Visit Ober Gatlinburg for Oktoberfest

Visit Ober Gatlinburg through November 4 for Oktoberfest!

It’s already started, but no worries — you can still catch Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg! It goes on through November 4, so you have plenty of fall weekends left!

The 3rd annual Oktoberfest takes place at Ober Gatlinburg (1339 Ski Mountain Road in Gatlinburg). It includes shows and special German food.

The festival is mirrored after the popular Oktober Festival held in Munich, Germany, which includes all kinds of merrymaking all through the month of October.

The shows are Bavarian style, with a band called the Bavarian Fun Makers Band. Members wear authentic German costumes, and perform traditional Bavarian folk dances, schuhplattling, oompah music, sing-a-longs, yodels, and more. They take place at 1 & 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and at noon, 2, 4, & 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Food includes special Oktoberfest Biers, along with traditional German wurst, schnitzel, sauerkraut, strudel, pretzels, and more. Food is served a la carte, with appetizers and sandwiches costing around $8, and entrees starting around $11 and going up from there. Here’s a complete Oktoberfest menu. Food is served at the Ober Gatlinburg restaurant, but beer tents will be set up outside, as well. The beer tents will have entertainment from 1:30-5 p.m. Several German beers will be available, including Shiner Bock, Sam Adams Oktoberfest, and Cottonwood Pumpkin Spiced Ale.

Ober Gatlinburg is primarily a ski resort, but there’s much more to do than just skiing. There’s an alpine slide, ice skating, a wildlife encounter, a scenic chairlift, a maze, a carousel, a water ride, a kiddie land, mini golf, and an arcade. You can drive to Ober Gatlinburg, or you can take the Ariel Tramway, which is a lot of fun. The tram costs $11 for adults (round trip) and $8.50 for kids ages 5-11. Kids 4 and under are free! It’s a great way to appreciate the fall leaves!

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