Sugar Mountain Resort's 32nd annual Oktoberfest

Yodel Lay He Ho!

We’ve got lots of reasons for you to grab your beer stein, put on your Lederhosen or your dirndl and head to Sugar Mountain Resort Saturday & Sunday, October 8 & 9, 2022. The Harbour Towne Fest Band will provide a festive Bavarian atmosphere to Sugar’s 32nd annual Oktoberfest celebration. Admission, parking and shuttle service are free. Rain, shine or snow the festival will go on!

For additional information please call 828-898-4521.

Take in the beautiful fall foliage, cool, comfortable mountain temperatures, and a weekend full of festival activities from 10 am until 5 pm each day. Be sure to bring the kids because the event is for the whole family.


Saturday, October 8, 2022: 10AM-5PM


10AM              Oktoberfest Opens to Public

10AM-5PM      Summit Express Chairlift Rides

10AM-5PM      Arts & Crafts on Lower Flying Mile slope

10AM-5PM      Sports Shop Open – Lower Level Base                                    Lodge

11AM                 Oktoberfest Opening Ceremony

Noon-4PM       Harbour Towne Fest Band

11AM-5PM       Kids Fun Center  – Play Yard

4PM                 Bavarian Costume Contest – Dance Floor

5PM                 Oktoberfest Closes for the Day

Sunday, October 9, 2022: 10AM-5PM


10AM              Oktoberfest Opens to Public

10AM-5PM     Summit Express Chairlift Rides

10AM-5PM     Arts & Crafts on Lower Flying Mile slope

10AM-5PM     Sports Shop Open – Lower Level Base                                    Lodge

Noon-4PM      Harbour Towne Fest Band

11AM-5PM      Kids Fun Center – Play Yard

2PM                 Avery County Cloggers

5PM                 Oktoberfest Closes for the Day

Pet Policy

Pets are welcome to attend Oktoberfest. However, they are not allowed on the deck or inside the lodge.
They must be on a leash at all times.


Live Music

An Oktoberfest isn’t complete without the live sounds of an Oom Pah Band.

From noon until 4:00pm each day the Harbour Towne Fest Band guarantees to bring the sounds, dances and enthusiasm of Bavaria to Sugar Mountain.





Special performance by the Avery County Cloggers on Sunday, October 9 at 2pm.

Arts & Crafts

Local artisans and craftsmen will show their wares at the 32nd Sugar Mountain Oktoberfest, on the Sugar Mountain ski area grounds, October 8 & 9, 2022.

A wide variety of items from food to ironworks will be available for purchase to the public. Vendors interested in obtaining a booth should contact the Sugar Mountain administration office at (828) 898-4521. The two-day fee for a 12′ by 12′ display area is $150. The festivities will run from 10:00am ’til 5:00pm Saturday & Sunday.

2022 Vendor List

  • Artwork by Morgan – Prints, greeting cards, and stickers of original colored pencil artwork
  • Brenda’s Intarsia Creations & More – Intarsia style woodworking pictures, animals, crosses, and more
  • Creative Photos Plus – Photography on canvas, tumblers, and other handmade items
  • Darlene’s Sewing Garden – Embroidered hooded towels, kitchen towels, pillows, blankets, onesies, and more
  • Encouraging the Nations – Book Be Encouraged and workbook, also prints and notecards from the original artwork within the book
  • French at Heart – Handmade freshwater pearl and gemstone jewelry
  • Funtime Concessions – Classic and delicious snowcones, cotton candy, and popcorn
  • GR Woodworking – Woodworking crafts such as toys, trucks, cornhole boards, flags, crosses, and more
  • Jeri’s Jewels – Sterling silver beaded jewelry and guitar pick jewelry
  • Johnson Family Farm on Honeycutt Creek – Canned goods, craft hot sauce, and baked goods
  • Just-A-Dash – Sewn aprons, table runners, eyeglasses covers, checkbook and cardholders, scrunchies, and many more handmade goods
  • Leisa’s Kettle Corn, LLC – Assorted flavors of kettle corn, pork skins, boiled, roasted, & salted peanuts, glazed nuts, and homemade fudge
  • Nomadic Graphics – Locally made sublimated t-shirts, laser cut décor, and Christmas ornaments
  • Third Eye Coffee – Fresh coffee, lattes, espresso, cold brew, cappuccino, hot chocolate, baked goods, and lemonade
  • To His Glory Alpaca Farm – Alpaca hats, scarves yarn, and more
  • Veteran Leather LLC – Handmade buffalo hide leather belts, holsters, and bags

      Bavarian Food & Drinks

      Food and Drinks

      Bavarian cuisine including Bratwurst and Knockwurst, made by Geier’s Sausage Kitchen, Sauerkraut, Strudel, and soft pretzels will be available starting at 11am both Saturday & Sunday. To help wash it down an ample supply of Spaten beer will generously flow each day from 10am until 5pm.

      If Bavarian cuisine isn’t your preference; hamburgers, soda, kettle corn and other festive foods will be on hand.

      Bavarian Costume Contest



      Saturday at 4pm guests who show up on the dance floor in full Bavarian flare or in another Oktoberfest related costume can participate in the Oktoberfest Costume Contest. The winner will be determined by crowd response. Stick around for prizes.

      Cost is free to participate.

      Categories include Male 12 and under, Female 12 and under, Male 13 and older, Female 13 and older

      Chairlift Rides


      Enjoy the area’s fall foliage while riding the Summit Express Chairlift to the top of Sugar Mountain. Chairlift operates from 10:00am until 6:00pm on October 7 and from 10:00am until 5:00pm on October 8 & 9, 2022.

      For more information please visit our Chairlift page.

      Kids Fun Center

      Kids fun center operates from 11am until 5pm Saturday and Sunday. Some of the activities include Fun Time inflatables, hay rides, corn hole, water balloon toss, and pumpkin bowling.

      Kids Fun Center admission (includes hayride): $17

      Hayride only: $5

      Sports & Gift Shop – Super Sale

      Sugar Mountain Sports & Gift Shop – Super Sale

      Shop for the upcoming fall and winter seasons at Sugar Mountain Resort’s Sports Shop located on the first level of the main lodge.

      New 2023 winter merchandise will also be available at regular retail. Commemorative Oktoberfest t-shirts and souvenir items can also be bought under the tent on the main celebration deck.

      Lodging Specials

      Receive 25% off lodging rates from the following companies during Sugar’s Oktoberfest:

      Resort Real Estate & Rentals at Sugar Mountain
      3390 Tynecastle Hwy
      Banner Elk, NC 28604
      828-898-9746 or 800-438-4555 (toll free)

      Sugar Ski & Country Club
      100 Sugar Ski Drive
      Banner Elk, NC 28604
      828-898-9784 or 800-634-1320 (toll free)

      The History of Oktoberfest

      Held annually in the fall, Oktoberfest is a world famous German folk festival. It is considered one of the world’s most fun-filled celebrations.


      For sixteen days, millions of visitors from all over the world enjoy parades, amusements, shows and, of course, lots of authentic German food like sausages, potato salad and apple strudel.

      Oktoberfest is best known for the free-flowing, hearty German beer. The celebration officially begins each year when the Lord Mayor of the city taps the first keg – tapping of the first keg symbolizes the celebration of the season’s first brew.

      The first Oktoberfest was held nearly 200 years ago in celebration of Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese. Since then, Oktoberfest has grown in size and stature and is know world-wide for its friendly & festive atmosphere.

      Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese - Early Oktoberfest
      Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese - Early Oktoberfest