Dust off your lederhosen and have your steins at the ready – Oktoberfest is upon us and there are ample opportunities to get your fill of German-style brews and bites all over town. 

September “Oktoberfest” Harvest Dinner at City Roots | Sept. 12

Oktoberfest doesn’t have to be all polka and hoisting competitions (not that we don’t love both!). If it’s a more refined experience you seek, then snag a ticket to this four-course meal on the farm complete with beer and wine pairings. 

Oktoberfest at River Rat Brewery | Sept. 16

Kick things off early with River Rat’s event featuring brats and pretzels, liter mugs, live music and, of course, plenty of beer. 

Oktoberfest Brats & Beers Parking Lot Party at Curiosity Coffee Bar | Sept. 21 & 28

Pop by Curiosity Coffee Bar for a couple mid-week prosts this month. The Wurst Wagen will be on site serving up all your German food faves. 

Sam Adams Oktoberfest Oyster Roast at The Grand | Sept. 22

Not only is it Oktoberfest, but it’s also officially oyster season. Get the best of both at The Grand

Steel Hands Oktoberfest | Sept. 23

When we say Steel Hands goes all out for Oktoberfest, we mean it! Clear your Friday and get over there for a full schedule to include a performance by the Mountain Top Polka Band and competitions like a grain toss, hoisting contest and costume contest. Their new Festbier will be flowing and you may even get to try a taste straight from a very special Oktoberfest cask.

Oktoberfest 2022 at Columbia Craft | Sept. 24

Featuring the release of a Triple German-style beer and an appearance by The Wurst Wagen, you can always rely on Columbia Craft to host a solid Oktoberfest.

Krafty Oktoberfest at Krafty Draft Brew Pub | Sept. 24

With the Krafty-Draft Trailer full of authentic German brews outside and brats and beer cheese soup available to order inside, you should go ahead and plan to stay a while at this Lexington brewpub. 

Alsatian Oktoberfest Wine Dinner at Hampton Street Vineyard | Sept. 27

Featuring two seatings at 5:30 p.m and 7:30 p.m., the carefully curated menu and corresponding wine and beer pairings are in honor of the Alsace region of France that’s heavily influenced by its German neighbors. 

Peak Drift Oktoberfest Party at Smoked | Sept. 29

Kick back in the courtyard at Smoked on Main Street, where the schnitzel is being served and the Peak Drift beer is plentiful. 

Beers, Brats & Bluegrass on Boyd at Boyd Plaza | Sept. 29

The Columbia Contemporaries are here to put a fun Oktoberfest spin on a Lowcountry boil. Live bluegrass music and admission to the Columbia Museum of Art are an added bonus.

Blythewood Oktoberfest at Doko Meadows Park | Sept. 30 – Oct. 1

Boasting an impressive lineup of live music serving as a backdrop to activities like stein races, yodeling contests, keg tosses and rolls, a “Grin & Bier It” 5K, a Volksmarch and log sawing contest, this two-day affair in Blythewood is one for the books. 

Savage Craft OktoberFest 2022 | Oct. 1

Come on out to Savage Craft’s second annual Oktoberfest! You can expect Oktoberfest and fall beer releases, traditional German menu items, live music and specialty merch.

Oktoberfest Columbia at Incarnation Lutheran Church | Oct. 7 – 9

We'd be remiss not to include this classic: Columbia’s original Oktoberfest is finally back in all its three-day, Bavarian glory. 

2nd Annual Polka, Pilsner, & Probst! at Ebenezer Lutheran Church | Oct. 16

With tunes provided by the Mountain Top Polka Band, Peak Drift brews being poured and The Wurst Wagen keeping everyone fed and happy, it’s no wonder this event has come back for round two.

Oktoberfest at WECO Bottle & Biergarten | Oct. 21 – 23

Wrap up the season with a three-day event at WECO to include actual German beers on tap and a strong lineup of local food trucks wheeling in and out throughout the weekend.