Oktoberfest 2014 is Saturday, Oct. 11 through Sunday, Oct. 12
Oktoberfest Is A World-Famous German Folk Festival
Enjoy the two-day Oktoberfest celebration from 10am until 5pm in the North Carolina mountains. The event features live Bavarian music by the Harbourtown Fest Band, German and American food and beverages; children’s fun center; hay rides; local and regional craft fair; lift rides; winter sports shop sale; lodging specials and much more for the whole family!
The 24th annual Oktoberfest at Sugar Mountain Resort is the perfect reason to grab your beer stein, don your lederhosen and head out for a great time. Take in the beautiful fall foliage, cool mountain temperatures and a weekend full of festivities. Be sure to bring the kids along, because this event is for the whole family. Parking and shuttle service are provided completely free, and the event will go on rain or shine.
Held annual each fall, Oktoberfest is a world-famous German folk festival. It is considered one of the world’s most fun-filled celebrations. Oktoberfest is best known for the free-flowing, hearty German beer. The celebration officially begins each year when the Lord Mayor of the city taps the first keg, symbolizing the celebration of the season’s first brew. The first Oktoberfest was held nearly 200 years ago in celebration of Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese. Since then, the German Oktoberfest has grown in side and is known worldwide for its friendly and festive atmosphere.
You can’t afford to pass up the breathtaking panoramic views of the beautiful fall colors atop Sugar’s 5, 300-foot peak this October. The enjoyable round trip lift ride takes approximately 45 minutes and runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. during Oktoberfest. Lift prices are $12 for a one-time ride, $25 for an all day ticket and children 4 and under ride free with a paying adult. Groups of 20 or more can buy one-time ride tickets for only $8. Advanced reservations are required. Please call 828-898-4521 for more information or to make reservations.
Oktoberfest will feature loads of great live music all day long for guests to enjoy. In additions, local artisans and craftsmen will show their wares at Oktoberfest on the ski area grounds. A wide variety of items from food to ironworks and everything in between will be available for the public to purchase. Previous vendors have offered wares such as pottery, jewelry, fashion accessories, ceramics, candles, funnel cakes, pet items, soaps, clothing, paper goods artwork, books and much more.
German Food and Drinks
Bavarian cuisine including Bratwurst, Knockwurst, Sauerkraut, strudel and pretzels will be available on both days. To help wash it down an ample supply of beer will generously flow each day until 5pm. Spaten Oktoberfest Beer, first crafted in 1872, is the world’s first Oktoberfest beer, brewed especially for the festival. If Bavarian cuisine isn’t your thing, there will be American hot dogs, hamburgers, sodas, cotton candy, kettle corn, funnel cakes, candy apples and other festive foods on hand to satisfy.
The Sports & Gift Shop Super Sale
Shop for the upcoming fall and winter seasons at Sugar Mountain Resort’s Sport Shop located on the first level of the main lodge. The ski shop will offer 30 percent off of all 2014 and older winter apparel and footwear, plus all Spyder Sample items will be 50-70 percent off. Sale prices are available only during the two-day Oktoberfest celebration each day from 10am to 5pm. All accessories including but not limited to goggles, gloves and hats will be excluded from the sale. New 2015 winter merchandise will also be available at regular retail price. Commemorative Oktoberfest T-shirts and souvenir items can also be bought in the sports shop or under the tent on the main celebration deck.
Children’s Fun Center
Be sure to bring the kids to Oktoberfest, there is plenty for them at the festival as well. The Children’s Activity Center, located in the Ski School Play Yard will keep the young ones entertained from noon until 5pm on both days of the festival. Kids can enjoy hay rides, inflatable bounce houses, an 18-hole miniature golf course, a climbing wall and even an exciting chance to meet Sugar Bear and Sweetie Bear.
Parking: Parking and shuttle for this event is free
Pets: Pets are welcome to attend Oktoberfest, however, they are not allowed on the deck or inside the lodge and must be kept on a leash at all times.