Arriving in Gatlinburg, TN for Oktoberfest is one of the best ways to experience fall in the Smoky Mountains. The leaves are changing yet there is still a hint of warmth in the air; summer still lingers and the air is still fresh, inviting you to step outside. The sun is beginning to set earlier yet the cider mills are opening up and there’s always the excitement of pumpkin style beers and heavier fall foods that are comforting and nice to eat as the seasons begin to change.
At Oktoberfest Gatlinburg there is a variety of Bavarian style German beers to warm you and lift your spirits. In the evenings, when things get a bit cooler and the sun goes down, try a German style spiced cider called Gluehwein. This is a traditional German style fall and winter holiday drink that most tourists (and locals!) enjoy after a night of skiing on the slopes, and Gatlinburg has plenty of slopes for you to explore year-round. All you need to do is arrive. Here’s how.
September 23 – October 30, 2016
Amusement Park & Ski Area
1001 Parkway Suite 2
Gatlinburg TN, 37738
What to expect
Oktoberfest in Ober Gatlinburg is a month-long celebration of activities for the entire family and people of all ages. Oktoberfest is a month-long celebration of German heritage and fun that will include dancing, traditional yodeling as well as traditional german dress, and most importantly, lots of great Bavarian style food and drink. This is the 7th annual year of Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg. Join us for the fun! You won’t want to miss it!
Some of our favorite attractions include:
– An Outdoor Bier Garten, which will remain always open for beer sampling for festival participants
– Lots of outdoor games for adults and children alike
– Traditional German music
When you want to kick back and relax with an ice-cold beer but aren’t sure what to do with the family and the younger kids, we have a solution. There are many outdoor games for children that are run by our volunteers and staff as well as inflatable bounce houses that will keep your children occupied and happy for hours while you do the same.
Activities at Ober Gatlinburg
Some of the activities available for your use include: a ski mountain coaster, indoor ice skating, the alpine slide, chair swing, chairlift with incredible views, the amaze’n maze, mini-golf, an arcade to keep you and your children occupied of hours, chances to see and be with different forms of wildlife and so much more. For prices and exhibit times, visit the main website.
Food and Drink
Germany is known for its delicious and hearty food. A word of advice before we dive into the menu: Don’t come to Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg with the intention of dieting; you will fail miserably and love every minute of it. Germany, specifically Bavaria, is known for its incredible schnitzel, thick and juicy bratwurst, strudels, breaded noodles, turkey legs, handmade soft and salted pretzels and slow-cooked sauerkraut. If that’s not enough to get your mouth watering, we’re not sure what is.
You can also expect German sweets like German chocolate and candied, slow-roasted almonds. And, of course, there will be German beer–pint after pint of delicious German beer. Different featured breweries will be included each weekend in the Bier Garten. There’s nothing better to wash down that bratwurst than an ice-cold German beer.
Other important pieces of information
– Pets are not permitted on the premise of Ober Gatlinburg; service animals are the only exception to this rule
– In accordance with Tennessee State Law smoking is not permitted in any of the Ober Gatlinburg enclosed public spaces. Smoking is permitted in outdoor areas only.
For more information on festivities and day-to-day happenings at Oktoberfest, you can contact the friendly and helpful Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg staff. They are happy to help answer any and all of your questions and are available to help you in every possible way.
Phone: (865) 436-5423