Oktoberfest started in Hickory in 1985 and has grown to become one of the premier festivals in Western North Carolina. Oktoberfest is a three-day, outdoor festival on the second weekend of October every year! Featuring three stages of non-stop, live entertainment ranging from traditional polka to rock and roll. Enjoy two lively beer gardens, amusement rides and carnival games, a juried arts and crafts show and hundreds of food and commercial vendors with streets lined of restaurants and local shops. Bring your favorite Lederhosen and prepare to have fun-filled weekend.