Sugar Mountain Resort’s annual Oktoberfest celebration takes place October 9-10

It’s that time of year again for people to grab their mugs of beer and dress in their lederhosen or dirndl, as Sugar Mountain Resort will be hosting their annual Oktoberfest this coming weekend 9-10. October.

Held annually in the fall, Oktoberfest is a world-famous German folk festival. It is considered one of the funniest celebrations in the world.

“Guests can look forward to the usual Oktoberfest fun we’ve had for 31 years,” said Kimberley Jochl, vice president and director of marketing and merchandising for Sugar Mountain Resort.

Entrance, parking, and shuttle service are free for the event, and arriving guests will notice the newly paved entrance and parking lots.

The festival will continue regardless of the weather, and families can enjoy the cool and comfortable mountain temperatures and festival activities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

There’s no better way to appreciate the beautiful fall foliage than by taking the high-speed Summit Express six-person chairlift.

In addition to the chairlift, the Sugar Mountain bike park will also be open during the festival. The bike park includes its signature expert terrain and trails for beginners and intermediates.

For entertainment, Oktoberfest isn’t complete without live music from the Harbor Towne Fest Band. Guests can dance with the group of 15 musicians who will create a festive Bavarian atmosphere for the event.

“They’ve been around for at least 14 or 15 years of the festival, and they really create a wonderful atmosphere as close to Munich as possible,” said Jochl.

In addition to musicians, local artisans and craftsmen will present their work on the ski area. A wide variety of items ranging from metalwork to food will be available for purchase to the public.

Speaking of food – Bavarian cuisine, including bratwurst and knockwurst, sauerkraut, strudel, soft pretzels and more, will be available from 11am on both days. In addition to traditional German dishes, burgers, cotton candy, kettle corn, funnel cakes, sodas and other festive foods will be served. To help wash off the food, a large amount of Spaten beer will also be available.

The reason attendees are encouraged to show up at the festival in Bavarian costume or in Oktoberfest-related costumes is that the Oktoberfest costume competition takes place on Saturday, October 9 at 4 p.m. The winners will be determined by the response from the crowd, and the prizes will be handed out. The different categories of the contest include men 12 and under, women 12 and under, men 13 and over and women 13 and over.

And the fun isn’t just for people. Pets are welcome at Oktoberfest as long as they are on a leash at all times. The hay people at the front are encouraging everyone to join in the celebration!

For more information about the festival, visit or call 828-898-4521. Ein Prosit!

Sugar Mountain Resort Oktoberfest 2020 Calendar:

Saturday October 9: 10 am-5pm

10:00 a.m. Oktoberfest opens to the public

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Summit Express chairlift ascents

10:00 am – 5:00 pm DIY on the Lower Flying Mile track

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sports shop opening – Lower level basic pavilion

11:00 a.m. Oktoberfest opening ceremony

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Harbor Towne Fest Band

4 p.m. Bavarian Costume Competition – Dance Floor

5:00 p.m. Closure of the Oktoberfest for the day

Sunday October 10: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

10:00 a.m. Oktoberfest opens to the public

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Summit Express chairlift ascents

10:00 am – 5:00 pm DIY on the Lower Flying Mile track

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sports shop opening – Lower level basic pavilion

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Harbor Towne Fest Band

5:00 p.m. Closure of the Oktoberfest for the day

The list of suppliers for Oktoberfest 2021:

  • 2 Skilled Hillibies – Crochet Items, Car Fees, Rags and Clothespins Wreaths, Sugar Scrubs and Lotions, and Seasonal Crafts
  • 4 Sisters Creations – Handcrafted Home Decor, Garden Decor & Bags
  • Hangar des Appalaches – Wooden folk art
  • Arts and Kats – Paintings, Stickers, Personalized Mugs, Resin Items, Wire Trees, and Jewelry
  • Morgan Artwork – Original Colored Pencil Art Prints, Greeting Cards & Stickers
  • Brenda’s Intarsia Creations & More – Intarsia style woodworking images, animals, crosses and more
  • Browns Creek Herbs – 200 locally made herbal products including tinctures, teas, oils, ointments, and hemp and CBD products
  • Carolyn’s – Homemade Jams, Jellies, Pickles & Relish
  • Country Bumpkin Candle Company – Handmade Candles, Melted Wax, Soap, Sugar Scrubs & Bath Bombs
  • Creative Photos Plus – Photography on canvas, cups and other handmade items
  • D&M Ceramics – Ceramic and decorative mesh crowns
  • Datil Sensation – Homemade and Homemade Hot Sauces and Salsas
  • Darlene’s Sewing Garden – Embroidered Hooded Towels, Kitchen Towels, Pillows, Blankets, Onesies & More
  • Evelyn’s – Crochet Headbands, Hats, Scarves, Beer Mugs & Koozies, Christmas Ornaments & Carpentry
  • French at Heart – Handcrafted pearl and gemstone jewelry
  • Funtime Concessions – Classic & Delicious Snow Cones, Cotton Candy & Popcorn
  • Historic Trade Sock Zen – Socks, clothing and accessories made from natural and recycled fibers
  • Jeri’s Jewels – Sterling Silver Jewelry and Pick Jewelry
  • Just-A-Dash – Sewn aprons, table runners, eyeglass covers, checkbooks and card holders, scrunchies and many more handmade items
  • Landy’s Woods – Handcrafted Log Planter Chairs, Pine Cones Wreaths, Wooden Charcuterie Boards and Small Decorative Pieces
  • Leisa’s Kettle Corn, LLC – Assorted flavors of kettle corn, pork skins, boiled, roasted and salted peanuts, glazed nuts and homemade fudge
  • Laurel Fork Gifts – Holiday Wreaths, Canvas Stitch Items, Screen Printing Items & Custom Dyed Disc Golf Discs
  • Mutton Creek Forge – Blacksmithing, metal and woodworking
  • Roan Mountain Glass – Stained Glass Set in Oak Jewelry, Keepsakes and Keepsake Boxes
  • Rose’s Creations – Crochet blankets, scarves, hats, children’s hats, stuffed animals, dolls, kitchen towels, ornaments, face masks, air fresheners, oyster jewelry, resin coasters and t-shirts
  • Shady Grove Ventures – Furniture and accessories made from wood barrels, reused antiques and pieces of wood with live edges
  • Spotted Turtle Soap – Handmade Soaps & Bath Salts
  • The Bell Collection – Handcrafted Sterling Silver Jewelry, Pendants & Charms
  • Third Eye Café – Fresh coffee, lattes, espresso, cold brew, cappuccino, hot chocolate, baked goods and lemonade
  • To His Glory Alpaca Farm – Alpaca Hats, Scarves, Socks, Gloves, Dolls and Much More

Photos from Oktoberfest 2019:

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