Live Music

Oktoberfest would not be complete without music and dancing. This year will feature our main stage filled with entertainment throughout the day and into the night. There will be, of course, the all popular polka bands and traditional sounds of Bavaria in the air, but that’s just a start. 


Mark Mahoney Trio

The Chuck Lichtenberger Collective (Facebook)


Wiener Dog “Brat Trot” Race

The crowd pleasing Wiener Dog ‘Brat Trot’ Race is expected to be another rousing success. Last year’s event SOLD OUT and this year event is expected to as well, so make sure to register early. This animal-friendly competition for all lovers of wiener dogs will be an exciting event for the entire family and community.

Limited spots for dachshunds with a need for speed and a nose for the finish line!


Each dog will race approximately 50 feet in heats of five to their owners at the opposite end. The winner of each heat will compete in a final race to determine the winning wiener dog! Oktoberfest ‘Brat Trot’ Trophy will be awarded to the winner, and prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Wiener Dog Brat Trot Race Start Time: 6:30PM on September 22nd 

Craft Artisan Market

Fine artisans and craftsmen from around the region including woodworkers, sculptors, jewelers, potters, painters, knitters and more, will showcase their work at Gypsy Circus for the Craft Artisan Market

Start time: 2-7pm on September 24th

Calling All Local and Regional Artisans and Craftsman!

If you are an Artisan or Craftsman and would like to participate in the 2017 Kingsport Oktoberfest Craft Artisan Market, email and request your registration form. Be sure to include “Artisan Market” in the subject field, provide your full name, phone number and a brief description of your craft.

Tennessee Stein Competition 

Strongmen men and women from around Tennessee and the southeast compete in the Tennessee Stein Competition.   Test your fortitude at the Tennessee Stein Competition to see who can hold a pint of cider the longest.

Start Time: 8 pm on September 23rd