It looks like North Carolina has a pretty decent list of 2021 Oktoberfest festivals. Find one near you to celebrate your German heritage – or to enjoy a brat and a beer, some great music and dancing, and fun under the tent!
At this point we are still checking for 2021 dates on events, but have checked all events held before early October 2019 and 2020. Some websites were still holding off on releasing a date, whereas other websites had not been updated at all for this year.
All events showing 2021 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here, due to COVID-19, weather/natural disasters, or other reasons. We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!
Oktoberfest Party @ Raleigh Brewing Company - Raleigh, NC - Aug 28, 2021
Waldhorn Restaurant Oktoberfest - Pineville, NC - Sep 18 to Oct 10, 2021
This German restaurant opens up for their annual Oktoberfest with German food and live music under the tent. Dance the night away to music bands. That said, I just called and talked to the restaurant owner and she said that Oktoberfest at Waldhorn in Pineville NC has been CANCELLED for 2021 due to COVID.
Durham Oktoberfest - Durham, NC - Sep 18, 2021
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.
Octoberfest at Roaring River Vineyards - Traphill, NC - Sep 18 to Oct 3, 2021
Three weekends of Oktoberfest with authentic German beer, food, and live music.
Lafayette Village Oktoberfest - Raleigh, NC - Sep 25, 2021
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
Triangle Oktoberfest - Cary, NC - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2021
Presented by the Apex Sunrise and Cary MacGregor Rotary Clubs in collaboration with the Town of Cary, the 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, Wiener dog races, a kid-friendly Kinder Platz (inflatables and face painting), Masskrugstemmen (stein hoist), and Hammerschlagen (hammer striking) competitions.
New Bern Oktoberfest - New Bern, NC - Oct 1, 2021
Oktoberfest at the Garage
Sugar Mountain Resort Oktoberfest - Village of Sugar Mountain, NC - Oct 9 to Oct 10, 2021
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.
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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.
Southport Moose Oktoberfest - Southport, NC - Sep 21, 2019
Choice of weiner schnitzel or bratwurst with german potato salad and sauerkraut, plus beers, live music and more.
Kernersville Oktoberfest - Kernersville, NC - Oct 5, 2019
Kernersville Oktoberfest will be held from 3-6 pm on the lawn at Korner’s Folly. Must be 21+ to attend. All proceeds benefit Historic Korner’s Folly. Craft beer enthusiasts can look forward to tasting German, Oktoberfest, and Pumpkin brews! Local restaurants donate delicious small bites for a taste of light appetizers.
Oktoberfest Under the Bridge - Wilmington, NC - Oct 5, 2019
Waterline Brewing Company brings back the huge tent, the region’s best Oom-pah band, games (including the famous Stein holding competition), food, liter steins, their annual Oktoberfest Beer, “Most Festively Dressed” contest and more
Triad German Club Oktoberfest - Winston-Salem, NC - Oct 5, 2019
This Winston-Salem Oktoberfest is hosted by the Triad German Club and includes live music. Tickets include a traditional style German food platter with sausages, sauerkraut, potato salad, bread and pastry. Beverages, including German beer, pretzel are sold separately. A portion of the proceeds benefit schools with German language and culture programs.
Wilmington Oktoberfest - Wilmington, NC - Oct 19, 2019
This 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 26, 2019
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.
Asheville Oktoberfest - Asheville, NC - Oct 3, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: This Oktoberfest mixes Bavaria with Asheville. Local breweries, oompah band, Oktoberfest games and food. Tickets are limited 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. Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville
Hickory Oktoberfest - Hickory, NC - Oct 9 to Oct 11, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: 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
Mills River Oktoberfest - Mills River, NC - Oct 9 to Oct 10, 2020
Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest welcomes thousands of lederhosen-clad and dirndl-sporting beer lovers to hoist a stein and Prost like a Pro! Come for a festive night of craft beer, bountiful food, costumes, dancing, raucous music, and more. Dress your best and brush up on your Chicken Dance skills.
Onslow Oktoberfest - Jacksonville, NC - Oct 22 to Oct 25, 2020
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
We hope you enjoy these celebrations of Oktoberfest. Let us know below which one you've headed to and which one you like the best!
We have added maps with the locations of each Oktoberfest. We may not have had the exact location for each Oktoberfest so in some instances we have placed the marker in the general vicinity of the Oktoberfest. Be sure to get specific directions from another source and do not solely rely on our map at the moment. We have also noticed that the markers may not show up on some mobile browsers. We will work to sort out this bug in the future.
Please confirm dates, locations and activities available at the Oktoberfest before going. That's one reason that we provide a website address when we find one. We attempt to ensure that the information for each Oktoberfest is accurate but there are bound to be a few errors. If you let us know when you find one, we will fix it. In some cases, we may link to last year's event when information for this year is not yet available. Do not be fooled.
The festivals listed range in size. Some events may have hundreds of thousands of attendees. Others may have only a handful. We're sorry that we don't have more information about attendance numbers at the moment. We will do our best to add this information as time goes on.
Professionalism varies as well. Some Oktoberfests are professional operations with large budgets. Others are local operations run by volunteers. Do your due diligence before making plans to attend so that you know what to expect. We will happily publish information about your experience with any Oktoberfest so that our visitors will be better informed in the future.
Some Oktoberfests are more family friendly than others. If you have small children, look for an Oktoberfest that has activities for kids. Other events start out with family friendly activities and become more adult oriented as it becomes later in the evening.
Not all Oktoberfest celebrations will be authentic German festival experiences. Some may simply be an excuse to drink rather than celebrate German heritage. Some may call themselves Oktoberfest but provide local or seasonal beer rather than authentic German Oktoberfest beer. Be sure to consider the type of celebration that you are looking to attend when you pick your Oktoberfest.
Activities offered at each Oktoberfest varies. Some activities that you may find are parades, keg tapping ceremony, beer gardens, Miss Oktoberfest or costume contests, stein holding contests, bratwurst eating contest, chicken dance, wiener races, keg toss, live German bands and local entertainment, polka dancing and fairground games. Some Oktoberfest events will just have beer and brats.
We've got some other resources that would help you prepare for Oktoberfest as well. 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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