What is Premium Admission?

Premium ticket holders get access to the festival an hour and a half earlier than general admission ticket holders (12:30pm as opposed to 2:00pm). For true beer aficionados, we hope that this advance admission provides a unique opportunity to meet the brewers, brewery representatives, charity beneficiaries and sponsors who make this festival possible.

In addition to getting early admission into the festival, the breweries are all asked to bring something special just for our Premium Ticket Holders! These beers will go fast and will be unique samplings from our breweries, with many not lasting to be available to General Admission entrants.

There will be a limited amount of Premium tickets sold, so make sure to get yours quickly once they go on sale! Premium tickets WILL sell out first.

Designated Drivers

A note about not offering Designed Driver tickets to this year’s Charlotte Oktoberfest.
The decision to continue not offering Designated Driver tickets was not taken lightly. We weighed the pros and cons very carefully and here are the main reasons why we made this decision:

  • When we offered Designated Driver tickets in the past, many patrons unfortunately chose to abuse that privilege by drinking at the festival. That defeats the purpose of having them.
  • Here’s what we’re doing to try to compensate for the lack of Designated Driver tickets:
    • We partner with lots of rideshare & cab companies, and the event location offers access to alternative forms of transportation (visit our Transportation Page for more information).
    • We’re working with Symphony Park to facilitate drop-off and pick-up locations to the festival.
    • We’ve partnered with the DoubleTree, which is within walking distance of the festival, to provide special rates to Charlotte Oktoberfest attendees.

Many of the craft beers that will be poured at the Charlotte Oktoberfest are considered high gravity (high ABV) so we urge all our attendees to take this into consideration when sampling. Plenty of water will be provided free of charge. Our goal is for everyone attending the festival to have a fun, safe day- so please drink responsibly, stay hydrated, and don't drink & drive!

Event Details

Join us on Saturday, September 9, 2017, for the 18th iteration of The Charlotte Oktoberfest. This will be our first year at Symphony Park. We take everything you love about Charlotte Oktoberfest and keep making it better. Premium access for 90 extra minutes with specialty beers, intimate festival space, the best premium craft beer selection for all festival-goers, hands-on access to our charities & sponsors, free parking, great food vendors, and lots of fun activities. Charlotte Oktoberfest crafted in the Imperial style!

Join over 5,000 of your closest friends as we discover the world of craft beer without having to leave Charlotte.

The Charlotte Oktoberfest craft beer festival is a rain or shine event.

No designated driver tickets will be sold.

Please drink responsibly. Special hotel rates will be available from DoubleTree at Southpark Mall. Check back for more information.


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Yes. You must be 21+ with valid Photo ID. No children are allowed.

How much are tickets?
Premium Admission tickets are $65 [12:30-6pm entry] and General Admission tickets are $45 [2-6pm]. Tickets are on sale now.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Plenty of free parking will be available and public transportation is easily accessible at Symphony Park. Parking will be first come, first served.

What can/can't I bring to the event?
Permitted: Blankets, cameras, umbrellas, official service animals, pretzel necklaces and bottled water are permitted (and even encouraged!).
Not Permitted:Pets (except service animals); firearms or any other weapons; coolers; mugs or any other drinking vessels; outside food or beverages of any kind - with the exception of bottled water and pretzel necklaces.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Printed or digital tickets are required.

What is the refund policy?
There will be no refunds. Please note: this IS a rain or shine event.

Is my registration/ticket transferable?
Yes, you can log in and edit your ticket information up to the day of the festival.

Can I leave the festival and come back in?
No, there is no re-entry once you leave.