Saturday, October 5th, 2019, 4pm - 10:30pm


The Water Dog and The Academy Center of the Arts are proud to gather thousands of beer lovers together to “Prost like a Pro!” for Oktoberfest! It’s that time of year when all of our lederhosen-clad and dirndl-sporting friends travel from far and wide to hoist a stein in celebration. Join us for a fanciful evening of Sierra Nevada festbier, feasting, costumes, dancing, raucous music, and more! Dress your best and brush up on your Chicken Dance skills!

Celebrating with Sierra Nevada beer including the new Oktoberfest collaboration, German-inspired feast, musical performances, lederhosen and dirndl costume contest for best dressed male and female, Oktoberfest games, Chicken Dance contest, Flash Your ‘Stache competition, and more! Get your lederhosen or dirndl here! You must be 21 or older and present a valid ID to attend!


PRE-SALE/EARLY BIRD: $40 // DAY-Of at the DOOR: $50

Includes all the things:

  • Contemporary German meal provided by The Water Dog,

  • Commemorative beer stein

  • One beer/pretzel voucher

  • Entertainment - Live music, Oktoberfest games, and more


Includes eight (8) General Admission tickets (a $320 value) // THERE ARE ONLY SIX (6) VIP TABLES AVAILABLE! Perfect for a group of friends or a way to say thank you to your best customers or employees, the VIP TABLES are the closet to the stage and - unlike General Admission tables - these tables WILL BE RESERVED FOR THE ENTIRE EVENT!


Includes a contemporary German meal provided by The Water Dog, a commemorative stein that you can use for water or iced tea (your wristband will indicate that no beer is to be served to you), and a pretzel ticket.


One plate not enough? Enjoy a second helping!


Beat the long ticket lines and pre-purchase! This ticket can be redeemed for one beer or pretzel. This ticket does NOT include admission to the event. Individual beer/pretzel vouchers are available for purchase on event day for $5 each.

Last call at 10:00PM. Absolutely no refunds.

Remember, you must be 21 or older and present a valid ID!

The Water Dog and The Academy reserve the right, without the refund of any portion of the ticket purchase price, to refuse admission to or eject any person whose conduct is deemed by The Water Dog or The Academy to be disorderly, overindulges in the alcohol provided, who uses vulgar or abusive language, or who fails to comply with these or other Riverfront Park rules and general principles of propriety.


Featuring Sierra Nevada’s fifth Oktoberfest Collaboration Festival Beer. We’ll make sure there’s plenty of other beer styles to try as well.


Clean, crisp amber lager brewed with our German brew partner, Bitburger! Our 2019 Oktoberfest is brewed using Bitburger’s proprietary blend of hops. In the 200+ years that Bitburger has been at it, they’ve never shared them with another brewer. That changes with this year’s Oktoberfest. 6.0% ABV | IBU: 17

Pale Ale

The classic American pale ale with piney and grapefruit aromas. 5.0% ABV | IBU: 38

Hazy Little Thing IPA

Hop-heavy, unfiltered, hazy India Pale Ale. 6.7% ABV | IBU: 35


Unfiltered, hazy wheat ale with notes of spicy clove and banana bread. 4.8% ABV | IBU: 17


Keeping with tradition, a contemporary German feast will be provided by The Water Dog. The feast will be available from 5-8pm, and is included with your ticket price. What’s more, Bavarian style pretzels with mustard are available until 10pm in exchange for a beer/pretzel ticket!


  • Sausage & Kraut: beer poached bratwurst, sauerkraut

  • Sauerbraten & Red Cabbage: Brasstown beef roast, Porter braised cabbage

  • Wood Roasted Pig: Slow roasted pork, Oktoberfest wholegrain mustard sauce

  • German Potato Salad: Mustard vinaigrette, celery, green onions and dill

  • Brussels Sprouts: Roasted brussels sprouts, cranberries

  • Harvest Salad: Organic baby lettuces, shaved fennel, roasted winter squash, sunflower seeds and Stout balsamic vinaigrette


THE ORIGINAL ELBE MUSIKANTEN GERMAN BAND :: Die Elbe Musikanten is a 13-piece horn-band (no guitars, no keyboards) with a German-singing female vocalist. This year (2019) is their 25th year of playing together as a band. They specialize in Oktoberfest and Gemütlichkeit music.

THE DUNDIES :: Based in Lynchburg, Virginia, The Dundies have quickly earned a reputation as a premier cover band to see for heart-pounding energy and uncontrollable dancing. From the blues and oldies, to classic rock and today's hits, the options are limitless. So, be ready to dance your face off!

SIRIUS.B :: Sirius.B's music is created with an eclectic mix of vocal harmonies and instruments including cello, accordion, violin, marching band and African percussion, charango, flamenco and acoustic guitar, banjo, and melodica. Sirius.B brings to you the finest Absurdist Gypsy Folk Funk Punk that the world has to offer. Their "impressively irreverent, combustible, three-ring circus of sound [and] high-energy style is difficult to neatly categorize. They play foreign music as well as upbeat and serious originals, with a lyrical style ranging from the quirky to the absurd." - Mountain Xpress


  • HAMMERSCHLAGEN // Possibly one of the most fun games you will ever play (at an Oktoberfest). Be the first to get your nail in the log and wear your cow bell with pride!

  • AXE THROWING // Because, why not?

  • STEIN HOLDING CONTEST // This is one of the 7 feats of strength and it’s your time to prove you’re worthy!

  • COSTUME CONTEST // This is an event where you should DRESS UP! Best male and female costumes win fun prizes! Get your lederhosen or dirndl here!

  • DRINKO PLINKO // If you’re lucky, you’ll win some cool prizes. If you’re unlucky, well, you’ll see.

  • MUSTACHE CONTEST // Grow it and show it! Or, slap on a fake stash and join the fun!

  • PAPS CIGAR LOUNGE // Paps Cigar will be setting up their leather chairs and recreating their comfy cigar lounge; offering up the best cigars that pair with Sierra Nevada’s line-up of brews.



Really, we can’t stress this enough … if you overindulge, leave your car and come back for it the next day. Take an Uber; you’ll make some new friends and keep everyone safe. If you need to, please leave your car overnight in the parking lot and pick it up the next day.

Remember, you must be 21 or older and present a valid ID to attend!



While there is plenty of FREE parking downtown, we recommend carpooling with your buddies. See the map below for FREE parking options.

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Join The Water Dog and Academy Center of the Arts for their 1st ever Oktoberfest at Riverfront Park! Volunteers will receive admission to the event, an official Oktoberfest t-shirt, free meal, and an Oktoberfest stein! Sign up here: https://buff.ly/31gXwl9