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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 Happenings at Oktoberfest

Glassblowing Demonstrations & Hot Glass Experiences

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 or acorn ($60 each). Pre-registration is suggested; visit bananafactory.org to reserve your spot.

 

Oktoberfest Hot Glass Experience

Fridays | 5-9 p.m.
Saturdays | 12-8 p.m.
Sundays | 12-4 p.m.

Make a solid glass pumpkin or an acorn at Oktoberfest. Work one on one with ArtsQuest Glass staff to create a work of art. Glass pieces need to cool for about 24 hours, participants must return to either the festival or Banana Factory to pick up their work. Shipping arrangements can be made with an additional cost. 

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Friday, October 1

HASSELHOFF-OFF

Friday, October 1 | 7 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.

 

OKTOBERFEST KARAOKE

Fri, Oct 1 & 8 | 9 p.m.

Oktoberfest Arena

Sing your heart out at Oktoberfest Karaoke with your hosts Royal and Ellen!

Royal has been hosting karaoke nights in the Lehigh Valley for more than 25 years, mainly at Diamonz and the Stonewall. He currently hosts “Pride” in the Silk Lounge at the Allentown Brew Works.

Ellen has been hosting karaoke in the Lehigh Valley on and off since 1994, her longest run at the former Stonewall. She is an Instructional Designer by day, and has had a lot of involvement in the local community theater scene. She enjoys belting songs, making people laugh and having fun with friends!

 

Music

PNC Plaza
5-10 p.m. | Polkadelphia
7:30-8:45 p.m. | GTV Almrausch Schuhplattlers

Hofbräu Biergarten
6:30-8 p.m. | Dina Hall Band

Samuel Adams/Dogfish Head Biergarten
8-10 p.m.| CC Coletti Band

Brewmasters Biergarten
5:30-6:30 p.m. | Zaire

Yuengling Biergarten
6:30-8 p.m.| Wig Party

Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks
7 p.m. | Boat House Row – A Yacht Rock Experience

Saturday, October 2

THE OKTOBERFEST WIENER DOG PARADE

Saturday, October 2 | 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 3 | 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 9 | 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 10 | 12:30 p.m.
Oktoberfest Arena

Beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Oktoberfest Arena at the PNC Plaza each Saturday and Sunday, pups donning their favorite costume or simply trotting as they are could be elected President or Chancellor of the parade! There will be prizes and there will be adorableness. The parade is free to participate, and no pre-registration is required. You can sign up your dog on the day of the parade beginning at 12pm at the Oktoberfest Arena.

 

THE OKTOBERFEST WIENER DOG RACES

Saturday, October 2 | 1:30, 3, and 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 3 | 1:30 and 3 p.m.
Saturday, October 9 | 1:30, 3, and 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 10 | 1:30 p.m.

Oktoberfest Arena

On your bark! Get set! Register! The annual running of the wiener dogs is back at Oktoberfest, kicking off at 1:30 p.m. Race registration fee is $20 per dachshund, pre-registered dogs receive a doggie bag featuring pet-themed gifts and special prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Races will occur Saturdays at 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., with the exception of Oct. 10, which will have just one 1:30 p.m. race.

Check in will begin 30 minutes prior to your race start time and end 10 minutes before your race start time. Ticket sales for races will close 30 minutes prior to the start of the race.

Saturday, October 2

Register 1:30 p.m. Race

Register for 3 p.m. Race

Register for 4:30 p.m. Race

Sunday, October 3

Register for 1:30 p.m. Race

Register for 3 p.m. Race

Saturday, October 9

Register for 1:30 p.m. Race

Register for 3 p.m. Race

Register for 4:30 p.m. Race

Sunday, October 10
Register for 1:30 p.m. Race

 

FLAME NOUVEAU

Saturday, October 2 | 6:30 p.m.

Oktoberfest Arena

Flame Nouveau is a fire dance cabaret based in southeast Pennsylvania. The troupe combines dance from a variety of global traditions with the thrilling art of fire performance in a mesmerizing show. Watch these ladies heat up the stage at Oktoberfest 2021!

 

DRAGTOBERFEST

presented by Jack Daniel’s

Saturday, October 2 & 9 | 8:30 p.m.

Oktoberfest Arena

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

Directed by Elektra Fearce St. James, Dragtoberfest will also feature fellow Golden Girls Drag Show castmates Sharon Ann Husbands and Georgia Versace Couture, along with some special guests!

