What You Need to Know About Bluffton Oktoberfest

Do you know the origins of Oktoberfest? This beloved German tradition is more than 180 years old and originally began as a celebration of the marriage between a royal prince and princess. Since its conception, it has turned into one of the largest autumn celebrations in the world. But, you won’t need to travel all the way to Europe to take part in the festivities. Put your lederhosen on, and read on to start planning your trip to Bluffton Oktoberfest!

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Welcome to Bluffton Oktoberfest: Beer and Brats Festival!

At the heart of Bluffton Oktoberfest, the event is a celebration of love! This family-friendly festival welcomes all with live music, German food (like brats and pretzels), games (like cornhole), face-painting, and more. And, of course, in true Oktoberfest fashion, the Marzen-style beer is plentiful. Remember, the drinking doesn’t start until the mayor shouts, “O’ zapft is!”

Frequently Asked Questions About Bluffton Oktoberfest

What Activities Are Available?

In addition to live music and savory eats, you can also look forward to fun contests and games, like the yodeling contest, costume contest (Oktoberfest garb), beer trivia, kids’ activities, stein-holding contests, and raffle ticket drawings every hour from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

What’s on the Menu?

Beer, bratwurst, and pretzels are a given, but festival-goers can also indulge in some of the freshest seafood on the East Coast from Bluffton Oyster Company. A variety of local vendors will also be present! 

What Are the 2019 Dates and Location?

Southern Barrel Brewing Company, Bluffton’s first brewery and beer garden, will host the 2019 event. The festivities kick off on Saturday, September 28 at 11:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m.

How Much Is Admission?

Traditionally there is a $5 entrance fee to Bluffton Oktoberfest, and kids under 12 years of age are free! However, remember to bring along a bit of cash for food and drinks.

Where Is Bluffton, SC?

Bluffton, SC, is only 10 minutes east of Hilton Head Island, so why not turn your autumn getaway into a beach vacation, too? The weather on the island is beautiful in September. With average highs of 84 and lows near 70, there are plenty of beautiful beach days to enjoy throughout the month and well into October.


Party in Bluffton, Unwind on the Island

After a day of celebrating with your loved ones, there isn’t a better place to relax for the night than a private beach home on Hilton Head. Throughout September, you can enjoy shorter minimum stays and special rates. As a bonus, our complimentary Beach Properties Advantage Discount Card is always included with your stay! If you are ready to start planning your fall getaway, browse our vacation homes and villas, and remember your free Hilton Head Vacation Guide. We can’t wait to welcome you to the South Carolina’s most beloved sea island!

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