About The Taste of Hamburger Festival
Feel free to browse around… but be warned: you WILL get hungry. The Hamburger Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 4, 2021, from 10 am to 6 pm, in Hamburg, PA, situated in the beautiful foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. This family fun event attracts people from all over the east coast and beyond, because each year we beef up the festivities!
In fact, you really won’t want to miss this year’s festival featuring the Burger Eating Competitions! On top of that, you can expect approximately 30 hamburger stands serving a variety of burgers, enjoy 4 stages of non-stop musical entertainment, numerous contests, children’s activities, local art and handmade crafts, and lots of other fun too! Check out the burger stand menu to decide what you want ahead of time! And to quench your thirst after eating all those burgers, stop by the Beer and Wine Patty-O or the Bud & Burgers Beer Garden. Beer gardens remain open until 7 pm! During the festival, visit the hospitality table to pick up your festival program guide which lists all the participants and event schedules.
For the safety of your own pet and other festival attendees, the festival committee is asking that you leave your pets in the comfort of their home.
7 reasons why:
- Large crowds and noise cause stress
- Heat related illness
- No ample water source
- Other aggressive dogs
- Children with food in their hands
- Hot macadam = burned paws
- No place to relieve themselves other than the streets where food is being served and people are walking
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, Char-Wills German Shepherd Rescue, Safety Net Sanctuary, and the One by One Inc. Cat Rescue tables to see how you can support our local animal welfare groups. Please note that pets and any actions they make are the full responsibility of the owner.
When you get to the festival, parking is available in four designated areas for a nominal fee of $5. All parking proceeds benefit the festival. The four areas are: the Hamburg Field House at the rear of 127 South 4th Street, the Hamburg High School parking lot at 701 Windsor Street, a lot between State Street and the Schuylkill River located at 137 Schuylkill Avenue and a lot located at the intersection of Grand and Front Street. 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 west via State Street, turn left directly after crossing the Schuylkill River bridge and someone will guide you to the Schuylkill Avenue lot.
For those traveling north via Rte 61, the Hamburg High School is your better choice. Those traveling South on Route 61, the Front and Grand Street lot is best. 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 quickly!
The largest area of handicapped parking is available at the Hamburg Field House parking lot located at the rear of 127 South 4th Street. There are also a very limited number of spaces available in the rear parking lot of the First Reformed United Church of Christ located at South 3rd and Pine Streets. Handicapped guests are welcome to be dropped off at the blocked intersections; however your vehicle must be moved immediately to one of the parking lots.
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 turn 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 I-78 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 blocks to the Hamburg Community Park.
Take the 2nd Hamburg Exit – Exit 30 (Not the Cabela’s – Route 61 exit). Take a right at the exit ramp. Travel approximately 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 I-78 traveling West
Take Hamburg exit #30 off of I-78. At top of the ramp, take a left. Continue two blocks to Island Street. Take a right at Island and travel two blocks to the Hamburg Community Park.
Take the Hamburg Exit #30. Take a left at the exit ramp. Travel approximately 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.