After twenty-five years of autumn tradition, it’s time for another Oktoberfest on Sugar Mountain. Time for family and friends to join hands in song and dance, salute the fading summer, and herald in the change of seasons with an eye toward winter sports at Sugar Mountain Resort.

Oktoberfest’s annual date, the second weekend of October, almost always assures the timely appearance of the sugar maples’ brilliant mantel of color, setting once again, the autumn stage on Sugar Mountain.

Oktoberfest returns to the Sugar Mountain ski lodge Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9. Activities begin at 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. each day, and parking, shuttle service, and admission are free. A children’s area is set up in the ski school play yard, so remember that everyone in the family is welcome. Artisans, crafts-people, and food vendors open their booths each day of Oktoberfest at 10 a.m. Traditional foods of Germany, including Knockwurst, Bratwurst, German style potato salad, and apple strudel are yours to purchase along with barrels and barrels of Spaten beer delivered direct from Bavaria. Hot dogs and burgers, soft drinks and other festive foods are on hand, too.

The fifteen-piece Harbour Towne Fest Band returns with their traditional brass and percussions sounds of Oom Pah, with yodeling, accordians, and Alpenhorns, encouraging the dances and the celebration of the Bavarian heart. Harbour Towne is on stage from noon ‘til four p.m. each day. And, has become a tradition at the festival. The Valle Crucis Middle School Band will lend their own special touch to the playbill.

Of course, since it’s October in the North Carolina mountains, you should prepare for all types of weather. However, the festival goes on wind, rain, or snow. But if you could use some good mountain wear, the Sugar Mountain Sports and Gift Shop is open with deeply discounted apparel as well as souvenirs and keepsakes.

But no visit to Sugar Mountain Resort is complete without a ride on the new, high speed six-seat Summit Express, the new chair-lift to the top of the mountain. The panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the midst of autumn is breathtaking. From the summit, you’ll see images that will last a lifetime.

Special lodging discounts are available when you visit Oktoberfest weekend. There’s still room for vendors, and volunteers are always encouraged to join in the Oktoberfest presentation. Call 828-898-4521 or go online to

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Matt is a lifelong resident of the High Country from Roan Mountain, TN. After graduating from East Tennessee State University in 2010 and prior to joining the Appnet family in 2013, he worked for four years as the sports information director at a local Christian college. Matt also has worked for a variety of local newspapers as a sports writer and photographer - something that he still does in the evenings and weekends. In addition to writing and photography, Matt enjoys all types of sports, cooking and traveling.Matt and his wife Tiffany just welcomed their first son, Trevor, to the family in September.