The Walhalla Oktoberfest is located at Sertoma Field, 272 Tulip Drive, Walhalla SC 29691.
The annual Walhalla Oktoberfest
Since 1979, Walhalla, South Carolina has celebrated its German heritage by welcoming residents and visitors alike to the annual Walhalla Oktoberfest for a weekend filled with fun, food and fireworks!
Join us on the third Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October at Sertoma Field to enjoy authentic German fare of bratwurst & sauerkraut, funnel cakes, and Apple Strudel along with some more American treats of barbecue, blossoming onions, and boiled peanuts.
Dance a polka, waltz or the “Chicken Dance” while listening to The Little German Band. Browse through the numerous vendor booths for arts, crafts, baked goods and other treats and get a jump on your Christmas shopping since there’ll be only eight weeks to go!
For the kids there is a carnival that will provide hours of fun, along with a “Kinderhaus” for face-painting and crafts. And for the children of all ages, the fantastic fireworks display on Saturday will be the perfect way to conclude the night.
In 1850, a land expansion movement began among the German settlers in Charleston, South Carolina, that culminated in the purchase of land in the Upstate. Under the leadership of John A. Wagener, they founded the City of Walhalla, a name borrowed from Norse Mythology. According to the legend, Valkyries, who were beautiful young maidens endowed with goddess-like powers, came down after battles and gathered all the dead warriors from the "Field of Valor" to carry them to Valhalla, the Garden of the Gods. In Valhalla, the valiant heroes recovered from their mortal wounds and lived happily ever after, drinking mead and feasting on roast beef.
From its beginnings as a German settlement, Walhalla has evolved into the county seat of government and has become a shopper's paradise for specialty gifts and antiques. Beautiful oak trees line the center of Main Street and state and national flags wave in the cool mountain breezes. German banners herald the Oktoberfest season as everyone joins in the festival and travels to Main Street to visit the shops and vendors lining the street and on to Sertoma Field on SC Highway 183 for carnival rides, wurst and kraut, strudel, more crafts, and German polkas and waltzes.
The golden, red and orange hues of the turning leaves make Autumn the most beautiful of all for the Upstate. Local Walhalla attractions such as Saint John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Walhalla Depot Park and Cultural Center at Kaufmann Square, our lively downtown, as well as the surrounding lakes, rivers, state and county parks, combined with a family oriented festival, explain why over half a million people have celebrated Walhalla Oktoberfest since 1979. Join us at the Gateway of the Blue Ridge Mountains for our Oktoberfest! The festival begins each year on the third Friday in October.