The Visit Hickory Metro team encourages visitors and locals to explore the Hickory Metro region carefully and safely. The state of North Carolina has lifted all mass gathering limits at this time but encourages individuals to still practice the three W's - Wear, Wait, Wash. People who are fully vaccinated can do all of the things that they did before the pandemic. Those unvaccinated, should still wear a mask in public indoor settings & public outdoor settings when they cannot maintain social distance. To learn more about what our area is doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 click below. 

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36th Annual Hickory Oktoberfest

  • Dates: October 8, 2021 - October 10, 2021
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Downtown Hickory
  • 222 Union Square
    Hickory, NC 28601
  • Friday 5 PM-11 PM Saturday 10 AM-11 PM Sunday 12 PM - 5 PM
  • Visit Website


Oktoberfest, the most anticipated event in the metro area, is a festival that offers a weekend of family entertainment. Five stages offer non-stop musical entertainment. Kids can enjoy the Kidsfest area, offering amusement rides and games for a thrill for all ages. Artisans are selling handcrafted items including beautiful pottery, jewelry, glass, fabrics, woodcrafts, etc. Commercial vendors have a variety of merchandise ranging from sunglasses to handmade soaps. There are many food vendors located in the "Food Court" area, selling a variety of treats, goodies and great food.