Partner
Jack Daniel's

 

Music

PNC Plaza
12-8 p.m. | Polkadelphia
12-5:30 p.m. | GTV Almrausch Schuhplattlers
12-6:30 p.m. | GTEV D’Lustigen Isartaler
12-6 p.m. | Auerhahn Schuhplatter Verein

Hofbräu Biergarten
3-4 | Muddy Ruckus
4:30-5:30 p.m. | Muddy Ruckus

Samuel Adams/Dogfish Head Biergarten
2-3 p.m. | Pepperwine
5:30-7 p.m. | SlideWinder Blues Band
8-9 p.m. | Heavy Mayo

Brewmasters Biergarten
2-3 p.m. | Stacy Gabel
6-7 | Aiden Bloomfield Band
8-9 p.m. | Schützengiggles Oompah Band

Yuengling Biergarten
12-1:30 p.m.| Steve Brosky Trio
7-8 p.m.| Hydraulic Lime
9-10 p.m.| Tavern Tan

Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks
6 p.m. | The Discoteks

Sunday, October 3

THE OKTOBERFEST WIENER DOG PARADE

Saturday, October 2 | 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 3 | 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 9 | 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 10 | 12;30 p.m.
Oktoberfest Arena

Beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Oktoberfest Arena at the PNC Plaza each Saturday and Sunday, pups donning their favorite costume or simply trotting as they are could be elected President or Chancellor of the parade! There will be prizes and there will be adorableness. The parade is free to participate, and no pre-registration is required. You can sign up your dog on the day of the parade beginning at 12pm at the Oktoberfest Arena.

 

THE OKTOBERFEST WIENER DOG RACES

Saturday, October 2 | 1:30, 3, and 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 3 | 1:30 and 3 p.m.
Saturday, October 9 | 1:30, 3, and 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 10 | 1:30 p.m.

Oktoberfest Arena

On your bark! Get set! Register! The annual running of the wiener dogs is back at Oktoberfest, kicking off at 1:30 p.m. Race registration fee is $20 per dachshund, pre-registered dogs receive a doggie bag featuring pet-themed gifts and special prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Races will occur Saturdays at 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., with the exception of Oct. 10, which will have just one 1:30 p.m. race.

Check in will begin 30 minutes prior to your race start time and end 10 minutes before your race start time. Ticket sales for races will close 30 minutes prior to the start of the race. To register, visit steelstacks.org/Oktoberfest.

Saturday, October 2

Register 1:30 p.m. Race

Register for 3 p.m. Race

Register for 4:30 p.m. Race

Sunday, October 3

Register for 1:30 p.m. Race

Register for 3 p.m. Race

Saturday, October 9

Register for 1:30 p.m. Race

Register for 3 p.m. Race

Register for 4:30 p.m. Race

Sunday, October 10
Register for 1:30 p.m. Race

 

THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE STEINHOLDING CHAMPIONSHIP

produced in partnership with the US Steinholding Association

Semi-finals: Oct. 3, 5 p.m.
Finals: Oct. 10, 3 p.m.

After years of raising steins and sweating out the minutes, we’ve made it official – our Steinholding Championship is now the official Pennsylvania State Steinholding Championship!

In addition to being able to tell everyone that they are state champions, the man and woman who win our contest will each receive a check for $500!

To qualify for the state championship on Oct. 10, you must first qualify for the semi-finals on Oct. 3. Here are the ways you could do that:

  • Via Qualifying Round Competitions held throughout the area in the weeks leading up to Oktoberfest (go to ussteinholding.com to find out where those are).
  • By posting one of the best times at Spielplatz, our gaming area, during the first weekend of Oktoberfest.

The competitions will observe the US Steinholding Association’s official rules. So make sure to study up as we’re not messing around. Cash and glory are on the line!

 

Music

PNC Plaza
12-8 p.m. | Polkadelphia
12-5 p.m. | GTV Almrausch Schuhplattlers
12-4 p.m. | GTEV D’Lustigen Isartaler
12-6 p.m. | Auerhahn Schuhplatter Verein

Hofbräu Biergarten
12-1:30 | Swamp Guard
3-4 p.m. | Joe Miralles Duo

Samuel Adams/Dogfish Head Biergarten
4:30-6 p.m. | DMC Duo

Brewmasters Biergarten
2-3 p.m. | Smooth Retsina Glow

Yuengling Biergarten
12-1:30 p.m.| Schutzengiggles Oompah Band
3-4 p.m.| Melody Cruz

Friday, October 8

OKTOBERFEST KARAOKE

Friday, October 8 | 9 p.m.

