October 8, 2016
Don't miss the fun and tasty Oktoberfest in downtown Asheville in Pack Square Park. This "Little Germany" mixes Bavarian traditions with Asheville’s eclectic vibe. It's a perfect time to celebrate our local beer scene. The ticketed event runs 1-6 PM. Buying advance tickets is recommended since it will probably sell out. It's a 21 and over festival. Enjoy a big variety of beer tastings from local breweries, with many brewers featuring seasonal ales for Oktoberfest. Pair the brews with German staples like bratwurst, pretzels and traditional sides from food vendors.
The stage will feature happy yodeling songs, shoe-slapping dances and lively spirited Polka music sure to incite dancing in the street and rousing cheers of “Prost!” The popular Oktoberfest Games return. A limited number of team tickets will be available for purchase. Teams of four can enter to test their strength and skills in activities like: Brezel Toss (pretzel toss), Stein Hissen (stein hoist), Staffellauf (relay race) and Fass Roll (Keg Roll). Dress for the Costume Contest! Back for this year’s fest are Austria’s own (by way of Vermont) Stratton Mountain Boys.
Some of the participating samplers include Asheville Brewing Company, Catawba Brewing Company, French Broad Brewing Company, Highland Brewing Company, Hi-Wire Brewing, New Belgium Brewing Company and Noble Cider.
Advance tickets are available at ashevilledowntown.org. This year’s event is expected to sell out, so purchase early! Tickets are $40/person and includes a complimentary tasting mug and opportunity to taste a variety of local and regional beers as well as local cider and select wine. No pets allowed.