Sugar Mountain Resort's 34th Annual Oktoberfest

October 12 & 13, 2024

10am – 5pm

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 12 & 13, 2024. The Harbour Towne Fest Band will provide a festive Bavarian atmosphere to Sugar’s 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 12, 2024: 10AM-5PM


10AM              Oktoberfest Opens to Public

10AM-5PM      Summit Express Chairlift Rides

10AM-5PM      Arts & Crafts on C-Lot

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 13, 2024: 10AM-5PM


10AM              Oktoberfest Opens to Public

10AM-5PM     Summit Express Chairlift Rides

10AM-5PM     Arts & Crafts on C -Lot

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

Noon-4PM      Harbour Towne Fest Band

11AM-5PM      Kids Fun Center – Play Yard

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.





Arts & Crafts

Local artisans and craftsmen will show their wares on the ski area grounds Saturday & Sunday.

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 Group Sales at (828) 898-4521 ext. 202 or by emailing The two-day fee for a 12′ by 12′ display area is $200. The festivities will run from 10:00am ’til 5:00pm Saturday & Sunday.


s2024 Vendor Lineup

  •  Jewelry by Julie – Hand made decoupage earrings, ornaments, bookmarks and wooden coasters.
  • Avery Knifeworks – Handmade knives, great for the outdoors or your kitchen.
  • Evelyn and Paul’s crafts- Picture frames, crochet hats, gloves and scarves. Bird houses, Bird feeders and bottle lights.
  • Keepsakes and Flowers- Handmade jewelry
  • Brenda’s Intarsia Creations and more – Intarsia style woodworking pictures, animals, crosses, and more.
  • Pumpkin Center Pottery- 3D artwork and everyday use hand-thrown pottery.
  • McClain & Co. Wood works – Handcrafted 3D Wooden Artwork.
  • Third Eye Coffee-Fresh coffee, lattes, espresso, cold brew, cappuccino, hot chocolate, baked goods, and lemonade.
  • Jeri’s Jewels – Sterling silver beaded jewelry
  • Datil Sensation – Homemade/homegrown hot sauces, salsas and preserves.
  • Nut Time snacks – Roasted nut and fudge trailer!
  • Leisa’s Kettle Corn – Assorted flavor popcorn bags, pork skins, roasted and salted peanuts, homemade fudge, munchie mix and freeze dried candy.
  • Johnson Family Farm -Canned goods, craft hot sauce, and baked goods.
  • Grandpa Joe’s Homemade Fudge & Beads and Baubles by Dawn – Homemade fudge, hand crafted jewelry and handcrafted sun catchers.
  • To His Glory Alpacas – Alpaca hats, scarves, yarn and more.
  • Turtle Old Man Jewelry – Handcrafted jewelry set in sterling and fine silver.
  • Little Elk Candle Co. – Candles, wax melts, laundry boosters, rug refreshers, car diffusers, body bars and roll on scents.
  • D&M Ceramics – Ceramics and decor mesh wreaths.
  • Encouraging the Nation – The book “Be Encouraged” and workbook, Handmade Ugandan Items such as dresses, shirts, purses, baskets, bowls.
  • Jewel Passage – Handmade stone figures and painted rocks.
  • Roan Thistle Apothecary- Low & unscented soaps, sugar scrubs, lotion bars, bath soaks, lip balms, pet shampoo & paw wax.
  • DBA Fishtales By Mike Meisky- Acrylic paintings of fish on wood plaques and prints of fish drawings.
  • From the Ashes Woodshop- Various woodwork items homemade locally.
  • Ron’s Wood Shop – Furniture and accessories made from wooden barrels, repurposed antiques, and live edge wood pieces.
  • My Mountain Flower – Bath and body products, and polymer clay jewelry.
  • French At Heart – Cultured pearls, freshwater pearl, and gemstone handcrafted jewelry.
  • Noodle Cakes – Stained Glass Art, Hand-Beaded Jewelry
  • House of Douglas Bakery – Stollen German Bread, Whole Strudels & other Goodies
  • Ginger Mountain Rustics – Handmade dream catches, beaded windchimes, resin items & wood slice animals
  • Heart Beat Designs – Sublimation Tumblers & Wind Soonners
  • Wrap You Up in Jesus’ Name Books & Christian Products – Christian books, Jewelry, Embroidered Blankets, Jackets, Bibs, T-shirts & Beach Towels
  • Klothed in Blessings – Polymer Clay Earrings, Polymer Clay Trinket Dishes, Polymer Clay Hair Clips, Sewn Travel Jewelry Pouches
  • MM Artist Production – Hand Turned Wood Items, Handmade Furniture & Paintings 

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. The chairlift operates from 10:00am until 5:00pm on October 12 & 13, 2024.

For more information please visit our Chairlift Rides 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): $20

Hayride only: $5

Sports & Gift Shop – Super Sale







Sugar Mountain Sports & Gift Shop


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 2025 winter merchandise arriving daily.

Commemorative Oktoberfest t-shirts and souvenir items can also be bought under the tent on the main celebration deck.

Lodging Specials

Receive 15% 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