Celebrate 2013 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:
Walhalla Oktoberfest – Walhalla, SC – October 18-20, 2013
The 35th 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 Columbia – Columbia, SC – October 11-13, 2013
This Columbia Oktoberfest on the second weekend in October will have authentic German food, live oompah bands and lots of beer. Hosted by Incarnation Lutheran Church.
Location: 3005 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205
Ocean Boulevard’s Oktoberfest – Myrtle Beach, SC – October 4-6, 2013
The 6th Annual Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest at the Market Common. German food, Oktoberfest beer, live German music on Saturday and Sunday, kids games and activities.
Location: 900 N Ocean Blvd Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Newberry Oktoberfest – Newberry, SC – October 5, 2013
Live music, biergarten, culinary stage, 12th Annual Liver Nips Cook-Off and free outdoor Rocktoberfest concert.
Location: 1109 Main Street, Newberry, SC 29108
Greer Station Oktoberfest – Greer, SC – October 5, 2013
Two stages of German oompah bands, German food and beer from Warsteiner. Local artists work will also be on display in downtown Greer.
Location: Trade Street
Oktoberfest in Old Town – Rock Hill, SC – October 19, 2013
German style Oktoberfest with live oompah band, beer garden, and large children’s amusement area. There will also be a wiener dog run. No admission fee.
Location: E. Main St. in the Old Town District of Rock Hill, S.C
Strossner’s Oktoberfest – Greenville, SC – September 29, 2013
Live oompah music, Oktoberfest feast and beer under the big tent.
Location: 21 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville South Carolina 29607
Summerville Rotary Oktoberfest – Charleston, SC – September 21, 2013
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.
Location: Golf Club at Wescott Plantation, North Charleston
Lexington Oktoberfest – Lexington, SC
I haven’t seen any mention of this festival happening in 2013 as of 9/9/2013.
Location: 139 E. Main St., Lexington, SC 29072
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: