You don’t have to travel all the way to Munich to celebrate Oktoberfest! Come to the Smith Mountain Lake Oktoberfest to celebrate the fall season, German culture, and delicious beer! Every year, The Willard Companies partner with the Smith Mountain Lake YMCA to sponsor the festival as well as a 5K race. All proceeds from the race benefit Franklin County YMCA, so you can feel good about joining in on the fun! Don’t miss out on this year’s Smith Mountain Lake Oktoberfest!
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Celebrate at the Smith Mountain Lake Oktoberfest!
Smith Mountain Lake Oktoberfest is not to be missed! Come to the Westlake Towne Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m on October 14, 2017!
5K Trail Race & Walk
One of the highlights of Smith Mountain Lake Oktoberfest is the 5K Trail Race & Walk. Participants begin at Westlake Towne Center, winding through the Jack-O-Lantern Branch Heritage Trail at the Booker T. Washington National Monument, and finally ending at the Oktoberfest site! Awards will be given to the top three runners, male and female, and the top finishers in each age bracket. The ultimate reward, though, is giving back to the Franklin County YMCA! Race registration is $25 for adults, $15 for children under 13. T-shirts will be available to the first 100 participants. Register quickly, because the fee is an addition $10 after October 4.
Smith Mountain Lake Oktoberfest Activities
Don’t miss the musical performances by The Sauerkraut Band, who will be playing traditional polkas, waltzes, and marches, as well as German folk dances. The local Saengerbund Band will also be playing. “Saengerbund” is a chorus, with members being chiefly of German descent..
You’ll be able to enjoy the music while eating traditional German foods and drinking the delicious Oktoberfest beer. There’s even something for children! A play area will be set up, filled with great activities. The food vendors haven’t been announced yet, but the drinks will be brewed by Sunken City Brewery. If you’ve never tried one of Sunken City’s brews, you’re in for a treat. It’s the first microbrewery established in Smith Mountain Lake. Try their Dam Lager, a brew inspired by the lake.
Return to a Rental on the Lake
After you’ve enjoyed the excitement at Smith Mountain Lake Oktoberfest, return to the serenity of one of Premier Vacation Rental’s beautiful homes. Our rentals range from budget-friendly to luxurious and are all meticulously maintained.
Check out one of our newer rentals, Hickory Hill Cottage. This four-bedroom, three-bath home features a hot tub, kayak, and paddleboard, all available for the guests’ use. This is a stunning, modern home with high ceilings and open spaces with a full kitchen that has everything you need to create a delicious meal. Take advantage of the beautiful flagstone fire pit, which is perched right above the dock. You’ll roast marshmallows while enjoying the best view of the lake! Browse the rest of our rentals and book your room today. We look forward to having you!