Ready to celebrate Oktoberfest in Charlotte (and near Charlotte)? We’ve put together a list of some free celebrations. You’ll need to pay for your food and beer, but admission is free.
Also, scroll down for an even bigger, day-by-day, list of Oktoberfest celebrations around Charlotte!
Traditionally, Oktoberfest is an annual 16-18 day folk festival in Munich, held in mid or late September to the first weekend in October. Large quantities of beer are consumed at Oktoberfest. There are also amusement rides, live music, traditional foods, and games.
The first Oktoberfest was held on October 12th, 1810, to celebrate the marriage of King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen.
Of course, Oktoberfest has grown since then. The Munich festival is huge, and you’ll find celebrations all over the world, taking place throughout September and October.
September 20th to 22nd, at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. This three-day festival is one of Charlotte's biggest Oktoberfest celebrations, and features OMB's seasonal Mecktoberfest Märzen Lager, as well as their popular year-round beers. There will also be live German music, and plenty of competitions and activities. Kid-friendly and dog-friendly
October 5th, at Stowe Park in Belmont. Belmont's second annual Oktoberfest celebration has a canine twist. There will be plenty of dog-focused activities and vendors, and the event will raise money for a future dog park in Belmont.
October 11th to 13th. Cabarrus Brewing Company's 4th Annual Oktoberfest includes live music, a costume contest, a Stein hoisting competition, axe throwing and more.
October 12th at Bailey Road Park in Cornelius. Features kids' zone, arts and crafts vendors, live music, lots of food trucks, and plenty of beer from North Carolina breweries.
October 19th at Fountain Park in Rock Hill. This event features Weiner Dog Races, which benefit the Humane Society of York County. Also, a photo booth, pumpkin bowling, live music, and more.