Banko Beverage Company


It's man against man, and woman against woman, as area bars come together for an afternoon of hard-fought, fun-filled competition. Watch as contestants compete in four fun-filled games including barrel rolling, beer stein races and more, all in an effort to take home the coveted Yuengling Traveling Trophy. Participating bars include returning two-time champ Tally-Ho Tavern, along with the 50-Yard Line Sports Bar, The Bayou, Beer Mussels Bar & Grill, Corked Wine Bar & Steakhouse, McGrady's Wing & Burger Bar, Molly's Irish Grille & Sports Pub, PJ Whelihan's Bethlehem, Rippers Pub and Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. .

Oktoberfest Make-Your-Own at Oktoberfest! 

Fridays | 5:00-9:40pm
Saturdays | 2:00 - 9:40pm
Sundays | 2:00 - 6:40pm

Experience hot glass at Oktoberfest! Take a few moments during our festival to make yourself a one-of-a-kind souvenir . Participants will work alongside the glass staff during Oktoberfest to transform molten glass into a beautiful glass pumpkin or a glass apple. No experience necessary. Ages 6 and up welcome.  

Space is limited! Pre-registration is highly recommended. Please note that all make-your-own items need time to cool properly and may be picked up at the festival at a later date, instructions will be provided.

Register Now for a 20 minute time slot:

Fri. Oct. 3 OR Fri. Oct. 10 | 5:00-9:40pm

Sat. Oct. 4 OR Sat. Oct. 10 | 2:00-9:40pm

Sun. Oct.5 OR Sun. Oct. 12 | 2:00-6:40pm 


Quoit tournament hosted by Lehigh Valley Sports and Social

Friday, October 4th | 4pm

Festhalle Courtyard

Register online now!

Authentic Ceremonial Oktoberfest Keg Tap with Dick Yuengling

Saturday, October 4th | 7:30pm

Yuengling Festhalle

Includes the crowning of Miss/Mr. Oktoberfest Bethlehem 2014.






Miss Oktoberfest Contest

Saturday, October 4th | 7:30pm

Presented by Discover Lehigh Valley and ArtsQuest

Join us as we crown Mr. and Ms. Oktoberfest 2014 as part of the official Oktoberfest presented by Yuengling Keg Tapping Ceremony. Starting Sept. 22, the public can vote for its choices at www.DiscoverLehighValley.com/Oktoberfest2014.

Dachshund Races

Sunday, October 5th and 12th | 3-6pm

The annual running of the wiener dogs is back in this fun spectacle-to-end-all-spectacles. Watch in awe as we release the dachshunds! Twice! Registration is $25

Register your Dachshund for the race!

FootGolf Showcase by Old Homestead Golf Club

Friday, October 10th | 5pm - 11pm
Saturday, October 11th | 12pm - 11pm
Sunday, October 12th | 12pm-8pm


Two Rivers Roller Derby Demonstrations

Friday, October 10th

First Street

Discover all the moves and maneuvers that make roller derby an action-packed attraction.

Raven One to One Marketing Celebrity Skills Challenge

Saturday, October 11th | Noon - 4pm


Watch some of your favorite Lehigh Valley celebrities compete in five fun Oktoberfest challenges. Teams include personalities from Service Electric Cable TV and Communications, 99.9 The Hawk, Adams Outdoor Advertising, John Callahan's Brew Crew, LehighValleywithLove.com, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, The Morning Call, Professional Bull Riders, Service Electric Cable TV & Communications, Two Rivers Roller Derby, WZZO & B104 Radio.

Bar Crawl Costume Contest

Saturday, October 11th | 3:30-4:30pm


Penn State vs Michigan NCAA Football Live

Saturday, October 11th | 5pm

on the Levitt Screen at Spielplatz

Join the White Out as the Penn State Fans from throughout the region come out to cheer on the Nittany Lions versus the Wolverines. The event kicks off at 5 p.m. with pregame blue and white festivities. Enjoy games, Penn State trivia and visits by the Nittany Lion and the Alumni Blue Band. An Instagram contest using #ifoundthelion will be held throughout the day and winners will receive tickets to an upcoming Penn State football game.

