Sugar Mountain Resort's 31st 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 9 & 10, 2021. The Harbour Towne Fest Band will provide a festive Bavarian atmosphere to Sugar’s 31st 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 9, 2021: 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: Returns fall                             2022

4PM                 Bavarian Costume Contest – Dance Floor

5PM                 Oktoberfest Closes for the Day

Sunday, October 10, 2021: 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: Returns fall                              2022

2PM                 Avery County Cloggers: Returns fall                                      2022

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 10 at 2pm. Returns fall                              2022

Arts & Crafts

Local artisans and craftsmen will show their wares at the 31st Sugar Mountain Oktoberfest, on the Sugar Mountain ski area grounds, October 9 & 10, 2021.

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 $130. The festivities will run from 10:00am ’til 5:00pm Saturday & Sunday.

2021 Vendor List

2 Skilled Hillibies – Crochet items, car freshies, rag and clothespin wreaths, sugar scrubs and lotions, and seasonal crafts

4 Sisters Creations – Handcrafted home décor, garden décor, and bags

Appalachian Shed – Wooden folk art

Arts and Kats – Paintings, stickers, custom cups, resin items, wire trees, and jewelry

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

Browns Creek Herbs – 200 locally handmade herbal products including tinctures, teas, oils, salves, and hemp-CBD products

Cali.nco – Hand painted tote bags, wall décor, stickers, greeting cards, and art prints

Carolyn’s – Homemade jams, jellies, pickles, and relishes

Country Bumpkin Candle Company – Handmade candles, wax melts, soap, sugar scrubs, and bath bombs

Creative Photos Plus – Photography on canvas, tumblers, and other handmade items

D&M Ceramics – Ceramics and decorative mesh wreaths

Datil Sensation – Homegrown and homemade hot sauces and salsas

Darlene’s Sewing Garden – Embroidered hooded towels, kitchen towels, pillows, blankets, onesies, and more

Evelyn’s – Crocheted headbands, hats, scarves, cup & beer koozies, Christmas ornaments, and woodworking items

French at Heart – Handcrafted pearl and gemstone jewelry

Funtime Concessions – Classic and delicious snowcones, cotton candy, and popcorn

Handcrafted Polymer Clay – Polymer clay crafts such as wine stoppers, ornaments, accessories, and more

Historic Trade Sock Zen – Socks, clothing, and accessories made from natural and recycled fibers

House of Douglas Bakery – European baked goods

Jeri’s Jewels – Sterling silver jewelry and guitar pick jewelry

Just-A-Dash – Sewn aprons, table runners, eyeglasses covers, checkbook and cardholders, scrunchies, and many more handmade goods

Landy’s Woods – Hand-crafted log planter chairs, pinecone wreaths, wooden charcuterie boards, and small accent pieces

Leisa’s Kettle Corn, LLC – Assorted flavors of kettle corn, pork skins, boiled, roasted & salted peanuts, glazed nuts, and homemade fudge

Laurel Fork Gifts – Holiday wreaths, canvas stitch items, screen print items, and custom dyed disc golf discs

Mutton Creek Forge – Blacksmithing, metal, and wood work

Roan Mountain Glass – Stained glass set in oak jewelry, keepsakes, and memory boxes

Rose’s Creations – Crocheted blankets, scarves, hats, children’s hats, stuffed animals, dolls, kitchen towel toppers, ornaments, face masks, air fresheners, oyster jewelry, resin coasters, and t-shirts

Shady Grove Ventures – Furniture and accessories made from wooden barrels, repurposed antiques, and live edge wood pieces

Simply Shabby by SarahHand painted wood framed signs, carved flags, and door hangers

Spotted Turtle Soapery – Handmade soaps and bath salts

The Bell Collection – Handcrafted sterling silver bell jewelry, pendants, and charms

Third Eye Coffee – Fresh coffee, lattes, espresso, cold brew, cappuccino, hot chocolate, baked goods, and lemonade

To His Glory Alpaca Farm – Alpaca hats, scarves, socks, gloves, dolls, and much more 

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 11:00am until 7:00pm on October 8 and from 10:00am until 5:00pm on October 9 & 10, 2021.

For more information please visit our Chairlift page.

Kids Fun Center

Kids Fun Center: Returns fall 2022

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): $15

Hayride only: $3

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 2022 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