Oktoberfest in North Carolina

It looks like North Carolina has a pretty decent list of 2018 Oktoberfest festivals:

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2018 Events

Oktoberfest Happy Hour - Raleigh, NC - Sep 14, 2018
Canceled due to Florence – however, weather permitting, the taproom *may* be open, and they will play German music. Please call them to confirm (their number is (919) 400-9086), and be safe when travelling.

Waldhorn Restaurant Oktoberfest - Pineville, NC - Sep 21 to Oct 13, 2018
This German restaurant opens up for their Annual Oktoberfest with German food and live music under the tent. Dance the night away. Music bands.

Lafayette Village Oktoberfest - Raleigh, NC - Sep 22, 2018
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. and stuff

Southport Moose Oktoberfest - Southport, NC - Sep 22, 2018
Note: Postponed due to road conditions, please see website for the updated date. Choice of weiner schnitzel or bratwurst with german potato salad and sauerkraut, plus beers, live music and more.

Charlotte Oktoberfest - Charlotte, NC - Sep 29, 2018
This 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.

New Bern Oktoberfest - New Bern, NC - Sep 29, 2018

Milltown Oktoberfest - Carrboro, NC - Oct 6, 2018

Kernersville Oktoberfest - Kernersville, NC - Oct 6, 2018

Oktoberfest Under the Bridge - Wilmington, NC - Oct 6, 2018
Waterline Brewing Company

Asheville Oktoberfest - Asheville, NC - Oct 6, 2018
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. Location: Coxe Avenue, Asheville, NC

St. Patrick Oktoberfest - Fayetteville, NC - Oct 7, 2018
A 20 piece German band will be playing while attendees enjoy bratwurst and other food, beer and wine, and more. 21+ event.

Hickory Oktoberfest - Hickory, NC - Oct 12 to Oct 14, 2018
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

Sugar Mountain Resort Oktoberfest - Village of Sugar Mountain, NC - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2018
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.

Triad German Club Oktoberfest - Winston-Salem, NC - Oct 13, 2018
This Winston-Salem Oktoberfest is hosted by the Triad German Club and includes live music, traditional German food and beer. Tickets are $12 in advance and incudes a traditional German food platter. Food includes items such as bratwurst, wieners, rippchen, sauerkraut, potato salad, homemade pastries and pretzel rolls. Beverages, including German beer, are sold separately. A portion of the proceeds benefit schools with German language and culture programs.

Mills River Oktoberfest - Arden, NC - Oct 13, 2018

Triangle Oktoberfest - Cary, NC - Oct 19 to Oct 20, 2018
Presented by the Apex Sunrise and Cary MacGregor Rotary Clubs in collaboration with the Town of Cary, the 5th Annual Triangle Oktoberfest is an authentic German festival focused on family fun, traditional Bavarian food and fare, and plenty of local and authentic German beers from Munich, all to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and other local and international charities. Live entertainment will showcase The Polka Brothers from NYC, Wiener Dog Races, a kid-friendly Kinder Platz (inflatables and face painting), Masskrugstemmen (stein hoist), and Hammerschlagen (hammer striking) competitions.

Onslow Oktoberfest - Jacksonville, NC - Oct 19 to Oct 27, 2018
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

Wilmington Oktoberfest - Wilmington, NC - Oct 20, 2018
This 13th Annual Oktoberfest will include authentic German food and beer, wiener dog races, live music and kids zone. Admission is $5.

Calabash Oktoberfest - Calabash, NC - Oct 27 to Oct 28, 2018
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.

Dtown Oktoberfest - Durham, NC - Nov 2, 2018
Florence Update – postponed to 11/2/18 The Little German Band and dancers will entertain with oompah music and dancing. Beer inside the Motorco decorated as a beer hall. Bratwurst and pretzels will also be available.

 

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Past Events

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Oktoberfest House Party - Cashiers, NC - Oct 15, 2016
The High Hampton Inn will host its seventh 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

Oktoberfest Happy Hour - Raleigh, NC - Sep 14, 2018
Canceled due to Florence – however, weather permitting, the taproom *may* be open, and they will play German music. Please call them to confirm (their number is (919) 400-9086), and be safe when travelling.

Waldhorn Restaurant Oktoberfest - Pineville, NC - Sep 21 to Oct 13, 2018
This German restaurant opens up for their Annual Oktoberfest with German food and live music under the tent. Dance the night away. Music bands.

Lafayette Village Oktoberfest - Raleigh, NC - Sep 22, 2018
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. and stuff

Southport Moose Oktoberfest - Southport, NC - Sep 22, 2018
Note: Postponed due to road conditions, please see website for the updated date. Choice of weiner schnitzel or bratwurst with german potato salad and sauerkraut, plus beers, live music and more.

