Oktoberfest

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not currently hosting any in-person events or festivals. We will update our event pages as new information becomes available. Stay healthy and well.

On the first Saturday in October, Bavaria comes to Asheville when Asheville Oktoberfest descends on downtown. 

The 21+ festival features tastings of seasonal and specialty brews and beverages from some of Asheville’s finest craft makers, and Bavarian-inspired music and entertainment, including the infamous Oktoberfest Games.

Local food vendors offer a variety of German-style dishes like pretzels and brats.  

Tickets begin at $40, and typically go on sale in early August. For the last several years, Oktoberfest has sold out.  

Parking

• Harrah’s Cherokee Center Garage - enter from Haywood Street or Rankin Avenue

• Rankin Avenue Garage - enter from Rankin Avenue or Walnut Street

• Wall Street Garage - enter from Otis Street near Patton Avenue

• Biltmore Avenue Garage - enter from Biltmore Avenue or S. Lexington Avenue

• Buncombe County Garage - enter from College Street
• Coxe Avenue Garage - enter from Sears Alley
• On-street metered parking is free after 6pm Monday - Saturday, free on Sundays
• Private lots - if you park in a private lot, be sure to read any signage and pay fees to avoid fines or towing
We also encourage you to check out our transit service, Asheville Rides Transit or use multi-model transportation.

And if you enjoy adult beverages at our events, please use AVL Ride or another ride-share service. 

Prohibited items

• Pets are not allowed in permitted special event boundaries (this is a City of Asheville ordinance), certified service dogs are excepted
• Weapons of any kind Illegal substances (including narcotics) or drug paraphernalia
• Outside alcoholic beverages
• Fireworks and explosives
• Coolers
• Tents
• Unauthorized vendors
• Moshing, crowd surfing, and/or stage diving
• Unauthorized solicitations, handbills, sampling, give-aways, etc.

Volunteering

Interested in volunteering at our events? Just click here to learn more.

Accessibility

We strive to make our events accessible to persons with disabilities. Accessible portajohn/s are located near other portable restrooms. Regarding wheelchair accessibility, sidewalks run throughout the event. These sidewalks will remain open for the duration of the event and provide the best route for ingress, egress and concert viewing. Some event areas are grassy or paved and may present bumps or inclines. Food vendors are required to be prepared to serve people with disabilities. If you have suggestions as to how we can better serve our neighbors with disabilities, please let us know by emailing info@ashevilledowntown.org.