Celebrate the cultural traditions of Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, without even leaving the country when you take a fall vacation to the scenic Great Smoky Mountains of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, this October! Hosting the 12th annual OktOBERfest for an entire month is OBER Gatlinburg — a fun ski area and amusement park with outdoor fun, indoor ice skating, shopping, and mountain top dining in the Smokies. In addition to Bavarian entertainment, shopping, and food, yes, there will be a beer garden!
Smoky Mountain Oompah Band
Of all the things to do at OktOBERfest at Ober Gatlinburg, watching Bavarian folk dances performed in authentic lederhosen by the Smoky Mountain Oompah Band and listening to traditional oompah music is one of the best parts! You can join in sing-a-longs and hear professional yodeling, too. Performances will be held daily in the Seasons of Ober Restaurant during this fall event. Feel free to get up and boogie anytime!
Mon & Wed
• 1:00 p.m.
• 5:00 p.m.
Tues & Thu-Sun
• 1:00 p.m.
• 3:00 p.m.
• 5:00 p.m.
Yum! If you’re most excited about the German food at OktOBERfest, you’re certainly not alone. At the event, the Seasons of Ober Restaurant changes its menu to suit the festive occasion and features German cuisine with all the classics that pair especially well with German beer. Check out a taste of their Bavarian-inspired menu below. Note: some items may be in limited supply due to recent supply chain issues, so be sure to get there early!
- Turkey legs
- Salted pretzels
- German chocolate cake
Yass, many consider the Outdoor Bier Garten to be the best part of OktOBERfest in Gatlinburg…and we couldn’t agree more! Get ready to try a variety of German beers all day if you wish. Brewing representatives from specialty breweries will be there every Saturday during the event to offer recommendations and answer any questions.
While this is a family-friendly festival, you must be 21+ years of age and bring a valid ID to participate in the Bavarian beer festivities. For only $20, you’ll get a beer card that gets you 8 beers at 8 ounces each OR 4 beers at 16 ounces each, so you can sample many beers or keep chugging your favorites! Please drink responsibly.
• 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
• 12:00 p.m. (noon) – 6:00 p.m.
Note: the Outdoor Bier Garten is open weather permitting.
Having a great time? Take home souvenirs to remember all the good times at OktOBERfest! Tents with Bavarian and beer goodies as well as event items, including T-shirts, magnets, hats, and gifts, will be set up outside. Peruse for a while to find exactly what you want.
You can also head inside to check out the “Beer Necessities” kiosk that offers a unique selection of authentic collectible steins and beer accessories. And there are loads of other shops at Ober Gatlinburg if you’re up for a shopping spree.
OktOBERfest Dates & Location
Fall is the best season to attend a German festival in Gatlinburg, TN. Leaves change color, making the Smoky Mountains more beautiful than ever! Autumn breezes usher in cooler air that’s ideal for spending time in the great outdoors. And it’s always nice to mark the change of seasons by creating new memories with friends and family — at OktOBERfest!
September 24 (Friday at 10:00 a.m.) – October 31 (Sunday at 6:00 p.m.)
1339 Ski Mountain Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
How to Get There
Take the trolley into town or park at a local lot in downtown Gatlinburg. Then, take the Aerial Tramway (typically $14-17 round-trip tickets) located at 1001 Parkway and Leconte Street to the top of Ober Gatlinburg. There you’ll find OktOBERfest in full swing!
Trams depart every 20 minutes. However, holidays and weekends during OktOBERfest can get jam-packed, so be sure to plan for a long wait time or get there super early! Note: masks are currently required on the Aerial Tramway.
Where to Stay
Dancing to Bavarian folk music, eating and drinking all day, and shopping for souvenirs at OktOBERfest will leave you tired. Pigeon Forge TN Cabins offers cabins not far from the festival so you can head down the mountain and into bed or a steamy hot tub within minutes.
With 450+ options, our cabins range from 1-16 bedrooms, can accommodate 1-60+ guests, and feature awesome amenities to keep everyone comfortable and entertained.
- Private indoor swimming pools
- Outdoor hot tubs
- Gas, electric, or wood-burning fireplaces
- Big screen TVs
- Home theaters with projectors
- Game rooms
- Wet bars
- High speed Wi-Fi
- Fully equipped kitchens
- Gas or charcoal grills
- King suites
- Indoor jetted tubs
- Resort bonuses!
Attend OktOBERfest in Gatlinburg and stay at a cozy cabin in the Smoky Mountains this fall!
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