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Oktober-festivities

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!

Daily activities include:

  • 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
  • Music
  • Glassblowing by the Banana Factory’s Hot Glass team
  • Künstler Markt artisans’ area
Daily Happenings at Oktoberfest

Free Games

Spielplatz & Biergartens

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.

  • Stein Hoisting presented by Samuel Adams – Held every hour on the hour throughout the festival, this classic Oktoberfest test of strength and endurance expands in 2019 with help from the U.S. Steinholding Association. Contestants will hold a stein of beer in front of them; the last one standing wins!

    The men and women with the top times throughout the festival will be invited back for the Oktoberfest Stein Holding Championships at 5 PM on Sunday, October 13 at the Town Square, where the man and woman with the best time at that contest will each win $500 in cash and a $100 gift card to Molly’s Irish Sports Pub & Grille in Bethlehem!

  • Barrel Roll – Teams of two roll a beer barrel across our course, using only one hand each, to earn the fastest time!
  • Stein Race – Try and score the fastest time across our playing field while you carry six mugs of beer, filled to the brim with yesterday’s beer. Penalties assessed for spillage!

 

Artists Market

Künstler Markt

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

 

Kinder Fun

Kinderland
Hours: 12-5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays during the festival

Come visit the Banana Factory Arts Center tent and get creative with German inspired crafts and projects! Great for kids and families of all ages and levels, you’ll be sure to leave here with something special!

 

Bavarian Hats
Give your outfit some German flair with the traditional green hats famous in the Southern Bavarian region of Germany!

Paper Lebkuchenherzen (German Gingerbread Hearts)
Lebkuchenherzen are common sights in German markets, especially during Oktoberfest. These gingerbread (Lebkuchen) hearts (Herzen) are oversized cookies decorated with colorful frosting and hung on ribbon so they can be worn as necklaces. Kids make their own paper versions to wear around the festival!

German Castle Coloring Sheets
German folklore is the root to some of our classic childhood fairytales, including the Grimm Brothers’ Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel and the Little Mermaid. Learn about the castles that inspired these stories all on fun, easy to color sheets!

 

Game Time

Yuengling Biergarten – Bean Bags
Hofbräu Biergarten – Quoits

Pitch some quoits, toss some bean bags, play Kong Pong, Giant Jenja and Bocce Ball or take a turn at water pong, horseshoes and washers. No pressure; just fun (and bragging rights).

 

Glassblowing Demonstrations & Hot Glass Experiences

Künstler Markt

Visit the talented artists of the ArtsQuest Glass Studio at the Banana Factory Arts Center as they demonstrate how to transform molten glass into amazing art. Beautiful, hand-blown glass pumpkins, seasonal decorative glass items and other works of art are also available for purchase. Try your hand at making your own solid glass pumpkin ($60 each). Pre-registration is suggested; call 610-332-1300 or visit bananafactory.org to reserve your spot.

 

Oktoberfest Hot Glass Experience: Pumpkin

Fridays | 5-9 p.m.
Saturdays | 12-9 p.m.
Sundays | 12-6 p.m.

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 solid glass pumpkin or a glass paperweight. No experience necessary. Ages 6 and up welcome.  

Space is limited! Pre-registration is highly recommended. Online sales for the Hot Glass Experience close the night before; however, walk-up registrations will be still be accepted upon availability. 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

 

Friday, October 4

The Hasselhoff-Off

Friday, October 4 | 8 p.m.

Oktoberfest Arena

The popular Hasselhoff-off returns! Adored and embraced as one of their own, Germans can’t get enough of David Hasselhoff! What better way to celebrate an Oktoberfest event than by finding the best Hoff in the land?

Hasselhoff-Off contestants will show off their Hoff-like good looks in this hilarious costume and impersonation contest. The Hasselhoff-Off starts off slow with a Baywatch-inspired slow-motion running competition. Then things get really interesting. The contest winner will gain eternal Oktoberfest fame and take home a prize pack that includes, among other things, a pair of red swim trunks.

 

Saturday, October 5

The Wiener Dog Parade

Saturday, October 5 | 2 p.m.
Sunday, October 6 | 2 p.m.
Saturday, October 12 | 2 p.m.
Sunday, October 13 | 2 p.m.
Oktoberfest Arena

Come one, come all! Enter your dachshund in our Wiener Dog Parade! We’ll start at 2 p.m. at the Oktoberfest arena and march around the festival. Your pups can don their (or let’s be real, your) favorite costume or simply come as they are. Just like the Munich Oktoberfest, a queen and king will be crowned. Additionally, we’ll give out other prizes for costumes, cuteness and so much more. Prizes will also be given to the humans who come dressed up, so bust out your best dirndls and lederhosen and strut your stuff alongside your doggo!

