Plan ahead for Raleigh’s 2023 Oktoberfest celebrations

Oktoberfest is almost here and luckily you don’t have to travel far to join in on the celebrations — we complied seven festivals in the Triangle to break out your lederhosen for.

Three men in German attire clinking steins and smiling.

Get ready to clink with Trophy’s Oktrophyfest steins.

It’s almost the most brew-tiful time of the year: Oktoberfest.

This folk festival originated in Munich, Germany in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Louis to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The tradition has continued to grow into the world’s largest Volkfest — read: people festival — filled with beer, traditional Bavarian music, performances, parades, and German outfits.

But don’t worry, you won’t need to hop on a plane to join the festivities. We gathered six weeks worth of celebrations to plan for a pitcher-perfect Oktoberfest.

Raleigh Brewing | Sunday, Sept. 10 | Listen and watch the Little German Band and dancers perform while sipping on the brewery’s Oktoberfest Lager, and take your pick from food trucks serving German eats like Truman’s Smokehouse & Kitchen. There will also be a keg hoisting contest and an exclusive merch release.

Gizmo Brew Works | Saturday, Sept. 16 | Enjoy a live music lineup running from 12 to 9 p.m., on-site food trucks like Rescue Dogs, and sipping on craft brews.

Crank Arm Brewing Company | Sunday, Sept. 17 | This downtown brewery is closing down the street for a German-style block party — dubbed Sproktoberfest — featuring the Little German Band and dancers, a stein hoisting contest, and bites from Capital Club 16.

People linking arms at Crank Arm Brewing during Sproktoberfest.

Swing by Crank Arm’s taproom for its Sproktoberfest German-style Oktoberfest beer.

Photo by Crank Arm Brewing Company

Lonerider Five Points | Saturday, Sept. 23 | Try your hand at the stein holding competition and enjoy German tunes, food, and beer.

Lafayette Village | Saturday, Sept. 30 | The star of this German celebration is the eighth annual wiener dog race where Dachshunds will stampede to compete to win. There will also be fall brews, German-inspired foods, and live music.

Koka Booth Amphitheatre | Friday, Oct. 6 + Saturday, Oct. 7 | Enjoy the running of the wiener dogs followed by a parade, family-friendly fun in the Kid Play Area, food vendors like Capital Club 16, and German competitions like Yodeling and Mr. + Mrs. Oktoberfest. Plus, this festival has the largest selection of authentic German beer out of all of the Oktoberfest events in NC.

Trophy Brewing on Maywood | Saturday, Oct. 14 | At Oktrophyfest, enjoy German sounds from the Little German Band and Mozel Franzi and the JaJaJas, bites by the Wandering Wolf Food Truck, and the release of this year’s German-style beer. Bonus: Join the brewery as it attempts the world’s largest Underberg toast.

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