Oktoberfest is a 21 and over festival, you are encouraged to leave the kids at home. If you must bring children, those eight and up must have a child ticket. Children under seven will be admitted free. Designated driver tickets are available for $10.
Back for this year’s fest are Austria’s own (by way of Vermont) Stratton Mountain Boys. Widely known as one of the finest bands performing German music, the band’s haunting alphorns, happy yodeling songs, traditional shoe slapping dances and lively spirited Polka music are sure to have attendees dancing along.
Following a parade through the park, the ceremonial tapping of the keg will officially open the festivities. Confirmed breweries include: Asheville Brewing Company, Catawba Brewing Company, French Broad Brewery, Hi-Wire Brewing, New Belgium Brewing and Noble Cider. More breweries will be added. Check ashevilledowntown.org/oktoberfest.
The Official Oktoberfest Games are back as well, but this year, attendees can participate. 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). Games subject to change.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in the Costume Contest and the Organic Free-range Chicken Dance.