Frequently Asked Questions

o What should I expect at the Festival?
o What must I bring to the Festival?
o What can I bring to the Festival?
o What can't I bring to the Festival?
o Will there be food at the festival?
o Where can I park my car?
o What charitable organizations have been selected for 2013?
o Where did the charity proceeds go in 2012?


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 be selective and 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 at a time. There's no pay-per-drink tickets to discourage you from trying unfamiliar styles. Instead we will arm you with a collectible Charlotte Oktoberfest tasting glass and an informative program to guide you. Enjoy!


What must I bring to the Festival?

o A valid picture ID
o Your printed ticket from EventBrite

What can I bring to the Festival?

o Lawn chair
o Lawn blanket
o Camera
o Umbrella
o Bottled water

The following are NOT allowed at the Festival.

x Dogs or any other pets
x Firearms or other weapons
x Coolers
x Mugs or other drinking vessels
x Food or beverage of any kind, except bottled water
x Anyone under the age of 21

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!

What charitable organizations have been selected for 2013?

The charities chosen for 2013 are Second Harvest Metrolina, Classroom Central, and Project Halo.

Where did the charity proceeds go in 2012?

Thanks to the generous participation of our sponsors, brewers and patrons, the Carolina BrewMasters were able to donate $70,000 to three local charities in 2012: The Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, Crisis Assistance Ministry, and Matthews Free Medical Clinic. With your continued support, we hope to be able to give an even larger donation in 2013!