Tickets for the 16th annual Charlotte Oktoberfest — held at the NC Music Factory on Saturday, Sept. 27 — are on sale now.
Presented by the Carolina BrewMasters, Charlotte’s non-profit homebrew club, the event is the largest Charlotte beer festival of the year. As in years past, there are two ticket options: general admission tickets are $45 and allow for entry between 2-6 p.m.; premier admission tickets are $65 and allow you to get in at 12:30 p.m. Premier ticket holders also have the chance to join guided beer tours that take place throughout the day, starting at 1:30 p.m.
Breweries are still being added to the brewery list, which already features more than 20 NC breweries. Ultimately, festival organizers expect to feature 350 different beers from more than 100 breweries. In addition to a strong showing of local and regional breweries, one of the festival’s main draws is the homebrew section. Here, homebrew clubs from around the region bring their best — and they are often some of the festival’s most memorable beers.
There will be live music provided by U-Phonik and StellaRising.
Over the years, the festival has allowed the Carolina BrewMasters to donate more than $500,000 to local charities (they raised $75,000 last year alone). They’re able to do this thanks to the Carolina BrewMasters and a veritable army of volunteers. This year, the festival will benefit Kids Rein, Classroom Central and Camp CARE.