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Oktoberfest in South Carolina

Celebrate 2016 at an Oktoberfest in South Carolina.  There are eight Oktoberfest celebrations in South Carolina for the 400,000 residents who claim German heritage. Excellent job, South Carolina citizens! If you are in South Carolina in September or October, be sure to check out one of these parties:

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2016 Events

Oktoberfest Sumter on Main - Sumter, SC - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016

Aiken Oktoberfest - Aiken, SC - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016

Summerville Rotary Oktoberfest - Charleston, SC - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
A family friendly Oktoberfest with games, food, beer and music hosted by the Summerville Oakbrook Rotary Club and the Summerville Evening Rotary Club. Contests include the chicken dance, stein hoisting, brat eating, best beer belly and best German costume. Admission: $5. Children under 3 are free. Proceeds benefit various organizations and scholarship funds.

Oktoberfest at NOMA Square - Greenville, SC - Sep 29 to Oct 2, 2016

Greer Station Oktoberfest - Greer, SC - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Two stages of German oompah bands, German food and beer from Warsteiner. Local artists work will also be on display in downtown Greer. Menu items include knackwurst, bratwursts, fresh pretzels, kettle korn and lots more. Sample a large selection of German beers and wines.

Newberry Oktoberfest - Newberry, SC - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Celebrate Newberry’s German Heritage with a festival featuring lots of authentic German cuisine, German and domestic biergartens, classic cars, and plenty of art & craft vendors. The Rocktoberfest stage will feature polka music, variety hits, our Best German Outfit contest, and SC’s own Swingin’ Medallions! As always we’ll host the Chamber of Commerce liver nips contest, Grow Newberry Farmers Market, and Kindertown: our kids ride, craft, and fun zone! Be sure to visit our new Artist Walk on Boyce Street, featuring local artists demonstrating their craft. Over 20,000 people attended the 2014 festival making it Newberry’s largest city event! Come on down and bring your family to see what’s new at Newberry’s Oktoberfest! For more information contact Newberry Parks, Recreation and Tourism at 803.321.1015

Oktoberfest at Music Farm Columbia - Columbia, SC - Oct 2 to Oct 2, 2016

Florence Oktoberfest - Florence, SC - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016

Oktoberfest Charleston - Charleston, SC - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
The Community Outreach center at St. Matthew’s Lutheran church is having an Oktoberfest fundraiser to support community ministry programs. Oct. 8 & 9,2016 from 3:00-8:00pm Admission is $20 including entertainment, full German dinner and kinder activities! Holy City brewery will be onsite. Purchase tickets online at oktoberfestcharleston.com or visit them on Facebook, OktoberfestCHS. St. Matthew’s is located at 405 King St. Charleston,SC 29403.

Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest - Myrtle Beach, SC - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2016
The 9th Annual Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest at the Market Common. German food, Oktoberfest beer, live German music on Saturday and Sunday, kids games and activities. Pumpkin patch for kids, face painting, inflatables, and Oktoberfest steins. Over 20 vendors plus large selection of Oktoberfest beers.

Oktoberfest Columbia - Columbia, SC - Oct 14 to Oct 16, 2016
This Columbia Oktoberfest will have authentic German food, live oompah bands and lots of beer. Hosted by Incarnation Lutheran Church. Admission is free. Entertainment includes the German Friendship Folk Dancers, the Walhalla Bavarian Dancers, The German Connection Band and Die Lustigen Musikanten. Lunch and Dinner menu includes wiener schnitzel, jaegerschnitzel, weisswurst and bratwurst with sauerkraut, spaetzle, kartoffelsalat (potato salad) and more. Beers on Tap from Conquest Brewery, Carolina Brewery, Becks, Widmer and more. Location: 3005 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205

Oktoberfest in Old Town - Rock Hill, SC - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
Oktoberfest in Old Town is a family friendly Bavarian styled street festival. It will be held on E. Main Street in Rock Hill, S.C. on Sat., October 15th from 4-9 P.M. There will be music from a strolling accordionist & the Foothills Oompah Band. The festival features the very popular “Wiener Dog Run” that benefits the York County Humane Society. Check website ( www.onlyinoldtown.com) for details. You will find German food & pastry, German beer and more. There’s a Kids Zone area along with assorted vendors. There’s no admission fee.

Walhalla Oktoberfest - Walhalla, SC - Oct 21 to Oct 22, 2016
The 36th Annual South Carolina Oktoberfest in Walhalla will have live music, food, Oktoberfest dancers, 5K road race, carnival rides, arts and crafts, and family friendly activities. Kids ride the carnival rides all day on Sunday for only $12! Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-10. Location: Sertoma Field Walhalla, SC 29691

Oktoberfest at Marion Square - Charleston, SC - Oct 21 to Oct 22, 2016
Charleston’s German Heritage Societies will sponsor an authentic Oktoberfest on Friday, October 21st from 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM and on Saturday, October 22nd from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM in downtown Charleston on Marion Square. The two day Oktoberfest will feature “The Stratton Mountain Boys”, a traditional Bavarian entertainment group that performs authentic German music and dancing. German fare and beer will be available.

2015 Events

ColaTown Oktoberfest – Columbia, SC – September 19, 2015

Oktoberfest 5K – Mt Pleasant, SC – Sept 25, 2015

Downtown Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest – October 10-11, 2015

Strossner’s Oktoberfest – Greenville, SC – September 2015
Live oompah music, Oktoberfest feast and beer under the big tent.  Event runs 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Location: 21 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville South Carolina 29607

Some of these Oktoberfest parties might be on the smaller side. Try my list of the largest German festivals for Oktoberfest in the United States for the most popular and attended celebrations of German heritage. You should also check the lists of surrounding states that also hold Oktoberfest celebrations: Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

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.

Find other fun things to do in South Carolina in October:

South Carolina Festivals
South Carolina Corn Mazes
South Carolina Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in South Carolina
South Carolina Pumpkin Patches

8 COMMENTS

  1. I’ll be in the Charleston area 7-8 Oct. The Charleston Oktoberfest above says 7 Oct but the linked website says 2 Oct. Can you confirm the date?

  2. Summerville Oakbrook Rotary Club and the Summerville Evening Rotary Club presents the Rotary Oktoberfest. A family friendly event with games, music, food and beer.
    Date: September 26, 2013 Noon-6PM
    Location: Hutchinson Square, Summerville
    Free Admission
    Food and Beverages available for purchase
    Authentic German food
    Oktoberfest Beer
    Craft Beer
    Wine Available
    Jump Castles
    Games
    Magic Show
    Face Painting
    Barrel Races
    Stein Hoisting
    Chicken Dance Competition
    Brat eating contests
    Best German Costume
    Best Beer Belly Contest
    Vendors
    All proceeds to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, Summerville Miracle League, Rotaries Worldwide Clean Water and Worldwide Eradication of Polio projects. Funds will also provide scholarships funds at Charleston Southern University, Trident Technical College and Fort Dorchester High School Students. Athletic Awards for Fort Dorchester High School. Eyeglasses for Dorchester County District Two students, Dictionaries for Dorchester County School 3rd Grade students, Help of Summerville, Pinelands Group Home and others.

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