Pretzels and beer

5th Annual Oktoberfest Event in Gatlinburg Brings New Fall Flavors to the Smokies

Are you looking for a new way to celebrate the fall season on your vacation? For the fifth consecutive year, Ober Gatlinburg will be hosting its Oktoberfest event in Gatlinburg, at the Seasons of Ober Restaurant. Starting on September 28 and running through November 4, this festival will be modeled after the traditional German celebration which is held annually in Munich, Germany.

History of Oktoberfest

One of the celebrations that is looked forward to every year in Germany is Oktoberfest.  Oktoberfest finds its roots in a celebration of the marriage between Crown Prince Ludwig I of Germany and Princess Therese of Bavaria in October of 1810. Royal weddings were (and are still) cause for great celebrations. The initial celebration included food, dancing, music and beer. The celebrations that have followed are done to commemorate the original wedding by reliving the original wedding party from 1810. As the legend of and style of the celebration was passed from generation to generation the festival became what we know it as today.

Entertainment at the Gatlinburg Oktoberfest Event

One of the main aspects of Oktoberfest that is universally beloved is the traditional entertainment. Ober Gatlinburg does an excellent job of providing authentic entertainment that is sure to provide a good time for all ages. This year Ober Gatlinburg will be featuring The Bavarian Fun Makers Band for the duration of the festival. The band will be outfitted in traditional Bavarian costumes and perform traditional Bavarian folk dances, schuhplattling, oompah music, sing-a-longs, yodels. The show schedule is as follows:

  • Monday – Thursday: 1p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Friday – Sunday: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Seating opens up approximately 30 minutes before each show, so if you want a front row seat, you should arrive a little earlier!

See what else is happening at the Oktoberfest event in this video:

Food at the Oktoberfest Event in GatlinburgGerman potato salad

One of the most important aspects of any celebration is the food, right? At the Oktoberfest celebration at Ober Gatlinburg there will be vendors with authentic German cuisine, including bratwurst, schnitzel, pretzels and frikadelle available for purchase. With appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts available at a variety of prices there is sure to be a dish to suit every palate. All of the dishes are budget friendly and very affordable for your entire family! The authentic scents and tastes of German cuisine will be sure to add to your overall experience of Oktoberfest.

There will also be a selection of German ales and wines available for guests 21 years of age and older. The Bier Garden will also be open Thursdays through Sundays for the duration of the event and will feature a wider selection of German alcohols.

View from the Aerial Tramway in GatlinburgHow to Get to Ober Gatlinburg

Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg can be accessed two ways.

1. Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway

If you choose to take a ride on the Aerial Tramway, you can capture the beauty of fall in the Smoky Mountains before you arrive at Oktoberfest. You can learn more about the Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway by following this link to Ober Gatlinburg’s website:

2. Driving

You can drive to the Ober Gatlinburg resort. The drive is scenic, but not as beautiful as the Aerial Tramway experience. There is parking at the resort.

Oktoberfest is a fascinating event that provides an opportunity for fun for the whole family–no matter what age! The annual Oktoberfest event in Gatlinburg is the perfect chance to experience German culture, too.

As you make plans for your next Smoky Mountain vacation, be sure to plan to spend an afternoon at the Oktoberfest event in Gatlinburg!

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