Oktoberfest in South Carolina

Celebrate Oktoberfest 2019 in South Carolina! If you are in South Carolina in September or October, be sure to check out one of these parties:

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2019 Events

SpartOberfest - Spartanburg, SC - Sep 13 to Sep 14, 2018
Florence update – Saturday is canceled due to high wind forecast, but hurricane relief has been added to the causes that will receive support, so come out on Thursday and Friday! The Oktoberfest celebration for Spartanburg. It is two and half days of family friendly fun featuring live music and entertainment, great food, drink and Christmas Market filled with local artisans and small businesses selling unique gifts for the holidays.

Oktoberfest Sumter on Main - Sumter, SC - Sep 22, 2018

River Rat Oktoberfest - Columbia, SC - Sep 22, 2018
5 beer stations with German guest taps, German food, and an Oktoberfest mug you can buy and refill all day!

Aiken Oktoberfest - Aiken, SC - Sep 29, 2018
Celebrating Oktoberfest with German-inspired food,beer vendors, authentic Oompah Band as well as local music.

Oktoberfest at NOMA Square - Greenville, SC - Oct 4 to Oct 6, 2018
NOMA Square will be transformed into a Bavarian Biergarten during a free 4 day community celebration. Includes German food such as grilled bratwurst, pretzels with beer cheese & mustard, Sauerbraten and more! Beers including Paulaner’s Munich Lager, Hefe-Weizen, or Oktoberfest. Games and contests including cornhole, Jenga, the chicken dance, and stein holding competition. Festival-goers will also get to compete in a Bratwurst-eating contest for some great prizes. Live entertainment every night.

Summerville Rotary Oktoberfest - Charleston, SC - Oct 6, 2018
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.

Newberry Oktoberfest - Newberry, SC - Oct 6, 2018
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

Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest - Myrtle Beach, SC - Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2018
The 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.

Oktoberfest Columbia - Columbia, SC - Oct 12 to Oct 14, 2018
This Columbia Oktoberfest 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

Florence Oktoberfest - Florence, SC - Oct 13, 2018

Oktoberfest Charleston - Charleston, SC - Oct 13, 2018
The Community Outreach center at St. Matthew’s Lutheran church is having an Oktoberfest fundraiser to support community ministry programs. Oct. 8 & 9,2016 from 3:00-8:00pm Admission is $20 including entertainment, full German dinner and kinder activities! Holy City brewery will be onsite. Purchase tickets online at oktoberfestcharleston.com or visit them on Facebook, OktoberfestCHS. St. Matthew’s is located at 405 King St. Charleston,SC 29403.

Oktoberfest at Marion Square - Charleston, SC - Oct 13, 2018
Live music, children’s games, plus authentic German fare and beer from Holy City Brewing will be available. Proceeds benefit St Matthew’s Community Outreach Center.

Walhalla Oktoberfest - Walhalla, SC - Oct 19 to Oct 20, 2018
This 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

Some of these Oktoberfest parties might be on the smaller side. You should also check the lists of surrounding states that also hold Oktoberfest celebrations: Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

 

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Past Events

Colatown Oktoberfest - Columbia, SC - Sep 24, 2016

Oktoberfest at Music Farm Columbia - Columbia, SC - Oct 2, 2016

Oktoberfest in Old Town - Rock Hill, SC - Oct 15, 2016
Oktoberfest in Old Town is a family friendly Bavarian styled street festival. It will be held on E. Main Street in Rock Hill, S.C. on Sat., October 15th from 4-9 P.M. There will be music from a strolling accordionist & the Foothills Oompah Band. The festival features the very popular “Wiener Dog Run” that benefits the York County Humane Society. Check website ( www.onlyinoldtown.com) for details. You will find German food & pastry, German beer and more. There’s a Kids Zone area along with assorted vendors. There’s no admission fee.

Soca City Oktoberfest - Columbia, SC - Sep 30, 2017

Greer Station Oktoberfest - Greer, SC - Oct 21, 2017
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.

SpartOberfest - Spartanburg, SC - Sep 13 to Sep 14, 2018
Florence update – Saturday is canceled due to high wind forecast, but hurricane relief has been added to the causes that will receive support, so come out on Thursday and Friday! The Oktoberfest celebration for Spartanburg. It is two and half days of family friendly fun featuring live music and entertainment, great food, drink and Christmas Market filled with local artisans and small businesses selling unique gifts for the holidays.