Your $15 fee includes registration to both the parade and race on the day you register for! Parade will begin at 2 p.m. and Races begin at 3 p.m. Check in for parade and race will begin at 1 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. Please arrive no later than 1:45 p.m. for the parade. If you only wish to participate in the race, please check in no later than 2:45 p.m.

If you have more than one dog participating, or would like to participate on more than one day, you must fill out and pay for another registration.

 

The Wiener Dog Races

Saturday, October 5 | 3 p.m.
Sunday, October 6 | 3 p.m.
Saturday, October 12 | 3 p.m.
Sunday, October 13 | 3 p.m.

Oktoberfest Arena

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!

Your $15 fee includes registration to both the race and parade on the day you register for! We will be crowning a King and Queen for every parade and 3rd, 2nd, and 1st place winners of each day’s races will leave with prizes.

Check in for parade and race will begin at 1 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. Please arrive no later than 1:45 p.m. for the parade. If you only wish to participate in the race, please check in no later than 2:45 p.m. To compete in the races, dogs must be dachshunds or closely resemble dachshunds.

Your dog will race at least two times! We race in a double elimination bracket, so even if your dog loses the first race, they still have a chance to win it all! See the graphic below for a visual on the double elimination racing format. If you arrive after the first round of races, your dog will not be able to participate in that days race. You may transfer your ticket to a race on another day of the festival.

If you have more than one dog participating, or would like to participate on more than one day, you must fill out and pay for another registration.

okt-bracket

 

Beer-Lympics

Saturday, October 5 | 12 p.m.

Lehigh Valley Sports Leagues Tent

Are you and your friends the masters of party games? Take home the gold at the 3rd Annual Beer-Lympics event at Oktoberfest, presented by Lehigh Valley Sports Leagues! All teams must be pre-registered through the Lehigh Valley Sports Leagues’ website. This all-day event begins with team check-in in the early afternoon and concludes with the final event taking place at the Levitt Stage from 8-10 PM. Teams of five will compete in different events throughout the day including barrel roll, Kong Pong, speed quarters and more! Players must be 21 or older; $120 per five-member team.

Register page and info can be found here.

 

A Movement Flight

Saturday, October 5 | 1-2 & 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Samuel Adams & Weyerbacher Biergarten

Concert dance performance meets a social celebration. Schoen Movement Company sprinkles short dances throughout Oktoberfest, filling the beer tents with movement. See world-class dancing up-close, in a quirky performance setting. With eating, drinking, and mingling encouraged, it’s the ultimate Happy Hour!

 

The Karl Ehmer Bratwurst Eating Competition

Saturday, October 5 | 6 p.m.
Saturday, October 12 | 6 p.m.

Highmark Blue Shield Community Stage

The strong-willed and strong-stomached will battle it out to see who will become our Oktoberfest Bethlehem Bratwurst Eating Champion! The day’s winner will receive a $250 cash prize! The rules for the brave contestants are simple:

  • Each contestant will have 15 Karl Ehmer brats (no buns) in front of them.
  • Contestants will be given water to help get the brats down.
  • The fastest contestant to finish all 15 brats (cleared mouth and swallowed) will be our winner!

There is no cost to participate; email John Wrigley at jwrigley@artsquest.org to register for a spot in the competition. *Sending an email does not guarantee a spot; you will be contacted shortly after sending your message to complete the process. Registration will close two days prior to the competition.

 

NEW! Karaoke with Bruno Von Bruno

Saturday, October 5 | 9-11 p.m.
Saturday, October 12 | 8-10 p.m.

Highmark Blue Shield Community Stage

It’s karaoke with a German twist! Kastner Family Player Bruno Von Bruno will have all the hits you expect ready for you to belt out. There’s a challenge, if you’re up to it: those who dare to pick from Bruno’s list of 50 English-language hits translated to German will win 2 passes to the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas and 2 tickets to an ArtsQuest comedy show of their choice should they make it through the song!

 

Hofbräu Girls

Saturday, October 5 | 4-6 p.m.
Saturday, October 12 | 4-6 p.m.

