Food, Fun, Bier! at Ober Gatlinburg Oktoberfest in Tennessee

The Ober Gatlinburg Oktoberfest ranks as one of the top events in the Smoky Mountains, especially for those who enjoy delicious Bavarian food, toe-tapping music and frosty mugs of beer. For nearly 40 days, Gatlinburg celebrates German culture with folk dancing, daily performances and food. Keep reading to learn more and start planning a quick fall vacation.

Get the Scoop: Ober Gatlinburg Oktoberfest

Commemorating the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig I to Princess Therese of Bavaria more than 200 years ago, Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg offers a family-friendly celebration of Bavarian food, music and bier!

Festival-goers can feast on wurst, schnitzel, sauerkraut, strudel and authentic Bavarian pretzels, washing them down with a premium selection of special Oktoberfest beers. Don’t miss the Bavarian Fun Makers Band, which dresses up in authentic costumes and performs at various times. Dressed in authentic lederhosen and dirndls, they put everyone in the mood for fun with traditional oompah music, yodels, German folk dances, cow bell serenades and spirited sing-a-longs.

How to Get to Ober Gatlinburg Oktoberfest

Conveniently located less than half a mile from Gatlinburg’s Downtown Market, Ober Gatlinburg is just a five-minute drive from the heart of Gatlinburg. The route from the Market southwest down Parkway (US 441/SR 71) to Ober Gatlinburg makes a pleasant short walk or drive from your Gatlinburg vacation cabin rental.

October is a great time to schedule a Gatlinburg vacation in the scenic Smoky Mountains. In fall, vivid reds, oranges and golds splash the mountainsides with brilliant color, providing spectacular views no matter the location. While attending Oktoberfest, ride the Aerial Tramway to see stunning autumn colors and take pictures and videos to capture the experience.

Crisp fall weather invites leaf-scuffing hikes at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park where nature lovers find waterfalls, wildlife and outdoor adventure. Read about 10 activities at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.