Choctoberfest is almost here!

It’s the best time of the year; the leaves are turning, the air is cooler, and oh yeah, it’s time for Choctoberfest! It’s a great day to enjoy bands, beers, bites, and chocolate. Join us on October 14 in Chocolatetown Square Park for fantastic food, drinks, and music! We’ll also have an array of family and children’s activities.

12:30 pm – No Last Call Street Band
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.

1:45 pm – Conrad Fisher Band

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.

3:15 pm –  Erica Lyn Everest Band

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!

5:00 pm – Girls, Guns & Glory

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 Artists You Need To Know.”


The following breweries will be pouring onsite:  Troegs Independent Brewing, St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company, Tattered Flag Brewery, and Howling Henry’s. We’ll also have cider from The Vineyard at Hershey and wines from Olivero’s Vineyard.


Some of Hershey’s favorite restaurants and food vendors will be serving up their specialties:  Houlihan’s, Hershey Biergarten, The Mill in Hershey, The Pantry Café at The Hershey Story, Feniccis of Hershey, Chocolate Avenue Grill, and Smoked Bar & Grill. We’ll also have snacks from Rogue Popcorn and Gourmet Popcorn of Carlisle.


Chocolate from The Hershey Company, Scharffen Berger, Small Town Fudge, Grove’s Brittle Works, and Chocolates by Tina Marie.

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!


14th Annual Hershey Partnership’s Soup Cook-Off Saturday

October 14, 2017

While you’re at Choctoberfest, consider stopping by the Hershey Partnership’s Soup Cook-Off, which will be taking place from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Hershey Volunteer Fire Company, adjacent to ChocolateTown Square Park.

The public is invited to attend and sample a wonderful variety of soups prepared by 30-50 local chefs. A donation of $12 is requested of adults at the door ( $10 if purchased in advance online)  and $5 for children 10 and under. You’ll be able to sample the soups and vote for your favorites in each category.