Oktoberfest Sumter on Main - Sumter, SC - Sep 22, 2018

River Rat Oktoberfest - Columbia, SC - Sep 22, 2018
5 beer stations with German guest taps, German food, and an Oktoberfest mug you can buy and refill all day!

Aiken Oktoberfest - Aiken, SC - Sep 29, 2018
Celebrating Oktoberfest with German-inspired food,beer vendors, authentic Oompah Band as well as local music.

Oktoberfest at NOMA Square - Greenville, SC - Oct 4 to Oct 6, 2018
NOMA Square will be transformed into a Bavarian Biergarten during a free 4 day community celebration. Includes German food such as grilled bratwurst, pretzels with beer cheese & mustard, Sauerbraten and more! Beers including Paulaner’s Munich Lager, Hefe-Weizen, or Oktoberfest. Games and contests including cornhole, Jenga, the chicken dance, and stein holding competition. Festival-goers will also get to compete in a Bratwurst-eating contest for some great prizes. Live entertainment every night.

Summerville Rotary Oktoberfest - Charleston, SC - Oct 6, 2018
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.

Newberry Oktoberfest - Newberry, SC - Oct 6, 2018
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

Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest - Myrtle Beach, SC - Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2018
The 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.

Oktoberfest Columbia - Columbia, SC - Oct 12 to Oct 14, 2018
This Columbia Oktoberfest 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

Florence Oktoberfest - Florence, SC - Oct 13, 2018

Oktoberfest Charleston - Charleston, SC - Oct 13, 2018
The Community Outreach center at St. Matthew’s Lutheran church is having an Oktoberfest fundraiser to support community ministry programs. Oct. 8 & 9,2016 from 3:00-8:00pm Admission is $20 including entertainment, full German dinner and kinder activities! Holy City brewery will be onsite. Purchase tickets online at oktoberfestcharleston.com or visit them on Facebook, OktoberfestCHS. St. Matthew’s is located at 405 King St. Charleston,SC 29403.

Oktoberfest at Marion Square - Charleston, SC - Oct 13, 2018
Live music, children’s games, plus authentic German fare and beer from Holy City Brewing will be available. Proceeds benefit St Matthew’s Community Outreach Center.

Walhalla Oktoberfest - Walhalla, SC - Oct 19 to Oct 20, 2018
This 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

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.

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.

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.

Do you run one of the Oktoberfests listed? Feel free to send us additional information and we will add it. We apologize for any errors: send us corrections or updates if you find them! We also love to list new Oktoberfests, and have advertising solutions if you'd like to reach a wider audience.

Find other fun things to do in South Carolina in fall:

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

9 thoughts on “Oktoberfest in South Carolina

  1. visiting the area says:

    I’ll be in the Charleston area 7-8 Oct. The Charleston Oktoberfest above says 7 Oct but the linked website says 2 Oct. Can you confirm the date?

  2. Rick Karam says:

    Hey,

    We played Summervl Rotary last yr (no show in 14), and are local 7 pc wind ensemble. Please post for anyone looking for a complete German band.
    Thanks

    Hans

  3. Tr Moore says:

    Summerville Oakbrook Rotary Club and the Summerville Evening Rotary Club presents the Rotary Oktoberfest. A family friendly event with games, music, food and beer.
    Date: September 26, 2013 Noon-6PM
    Location: Hutchinson Square, Summerville
    Free Admission
    Food and Beverages available for purchase
    Authentic German food
    Oktoberfest Beer
    Craft Beer
    Wine Available
    Jump Castles
    Games
    Magic Show
    Face Painting
    Barrel Races
    Stein Hoisting
    Chicken Dance Competition
    Brat eating contests
    Best German Costume
    Best Beer Belly Contest
    Vendors
    All proceeds to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, Summerville Miracle League, Rotaries Worldwide Clean Water and Worldwide Eradication of Polio projects. Funds will also provide scholarships funds at Charleston Southern University, Trident Technical College and Fort Dorchester High School Students. Athletic Awards for Fort Dorchester High School. Eyeglasses for Dorchester County District Two students, Dictionaries for Dorchester County School 3rd Grade students, Help of Summerville, Pinelands Group Home and others.

  4. Mary A Kopp says:

    Hello! The Newberry Oktoberfest paragraph information has not been updated with our plans for the October 3rd event! Please update to the following:
    Come celebrate Newberry’s German Heritage with us! The festival will feature lots of authentic German cuisine, German and domestic biergartens, classic cars, and plenty of art & craft vendors. Our 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.

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