Oktoberfest in North Carolina
It looks like North Carolina has a pretty decent list of 2015 Oktoberfest festivals. I would expect nothing less from a state that has one million residents with German heritage. You represent even though less than ten percent of citizens are of German descent. Great job, North Carolina!
Charlotte Oktoberfest – Charlotte, NC – October 3, 2015
This 17th annual North Carolina Oktoberfest will have live music, beer from local, national and German breweries, games in the Creative Loafing Beerlympic Village, and food vendors with brats and other foods. It benefits three charities: Kids Rein, Classroom Central and Camp CARE. 2014 Musical entertainment included U-Phonik and StellaRising. U-Phonik is a Charlotte band originally from Montreal that plays an assortment of original songs and alternative rock covers. StellaRising is a female fronted band playing radio-friendly rock/pop songs. Location: NC Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28206
Maggie Valley Oktoberfest – Maggie Valley, NC – October 2-3, 2015
Plenty of craft beer as you would expect from a beer festival. Chicken dance, and Kid’s Zone for children. Consume tasty German food like Bratwurst and Bavarian Soft Pretzels along with regional delicacies like BBQ. Live music and dancing will entertain guests, while arts and crafts vendors offer something unique to take home from the festival. 2013 was the first year of this event and they are inviting guests back to celebrate with them in 2014. The cost for adults is $2 with children 12 and under free.
Hickory Oktoberfest – Hickory, NC – October 9-11, 2015
A three day outdoor festival on the second weekend in October generally attended by more than 100,000 people. Get your exercise in with a 5K run/walk OR 10K run. Consume a beverage in one of the two beer gardens. Multiple stages offer live music from polka to rock & roll. Juried arts and crafts show of handmade products offers prizes to the top three artisans. First prize is $300, second prize is $200 and third prize is $100. Amusement rides, carnival games and KidFest area for children. Hundreds of food and commercial vendors will be there offering delicious food from barbecue to Bavarian pastries, as well as unique products and art. Location: Union Square, Main Ave NW, Hickory, NC 28601
Asheville Oktoberfest – Asheville, NC – October 10, 2015
This Oktoberfest mixes Bavaria with Asheville. Local breweries, oompah band, Oktoberfest games and food. Only 3000 tickets will be sold. Ticket prices escalate as the event approaches (starting at $25 per person) and they expect them to sell out. Oktoberfest contests like the stein race and keg-rolling contest will be back, as well as new competitions to keep everyone on their toes. The Stratton Mountain Boys will be yodeling and playing Polka music on the stage. New location for 2013 was Coxe Avenue rather than Wall Street where it has been historically held. Location: Coxe Avenue, Asheville, NC
Oktoberfest House Party – Cashiers, NC – October 17, 2015
The High Hampton Inn will host its sixth annual Oktoberfest House Party with a special menu of German food and German beer. Live music and costumed dancers complete the afternoon of German fun. Location: High Hampton Inn, 1525 Highway 107 South, Cashiers, N.C. 28717
Lafayette Village Oktoberfest – Raleigh, NC – September 19, 2015
Enjoy German food, local craft beer, live music and wiener dog races at this village located on six acres in North Raleigh. There are also kids’ games, crafts and door prizes. Lafayette Village is designed to resemble a European village with quaint shops, gourmet restaurants and paved walkways.
