about-hamburger-festivalIt’s just about time for the 12th Annual Taste of Hamburger Festival! Feel free to browse around… but be warned: you WILL get hungry. The Hamburger Festival takes place on September 5, 2015, from 10 am to 6 pm, in Hamburg, PA, situated in the beautiful foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. In 2014, our Hamburg-er Festival drew over 35,000 people from all over the east coast, and that’s because each year we beef up the festivities!

In fact, you really won’t want to miss this year’s festival. It will feature the 2015 Professional and Amateur Burger Eating Competitions! On top of that, you can expect over 30 hamburger stands, 5 stages of non-stop musical entertainment, numerous contests, children’s activities, local art and handmade crafts, and lots of other fun too! And to quench your thirst after eating all those burgers, stop by the Beer and Wine Patty-O or the Budweiser & Burgers Beer Garden. During the festival, visit the hospitality table at 335 State Street to pick up your festival program guide which lists all the participants and event schedules.

Pets

Festival committee members encourage pet owners to leave their pets at home. It is a long, hot day for our animal friends, and with the large crowds of attendees your pet may become apprehensive and respond with abnormal behavior. In addition, they are constantly surrounded by tempting foods and at times have been known to snatch a burger! But, pet lovers, please stop by the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue, the Pig Placement Rescue, and the One by One Inc. Cat Rescue tables to see how you can support our local animal welfare groups.

Parking

When you get to the festival, parking is available in three designated areas for a nominal fee of $5 which benefits the festival. The three areas are:  the Hamburg Field House at the rear of 127 South 4th Street, the Hamburg High School parking lot at 701 Windsor Street, and the lot between State Street and the Schuylkill River located at 137 Schuylkill Avenue. If you are arriving from the east via State Street, it’s best to use the Hamburg Field House parking lot. If arriving from the south via Rte 61, the Hamburg High School is your better choice. If arriving from the west via State Street, turn left directly after crossing the Schuylkill River bridge and someone will guide you to the lot.

We offer shuttle bus transportation from the Hamburg High School and the Hamburg Field House parking lots. The shuttle bus is not equipped to accommodate wheelchairs. (See Handicap Parking.)

If you would prefer to find your own free, on-street parking, we suggest that you get to the festival early because the spaces go quick!

Handicap Parking

Handicap parking is located at the Hamburg Field House parking lot on Pine Street (address is rear of 127 South 4th Street). There are several handicapped spaces available on this lot; however, it is two blocks away from the festival area.

Handicapped guests are welcome to be dropped off at the blocked intersections.

Enjoy your visit!

There is so much to do in and around the Hamburg area. If you are looking for area accommodations, attractions, events, shops and more, please visit our Hamburg website: www.hamburgpa.org.

We hope you enjoy the festival as much as we do. It’s truly a special time around Hamburg. Please have fun and leave full!

Directions to the festival:

From Route 61 traveling South
Turn left at Cabela Drive and Right at the T. Travel about a mile on Industrial Drive. When you get to the T with the red light take a left. Immediately after the river bridge, take a left and there is parking available at the Fastener Place. (either on the grass or at the stone driveway). Or, instead of turning left at Cabela Drive, travel further down Route 61 to the Hamburg exit at the traffic light where the Outten car dealership is located. Take a left to enter onto 4th Street. Travel North on 4th until you get to the festival area. Take a right onto Pine and parking is off of Pine Street on the right at the Hamburg Field House lot.

From Route 61 traveling North
Take the Hamburg exit off of Route 61. Remain on 4th Street until you reach the festival area. Take a right onto Pine and parking is off of Pine Street on the right at the Hamburg Field House lot.

From I78 traveling East
Take the 2nd Hamburg Exit – Exit 30 (Not the Cabela’s – Route 61 exit). Take a right at the exit ramp. Continue two blocks to Island Street. Take a right at Island and travel two block to the Hamburg Community Park.
OR
Take the 2nd Hamburg Exit – Exit 30 (Not the Cabela’s – Route 61 exit). Take a right at the exit ramp.
Travel approx. 3 – 4 blocks until you get to the festival area. Take a left onto State Street. Go past the Weis Markets and turn right onto Church. Go to the end of Church and take a left. Parking is off to your right.

From I78 traveling West
Take Hamburg exit # 30 off of I78. At top of ramp take a left. Continue two blocks to Island Street. Take a right at Island and travel two block to the Hamburg Community Park.
OR
Take the Hamburg Exit #30 Take a left at the exit ramp.
Travel approx. 3 – 4 blocks until you get to the festival area. Take a left onto State Street. Go past the Weis Markets and turn right onto Church. Go to the end of Church and take a left. Parking is off to your right.