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The German celebration Maifest coming back to South Street

Fans of German food and, especially, beer won’t have to wait until Oktoberfest to get their fix.

Brauhaus Schmitz will host its 11th annual Maifest spring festival and block party on Saturday, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. along the 700 block of South Street in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia’s premiere German restaurant and beer hall will close down South Street for an all-ages celebration that will feature authentic German culture, live music, food and of course, plenty of beer.

The festivities will include Pennsylvania’s largest Maypole, performances by Die Heimatklange Band and United German Hungarian Dance group, Liter Lift Competition, a Pig Roast, face painting, flower crowns, key tapping, games and fun for the whole family. The all-day outdoor block party is free to attend, with food and drink pay as you go.

“Brauhaus Schmitz is proud to bring this tradition to the heart of Philadelphia’s South Street district for an unforgettable day of fun and merriment,” said Brauhaus Schmitz owner Doug Hager. “Our block party has become a cherished tradition for locals and visitors alike, and we can’t wait to celebrate with South Street and our community. Come raise a liter with us under the giant Maypole.”

VIP tickets are also available for $100 and include food, drink and access to the Brauer Bund where you will find seating, private bathroom, an extensive German food buffet and TVs to catch sporting events of the day and the Kentucky Derby. For more information, visit or follow Brauhaus Schmitz on social media for event updates and announcements.

This one-day block-buster festival returns every first Saturday of May and draws over 10,000 people who fill South Street and inside Brauhaus Schmitz.

Festivities for the day will include:

Live Music: From 1:30 to 6 p.m., enjoy the sounds of traditional German oompah songs as well as party hits performed by Brauhaus regulars, Die Heimatklange Band.

Entertainment: Be sure to catch the United German Hungarian Dance group as members perform traditional folk dances around Philadelphia’s tallest Maypole.

Liter lift competition: At 1 p.m., come cheer on 20 of Philadelphia’s strongest men and women as they compete to see who can hold a liter of beer up the longest and secure a spot in the national championship in NYC.

Keg tapping: Join the Brahaus family and raise a stein for the annual key tapping at 1:30 p.m. with Hager and his family and key staff to kick off the day’s festivities.

Delicious food: Indulge in mouthwatering German fare including pig roast, bratwurst, pretzels, schnitzel, sauerkraut, potato salad and more.

German beer: Toast to the season with an extensive selection of 10 different German beers, including refreshing lagers, flavorful wheat beers, and crisp pilsners and cider. Plus don’t forget to bring your squad to share a Schnapsski.

Family-friendly activities: Bring the whole family for games, face painting, flower crown, dancing and other activities suitable for all ages.

Source: Berkshire mont

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