It’s almost the most brew-tiful time of the year: Oktoberfest.
This folk festival originated in Munich, Germany in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Louis to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The tradition has continued to grow into the world’s largest Volkfest — read: people festival — filled with beer, traditional Bavarian music, performances, parades, and German outfits.
But don’t worry, you won’t need to go far to join the festivities. We gathered some local celebrations for a pitcher-perfect Oktoberfest:
- Carolina Bauernhaus, 556 Perry Ave., Ste. B118 | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 2 p.m.-6 p.m. | Enjoy live music with Ragin’ Cajun Accordion Delight David Donar and chow down on brats with haus made kraut + warm pretzels with beer cheese.
- Tetrad Brewing Co., 603 E. Stone Ave. | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 2 p.m.-10 p.m. | Enjoy a $15 German mug (includes $5 refills), and brats from Resident Diner + pretzels from Pretzel Papa
- Gather GVL, 126 Augusta St. | Thursday, Sept. 21 | 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. |Feast your ears on a live Oompah band and show off your strength with a stein-holding contest.
- Fireforge, 311 E. Washington St. | Saturday, Sept. 23-Sunday, Sept. 24 | 12 p.m.-close | Wear your lederhosen or don a pretzel necklace + get ready for stein hoisting and live polka throughout the weekend.
- 13 Stripes Brewery, 250 Mill St., Ste. PW3101 Dock Print Works No. 3, Taylors | 2 p.m.-10 p.m. | Monday, Sept. 25-Sunday, Oct. 1 | Test your knowledge with trivia and make your own stein with Hollowed Earth Pottery.
- Pangea Brewing, 115 Welborn St., Ste. A | Saturday, Sept. 30 | 11 a.m.-10 p.m. | Costumes are encouraged, just make sure you have plenty of room for brats and beer specials.
- NOMA Square, 220 N. Main St. | Friday, Oct. 6-Saturday, Oct. 7 | 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. | NOMA Square and Main Street will be transformed into a Bavarian Biergarten with live German music, dancing, and contests.
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