Hofbräu Biergarden

Stop by to get your photo taken with the Oktoberfest Hofbräu Girls!

 

Sunday, October 6

Yuengling Oktoberfest 5K Run/Walk

Sunday, October 6 | 10:30 a.m.

The Yuengling Oktoberfest 5K is back and better than ever! The 6th-annual 5K Run/Walk event will kick off at 10:30 a.m. and will start and end at First Street and Founders Way in front of the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks. Participants can look forward to German-themed elements throughout the course as well as other surprises! Look for our troop of German dancers on the race course as well as themed music!

Ja! Every runner receives an official race t-shirt.
Ja! Every runner receives a mug of delicious Yuengling Oktoberfest at the end of the race (we’ll have root beer too)!
Ja! Every runner receives the admiration and respect of their peers who didn’t participate in this literal race for beer!

Registration fee is $50 ($45 ArtsQuest Members) from August 13-October 5 and $60 day-of race.

 

The Wiener Dog Parade

Saturday, October 5 | 2 p.m.
Sunday, October 6 | 2 p.m.
Saturday, October 12 | 2 p.m.
Sunday, October 13 | 2 p.m.
Oktoberfest Arena

Come one, come all! Enter your dachshund in our Wiener Dog Parade! We’ll start at 2 p.m. at the Oktoberfest arena and march around the festival. Your pups can don their (or let’s be real, your) favorite costume or simply come as they are. Just like the Munich Oktoberfest, a queen and king will be crowned. Additionally, we’ll give out other prizes for costumes, cuteness and so much more. Prizes will also be given to the humans who come dressed up, so bust out your best dirndls and lederhosen and strut your stuff alongside your doggo!

Your $15 fee includes registration to both the parade and race on the day you register for! Parade will begin at 2 p.m. and Races begin at 3 p.m. Check in for parade and race will begin at 1 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. Please arrive no later than 1:45 p.m. for the parade. If you only wish to participate in the race, please check in no later than 2:45 p.m.

If you have more than one dog participating, or would like to participate on more than one day, you must fill out and pay for another registration.

 

The Wiener Dog Races

Saturday, October 5 | 3 p.m.
Sunday, October 6 | 3 p.m.
Saturday, October 12 | 3 p.m.
Sunday, October 13 | 3 p.m.

Oktoberfest Arena

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!

Your $15 fee includes registration to both the race and parade on the day you register for! We will be crowning a King and Queen for every parade and 3rd, 2nd, and 1st place winners of each day’s races will leave with prizes.

Check in for parade and race will begin at 1 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. Please arrive no later than 1:45 p.m. for the parade. If you only wish to participate in the race, please check in no later than 2:45 p.m. To compete in the races, dogs must be dachshunds or closely resemble dachshunds.

Your dog will race at least two times! We race in a double elimination bracket, so even if your dog loses the first race, they still have a chance to win it all! If you arrive after the first round of races, your dog will not be able to participate in that days race. You may transfer your ticket to a race on another day of the festival.

If you have more than one dog participating, or would like to participate on more than one day, you must fill out and pay for another registration.

 

Friday, October 11

Brewers’ Village (Ages 21+)

Presented by Wegmans

Musikfest Cafe presented by Yuengling

Friday, October 11 | 7-9 p.m.
Saturday, October 12 | 1-3 p.m., 4-6 p.m.

Sample German-style marzens to autumn-inspired pumpkin ales as the hand-crafted beers of Pennsylvania’s award-winning craft breweries take center stage at the Brewers’ Village at Oktoberfest (All participants must be 21 and older).

Buy Tickets

$25 in advance | $20 ArtsQuest Members in advance
$30 day of | $25 ArtsQuest Members day of
Designated Driver $10

 

NEW! Kong Pong Tourney

Presented by Molly’s Irish Grille and Sports Pub

Oktoberfest Arena

Friday, October 11 | 8:30 p.m.

Grab a buddy and come play the blown up version of your favorite party game! We’ll have 55 gallon “cups”, two dodgeballs and a $250 check for the winning duo plus a $100 gift card to Molly’s Irish Grille and Sports Pub right here in Bethlehem for the team that wins the tournament!

Email Anthony DeSanctis at adesanctis@artsquest.org to register your 2-person team.*

*Sending an email does not guarantee a spot; you will be contacted shortly after sending your message to complete the process. Registration will close two days prior to the competition.

 

Dragtoberfest

Friday, October 11 | 9 p.m.