Triad German Club Oktoberfest - Winston Salem, NC – September 12, 2015
This Winston-Salem Oktoberfest is hosted by the Triad German Club and includes live music, traditional German food and beer. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Food and beverage tickets are sold separate. Food includes items such as bratwurst, wieners, rippchen, sauerkraut, potato salad, homemade pastries and pretzel rolls. A portion of the proceeds benefit schools with German language and culture programs. Location: Millennium Center, 101 W. Fifth Street, Winston-Salem, NC
Sugar Mountain Resort Oktoberfest – Village of Sugar Mountain, NC – October 10-11, 2015
25th annual Oktoberfest with fall foliage and a weekend of festival activities. The Harbour Town Fest Band will be filling the area with live music and Bavarian atmosphere from the Oom Pah Band every afternoon. The Avery Smooth Dancers and the Mountain Laurel Cloggers will get you out of your seat and moving with them. Bavarian food will include bratwurst, knockwurst sauerkraut, pretzels, strudel and Spaten Oktoberfest beer. This is a family friendly event with arts & crafts and children’s fun center (including inflatable bounce houses and hay rides). Admission is free. Free parking with shuttle service. Pets are welcome if they are on a leash, but they will not be allowed inside or on the deck. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking views and fall colors with a ski chairlift ride. Round trip ride takes 45 minutes and costs $12 for a one-time ride or $25 for an all-day ticket. Location: Sugar Mountain Resort Main Lodge, 1009 Sugar Mountain Drive, Village of Sugar Mountain, North Carolina 28604
Onslow Oktoberfest – Jacksonville, NC – October 22-24, 2015
The community fundraiser for Onslow Community Outreach includes live music and 5K run. Children’s area offers entertainment, amusement rides, games, micro racing, animal park and home improvement workbench/clinics. The festival was started in 2008. Location: Riverwalk Crossing Park, 421 Court Street, Jacksonville, NC
Carolina Oktoberfest at Tanglewood Park – Clemmons, NC – September 20, 2014
The 4th Annual Carolina Oktoberfest will offer beer samples from national and local craft breweries as well as live music, food and cornhole tournament. Tickets are $20 in advance. Location: 4061 Clemmons Rd Clemmons, NC 27012
Twisted Oak Bar & Grill Oktoberfest – Statesville, NC – September 20, 2014
The first annual Oktoberfest features the Top Mountain Polka Band. Located at 121 N Center Street, Statesville
Waldhorn Restaurant Oktoberfest – Friday and Saturday from Sept. 19-Oct 11, 2014
This German restaurant opens up for their 15th Annual Oktoberfest with German food and live music under the tent. Dance the night away. Music bands include Jerry Goodman and the Sauerkraut Band, Autobahn, Continentals, and The Alpen Echos.
Location: 12101 Lancaster Hwy, Pineville, NC 28134-6375
J. Betski’s Oktoberfest – Raleigh, NC – September 21, 2014
J. Betski’s will throw this Raleigh Oktoberfest from 3-8 PM with German food, beer and live music. Tickets are $65.
Location: 10 West Franklin St Suite 120, Raleigh, NC 27604
Triangle Oktoberfest – Cary, NC – October 3-4, 2014
Presented by the Rotary Clubs of Apex Sunrise and Cary MacGregor, the inaugural Triangle OktoberFest is a fundraising event featuring a live German band, traditional Bavarian food and fare, and, of course, plenty of beer! The festivities will kick off at MacGregor Village in Cary, NC (map) at 4pm on Friday, Oct. 3, and run to 11pm, and continue on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 11am to 11pm.
Wilmington Oktoberfest - Wilmington, NC – October 24-25, 2014
This 12th Annual Oktoberfest at the New Hanover County Government Center will include authentic German food and beer, wiener dog races, live music by the Harbour Towne Fest Band and kids zone. Admission is $5 and benefits the Pretty in Pink Foundation.
Location: 230 Government Center Dr, Wilmington, NC 28403
Calabash Oktoberfest - Calabash, NC – September 20, 2014
First annual Oktoberfest in Calabash runs from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Activities include Bavarian costume contest, arm wrestling contest, horse drawn carriage, best bier stein contest, and children’s entertainment. Enjoy authentic German food and Munich beer.
Location: 940 Carter Drive SW, Calabash, NC
New Bern Oktoberfest – New Bern, NC – September 26, 2014
Hosted at the Farmers Market on front street is this Oktoberfest from 5:30 pm until 9:30 pm. Activities include dancing, German style music, German dinner, and beers. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
Southport Moose Oktoberfest – September 27, 2014
Smith Mountain Lake Oktoberfest – October 4, 2014
St. Therese Oktoberfest – October 17, 2014
St. James Oktoberfest – November 1, 2014
Brookwood Annual Oktoberfest – October 18, 2014
Durham American Legion Oktoberfest - Durham, NC – September 7, 2013
Location: 406 E Trinity, Durham, NC
Dtwn Oktoberfest - Durham, NC – October 26, 2013
This Durham Oktoberfest will have a mini parade led by the Bulltown Strutters to start the festivities. The Little German Band and dancers will entertain with oompah music and dancing from 1-4 PM. Beer inside the Motorco decorated as a beer hall serving Spaten Oktoberfest beer. Bratwurst and pretzels will also be available.
Location: Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee, Durham, NC
Whether you have found a festival to enjoy or you will be celebrating from home, Funtober has some other resources that will help you prepare for Oktoberfest. Read about the history of Oktoberfest. Learn about Oktoberfest beer. Find the words to Oktoberfest music. Plan your Oktoberfest outfit. And try cooking some of these Oktoberfest recipes.
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