OktOBERfest Has Begun!

Ober Gatlinburg is celebrating Fall with its fantastic more-than-a-month-long OktOBERfest, featuring Bavarian-style food, drink and music.

This year’s celebration takes place September 23-October 30, commemorating the 206th anniversary of the original festival held each year in Munich, Germany.

If you’re visiting White Oak Lodge and Resort this fall, there’s plenty of time to check out the festivities, which are happening every day.

The Food
Most of the food is German-inspired and derived from traditional Bavarian cuisine. Cuisine includes schnitzel, bratwurst, strudel, turkey legs, pretzels, sauerkraut and more. If German food isn’t for you, there are other eateries on site that will offer meals suited to your taste and budget.

The Beer
An outdoor Bier Garten is open every Thursday-Sunday for sampling, and a beer tent is available for guests over 21. Enjoy authentic Oktoberfest brews, like Franzikaner, Oktoberfest Wiesn, and Cottonwood Pumpkin, along with German-style wines.

The Music
Get your schuhplattling shoes on (I had to Google that, too). It’s a traditional Bavarian folk dance you may find yourself learning. The Bavarian Fun Makers Band, in authentic costumes, will perform traditional Bavarian folk dances, oompah music, sing-a-longs, yodels and more with daily shows and multiple performances every day.

The Fun
There’s plenty to do when you need a break from eating and drinking. Hop aboard the Ski Mountain Coaster, an elevated wild ride through the woods bordering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The indoor Ice Skating Rink, Alpine Slide, Chair Swing, Scenic Chairlift, Amaze’n Maze, Mini-Golf, a full arcade, and the Wildlife Encounter are also ready to entertain, and The Shops at Ober might just have that special souvenir.

No matter where you turn, there’s something fun to do, eat or drink at OktOBERfest.

Have you stayed at White Oak Lodge and Resort during OktOBERfest? Tell us if you visited the festival and what you liked best.


Victoria Hoffman

A native of New Jersey, Victoria isn't entirely sure how she ended up in Kansas City, but has enjoyed writing, editing, creating, communicating and marketing for high-profile accounts throughout the city ever since. In her spare time, Victoria is an actress (and active) with local community and city theatre.