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.
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.
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.
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.
Join us as we crown Miss Oktoberfest 2013! The winner will be crowned during the Oktoberfest Bar Skills Challenge.
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.
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!
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?
The "Lager-Rhythmics", our very own Oktoberfest Bier Band, will be performing strolling classics and leading the nightly "Prost-cession".
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.
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.
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)
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 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.
Keep an eye... .make that an ear... out for these strolling musicians. Performance hours are: 6-10pm Fridays; 1-5pm Saturday & Sundays.