99.9 the Hawk Bingo Bonanza

Sunday, October 12th | 1-4pm

Last year over 1,600 people participated in this great event featuring more than 15 prizes of $500 or more given away to the winners, including the grand prize – a new car from Lehigh Valley Honda / Lehigh Valley Hyundai . Visit http://www.999thehawk.com/ for more information on how you can play.

The International Alphorn Ensemble

Fridays | 6-10 pm
Saturdays & Sundays | 1-5 pm

Keep an eye...make that an ear...out for these strolling musicians.





Space Shuttle Blake

Fridays, 5-8 pm
Saturdays, Noon-8 pm
Sundays, Noon-8 pm

Space Shuttle Blake is one of the world's most unique educational tools. Six years and 40,000 volunteer hours went into making this 4/10-scale replica of the Space Shuttle on the outside, and a state-of-the-art classroom inside. Don't miss your opportunity to see this one-of-a-kind exhibit presented by FLYLVIA.

Daily Happenings at Oktoberfest

Game Time

Festhalle Courtyard, PNC Plaza, Air Products Town Square

Pitch some quoits, toss some bean bags or take a turn at water pong, horseshoes and washers. No pressure; just fun (and bragging rights).

2nd-Annual Oktoberfest Scarecrow Competition and Exhibit


Check out our collection of fantastic scarecrows and vote for your favorite! Winners will be announced Oct. 13



Kinder Fun – NEW!


Oktoberfest's children's activities are back! Treat the kids to an afternoon enjoying:

  • Hay Maze
  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Philadelphia Union Fun Zone
  • Foot Golf – presented by Olde Homestead Golf Course
  • Bean bag toss and more!

Oktoberfest Dekorative Bier Fass Wettbewerb (Decorative Beer Barrel Competition)

Künstler Markt

Check out our awesome beer barrels hand-decorated by the region's artists just for Oktobefest! During the festival, the public can vote for its favorite barrel for the Menschen Choice Award; barrels will be auctioned Oct. 11, with winners announced at 6 pm

This year's artists include:

Sarah Bolluyt
Hence Bollinger and Steve Cunic**
Liz Magno
Gina DeNave
Alicia VanDerSluis
Tatiana L. Hernadez
Maritza Mendez-Reinbold
Lauren Kuhn
Holly Fields-Scott and Nevada Scott**

** Denotes collaboration

Artist Market

Künstler Markt

Künstler Markt features different vendors showcasing German-themed merchandise, as well as more eclectic offerings from around the country.

Avon- Avon products
The Bacon Jams- Spreadable Bacon
Casa de Jorge Salsa- Gourmet Salsa
Celtic Vibe- Celtic-inspired Jewelry & Accessories
Charles Moose Associates- German Products - Hats, T-shirts, Ceramics and more
Crystal Creations- Handmade Swarovski Crystal Jewelry
Dorothy's Whimsical Creations- Upcycled Antique Silverware Windchimes
Elvern Farms & The Cider House Gift Shop- Imported German Gifts
Franklin Hill Winery- Local Winery
Keystone Farms Natural- 18 Varieties of Handcrafted Artisan Cheeses from Wisconsin
Hillside Gardens & Farms- Handmade Wooden Birdhouses and Bat Houses
Jan's Just for Kids- Unique Baby Gift Items & Children's Accessories (*Oct. 10-12 only)
The Jerky Hut- World-known, Gourmet Jerky
Let's Steep- Loose Leaf Tea & Local Honey
Nica Art- Nicaraguan Art (*Oct. 3-5 only)
St. Obnoxious- Beer T-shirts for Men & Women (*Oct. 10-12 only)
Vanwinkles Opera Fudge- Handmade, Homemade German Opera Fudge (*Oct. 5 only)
Whisker Biscuits- All-natural, Handmade Dog Treats
Wildwood Soapworks- Organic Bath & Body Products

Glassblowing Demonstrations

Künstler Markt

Visit the talented artists of the ArtsQuest Glass Studio at the Banana Factory as they demonstrate how to transform molten glass into amazing art. Beautiful, hand-blown glass steins, mugs and other works of art are available for purchase.


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