I know most of you will be visiting Gatlinburg to see the beautiful Fall colors soon, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be taking advantage of some of the other activities going on here. Gatlinburg really starts unveiling its Fall events soon with a myriad of choices to entertain and just keep the visitor occupied in what proves to be another spectacular display again this year. The great people up at Ober Gatlinburg also hope that you can join them in a month-long celebration of German food, music, and dance–and of course, German beer.


Starting on September 22, you can come see what they have done at Ober Gatlinburg in their full-on Oktoberfest tradition that is now in its 8th installment and loaded with fun and games for the whole family to enjoy–and there is, of course, the food. The cuisine is full of German-inspired dishes that includes bratwurst, sauerkraut, pretzels, and turkey legs. The Seasons of Ober restaurant even changes its menu to accommodate the tasty German food that highlights Oktoberfest.

Of course, no German-inspired offerings are complete without mentioning beer as a choice. Among the various tents set up outdoors will be a German Bier Garten that features different breweries on site each Saturday. Bring your ID and enjoy sampling the various German-style lagers and ales.

The entertainment will be plentiful as well; The Bavarian Fun Makers Oompah Band will definitely sound–and dress–the part wearing German lederhosen and performing yodels, sing-a-longs, and oompah music. They will be performing at the Season of Ober restaurant throughout the month at multiple times daily, so check out the events schedule below or at Ober Gatlinburg’s website here.

There are, of course, many Ober Gatlinburg souvenirs for sale in the shops inside, but outside you can find specialty German-themed items from the various vendors that are only for sale during this time, so hurry in and grab yours before Oktoberfest ends on October 29th. Some of the items for sale include German Beer Steins, apparel, and small knick-knacks to remember from this event.

We visited Ober Gatlinburg in June, and we had a blast! I wish we could make it down to Oktoberfest but once again, it will not be in the cards for us to make a Fall trip. I can only imagine what fun it will be as they get set up for another great Oktoberfest celebration, so don’t forget to make this a priority on your Gatlinburg Fall vacation. Below I will list some of the times and days different events will be taking place. See you next time, and thanks for reading!

Bier Garten: Daily from noon to 6p.m. and 7p.m. Saturdays.

Bavarian Funmakers Oompah Band: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 1p.m. and 5p.m.; Tuesday at 1, 3, and 5p.m.; Weekends at 1,3,5, and 7p.m.; all performances will be held at The Seasons of Ober restaurant.

Outdoor Games: Sunday through Friday from noon to 6p.m.; Saturdays until 7p.m.

Note: All outdoor activities are weather permitting, so hours may change based on the conditions.