Ober Gatlinburg is celebrating October with a fantastic festival featuring Bavarian-style food, drink and music, but you don't have to don your finest lederhosen or dirndls to be a part of the fun.
September 27, 2013 - November 3, 2013
1339 Ski Mountain Road
Oktoberfest returns to its Gatlinburg-style roots as the resort commemorates the 203rd anniversary of the popular festival held in Munich, Germany with 38 days of merrymaking from September 27 through Nov. 3, 2013.
The Bavarian Fun Makers Band, in authentic costumes, will perform traditional Bavarian folk dances, schuhplattling, oompah music, sing-a-longs, yodels and more with daily shows and multiple performances every day during Oktoberfest. Special Oktoberfest Biers will be served along with traditional German wurst, schnitzel, sauerkraut, strudel, pretzels and more. Menu
Monday - Thursday: 1pm & 5pm
Friday - Sunday: Noon, 2, 4 & 6pm
Beer Tent open Friday - Sunday from noon - 6pm with live entertainment and Oktoberfest biers on tap!
We're hosting a "Beer Garden Party" from Noon - 6pm, Fridays through Sundays and the first 50 people to purchase Beer Sample Tickets will receive a Free Oktoberfest Mug! Here's the featured Breweries that will be bringing their handcrafted beers each weekend:
Friday, October 18 through Sunday, Oct. 20:
Harpoon ~ Catawba Brewing Company ~ French Broad Brewing Company
Friday, October 25 through Sunday, October 27
Hofbräu ~ Sam Adams ~ Big River Brewing
Friday, November 1 through Sunday, November 3
Foothills ~ New Belgium Beer ~ Brooklyn ~ Yazoo Beer ~ Saw Works Brewing Company
There will also be a free Bounce House Friday - Sunday and free face painting for kids on Saturday from noon-6pm!
Oktoberfest was a popular event when the Heidelberg Castle operated its restaurant at Ober Gatlinburg in the 1980s, and for some of the Bavarian Fun Makers Band, it is like coming home as they are part of the original band.
The first Oktoberfest was not really a festival at all, but the public celebration of the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Bavaria on October 17, 1810. Held on a large meadow named the Theresienwiese in Munich, the party featured a horse race, beer, food, music and dancing. Anniversary celebrations continues each year, usually starting in late September and ending in the first week of October, with some six million people attending annually.
Oktoberfests have been held in Munich for 200 years with the exception of wartime. As immigrants from Germany came to North America, smaller Oktoberfests sprouted up in their communities.