Samuel Adams & Weyerbacher Biergarten

Join some of the Lehigh Valley’s favorite drag queens as they serve up Oktoberfest-themed performances in the Sam Adams tent! It’ll be a show filled with dancing, ballads and comedy; it’s sure to be a night you won’t forget!

Featuring: Elektra Fearce St. James, Alexis Givenchy, Clan Ann (Carol Ann & Sharon Ann Husbands), and Georgia Versace Couture!

 

Saturday, October 12

Brewers’ Village

Presented by Wegmans

Musikfest Cafe presented by Yuengling

Friday, October 11 | 7-9 p.m.
Saturday, October 12 | 1-3 p.m., 4-6 p.m.

Sample everything from German-style marzens to autumn-inspired pumpkin ales as the hand-crafted beers of Pennsylvania’s award-winning craft breweries take center stage at the Brewers’ Village at Oktoberfest (All participants must be 21 and older).

Buy Tickets

$25 in advance | $20 ArtsQuest Members in advance
$30 day of | $25 ArtsQuest Members day of
Designated Driver $10

 

The Karl Ehmer Bratwurst Eating Competition

Saturday, October 5 | 6 p.m.
Saturday, October 12 | 6 p.m.

Highmark Blue Shield Community Stage

The strong-willed and strong-stomached will battle it out to see who will become our Oktoberfest Bethlehem Bratwurst Eating Champion! The day’s winner will receive a $250 cash prize! The rules for the brave contestants are simple:

  • Each contestant will have 15 Karl Ehmer brats (no buns) in front of them.
  • Contestants will be given water to help get the brats down.
  • The fastest contestant to finish all 15 brats (cleared mouth and swallowed) will be our winner!

There is no cost to participate; email John Wrigley at jwrigley@artsquest.org to register for a spot in the competition. *Sending an email does not guarantee a spot; you will be contacted shortly after sending your message to complete the process. Registration will close two days prior to the competition.

 

The Wiener Dog Parade

Saturday, October 5 | 2 p.m.
Sunday, October 6 | 2 p.m.
Saturday, October 12 | 2 p.m.
Sunday, October 13 | 2 p.m.
Oktoberfest Arena

Come one, come all! Enter your dachshund in our Wiener Dog Parade! We’ll start at 2 p.m. at the Oktoberfest arena and march around the festival. Your pups can don their (or let’s be real, your) favorite costume or simply come as they are. Just like the Munich Oktoberfest, a queen and king will be crowned. Additionally, we’ll give out other prizes for costumes, cuteness and so much more. Prizes will also be given to the humans who come dressed up, so bust out your best dirndls and lederhosen and strut your stuff alongside your doggo!

Your $15 fee includes registration to both the parade and race on the day you register for! Parade will begin at 2 p.m. and Races begin at 3 p.m. Check in for parade and race will begin at 1 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. Please arrive no later than 1:45 p.m. for the parade. If you only wish to participate in the race, please check in no later than 2:45 p.m.

If you have more than one dog participating, or would like to participate on more than one day, you must fill out and pay for another registration.

 

The Wiener Dog Races

Saturday, October 5 | 3 p.m.
Sunday, October 6 | 3 p.m.
Saturday, October 12 | 3 p.m.
Sunday, October 13 | 3 p.m.

Oktoberfest Arena

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!

Your $15 fee includes registration to both the race and parade on the day you register for! We will be crowning a King and Queen for every parade and 3rd, 2nd, and 1st place winners of each day’s races will leave with prizes.

Check in for parade and race will begin at 1 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. Please arrive no later than 1:45 p.m. for the parade. If you only wish to participate in the race, please check in no later than 2:45 p.m. To compete in the races, dogs must be dachshunds or closely resemble dachshunds.

Your dog will race at least two times! We race in a double elimination bracket, so even if your dog loses the first race, they still have a chance to win it all! If you arrive after the first round of races, your dog will not be able to participate in that days race. You may transfer your ticket to a race on another day of the festival.

If you have more than one dog participating, or would like to participate on more than one day, you must fill out and pay for another registration.

 

Flame Nouveau

Saturday, October 12 | 7:15, 8, 8:45 & 9:30 p.m.

Oktoberfest Arena

Flame Nouveau is a fire dance cabaret with a vintage bellydance flair that sizzles with creative performances set to hot jazz and gypsy swing music. Dancers perform with fire hoops, fans, swords, staves and more, evoking the drama and mystique of an oldtime cabaret show. Fire dancers featured at festivals and venues across the northeast and are coming together to perform under the umbrella of this hot new Lehigh Valley-based troupe.

