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Asheville Oktoberfest, presented by Allegiant, returns on Saturday, October 5 from 1pm to 6pm in Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville. Tickets on sale at ashevilleoktoberfest.com beginning Friday, Aug. 2. Oktoberfest is a production of the Asheville Downtown Association.

Ticket buyers who purchase before midnight on September 5 will be entered to win a fantastic prize package including two travel vouchers from Allegiant, two nights at The Foundry Hotel, a specialty tour for two at Wicked Weed Brewing, and $100 gift card to Strada Italiano.

Following a parade through the park, the ceremonial tapping of the keg will officially open the festivities. Confirmed participants include: 12 Bones Brewing, Asheville Brewing Co., Blue Ridge Cold Brew (craft coffee), Bold Rock Hard Cider, Catawba Brewing Co., Chateau Ste. Michelle (wine), The Collaboratory, Cultivated Cocktails, Currahee Brewing Co., Dalton Distillery, Devil’s Foot Beverages (non-alcoholic craft sodas), Eluvium Brewing Co., Flat Rock Cider Co., Foothills Brewing, French Broad Brewery, Ginger’s Revenge, Highland Brewing Co., Hi-Wire Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing Co., Nantahala Brewing Co., Noble Cider, Oskar Blues, Oak City Amaretto, Pisgah Brewing, Samuel Adams, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Upcountry Brewing Co., Whistle Hop Brewing Co. and Wicked Weed Brewing. **List is subject to change.

The Official Oktoberfest Games are back as well. Attendees can sign up onsite to participate and prizes will be awarded for speed, accuracy and general shenanigans. Games include: Brezel Werfen (pretzel toss), Stein Hissen (stein hoist), Unterwäsche Rennen (Tighty Whities Race) and the Kostümwettbewerb (Costume Contest). **Games subject to change.

Other activities include the Organic Free-range Chicken Dance, axe throwing with Axeville Throwing Club, yard games from Pong AVL and Dig Pong with Dig Local Asheville.

Providing live “oompah” music, lively spirited Polka tunes and traditional shoe slapping dances is Asheville’s own Lagerhosen.

Oktoberfest is a 21 and over festival, attendees are strongly encouraged to leave the kids at home. If you must bring children, those six and up must have a child ticket. Children under six will be admitted free. Designated driver tickets are available for $10.

Oktoberfest sponsors include: Allegiant, The Retreat at Hunt Hill, Weirbridge Village, Audubon Place, Go Mini’s, Kudzu Brands, Shay Brown Events, Bröö Craft Beer Shampoo, 97.7 The Brew, 98.1 the River, At 101.1, 105.9 The Mountain, Dig Local Asheville, Asheville Color & Imaging, The Foundry Hotel, The Med, Strada Italiano.

Visit ashevilleoktoberfest.com for more information and to purchase tickets. Food will be available for purchase.

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