[Photo: Oktoberfest at the Waldhorn restaurant in Pineville.]
Despite its name, Oktoberfest traditionally kicks off the third weekend of September and lasts through the first Sunday in October. It may be too late to book your tickets to Munich this year for the world’s largest beer festival but there’s still plenty of time to take advantage of the great local celebrations happening right here in the Queen City! Here’s a comprehensive guide to Oktoberfest events in the Charlotte metro area so you won’t miss a single opportunity for polka and prost (cheers)!
Now through Oct. 10 (Fri & Sat eve only)
12101 Lancaster Hwy, Pineville
Live music, dancing, and traditional German food & beer under a giant outdoor tent.
Adult admission is $4; kids under 12 are free (CASH ONLY at this event)
Sept. 25 – 27, 11 am – 11 pm
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery hosts this family-friendly (and dog friendly) event for three days straight. Expect seasonal brews, German food, and live music.
FREE Admission (all ages)
Oct. 2, starting at 11 am
210 East Trade Street, Charlotte
Enjoy Brats, drink specials, live polka music and drinking games at this festive celebration.
FREE admission (adults 21+ only)
Oct. 3, 11 am – 1 pm
Blue Restaurant & Bar
206 N. College Street, Charlotte
Check out a farm to table cooking demonstration led by Executive Chef Gene Briggs. Each dish is served and paired with fine wines available for purchase at a discount price. Call for reservations, 704.927.2583
$44.95 (plus tax & gratuity)
Oct. 3, 2 – 6 pm
NC Music Factory, Charlotte
Sample hundreds of craft beers, listen to live music and support local charities at this festive event.
Oct. 14, 6:30 pm
11059 Carolina Place Parkway – Carolina Place Mall, Pineville
Oct. 17, 4 – 9 pm
Main Street, Rock Hill, SC, 29730
A Bavarian-style street festival: This family-friendly event features music, German food, kids activities, a beer garden and even a wiener dog race!
Oct. 23, 7:30 pm
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts, Charlotte
Enjoy the music of Bach, Mozart, Brahms and Wagner as well as craft beer selections from NoDa Brewing Company and Olde Mecklenburg Brewery at this annual event from the Charlotte Symphony
Tickets: $29 (a matinee concert without beer is also available for $12 at noon)
Did we miss anything? Let us know and we’ll add you to our list!