Bites, Chocolate, and Activities at Choctoberfest 2018

On October 20th, Choctoberfest returns, bringing refreshing beverages, infectious music, tasty bites, and luxurious chocolate to create the perfect seasonal event! We’re excited to share the 2018 food and artisan chocolate vendors, as well as the many family friendly activities planned for the day.


But first—here all the details and quick answers to your most pressing questions:


Choctoberfest 2018 FAQs

Who:  This is information for YOU and all of your friends and family members that will be coming to Choctoberfest this Saturday.

What:  Choctoberfest 2018

Where:  ChocolateTown Square. The event takes place in ChocolateTown Square Park, located on the southwest corner of Chocolate Avenue and Cocoa Avenue, and a portion of the parking lot adjacent to the Hershey Volunteer Fire Company, 21 West Caracas Avenue, Hershey, PA  17033.

When:  Saturday, October 20, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., RAIN OR SHINE

Why:  Bands, Beers, Bites, and Chocolate. Do you need another reason? Family activities like face painting, a bouncy obstacle course, bean bag toss, and more!

How:  Walk, bike, or drive to Choctoberfest this weekend!

We’re also providing answers to frequently asked questions and other helpful information:


  • Can I bring my dog?


YES! We welcome friendly pets at Choctoberfest, as long as they are accompanied by their responsible pet owners. NEW THIS YEAR: We’re pleased to share that we’ll have an expanded pet hospitality area available. Stop by our doggie bar for water, treats, and other supplies while they last.

  1. Where can I park?

The Downtown Hershey parking garage will be open and can be accessed from Chocolate Avenue via Linden Road. The surface parking lot at the corner of Homestead Road and Chocolate Avenue will also be available.

  1. What about handicapped parking?

We will have a limited number of handicapped parking spaces available in the Caracas Avenue lot adjacent to the fire station.

  1. Is there an ATM onsite?

Good question, as not all of our vendors are able to accept credit cards. We will not have an ATM onsite, but there are several banks in proximity to Choctoberfest that have ATMs available:

  • Wells Fargo, 27 Ridge Road, Hershey, 17033
  • BBT, 201 W. Chocolate Avenue, Hershey, 17033


  1. Will there be restroom facilities on-site?

YES. We will have portable restroom facilities on-site.

  1. How much does it cost?

Choctoberfest is free and open to the public, with food and beverages available for purchase. Remember, not all vendors are able to accept credit cards.

  1. What if it rains?

Choctoberfest is a RAIN or SHINE event. We hope for shine.  

  1. Where can I get more information?

Visit for our entertainment lineup and more information.

  1. This event sounds fun. Can I help?

YES! The Downtown Hershey Association is a non-profit, volunteer organization and we are always looking for people to join us! Check our volunteer sign-up sheet for open positions on the day of Choctoberfest, or stop by our Downtown Hershey information tent to learn more about how you can get involved. Anyone who signs up to be a trash tender for two hours at Choctoberfest scores a free t-shirt!


Artisan Chocolate and Craft Prepared Food

Chocolate Moonshine

Addictingly delicious, don’t miss the chance to try this gourmet fudge and chocolate fudge bars.

Small Town Fudge

Honest-to-goodness, old fashioned, premium fudge, kettle-cooked and hand paddled to a rich and creamy perfection.

Chocolates by Tina Marie

Artisan Chocolates made in small batches for the best taste.

Tanya’s Cookie Boutique

Delicious, decorative cookies with a fun holiday twist.

Rogue Popcorn

Fun and fresh popcorn in a multitude of whimsical flavors.

Rola’s Lebanese Food

A home baking business creating delicious Levante pastries.

The Beef Jerky Outlet

The best Jerky selection to satisfy all taste buds. Visit them at Choctoberfest and then stop by their store on West Chocolate Avenue for Grand Opening specials.

Grove’s Candies

Peanut Brittle is still made the old fashioned way by our parents and Grove’s Peanut Brittle has been thriving for 60 years.

Whoopie Pies

In true Central Pennsylvania fashion, experience more than 30 flavors of whimsical whoopie pies.

Bites Available at Choctoberfest

The Pantry Cafe

The Pantry Café will be featuring beer can pulled chicken sandwiches, turkey wraps, and assorted homemade desserts.

The Chocolate Avenue Grill and Smoked Bar & Grill

Two of Hershey’s favorites combine to give you sandwiches, smoked mac & cheese and hot dogs for the kids.

The Mill in Hershey

Experience autumnal beverages and savory food sure to warm you up.

Devon Seafood + Steak & Houlihan’s

These two Downtown Hershey favorites team up to offer you tastes from each restaurant..

Primanti Bros.

Enjoy  “Almost Famous” Sandwiches alongside other Primanti favorites.

Fuego Latino

Carefully crafted authentic Latin food made fresh on the spot.

Family Activities

Bouncy obstacle course

Face painting presented by the Hershey PCA

Hershey’s product characters

Chocolate demonstration presented by The Hershey Story

Senator’s mascot, Rascal, will be visiting from the Harrisburg Senators

Fall craft and pumpkin bean bag toss presented by St. Joan of Arc

Rock painting presented by First United Methodist Church

Sidewalk chalk presented by Life Church

Kids games presented Milton Hershey School

Puppet Show presented by Derry Presbyterian


Visit for the full entertainment lineup and list of participating breweries. See you Saturday in ChocolateTown Square!


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