Oktoberfest Arena

Sing your heart out at Oktoberfest Karaoke with your hosts Royal and Ellen!

Royal has been hosting karaoke nights in the Lehigh Valley for more than 25 years, mainly at Diamonz and the Stonewall. He currently hosts “Pride” in the Silk Lounge at the Allentown Brew Works.

Ellen has been hosting karaoke in the Lehigh Valley on and off since 1994, her longest run at the former Stonewall. She is an Instructional Designer by day, and has had a lot of involvement in the local community theater scene. She enjoys belting songs, making people laugh and having fun with friends!

 

THE OKTOBERFEST KONG PONG TOURNEY

presented by Yuengling Lager

Friday, October 8 | 7 p.m.

Oktoberfest Arena

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 & Sports Pub in Bethlehem for the team that wins the tournament!

Email Anthony DeSanctis at adesanctis@artsquest.org to register your two 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 at 11:59 p.m. on Oct 6.

Partner
Yuengling Mollys Bethlehem

 

Music

PNC Plaza

PNC Plaza
5-10 p.m. | Polkadelphia
7:30-8:45 p.m. | GTV Almrausch Schuhplattlers

Hofbräu Biergarten
6:30-8 p.m. | Life After Dead

Samuel Adams/Dogfish Head Biergarten
8-10 p.m. | Stefanie Johnson Band

Brewmasters Biergarten
5:30-6:30 p.m. | Kendal Conrad

Yuengling Biergarten:
6:30-8 p.m. | Billy Bauer and Chris Lorenzetti

Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks
7 p.m. | The Renaissance Orchestra

Saturday, October 9

THE OKTOBERFEST WIENER DOG PARADE

Saturday, October 2 | 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 3 | 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 9 | 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 10 | 12:30 p.m.
Oktoberfest Arena

Beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Oktoberfest Arena at the PNC Plaza each Saturday and Sunday, pups donning their favorite costume or simply trotting as they are could be elected President or Chancellor of the parade! There will be prizes and there will be adorableness. The parade is free to participate, and no pre-registration is required. You can sign up your dog on the day of the parade beginning at 12pm at the Oktoberfest Arena.

 

THE OKTOBERFEST WIENER DOG RACES

Saturday, October 2 | 1:30, 3, and 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 3 | 1:30 and 3 p.m.
Saturday, October 9 | 1:30, 3, and 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 10 | 1:30 p.m.

Oktoberfest Arena

On your bark! Get set! Register! The annual running of the wiener dogs is back at Oktoberfest, kicking off at 1:30 p.m. Race registration fee is $20 per dachshund, pre-registered dogs receive a doggie bag featuring pet-themed gifts and special prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Races will occur Saturdays at 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., with the exception of Oct. 10, which will have just one 1:30 p.m. race.

Check in will begin 30 minutes prior to your race start time and end 10 minutes before your race start time. Ticket sales for races will close 30 minutes prior to the start of the race. To register, visit steelstacks.org/Oktoberfest.

Saturday, October 2

Register 1:30 p.m. Race

Register for 3 p.m. Race

Register for 4:30 p.m. Race

Sunday, October 3

Register for 1:30 p.m. Race

Register for 3 p.m. Race

Saturday, October 9

Register for 1:30 p.m. Race

Register for 3 p.m. Race

Register for 4:30 p.m. Race

Sunday, October 10
Register for 1:30 p.m. Race

 

 

DRAGTOBERFEST

presented by Jack Daniel’s

Saturday, October 2 & 9 | 8:30 p.m.

Oktoberfest Arena

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

Directed by Elektra Fearce St. James, Dragtoberfest will also feature fellow Golden Girls Drag Show castmates Sharon Ann Husbands and Georgia Versace Couture, along with some special guests!

