Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect at the Festival?

You can expect to have a great time! More than 100 breweries from across the Southeast and around the world will serve over 350 beers right here in the heart of Charlotte, North Carolina.

It's important to note that we will be limiting attendance at this year's festival to 5,250, a reasonable attendance number that should help ensure that you aren't waiting in line all day for beer. We want to ensure that each patron has the opportunity to actually talk to the brewers who craft these awesome beers. After all, it's the brewers who make this wonderful festival happen each year.

350 beers! That's a huge number - how much does it cost, and how many can I try?

Yes, it is a tremendous selection of beer, and we wouldn't suggest you attempt to sample all of them. Instead, we hope that you will enjoy the opportunity to try some beers you have never tasted before. Take your time and savor the diverse flavors of craft-brewed beer! Your admission price covers all sampling, in a 5 ounce glass, and will be poured 2-3 ounces at a time. There's no pay-per-drink tickets which might discourage you from trying unfamiliar styles. Instead we will arm you with a collectible Charlotte Oktoberfest tasting glass, access to the Official Charlotte Oktoberfest App, and an informative program to guide you around. Please Enjoy Responsibly, and don't drink & drive!

What must I bring to the Festival?

o One of these 4 forms of valid picture ID:
o Driver's License (any state)
o NC State Identification Card (only NC)
o Passport
o Military Identification

o Your printed ticket from Etix

What can I bring to the Festival?

o Lawn chair
o Lawn blanket
o Camera
o Umbrella
o Bottled water
o Pretzel Necklaces
o Service Animals

The following are NOT allowed at the Festival.

x Dogs or any other pets (except service animals)
x Firearms or other weapons
x Coolers
x Mugs or other drinking vessels
x Food or beverage of any kind, except bottled water and pretzel necklaces
x Canopy tents
x Anyone under the age of 21

What if I lose the email containing my ticket?

If you have lost the etix email for your ticket, please send an email to Also, check your spam folder, as the confirmation email will be sent from ""

Will there be food at the festival?

Of course! Plenty of food from a variety of vendors will be available for purchase, from snacks to full meals, for both carnivores and vegetarians. Stop by the food area near the entrance to sample from a wide range of Charlotte's finest tasty treats. And if you need directions, please don't hesitate to ask one of our friendly volunteers, who will point you the way!

Where can I park my car?

Parking at The NC Music Factory is ample and parking is FREE!

Where can I find accommodations during the festival?

There are lots of amazing and comfortable hotels in Charlotte. The Double Tree by Hilton Charlotte is only 0.5 Miles distance to the NC Music Factory; the Marriott Charlotte is only 0.8 Miles away, and so is The Dunhill Hotel. We suggest you check out the hotel price comparison website trivago to check out the accommodation possibilities in the surrounding areas. Just search for Charlotte, NC, and then filter for our address (1000 NC Music Factory Blvd) to find your perfect hotel!

What charitable organizations have been selected for 2015?

The 2015 Charlotte Oktoberfest Charity Beneficiaries are: Ada Jenkins Center, Beds For Kids, Greater Charlotte SPCA, and Operation Homefront-Carolinas. Click here for more details.

Where did the charity proceeds go in 2014 and 2013?

Thanks to the generous participation of our sponsors, brewers and patrons, the Carolina BrewMasters were able to donateover $80,000 to three local charities in 2014: Kids Rein, Classroom Central, and Camp CARE/, and $75,000 to three local charities in 2013: Second Harvest Metrolina, Classroom Central, and Project Halo.