Plans for Asheville’s annual Oktoberfest celebration are cranking up, with tickets going on sale this weekend.
The festival, presented again by the Asheville Downtown Association, is 1-6 p.m. Oct. 11 on Coxe Avenue. Tickets go on sale Aug. 1 through the www.ashevilledowntown.org web site. The first round of tickets are $30 (through August). In September, the tickets increase to $35 and in October they’ll sell for $40, if any are still available.
Last year’s festival pulled a sold-out crowd of 3,000, said Downtown Association president Adrian Vassallo. This year, the festival boundaries will expand down Coxe Avenue to Buxton Avenue to include the South Slope breweries located there, he said.
Local breweries confirmed to take part include Green Man, Asheville Brewing, Highland, French Broad, Pisgah, Catawba, Twin Leaf, Hi-Wire, Lexington Avenue Brewery, Oskar Blues and Sierra Nevada, Vassallo said. Highland’s Clawhammer Oktoberfest lager is already showing up at some stores. Noble Cider will also take part.
The Stratton Mountain Boys Austrian-style band from Vermont will again perform, along with other acts to be announced, Vassallo said.