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.

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 race to roll a beer barrel along our course. Each player can only use one hand. Best time wins!
  • "Das Boot" Beer Pour – Your mission – spill as little beer as possible while filling official Oktoberfest mugs!
  • Stein Race – Think you've got what it takes to carry six "steins" filled with brew along our course…without spilling any?
  • Masskrugstemmen – It's an endurance competition unlike any other. Hold full mugs of beer in each arm for as long as you can. Oh, and you have to follow these three simple rules:
    1. Do not spill the beer!
    2. Arms must be straight, no bent elbows.
    3. Arms must be parallel to the ground and in front of your chest.
  • Das Cliffer Hanger – Our LIVE ACTION version on The Price is Right's popular game "Cliffhanger."
  • German Spelling Challenges
  • German/Oktoberfest/Bethlehem Trivia
  • Daily Championship – Each night, we'll host a championship battle to determine the champion of the day! It's free to enter and play, and it's your chance at Oktoberfest glory!

Authentic Ceremonial Oktoberfest Keg Tap with Dick Yuengling

Friday, October 4th | 7:30pm

Yuengling Festhalle

Bar Skills Challenge

Saturday, October 5th | Noon-5pm

Sponsored by GoStreet and Banko Beverage Co.

Yuengling Festhalle

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 roll 30-pound beer barrels, compete in a 50-yard dash while carrying mugs filled with Yuengling beer and use every muscle in their body to pull a 40,000-pound Yuengling beer truck, all in an effort to capture the coveted Yuengling Traveling Trophy. Participating bars include Joe's Tavern, Machs Gute, Molly's Irish Grille & Sports Pub, Pizza Como, PJ Whelihan's, Ripper's, Sotto Santi, Starters Bethlehem, The Steel Pub, and The Tally-Ho.

Oktoberfest Dekorative Bier Fass Wettbewerb (Decorative Beer Barrel Competition)

Saturday, October 5th and Sunday October 6th | 1-5pm (Execution of Artwork on the Barrels)
Saturday, October 12th | 8pm (Silent Auction and Menschen Choice Award Voting)

Künstler Markt

Watch artists Susan Bauer, Holly Fields-Scott, Darice Joy Pauselius and Nevada Scott decorate beer barrels while competing for cash prizes. Barrels will be decorated Oct. 5-6. On Oct. 12, Oktoberfest guests will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites for the festival's Menschen Choice Awards, as well as bid for the opportunity to own the barrels during a silent auction. All proceeds will go to support the ArtsQuest Programming Fund, which helps support ArtsQuest's free programming for the community.

Miss Oktoberfest Contest

Saturday, October 5th | 2:30pm

Presented by D.G. Yuengling & Son, Banko Beverage Company and The Morning Call

Join us as we crown Miss Oktoberfest 2013! The winner will be crowned during the Oktoberfest Bar Skills Challenge.

Vote for Miss Oktoberfest 2013!

99.9 the Hawk Ultimate Bingo Bash

Sunday, October 6th | 1-4pm

99.9 The Hawk and Lehigh Valley Honda are staging "The Ultimate Bingo Bash" during Oktoberfest. It's your chance to play the game of Bingo and win your share of thousands and thousands of dollars in prizes including a 2013 Honda Civic LX 2 Year Lease courtesy Lehigh Valley Honda.

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Dachshund Races

Sunday, October 6th and 13th | 3pm

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!

Register you Dachshund for the October 6th race!

Register you Dachshund for the October 13th race!

Celebrity Skills Challenge

Saturday, October 12th | Noon

It's the challenge to end all challenges! On Oct. 12, noon-3 p.m., we invite you to join some of your favorite Lehigh Valley celebrities for an awesome afternoon of fun and festivities. You'll be paired with members of the Lehigh University Women's Basketball Team, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, LehighValleywithLove.com, Service Electric TV, The Express-Times, The Morning Call or possibly even Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan himself. Want to get in on all the action?

Fill out the official registration form for your chance to enter!

Oktoberfest Prost-cession

Fridays and Saturdays | 9:45pm

The "Lager-Rhythmics", our very own Oktoberfest Bier Band, will be performing strolling classics and leading the nightly "Prost-cession".

Yuengling Paring Luncheon

Sunday, October 6th & 13th | 11:30am – 1:30pm

Sponsored by Daniels BMW and The Express-Times

Tickets: $64 | $60 for ArtsQuest Members (Includes addmission to Oktoberfest)

Sample a variety of German & autumn-themed tapas and Yuengling beers, plus meet the staff of D.G Yuengling & Son. Guests will enjoy culinary creations from ArtsQuest Center Executive Chef Fred Grant, while sampling Yuengling beers specially selected to complement and enhance the food's flavors.

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Daily Happenings at Oktoberfest

Game Time

Daniels BMW Courtyard

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



We will have a number of amusement rides this year including the Vertigo (an a swing that takes you 80' in the air), Loop-O-Plane and Wipeout.

Artist Market

Künstler Markt

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

Crystal Creations - handcrafted jewelry
Nica Art - handmade pottery
Celtic Vibe - jewelry and women's accessories
Whiskerbiscuits - handmade dog treats
Wildwood SoapWorks - handmade soaps
Leigh's Jams - homemade jams including beer & bacon jam (second weekend only)
Gift Chalet - German-themed gifts (second weekend only)

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.

Daniels BMW Contest

Daniels BMW Courtyard

Stop by the Daniels BMW display at Daniels BMW Courtyard for your chance to win tickets to Chef Robert Irvine LIVE or Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx.


  • Oct. 4 - Vintage Yuengling stadium cushions to the first 350 people.
  • Oct. 5 - Service Electric Women's Oktoberfest T-shirts to the first 500 women 18 years & up
  • Oct. 12 - Service Electric Men's Oktoberfest T-shirts to the first 500 men 18 years & up


Keep an eye... .make that an ear... out for these strolling musicians. Performance hours are: 6-10pm Fridays; 1-5pm Saturday & Sundays.

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