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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Will there be restroom facilities on-site?
YES. We will have portable restroom facilities on-site.
- 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.
- What if it rains?
Choctoberfest is a RAIN or SHINE event. We hope for shine.
- Where can I get more information?
Visit DowntownHershey.com for our entertainment lineup and more information.
- 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
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.
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.
Peanut Brittle is still made the old fashioned way by our parents and Grove’s Peanut Brittle has been thriving for 60 years.
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..
Enjoy “Almost Famous” Sandwiches alongside other Primanti favorites.
Carefully crafted authentic Latin food made fresh on the spot.
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 DowntownHershey.com for the full entertainment lineup and list of participating breweries. See you Saturday in ChocolateTown Square!
Thank you to our sponsors!