Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect at the Festival?

You can expect to have a great time! More than 75 breweries from across the Southeast and around the world will serve over 300 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 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.

300 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 Your printed ticket from OR pull up the ticket on your phone!
o One of these 4 forms of valid picture ID:
o Driver's License (any state), or
o NC State Identification Card (only NC), or
o Passport, or
o Military Identification

What can I bring to the Festival?

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 Anyone under the age of 21, unless they're currently brewing!
x Lawn chair
x Backpacks
x Dogs or any other pets (except service animals)
x Firearms, knives or other weapons [no exceptions]
x Coolers
x Mugs or other drinking vessels
x Outside food or beverage of any kind, except bottled water and pretzel necklaces
x Canopy tents

What if I don't drink beer or don't/can't drink alcohol - is there a DD ticket so I can join my friends/family?

We respect everyone's right to not drink alcohol, and we acknowledge that not everyone drinks or enjoys craft beer. Unfortunately, we do not offer DD tickets. We would love to have many of you support and enjoy our festival, so we have added "Cider Row" (+6 Cideries) and a few Meads into the lineup for the non-beer drinkers to be able to enjoy unlimited samplings of drinks they do enjoy. For non-drinkers, and those wanting an alcohol break, we do have a few non-alcoholic options available every year in addition to free bottles of water [stay hydrated!]. The majority of our proceeds goes to our selected charities every year, so if you fit into the non-drinker or non-beer drinker categories and you still want to come out for the fun - you are welcome, appreciated, and helping to contribute to our Drink Craft For A Cause goal!

What if I lose the email containing my ticket?

If you have lost the email for your ticket, please check your spam folder, as it may get shuffled there on accident. You can also follow these instructions to retrieve your tickets.

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 Symphony Park is ample and FREE! First come, first served, and signage will be up for overflow. We do recommend taking a cab, Uber or Lyft, though!

Where can I find accommodations during the festival?

There are lots of amazing and comfortable hotels in Charlotte. 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 (4400 Sharon Rd) to find your perfect hotel!

What charitable organizations have been selected for 2017?

The 2017 Charlotte Oktoberfest Charity Beneficiaries are: Charlotte Family Housing, On Eagle's Wings Ministries, and RescuedMe. Click here for more details.

Where did the charity proceeds go the last few years?

Thanks to the generous participation of our sponsors, brewers and patrons, the Carolina BrewMasters were able to donate over $50,000 to four local charities in 2015: Ada Jenkins Center, Beds For Kids, Greater Charlotte SPCA, and Operation Homefront-Carolinas.
Thanks to the generous participation of our sponsors, brewers and patrons, the Carolina BrewMasters were able to donate over $80,000 to three local charities in 2014: Kids Rein, Classroom Central, and Camp CARE/.
Thanks to the generous participation of our sponsors, brewers and patrons, the Carolina BrewMasters were able to donate over $75,000 to three local charities in 2013: Second Harvest Metrolina, Classroom Central, and Project Halo.

What about weather and refunds?

The Charlotte Oktoberfest is a two-purpose beer festival, run by the 501(c)(4) Carolina BrewMasters. One purpose is, of course, appreciation of craft beer, and the other purpose is fundraising for local 501(c)(3) charities. As such, we are a rain or shine event, with a no refund policy for ticket purchases.

I understand that not everyone attending is actually in or from the Charlotte area, however we follow Charlotte weather for any festival updates. Current outlook as of Thursday evening is an expectation that Irma will not impact North Carolina until Monday, with our Saturday Festival Day outlook being 0% chance of rain and a sunny high of 77! It should be a beautiful day for the Charlotte Oktoberfest! We have no plans to cancel the festival at this time.

If you don't think that the trip is worth it, for any reason, then of course please do what you feel is best! We do not require the ticket purchaser be the person who uses the tickets, so if you determine that not attending is the best action for you, you are more than welcome to sell the tickets to someone else [over 21 of course] to make back your money. You should be able to just forward the email from your ticket purchase in order to do this transfer if someone buys your tickets.

We do hope to see you out for the Charlotte Oktoberfest, but understand if that is not the best course of action for you with the weather. Best of luck, and thank you for your interest and support of our festival!