- Kingsport Oktoberfest


Tennessee Oktoberfest

2016 Oktoberfest – Saturday, October 1st

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Named As “7 Best Oktoberfests” in U.S. by Paste Magazine

A One Day FREE Oktoberfest for the Entire Family

The 5th annual Kingsport Oktoberfest, sponsored by Yuengling, is the largest Oktoberfest in Tennessee and has been named for the second year in a row, by Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine, as a ‘Top 50′ festival. From Gatlinburg’s German heritage to the original settlers in the Tri-Cities, German heritage plays an important role in the Appalachian Mountains. The Kingsport Oktoberfest embraces our German influences by having Oktoberfest, a celebration of German heritage and fun for everyone. Featuring the ever popular Wiener Dog races and award winning Craft Bier Garden (tickets required), this year is one to mark your calendar and go ahead and make your plans to join us for a fun filled Oktoberfest. Check out our area Hotels for Oktoberfest rates and detailed Event Map & Schedule.


2015 Kingsport Oktoberfest – October 3

2013 Kingsport Oktoberfest was profiled for a 30-minute episode for a new cable series. Ben Bailey, host of Cash Cab, and a large team from his show were in town for the week of the festival.
2014 Kingsport Oktoberfest made the list of the “7 Best Oktoberfests in the U.S.” by Paste Magazine, a national publication.  Here’s what Paste had to say about Tennessee’s Largest Oktoberfest:   The only single-day Oktoberfest on this list packs enough activities and events to fill an entire weekend. Certainly you’ll find the traditional German food, music and dancing—and a wiener dog race, though in this one each dachshund will sport his or her own hot-dog bun costume. But in addition, there will be a Beer University featuring presentations from local brewers, a craft bier garden with regional craft beers, a Football & Bier Haus so festival-goers won’t miss their games, Das Kidzone for the youngsters, and more.  The Kingsport Oktoberfest is in good company on the magazine’s list.  Others festivals named include the Helen Oktoberfest, Breckenridge Oktoberfest and Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.

Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival celebrated annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany,running from late September to the first weekend in October. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the original Munich event. Wikipedia  It all started with a horse race which the national guard staged for the people on 17th August 1810 to mark the wedding of the Ludwig Crown Prince of Bavaria (later King Ludwig I) to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The race was such a success that it was staged again the following year on the Theresienwiese – the meadow named in honor of the Princess. From 1870 onwards the number of stalls began to increase and in 1896 the very first beer tents were erected which sold only beer brewed in Munich – a tradition which has remained to the present day. Due to lack of space the horse races with which it all began were staged for the last time in 1936. Barvaria.by

Kingsport Oktoberfest is a one day family festival in the heart of downtown Kingsport, Tennessee. Thanks to our fabulous Sponsors admission is FREE to this celebration of Bavarian heritage. The Kingsport Oktoberfest began in 2011 and has grown in popularity to over 16,000 attendees last year.

FREE Admission – Music, Food and Family Fun all day long!

Saturday, October 3rd – 10am – 8pm

The Kingsport Oktoberfest is held September every year in Downtown Kingsport, Tennessee. The event covers several city blocks with plenty of free parking available around the celebration grounds.

Oktoberfest Contact- available at info@kingsportoktoberfest.com

The Kingsport Oktoberfest is proud to be a festival where the entire family can enjoy the activities. Mom, Dad, the Kids, bring along the grandparents, everyone is welcome for a day full of fun for the entire family. There’s entertainment, food, and the Das KidZone where families can participate in festivities in an alcohol free zone. Some of the many free Das Kidzone activities that will be happening throughout the day include: music, 4 inflatable bounce houses, face-painting, balloon animal twisting, German dance lessons, arts & craft projects, new to the Kidszone this year magical StiltWalkers, and much more free stuff! Grab the Kids, the dogs, the Grandparents- everyone is going to have a great time!

An Oktoberfest would not be complete without the aroma of bratwursts and compliments cooking in the air. Expect delicious German foods and other festival favorites. The first bite of a freshly cooked pretzel can not be duplicated anywhere else. The Kingsport Oktoberfest Food Court will be open and ready to serve up a satisfaction to any hunger craving you bring.

The Tennessee Oktoberfest 2015 will feature Free Entertainment on the main stage throughout the day. There will be, of course, the all popular traditional Ompaah sounds of Bavaria, but that’s just a start.The 2014 Kingsport Oktoberfest enjoyed performances from fabulous bands and this year will be no disappointment. Bring a chair, spread out on a blanket, enjoy a mix of music worthy to be Oktoberfest.

First Pour 1:00pm-6:30pm, Grand Tasting 2:30pm-6:30pmIn In keeping with tradition, the Kingsport Oktoberfest celebration will showcase over 45 brewers from around the region making available their unique and award winning beers for you to enjoy. We are pleased to have fabulous representation from Tennessee Breweries as well as North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Louisiana and Mississippi.Visit the Tennessee Craft Bier Garden to sample many rare and unique beers that you will not find anywhere else, participate in our Beer Tours and experience hands-on the craft of making beer, and compete for cash in the Bier Stein Hoisting competition. Many of the brewers will be on-site to speak about their brewery and unique beer qualities.


Our volunteers make the Kingsport Oktoberfest work. They enable us to donate more to Keeping Kingsport Beautiful, the Chamber Foundations and other charities. Volunteers help with a variety of duties – extending Tennessee Oktoberfest southern hospitality to our guests, handing out programs and tasting glasses, checking IDs, affixing wristbands & pouring beer (age appropriate), helping stuff get from point A to point B, and general festival upkeep. Volunteers will receive a commemorative sampling glass (for those 21 and over) an Oktoberfest T-shirt, and get to participate in the invitation only ‘Growl at the Moon’ party on Friday night. If you would like to volunteer, SIGN UP HERE- just takes a minute…if you have any questions email us info@kingsportoktoberfest.com, include “VOLUNTEER” in the subject field and provide your full name, phone number and email address. Thank you for your support ! MusicMan150x250x