For the past 28 years, Hickory Downtown Development Association has hosted the three day outdoor festival located around Union Square in downtown Hickory NC. This year’s festival will be October 11, 12, and 13, 2013.
The festival was conceived and achieved by capitalizing on the community’s existing assets: our German culture and heritage. Hickory’s population expands to more than double on the weekend of the signature festival.
Ranked among the ten most liked Oktoberfest Facebook pages for festivals in America, Hickory Oktoberfest, with 5600 facebook likes, is the best alternative to traveling to Germany to celebrate in the spirit of the original Oktoberfest from 1810 when Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen in Munich… that’s where the party began. Hickory’s Oktoberfest is also the only festival in the top ten to be found on the East Coast.
More than 100,000 people enjoy the event with two beer gardens and four stages of live music. German polka music is heard most of the weekend from the Pavilion Stage located in the center of the festival. Citizens and visitors dress in traditional outfits and dance the traditional German dances in the tent set up like a traditional German beer garden.
Food from around the world is featured in the Festival Food Court. From brats to Bavarian apple streusels, the festival food will tantalize your taste buds.
More than 100 vendors exhibit their wares during the weekend. Nestled among the variety of permanent downtown businesses in the park-like setting of Union Square, the juried arts and crafts area offers a wide selection of wood work, pottery, paintings, stained glass, photography, leather crafts, and much more.
The family friendly event hosts a variety of amusement rides, carnival games, and a Kidsfest area that has activities for children. Face painting and the Hickory Crawdad’s baseball throw top off the fun of Kidsfest.
The 15th Annual Castle of Cans Food Drive will accept canned goods during the event or the canned food may be dropped off at Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse on Second Street before the event. Last year, more than 16,000 pounds of food was distributed to eight Catawba County agencies to feed the hungry. The late Susan L. Coleman championed the food drive for many years. In Susan’s honor, the goal of festival coordinators is to make 2013 the most successful drive ever.
The ninth annual Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists Oktoberfest Road Race, on Saturday, benefits four Hospices in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba Counties. The 5K run/walk or the 10K run has become a popular component of the festival.
The event is sponsored by BARK Mobile, Jack in the Box, Convergys, Opulence by Steele, Frye Regional Medical Center, Coors Light, Focus Newspaper, Charter Media, Beck’s, WHKY, Hickory Living Magazine, WMNC, Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, Pepsi, the Hickory Jaycees, and the City of Hickory. The generosity of festival sponsors make Hickory Oktoberfest successful year after year.
Visit the website at www.hickoryoktoberfest.com
to find festival times and the entertainment schedule.
Downtown Hickory Union Square