Choctoberfest 2017

Hershey's Sweetest New Fall Tradition Saturday October 14

The 3rd annual Choctoberfest will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 12:00 – 6:00 pm in ChocolateTown Square Park, located on the corner of Chocolate and Cocoa Avenues in Downtown Hershey. This family friendly fall festival features great live music, local craft beer, chocolate, and delicious food from downtown restaurants, and offers an array of family and children’s activities. Choctoberfest is free and open to the public, with food and beverages available for purchase. Check back often for the latest in the event lineup.

Bands


12:30 pm – No Last Call Street Band
1:45 pm – Conrad Fisher Band
3:15 pm – Erica Lyn Everest Band
5:00 pm – Girls, Guns & Glory

Beers (and Cider and Wine)
The following breweries will be pouring onsite:  Tattered Flag Brewery, Olivero’s Vineyard, Troegs Brewing Company, The Vineyard at Hershey, St. Boniface Craft Brewing Co, and Howling Henry’s Brewery, LLC

Bites
Some of Hershey’s favorite restaurants and food vendors will be serving up their specialties: The Pantry Café at The Hershey Story, Feniccis of Hershey, and the Chocolate Avenue Grill & Smoked Bar & Grill.

 

Chocolate
Chocolate from The Hershey Company, Scharffen Berger, Dagoba, Small Town Fudge, Grove’s Brittle Works, Rogue Popcorn, Gourmet Popcorn of Carlisle, and Chocolates by Tina Marie.

Choctoberfest 2016 Chocolates

 

Family and Children’s Activities
Pumpkin Painting & Bag Decorating – First United Methodist Church
Puppets – Derry Presbyterian 
Hershey Characters – Chocolate World
Games – St. Joan of Arc School
Kiss Wrapping – The Hershey Story
Face Painting – Hershey Presbyterian Church
Rascal – Harrisburg Senators Baseball
24′ Inflatable Obstacle Course – Big Bright Bounce Houses

About the Bands

No Last Call (NLC) is a crazy, madcap “hit-and-run” band with a big brass sound and driving percussion, which dedicates itself to spontaneity, fun and audience participation. Affectionately referred to as the “grooviest, hippest, most dangerous street band Harrisburg has ever seen” by “The Vibe”, Central Pennsylvania’s Friends of Jazz magazine, NLC is a street band that delivers music, fun and energy in a way you have likely never experienced.

With a bucket and a banner, No Last Call loves to perform without warning on random corners in area communities. The band has performed in many local parades (Dillsburg Farmers’ Fair Parade, Palmyra Memorial Day Parade, Harrisburg Holiday Parade, Harrisburg St. Paddy’s Day Parade), at community events such as Hershey’s Art on Chocolate Festival, Hummelstown 250Th Anniversary Celebration, Palmyra’s 250th Anniversary Celebration, Hampton Township’s Family night, Dauphin County’s 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and many of Harrisburg’s ongoing events including its annual Marathon, Gallery Walk, Kipona and Arts Festivals and at local wineries and breweries.  

No Last Call has about 30 all-volunteer musicians of varying backgrounds and abilities, including former music educators and former high school and college players. The band plays marching band arrangements of Top 40 songs of all vintages.

No Last Call was formed in 2009 by two area trumpet players, Doug Wilburne of Hummelstown, a former Penn State Blue Band member and Ted Reese of Harrisburg, a former West Shoremen Drum and Bugle Corp member. The band is under the direction of Brant Kenney of Mechanicsburg.

Erica Lyn Everest is a 29 year old jazz – blues singer from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  She has been singing in church as well as professionally since she was a little girl. Inspired by jazz singers, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday in her early teens, Erica was the lead singer of PA Friends of Jazz for several years while she was in high school.  She was the winner of Lebanon Idol in 2012, and is often compared to Amy Winehouse and Adele.  Erica performs for many large events, festivals, fundraisers, political, events, private parties, galas, and is always playing on the weekends somewhere!

Conrad Fisher is an energetic old soul who plays music steeped in Americana roots. He is passionate about writing and performing songs that tell stories, lift spirits, and express American thought and life. Conrad’s musical influences are Willie Nelson, John Prine, Johnny Cash, Hymns of the church, Merle Haggard, and Don Williams. He takes song writing seriously and has become intentional about sharpening this skill. His goal is to be a part of the creation of good music whether it is through writing, performing, recording, sweeping the broom closet, or promoting others.

Boston’s rising stars Girls, Guns and Glory have been making a name for themselves through relentless touring (about 200 gigs a year worldwide), the release of five critically acclaimed records, a slew of awards, including being the Boston Music Awards first act of its genre to win Act of the Year, and international awards (Independent Artist of the Year at the French Country Music Awards). The band has also been named one of the top “100 Americana Albums of 2014” by the AMA and as one Rolling Stone’s “Top 10 New Artist’s You Need To Know.”

No Last Call (NLC) is a crazy, madcap “hit-and-run” band with a big brass sound and driving percussion, which dedicates itself to spontaneity, fun and audience participation. Affectionately referred to as the “grooviest, hippest, most dangerous street band Harrisburg has ever seen” by “The Vibe”, Central Pennsylvania’s Friends of Jazz magazine, NLC is a street band that delivers music, fun and energy in a way you have likely never experienced.

With a bucket and a banner, No Last Call loves to perform without warning on random corners in area communities. The band has performed in many local parades (Dillsburg Farmers’ Fair Parade, Palmyra Memorial Day Parade, Harrisburg Holiday Parade, Harrisburg St. Paddy’s Day Parade), at community events such as Hershey’s Art on Chocolate Festival, Hummelstown 250Th Anniversary Celebration, Palmyra’s 250th Anniversary Celebration, Hampton Township’s Family night, Dauphin County’s 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and many of Harrisburg’s ongoing events including its annual Marathon, Gallery Walk, Kipona and Arts Festivals and at local wineries and breweries.  

No Last Call has about 30 all-volunteer musicians of varying backgrounds and abilities, including former music educators and former high school and college players. The band plays marching band arrangements of Top 40 songs of all vintages.

No Last Call was formed in 2009 by two area trumpet players, Doug Wilburne of Hummelstown, a former Penn State Blue Band member and Ted Reese of Harrisburg, a former West Shoremen Drum and Bugle Corp member. The band is under the direction of Brant Kenney of Mechanicsburg.

We need your help! Choctoberfest would not be possible without the exceptional Downtown Hershey volunteers, and you can be part of that team! Sign up here to assist at this exciting event!

ChocolateTown Square
Hershey 17033 PA US
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Saturday, October 14th 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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