Ober Gatlinburg’s 8th Annual OktOBERfest will be held from September 22-October 29, 2017. This beloved event takes place every October and celebrates some of the time-honored traditions of the original OktOBERfest in Munich, Germany. There are plenty of activities and lots of fun to be had by visitors of all ages.
Ober Gatlinburg is celebrating October with a fantastic festival
featuring Bavarian-style food, drink and music, but you don’t have to
don your finest lederhosen or dirndls to be a part of the fun.
OktOBERfest returns to its Gatlinburg-style roots with 38
days of merrymaking from September 22 through October 29, 2016 as the
resort commemorates the 206th anniversary of the popular festival held
in Munich, Germany.
The Bavarian Fun Makers Band, in authentic costumes, will perform
traditional Bavarian folk dances, schuhplattling, oompah music,
sing-a-longs, yodels and more with daily shows and multiple performances
every day during Oktoberfest. Special Oktoberfest Biers will be served
along with traditional German wurst, schnitzel, sauerkraut, strudel,
pretzels and more.
Oktoberfest was a popular event when the Heidelberg Castle operated its restaurant at Ober Gatlinburg in the 1980s.
The first Oktoberfest was not really a festival at all, but the
public celebration of the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig I and Princess
Therese of Bavaria on October 17, 1810. Held on a large meadow named the
Theresienwiese in Munich, the party featured a horse race, beer, food,
music and dancing.
Anniversary celebrations continues each year,
usually starting in late September and ending in the first week of
October, with some six million people attending annually.