Charlotte Oktoberfest - Charlotte, NC - Sep 29, 2018
This 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.

New Bern Oktoberfest - New Bern, NC - Sep 29, 2018

Milltown Oktoberfest - Carrboro, NC - Oct 6, 2018

Kernersville Oktoberfest - Kernersville, NC - Oct 6, 2018

Oktoberfest Under the Bridge - Wilmington, NC - Oct 6, 2018
Waterline Brewing Company

Asheville Oktoberfest - Asheville, NC - Oct 6, 2018
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. Location: Coxe Avenue, Asheville, NC

St. Patrick Oktoberfest - Fayetteville, NC - Oct 7, 2018
A 20 piece German band will be playing while attendees enjoy bratwurst and other food, beer and wine, and more. 21+ event.

Hickory Oktoberfest - Hickory, NC - Oct 12 to Oct 14, 2018
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

Sugar Mountain Resort Oktoberfest - Village of Sugar Mountain, NC - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2018
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.

Triad German Club Oktoberfest - Winston-Salem, NC - Oct 13, 2018
This Winston-Salem Oktoberfest is hosted by the Triad German Club and includes live music, traditional German food and beer. Tickets are $12 in advance and incudes a traditional German food platter. Food includes items such as bratwurst, wieners, rippchen, sauerkraut, potato salad, homemade pastries and pretzel rolls. Beverages, including German beer, are sold separately. A portion of the proceeds benefit schools with German language and culture programs.

Mills River Oktoberfest - Arden, NC - Oct 13, 2018

Triangle Oktoberfest - Cary, NC - Oct 19 to Oct 20, 2018
Presented by the Apex Sunrise and Cary MacGregor Rotary Clubs in collaboration with the Town of Cary, the 5th Annual Triangle Oktoberfest is an authentic German festival focused on family fun, traditional Bavarian food and fare, and plenty of local and authentic German beers from Munich, all to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and other local and international charities. Live entertainment will showcase The Polka Brothers from NYC, Wiener Dog Races, a kid-friendly Kinder Platz (inflatables and face painting), Masskrugstemmen (stein hoist), and Hammerschlagen (hammer striking) competitions.

Onslow Oktoberfest - Jacksonville, NC - Oct 19 to Oct 27, 2018
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

Wilmington Oktoberfest - Wilmington, NC - Oct 20, 2018
This 13th Annual Oktoberfest will include authentic German food and beer, wiener dog races, live music and kids zone. Admission is $5.

Calabash Oktoberfest - Calabash, NC - Oct 27 to Oct 28, 2018
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.

Dtown Oktoberfest - Durham, NC - Nov 2, 2018
Florence Update – postponed to 11/2/18 The Little German Band and dancers will entertain with oompah music and dancing. Beer inside the Motorco decorated as a beer hall. Bratwurst and pretzels will also be available.

Please don’t drink and drive. We want everyone to get home safe. Use a designated driver or take public transportation. Uber and Lyft often offer ride credits for new users.

You may also be interested in the largest Oktoberfests in the United States or some surrounding states that also host Oktoberfest parties: Tennessee, South Carolina and Virginia.

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 North Carolina in October:

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

8 thoughts on “Oktoberfest in North Carolina

  1. Chef Paul says:

    This year I am hosting my 3rd annual Oktoberfest at the Bavarian Brathaus in Durham NC. This will start on Sept 7th with the Little German Band in our biergarten under our Spaten Bier Tent and continue for 8 weekends of live German music, authentic German dishes, and only authentic Bavarian Fassbier. I have 18 German Draft beers on tap everyday. Please list my 8 week Oktoberfest on your site. Chef Paul

  2. Arn Vogt says:

    PLEASE NOTE A CORRECTION TO YOUR EVENT LISTINGS:
    The Triad German Club Oktoberfest IS IN GREENSBORO, NC this year– NOT IN Winston-Salem, as in past years. This year’s festival is in the beautiful Empire Room and Terrace located at 203 South Elm Street in Downtown Greensboro on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 5pm to 11pm– 3 bands, authentic German food and beer for sale. Tickets $10 in advance and $12 at door per person– children under 14 get Free Admission. Reserved Tables for up to 10 people are available for $50 in addition to the ticket price.
    Correction made by: Arn Vogt, Treasurer and Board Director, Triad German Club

  3. Arn Vogt says:

    PLEASE CORRECT YOUR CALENDAR FOR “TRIAD GERMAN CLUB OKTOBERFEST”– Our festival this year is in Greensboro, NC on September 30th, as shown, from 5pm to 11 pm at the Empire Room and Terrace in The Elm Street Center on 203 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401– NOT Millennium Center in W-S, as in past years. Kids under 14 get FREE Admission.

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