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 Saturday, October 14, from 12- 6pm in ChocolateTown Square Park for fantastic food, drinks, and music! We’ll also have an array of family and children’s activities.
Planning to come? Here are a few things you should know:
- Choctoberfest is free and open to the public, with food and beverages available for purchase. No BYOB, please. Remember to bring cash as not all vendors will be able to accept credit cards.
- There will be no road closures associated with this event. Parking will be available in the Downtown Hershey parking garage at the corner of Chocolate Avenue and Linden Road, as well as the Hershey Theater parking lot and South Lot at the corner of Chocolate Avenue and Homestead Road. Handicapped parking only for Choctoberfest and the Hershey Partnership’s soup cookoff will be available in the lot adjacent to the fire department on West Caracas Avenue.
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, Boneshire Brew Works, Ever Grain Brewing Company. 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 Hershey Pantry, Feniccis of Hershey, Chocolate Avenue Grill, and Smoked Bar & Grill. We’ll also have snacks from Duck Donuts, Rogue Popcorn and Gourmet Popcorn of Carlisle.
Chocolate from The Hershey Company, Scharffen Berger, Small Town Fudge, Chocolate Moonshine, Grove’s Candies, and Chocolates by Tina Marie.
Make sure to check out all of the great Children activities happening at Choctoberfest!
Pumpkin Painting with First United Methodist Church
Bag decorating with First United Methodist Church
Puppets with Derry Presbyterian Church
Games with The St. Joan of Arc School
Face painting with Hershey Presbyterian Church
Kiss wrapping activity with The Hershey Story
Rascal with Harrisburg Senators Baseball
Inflatable Obstacle course