The 4th annual Choctoberfest will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. 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 food and event lineup.
Choctoberfest 2018 FAQs
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.
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!
Check out the Lineup!
Clyde Wrenn, Virginia (12:00 – 12:30)
Clyde Wrenn comes to us from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where his curious gift for songwriting first made itself known. Clyde’s sound reveals the Appalachian roots of the author, but his music would not be classified as folk, country or bluegrass. There are traditional components here as well as current and maybe futuristic ones. The result is work that is timeless in its relevancy, rich in style, devoid of any apparent awareness of today’s trends, tomorrow’s garbage. The material is uncompromisingly pure. Clyde’s matchless voice soars beautifully through tales of star-crossed lovers, betrayal, ghosts. The effect is at once mesmerizing and a little uncomfortable. Attempts at comparison have included mention of Wilco, Nick Drake, Paul Westerberg, and the late Jeff Buckley.
Hockersville Station, Hershey, PA (1:00 – 2:00)
Hockersville Station is a six piece band from Central PA. The band plays honest, straightforward rock and roll with a hint of twang.
John Rossey, Harrisburg, PA (2:15-2:45)
John Rossey is a singer songwriter from Harrisburg, PA. He cut his teeth in gospel churches of Central PA. As a member of mountain road and cold spring union he developed his flat picking blues guitar style. Inspired by musicians such as Jason Isbell, Sturgil Simpson, Dawes, Lucero, ect.. he strives to create music in the same vein.
Funktion, Harrisburg, PA (3:30-4:00)
Funktion was formed in 2007 with one main goal…Bringing the Funk, The Whole Funk and Nothing But The Funk! In that time, they have also played many other styles like Blues, Rock, R&B, Reggae, Jazz, Latin and even Country. Funktion turns every Party, Club or Event into a great time for everyone! They seamlessly blend all styles into their own brand of a truly live show.
RFA, Philadelphia, PA (4:45 – 6:00)
RFA is a four-piece garage rock and roll band from Philadelphia, PA. The strapping young quartet formed out of a couple of lunch table conversations about Elvis, The Rolling Stones and The Strokes while its members were just sophomores in high school attending St. Joseph’s Prep in North Philadelphia. All four of the guys—Dan Cousart (vox/guitar), Christian Turzo (lead guitar), Brendan McHale (bass/vocals), and Alec Powell (drums)—met at auditions for the school “rock band” and quickly hit it off, bonding over their shared love of stripped down rock and roll music and a ravenous hunger to perform in front of an audience. They played together in various bands throughout high school before finally coming together in their current incarnation when all four members moved to Philadelphia for college.
The band, in good rock and roll fashion, immediately plunged into the Philadelphia music scene head first, cutting their teeth playing countless shows in damp basements and small clubs, all the while honing their skills night after night and captivating whoever was lucky enough to experience one of their infamously raucous shows. Three years later with two EP’s a new single, two national tours, a film soundtrack, and countless hours of relentless, sweaty performances under their collective belt, the group is tighter than ever and anxious to preach their unique take on the rock and roll gospel to all that will listen—these four guys have something to say, and are going to say it the only way they know how: loud, proud, and with a shot of rye whisky for good measure.
Beers (and Cider and Wine)
The following breweries will be pouring on site: Troegs Brewing Company, Tattered Flag, Mount Gretna Craft Brewery, Rubber Soul Brewing Company, Ever Grain Brewing Company, Boneshire Brew Works, St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company, and Iron Hill Brewery. Wine and spirits will also be provided by Olivero’s Vineyard, Theobald & Oppenheimer, and The Vineyard at Hershey.
Delicious food will be available for purchase from Chocolate Avenue Grill and Smoked Bar & Grille, The Pantry Cafe, The Mill in Hershey, Devon Seafood Grill, Houlihan’s, Primanti Bros., and Fuego Latino.
We’ll also have artisan chocolates and craft food products from local vendors like Small Town Fudge, Chocolates by Tina Marie, and Rogue Popcorn in addition to Chocolate Moonshine.
Family and Children’s Activities
Family friendly activities will include an inflatable obstacle course, face painting, fall crafts and games, the Kissmobile, and appearances by our Hershey’s characters and Rascal, the Senator’s mascot!
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 if you can give a few hours of time! Anyone who signs up to be a Trash Tender for two hours scores a free t-shirt!
Interested vendors can apply using the below links.