 

NEW Karaoke with Bruno Von Bruno

Saturday, October 5 | 9-11 p.m.
Saturday, October 12 | 8-10 p.m.

Highmark Blue Shield Community Stage

It’s karaoke with a German twist! Kastner Family Player Bruno Von Bruno will have all the hits you expect ready for you to belt out. There’s a challenge, if you’re up to it: those who dare to pick from Bruno’s list of 50 English-language hits translated to German will win 2 passes to the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas and 2 tickets to an ArtsQuest comedy show of their choice should they make it through the song!

 

Hofbräu Girls

Saturday, October 5 | 4-6 p.m.
Saturday, October 12 | 4-6 p.m.

Hofbräu Biergarden

Stop by to get your photo taken with the Oktoberfest Hofbräu Girls!

 

Sunday, October 13

99.9 The Hawk Ultimate Bingo Bash

Sunday, October 13

Registration | 9 AM
Bingo starts | 11 AM

Fowler Blast Furnace Room & Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling

The largest bingo event in the Lehigh Valley is back! Visit http://www.999thehawk.com/ for details

 

The Wiener Dog Parade

Saturday, October 5 | 2 p.m.
Sunday, October 6 | 2 p.m.
Saturday, October 12 | 2 p.m.
Sunday, October 13 | 2 p.m.
Oktoberfest Arena

Come one, come all! Enter your dachshund in our Wiener Dog Parade! We’ll start at 2 p.m. at the Oktoberfest arena and march around the festival. Your pups can don their (or let’s be real, your) favorite costume or simply come as they are. Just like the Munich Oktoberfest, a queen and king will be crowned. Additionally, we’ll give out other prizes for costumes, cuteness and so much more. Prizes will also be given to the humans who come dressed up, so bust out your best dirndls and lederhosen and strut your stuff alongside your doggo!

Your $15 fee includes registration to both the parade and race on the day you register for! Parade will begin at 2 p.m. and Races begin at 3 p.m. Check in for parade and race will begin at 1 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. Please arrive no later than 1:45 p.m. for the parade. If you only wish to participate in the race, please check in no later than 2:45 p.m.

If you have more than one dog participating, or would like to participate on more than one day, you must fill out and pay for another registration.

 

The Wiener Dog Races

Saturday, October 5 | 3 p.m.
Sunday, October 6 | 3 p.m.
Saturday, October 12 | 3 p.m.
Sunday, October 13 | 3 p.m.

Oktoberfest Arena

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!

Your $15 fee includes registration to both the race and parade on the day you register for! We will be crowning a King and Queen for every parade and 3rd, 2nd, and 1st place winners of each day’s races will leave with prizes.

Check in for parade and race will begin at 1 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. Please arrive no later than 1:45 p.m. for the parade. If you only wish to participate in the race, please check in no later than 2:45 p.m. To compete in the races, dogs must be dachshunds or closely resemble dachshunds.

Your dog will race at least two times! We race in a double elimination bracket, so even if your dog loses the first race, they still have a chance to win it all! If you arrive after the first round of races, your dog will not be able to participate in that days race. You may transfer your ticket to a race on another day of the festival.

If you have more than one dog participating, or would like to participate on more than one day, you must fill out and pay for another registration.

 

The Oktoberfest Stein Hoisting Championships

Presented by Samuel Adams
Highmark Blue Shield Community Stage at Yuengling Biergarten on Air Products Town Square

Sunday, October 13 | 5 p.m.

Stein Hoisting Qualifying
Spielplatz | Every hour on the hour*, all festival long

How long can you hold a full stein of beer in front of you? You could win $500 cash and a $100 gift card to Molly’s Irish Sports Pub & Grille in Bethlehem to both the man and woman who can hold their beer the longest!

To qualify for the Championship contest on Oct. 13, you have to have posted one the top times in preliminary contests at our games area during the festival (qualifying contests are held every hour on the hour throughout the festival*), or have qualified via an approved pre-festival contest. The competition will observe the Official Rules of Steinholding with assistance from the U.S. Steinholding Association. So make sure to study up as we’re not messing around. Cash and glory are on the line!

*Excludes the opening hour and closing hour of the festival (if hours are 12-10 PM, we will not do a contest at 12 and 10).