Oktoberfest Sugar Mountain 2023 Guide

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Oktoberfest is returning to Sugar Mountain, North Carolina. Sugar Mountain Resort is having its 33rd annual Oktoberfest on October 7 and 8, 2023, from 10 am to 5 pm.

The Harbour Town Fest Band will be performing each afternoon. Admission, parking and shuttle service are free.

Take in the lovely fall foliage and enjoy the cool, comfortable mountain temperatures. This event is family friendly so be sure to bring the kids.

Oktoberfest Schedule


  • 10 am – Oktoberfest Opens to the Public
  • 10 am to 5 pm – Summit Express Chairlift Rides
  • 10 am to 5 pm – Arts & Crafts Open
  • 10 am to 5 pm – Sports Shop Open – Lower Level Base Lodge
  • 11 am – Oktoberfest Opening Ceremony
  • Noon to 4 pm – Harbour Town Fest Band
  • 11 am to 5 pm – Kids Fun Center – Play Yard
  • 4 pm to 5 pm – Bavarian Costume Contest – Dance Floor


  • 10 am – Oktoberfest Opens
  • 10 am to 5 pm – Summit Express Chairlift Rides
  • 10 am to 5 pm – Arts & Crafts
  • 10 am to 5 pm – Sports Shop
  • Noon to 4 pm – Harbour Town Fest Band
  • 11 am to 5 pm – Kids Fun Center
  • 5 pm – Oktoberfest Closes

Arts & Crafts

Vendors will be at Oktoberfest providing a unique shopping experience. 2023 vendors include

  • French at Heart
  • Ann Wilson Books & Christian Products
  • Wood Therapy NC
  • To His Glory Alpaca Farm
  • D&M Ceramics
  • Jeri’s Jewels
  • MR Metal Works
  • Third Eye Coffee
  • Appalachian Shed
  • Cali.nco
  • Wood Art by John Patrick
  • Nomadic Graphics
  • Avery Knifeworks
  • Jewelry by Julie
  • Just-A-Dash
  • Sours Mountain Homestead Farm
  • Redfox Creations
  • Brenda’s Intarsia Creations & More
  • Craftyann7
  • Spotted Turtle Soapery
  • Mason Creek Forge
  • Brown Creek Herbs
  • Mountain Poured Creations
  • Pumpkin Center Pottery
  • Peaceful Path Pottery
  • Moretz Mudslingers
  • Natural Creations Handmade Earrings
  • Evelyn’s
  • GR Woodworking
  • KB Custom Cowgirl Designs
  • Johnson Family Farm on Honeycutt Creek
  • Keith Martindale Pottery
  • Leisa’s Kettle Corn
  • Peep & Patsy’s Appalachian Emporium – Handmade

Geier’s Sausage Kitchen will be selling Bavarian food items, including Bratwurst, Knockwurst, Sauerkraut, Strudel and Soft Pretzels. The German food will be available at 11 am both days. Spaten beer will be flowing each day from 10 am until 5 pm. Hamburgers, soda, kettle corn and other festival food will also be available for purchase.

The Oktoberfest Costume Contest will be held on Saturday afternoon. There’s no entry fee and anyone in a Bavarian costume or Oktoberfest related costume can compete. The winner will be chosen by crowd response and there will be prizes.

If you need help with your costume, here are some ideas for women and ideas for men.

During the fest, take a ride on the Summit Express Chairlift to the top of Sugar Mountain. Enjoy stunning views of the fall foliage.

Kids Fun Center has inflatables, corn hole, water balloon toss, pumpkin bowling, hay rides and more. A hay ride will cost $5. Kids Fun Center with a hay ride is $20.

German Food

If you liked the German food at Oktoberfest and that makes you want to learn more about German cooking, try these cookbooks. Use our links to see how you can save money on them.

Visiting Sugar Mountain

If you’d like to visit Sugar Mountain for Oktoberfest, here are a selection of homes, condominiums, apartments and other vacation rental units. Many of them would be perfect for your trip. Take a look at these Sugar Mountain rental options.

Many people like to go to festivals in an RV. It has its advantages. You don’t have an RV? Then rent one and Green Vacation Deals recommends RVShare.

Sugar Mountain, North Carolina, is within 30 miles of Boone, Linville Falls, Beech Mountain, Blowing Rock, Elk Park and Seven Devils. Sugar Mountain is 57 miles from Henderson, 72 miles from Asheville and 84 miles from Charlotte.