Oktoberfest in North Carolina

It looks like North Carolina has a pretty decent list of 2017 Oktoberfest festivals:

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2017 Events

Charlotte Oktoberfest - Charlotte, NC - Sep 9, 2017
This 18th 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. Location: NC Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28206

Lafayette Village Oktoberfest - Raleigh, NC - Sep 16, 2017
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.

Dtown Oktoberfest - Durham, NC - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2017
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.

Oktoberfest Under the Bridge - Wilmington, NC - Sep 30, 2017
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Triad German Club Oktoberfest - Winston-Salem, NC - Sep 30, 2017
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

Mills River Oktoberfest - Arden, NC - Sep 30, 2017

New Bern Oktoberfest - New Bern, NC - Sep 30, 2017

Triangle Oktoberfest - Cary, NC - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2017
The Rotary Clubs of Apex Sunrise and Cary MacGregor, and the Town of Cary, are joining together for this Triangle-wide event. Enjoy family-friendly activities such as music from New York-based The Polka Brothers and Peak City Sound, and dancing, traditional Bavarian food and fare, wiener dog races, a yodeling contest, and the Mass Krug Stemmen (stein hoist competition). Also featuring Oktoberfest beers from Munich as well as local craft breweries. Proceeds help support the Rotary Clubs and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Children 16 and younger are free. Friday tickets: $15. Saturday tickets: $20, or $15 after 6 p.m. Discounts available for seniors and military personnel. Held at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary, NC 27518. Hours are October 6, 2017 6 p.m. – 11 p.m; October 7, 2017 1 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Kernersville Oktoberfest - Kernersville, NC - Oct 7, 2017

Asheville Oktoberfest - Asheville, NC - Oct 7, 2017
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

Hickory Oktoberfest - Hickory, NC - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2017
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 14 to Oct 15, 2017
26th 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.

Onslow Oktoberfest - Jacksonville, NC - Oct 26 to Oct 28, 2017
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

Calabash Oktoberfest - Calabash, NC - Oct 28, 2017
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.


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2016 Events

Brookwood and Carolina Place Oktoberfest - Wilmington, NC -

Oktoberfest Happy Hour - Raleigh, NC - Sep 16, 2016

Milltown Oktoberfest - Carrboro, NC - Sep 17, 2016

Waldhorn Restaurant Oktoberfest - Pineville, NC - Sep 23 to Oct 15, 2016
This German restaurant opens up for their 16th Annual Oktoberfest with German food and live music under the tent. Dance the night away. Music bands include Continentals, Prost, Jay Fox and the Bavarian Showtime Band and The Alpen Echos.

Southport Moose Oktoberfest - Southport, NC - Oct 1, 2016

St. Patrick Oktoberfest - Fayetteville, NC - Oct 2, 2016

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

Wilmington Oktoberfest - Wilmington, NC - Oct 22 to Oct 23, 2016
This 13th Annual Oktoberfest will include authentic German food and beer, wiener dog races, live music and kids zone. Admission is $5.

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

6 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

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