Celebrate Spring the German Way: Maifest Returns to South Street with a Day of Authentic Fun!

Maifest Returns to South StreetSubmitted Image, Photo by Hughe Dillon

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Embrace the warmth and joy of spring at the 11th Annual Maifest, hosted by Brauhaus Schmitz, Philadelphia’s premier German restaurant and beer hall. This vibrant celebration brings the spirit of traditional German festivities to the heart of Philadelphia on Saturday, May 4, 2024, from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. Revelers are invited to the 700 block of South Street for an unforgettable day of music, dance, mouthwatering cuisine, and, of course, a fantastic selection of German beers.

Maifest, a cherished celebration marking the arrival of spring, has become a staple in Philadelphia, drawing over 10,000 people each year. The festival promises a day packed with authentic German culture, from Pennsylvania’s tallest Maypole to live performances that will make you feel as though you’ve stepped into a lively German village.

A Day of Exhilarating Festivities
  • Live Music: Get ready to sway, dance, and sing along from 1:30 pm to 6:00 pm with Die Heimatklange Band, delivering a mix of traditional German oompah tunes and festive party hits.
  • Dazzling Entertainment: Witness the grace and tradition of the United German Hungarian Dance group as they perform around the magnificent Maypole, showcasing folk dances passed down through generations.
  • Liter Lift Competition: Cheer on Philadelphia’s strongest at 1:00 pm as they vie for the title in the thrilling Liter Lift Competition, a test of strength, endurance, and beer-loving spirit.
  • Keg Tapping Ceremony: Don’t miss the ceremonial keg tapping at 1:30 pm, a beloved Maifest tradition that officially kicks off the day’s celebrations.
  • Authentic German Cuisine: Feast on an array of German delicacies, including a savory Pig Roast, bratwurst, pretzels, schnitzel, and more, prepared to perfection by Brauhaus Schmitz.
  • German Bier Galore: Raise a stein and toast to spring with an extensive selection of German beers, from refreshing lagers and wheat beers to crisp pilsners and ciders. And for those looking for a shared experience, the Schnapsski awaits!
  • Family Fun: Maifest is a family affair! Enjoy a plethora of activities suitable for all ages, including games, face painting, flower crown making, and dancing.
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Exclusive VIP Experience

For those seeking an elevated Maifest experience, VIP tickets are available for $100. VIP guests will enjoy access to the Brauer Bund, featuring comfortable seating, private bathrooms, an extensive German Food Buffet, and TVs to catch the day’s sporting events, including the Kentucky Derby.

Admission to the Maifest Block Party is complimentary, with food and beverages available for purchase. The event promises to be a rain or shine extravaganza, ensuring that the joy of spring and German culture can be fully embraced by everyone.

Mark your calendars and join Brauhaus Schmitz for a day filled with laughter, tradition, and the best of German hospitality. Whether you’re of German descent or simply a lover of good food, great beer, and lively festivals, Maifest on South Street is the place to welcome spring in style!

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