German / Northeast Philadelphia

Cannstatter’s 144th Labor Day Weekend Volksfest September 3–5

Volksfest 2016 at Cannstatter Philadelphia

The Philadelphia region’s largest and nation’s oldest German festival is back!

Attended annually by 12,000 visitors, this year’s Cannstatter Labor Day Weekend Volksfest will be another “Biergarten Extravaganza” that will not disappoint.

The event is open to the public. Cannstatter’s Park will be open from 12:00 to 10:00 PM on Saturday 9/3 and Sunday 9/4 and from 12:00 to 8:00 PM on Monday 9/5.

Held every year since 1873, the Cannstatter Volksfest is a Labor Day Weekend tradition celebrated by generations of Philadelphians. Visitors enjoy the notoriously great German and American beers and wines. A wide range of authentic German food will be available such as Bratwurst, Leberkaese, Schnitzel, Maultaschen and Kassler Rippchen.

The less adventurous will find tasty American staples such as burgers, dogs, fries, grilled chicken and potato pancakes. Bands playing German and American party tunes will offer nonstop live musical entertainment. Fans of Lederhosen and Dirndls will love the traditional folk dance performances.

The family-friendly environment has plenty of exciting rides for kids of all ages. Over 30 vendors offer a wide range of locally sourced and imported German crafts, authentic clothing and gifts.

The Cannstatter’s iconic 3-story tall “fruit column” will once again be lovingly decorated with real fruits and vegetables. The column, which celebrates the bounty of the year, takes over a week to build by countless volunteers and is always an amazing sight to behold. The tradition started in Germany in 1818 and was brought to America by club founders such as Godfrey Keebler (Keebler Cookies) and Christian Schmidt (Schmidt Brewery). We proudly continue the tradition today.

The Volksfest is the primary fundraiser for the Cannstatter Volksfest Verein. All proceeds from the event benefit the club and especially the wide range of local organizations, charities and causes that the club supports.

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