Partner
Jack Daniel's

 

Music

PNC Plaza
12-8 p.m. | Polkadelphia
12-6:30 p.m. | GTV Almrausch Schuhplattlers
12-6:15 p.m. | GTEV D’Lustigen Isartaler
12-4 p.m. | United German Hungarians

Hofbräu Biergarten
3-4 | Big Bone Daddy
4:30-5:30 | Big Bone Daddy

Samuel Adams/Dogfish Head Biergarten
2-3 p.m. | John Stevens Polka Band
5:30-7 p.m. | Alex Radus Trio
8-9 p.m. | This Way to the Egress

Brewmasters Biergarten
2-3 p.m. | aGirl & aGuy
6-7 p.m. | Starting Tomorrow
8-9 p.m. | Starting Tomorrow

Yuengling Biergarten:
12-1:30 p.m. | The ColourSound
7-8 p.m. | Will Kiss Band
9-10 p.m. | The Wonton Soups

Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks
6 p.m. | Vanessa Collier

Sunday, October 10

THE OKTOBERFEST WIENER DOG PARADE

Saturday, October 2 | 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 3 | 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 9 | 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 10 | 12:30 p.m.
Oktoberfest Arena

Beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Oktoberfest Arena at the PNC Plaza each Saturday and Sunday, pups donning their favorite costume or simply trotting as they are could be elected President or Chancellor of the parade! There will be prizes and there will be adorableness. The parade is free to participate, and no pre-registration is required. You can sign up your dog on the day of the parade beginning at 12pm at the Oktoberfest Arena.

 

THE OKTOBERFEST WIENER DOG RACES

Saturday, October 2 | 1:30, 3, and 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 3 | 1:30 and 3 p.m.
Saturday, October 9 | 1:30, 3, and 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 10 | 1:30 p.m.

Oktoberfest Arena

On your bark! Get set! Register! The annual running of the wiener dogs is back at Oktoberfest, kicking off at 1:30 p.m. Race registration fee is $20 per dachshund, pre-registered dogs receive a doggie bag featuring pet-themed gifts and special prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Races will occur Saturdays at 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., with the exception of Oct. 10, which will have just one 1:30 p.m. race.

Check in will begin 30 minutes prior to your race start time and end 10 minutes before your race start time. Ticket sales for races will close 30 minutes prior to the start of the race. To register, visit steelstacks.org/Oktoberfest.

Saturday, October 2

Register 1:30 p.m. Race

Register for 3 p.m. Race

Register for 4:30 p.m. Race

Sunday, October 3

Register for 1:30 p.m. Race

Register for 3 p.m. Race

Saturday, October 9

Register for 1:30 p.m. Race

Register for 3 p.m. Race

Register for 4:30 p.m. Race

Sunday, October 10
Register for 1:30 p.m. Race

 

THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE STEINHOLDING CHAMPIONSHIP

produced in partnership with the US Steinholding Association

Semi-finals: Oct. 3, 5 p.m.
Finals: Oct. 10, 3 p.m.

After years of raising steins and sweating out the minutes, we’ve made it official – our Steinholding Championship is now the official Pennsylvania State Steinholding Championship!

In addition to being able to tell everyone that they are state champions, the man and woman who win our contest will each receive a check for $500!

To qualify for the state championship on Oct. 10, you must first qualify for the semi-finals on Oct. 3. Here are the ways you could do that:

  • Via Qualifying Round Competitions held throughout the area in the weeks leading up to Oktoberfest (go to ussteinholding.com to find out where those are).
  • By posting one of the best times at Spielplatz, our gaming area, during the first weekend of Oktoberfest.

The competitions will observe the US Steinholding Association’s official rules. So make sure to study up as we’re not messing around. Cash and glory are on the line!

 

Music

PNC Plaza
12-8 p.m. | Polkadelphia
12-6 p.m. | GTV Almrausch Schuhplattlers
12-6 p.m. | GTEV D’Lustigen Isartaler

Hofbräu Biergarten
12-1:30 p.m. | All the King’s Men: A Jolly Joe Timmer Tribute
3-4 p.m. | The BriTles

Samuel Adams/Dogfish Head Biergarten
2-3 p.m. | Ricky and the Rebels
4:30-6 p.m. | Honey & Nutz

Brewmasters Biergarten
1:30-3 p.m. | Pentley Holmes
4:30-5:30 p.m. | The Castaway Band

Yuengling Biergarten
12-1:30 p.m.| The Moondogs
3-4 p.m.| John Stevens Polka Band