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Celebrate Oktoberfest at Frankford Hall

Stephen Starr is making Oktoberfest into a family friendly celebration.

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Frankford Hall

Alison Neff, 33 grabs her beer at Frankford Hall in Fishtown. (Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer )
Alison Neff, 33 grabs her beer at Frankford Hall in Fishtown. (Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer )

Stephen Starr is making Oktoberfest into a family friendly celebration.

The local restaurateur is putting on two weeks worth of events that are fun for both the young and old. This calendar of affairs, happening in and around Frankford Hall (1210 Frankford Ave.), will kick off on Saturday, September 14 and will end on Friday, September 27.

The biggest event happens on Saturday, September 21 when Frankford Hall will host an massive, all-day block party that will feature various food stations, including fare from Starr’s neighboring restaurant Fette Sau, various beer tents pouring Hofbrau and Paulaner, as well as carnival games, pony rides, music and much more.

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Check out the full schedule of events below:

Sat., Sept. 14 – Sun., Sept. 15, Noon – 3 PM

Kids are invited to eat free classic burgers and frankfurters

Mon., Sept. 16 – Thurs., Sept. 19, 4 PM - close
Happy hour pricing featuring $5 1/2 liter drafts, $10 liter drafts, $6 warm Bavarian pretzel with any draft beer and $8 choice of one sausage with 1/2 liter of any draft beer.
 
Mon., Sept. 16, 8 PM
Frankford Hall’s first Oktoberfest Ping Pong Tournament. Go head to head with your family and friends to compete for giveaways and a special grand prize. No advance sign up required, but spots will be limited so get there early.
 
Tues., Sept. 17, 7 - 10 PM
Jumbling Towers Tournament. This elimination tournament will feature different rules each round with the goal remaining the same: don’t knock your tower down! As the rounds [of drinks and competition] progress, the last contestant with a tower still standing will receive prizes during the special prize round. The evening will feature giveaways from Paulaner Brewery.  No advance sign up required.
 
Wed., Sept. 18, 7:30 PM
There will be a special release party for the Frankford Hall beer brewed by Yards Brewing Company. Philadelphia’s renowned microbrewery will debut a German Pale Ale using German hops and malts and guests can try it here first. As they sip, patrons are also encouraged to enjoy “Oktoberfest Beer Nerd Nite”— a spirited, academic evening with a lecture all about beer.

Thurs., Sept. 19, 7 - 10 PM
Shiner Oktoberfest Beer will help Frankford Hall host a Stein Holding Competition with special stein giveaways. Every 30 minutes attendees will be invited to rise and stein –or stand up gripping their steins filled with water for as long as they can hold it— and contestants have the chance to take home the gold: a shiner portable cooler filled with a case of beer.
 
Fri., Sept. 20, 4 - 7 PM  
Happy hour pricing featuring $5 1/2 liter drafts, $10 liter drafts, $6 warm bavarian pretzel with any draft beer and $8 choice of one sausage with 1/2 liter of any draft beer. German Pop Band, the JaJaJa’s will perform live music in the garden.
 
Sat., Sept. 21, Noon - 10 PM
The Oktoberfest Street Festival and Ceremonial Keg Tapping takes over Frankford Avenue between Girard and Shakamaxon Streets for 10 hours, featuring beer tents presented by German breweries Hofbrau and Paulaner.
 
Hofbrau and Paulaner will each be pouring their own Oktoberfest and Heffeweizen. Hacker Pschorr will serve their Weiss-Dark.  Victory Brewing will be in attendance with their “Brew Pub on Wheels,” that features taps, pouring Festbier, Zeltbier, and Headwaters Pale Ale.  Local favorite, Yards will be pouring two of their beers, along with American takes on Oktoberfest beers from Great Lakes and Shiner.
 
Frankford Hall food stations will serve bauernwurst and bratwurst, and warm Bavarian pretzels.  Full menu will be available inside Frankford Hall.
 
Stephen Starr’s Fette Sau will be offering 3 Sly Fox Beers on tap (PA Swanky, Oktoberfest, and Rt 113) along with burnt end BBQ sandwiches and smoked corn on the cob
 
Additional festival offerings include a family area in the nearby dog park with pony rides, carnival games and rides, balloon artists and music provided by the Ja Ja Jas.
 
Sun., Sept. 22, Noon - 3 PM
Kid-toberfest.  Why should the grown-ups have all the fun? Frankford Hall is partnering with Smith Playground to offer a day packed with entertainment for the kids, including face painting, balloon artists and other entertaining activities. Kids will eat free classic burgers and frankfurters.
 
Mon., Sept. 23, 7 - 9 PM  
Spaten Brewery Representatives will visit Frankford Hall with giveaways for the guests and $5 Half Liters of Spaten Beers will be offered.
 
Tues., Sept. 24, 7 - 9 PM
Hacker Pschorr Brewery Representatives will visit Frankford Hall with giveaways for the guests and $5 Half Liters of Hacker Beers will be offered.
 
Wed., Sept. 25, 7 – 9 PM
Victory Keg Preview Party - Victory Brewery Representatives will visit Frankford Hall with giveaways for the guests and $5 Half Liters of Victory Beers will be offered. Victory will preview their new seasonal beer.
 
Thurs., Sept. 26 & Fri., Sept. 27, 4 - 7 PM
Happy hour pricing featuring $5 1/2 liter drafts, $10 liter drafts, $6 warm Bavarian pretzel with any draft beer and $8 choice of one sausage with 1/2 liter of any draft beer.

Gabrielle Bonghi Philly.com
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