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Event Preview | Reading Liederkranz Oktoberfest

Reading Liederkranz
Dan Bortz
Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

It’s that time of year again! Something about fall makes it perfect for drinking an amber lager and listening to beerhall music among several thousand of your closest friends. For many, making the trip to Munich for Oktoberfest may be a financial or logistical impossibility, but there is still hope! The Oktoberfest at the Reading Liederkranz in Reading, Pennsylvania, aims to recreate those traditions and warm, cozy feelings of Gemütlichket right here on the East Coast.

The Reading Liederkranz is a German heritage club with roots reaching back to 1885, and they are proud to uphold German language, culture and sports. They host several events throughout the year, including Chistkindlmarkt at Christmas, Karneval in the spring, and their most popular: Oktoberfest.

Over 30,000 people flock to this party every year, so there must be something to it! Oktoberfest will be held from September 28 through October 2, and there will be fun and entertainment available for everyone aged 1-100 The full schedule of events is available HERE!

Check out this video that was created by students at nearby Kutztown University!

Food and Drink

If you are a fan of hearty fare, you’ll be in for a treat. The Reading Liederkranz serves up a huge variety of German specialties, including bratwurst, knockwurst, goulash, fried Brie and more! For those with a sweet tooth, there will be a selection of cakes, pies, and strudel available as well.

Since it wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without a cold beer, the Liederkranz keeps plenty of brews on hand. Pints and pitchers of German imports, domestic macro beers, and a few American craft beers (Complete list below) will be served from several different stands throughout the festival grounds. For the non-beer-drinker in your life, wine and soft drinks will also be available.

Admission

The price of admission is $8 per adult (21 and older). Anyone under 21 may enter for free. There is no advance ticketing for this event, so simply pay at the gate when you arrive.

Parking

Parking at the Liederkranz itself is extremely limited, so you may want to proceed directly to one of the two satellite parking locations. From these parking lots, you can take a free shuttle to Oktoberfest.

  • Reading Liederkranz: 143 Spook Ln, Reading, PA 19606
  • Berks County Fields Parking Lot: 2646 Hill Rd, Reading, PA 19606
  • Antietam Valley Rec Center Parking Lot: 905 Byram St, Reading, PA 19606

Complete Tap List

  • Spaten Oktoberfest
  • Spaten Lager
  • 
SpatenOptimator

  • Franziskaner Weissbier
  • 
Franziskaner Dunkle 
  • Budweiser
  • Goose IPA

  • Erdinger Oktoberfest
  • Andechs Oktoberfest
  • Andechs Dopplebock
  • Stella Artois
  • Das Schwarze

  • Miller Lite
  • Yuengling Lager
  • Stoudts Oktoberfest
  • Stella Cidre
  • Hoegaarden
  • New Belgium Fat Tire
  • New Belgium Pumpkick
  • New Belgium Ranger
  • New Belgium Citradelic
  • New Belgium Snap Shot
  • Schofferhofer
  • Hofbräu

  • Hofbräu Oktoberfest
  • Warsteiner

  • Warsteiner Oktoberfest
  • König Ludwig
  • Radenberger
  • Weihenstephan Lager
  • Weihenstephan Oktoberfest
  • Hacker-Pschorr Lager
  • Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest
  • Ayinger Celebrator
  • Ayinger Oktoberfest
  • Dinkelacker Oktoberfest
  • Dinkelacker Pils

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