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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Walhalla Oktoberfest – Walhalla, SC – October 16-18, 2015
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 9-11, 2015
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. 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
Newberry Oktoberfest – Newberry, SC – October 3, 2015
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 or http://www.newberryoktoberfest.com.
Ocean Boulevard’s Oktoberfest – Myrtle Beach, SC – October 2-3, 2015
The 8th 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.
Location: 900 N Ocean Blvd Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Oktoberfest in Old Town – Rock Hill, SC – October 17, 2015
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
Myrtle Beach – October 2-3, 2015
8th annual event with German music, food and beers. A family friendly event that has face painting, pumpin decorating, inflatables and games for kids.
Location: Valor Park at The Market Common.
Greer Station Oktoberfest – Greer, SC – October 3, 2015
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.
Location: Trade Street, Greer, SC.
Summerville Rotary Oktoberfest – Charleston, SC – September 26, 2015
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
Downtown Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest – October 10-11, 2015
Sumter Elks Lodge #855 – Sumter, SC – October 3, 2014
From 9 PM until Midnight. Traditional German foods. Party Band “Hip Pocket” will play. Silent auction. Tickets are $25. Proceeds benefit Alzheimer’s Charity.
Strossner’s Oktoberfest – Greenville, SC – September 28, 2014
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
Pine Press Printing Oktoberfest – Lexington, SC – October 10, 2014
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.
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