Beer vs. Wine: Festivals Go Neck-And-Neck This Saturday

Beer vs. Wine: Festivals Go Neck-And-Neck This Saturday

October 3rd is going to be a tough day for people who have a hard time making decisions because that same Saturday is host to two of Charlotte’s premiere events: Oktoberfest and Great Grapes Festival.

The 17th annual Charlotte Oktoberfest will be held outdoors at the NC Music Factory and will feature more than 100 regional, national & international breweries, food vendors, games, live entertainment from Tantrum & Simplified and much more.


General Admission (entry at 2pm) tickets are $45 each and are on sale now. They’re limiting attendance at this year’s festival to 5,250 (so you don’t have to wait in line all day) so reserve yours today before they sell out at

The 12th Annual Great Grapes festival will also be held on October 3rd but at Symphony Park next to the SouthPark Mall. This casual wine tasting event boasts more than 220 wines from over 20 different wineries, live music, food, arts and crafts and a free kids area.

VIP Admission ($49) begins at 11am and includes a souvenir wine glass and lanyard, access to a VIP area with specialty wines and more. Adult Admission tickets are $28 in advance and $33 at the event. Entry begins at noon and includes a souvenir wine glass and unlimited wine samples. Designated Driver admission only tickets are $20 and kids 12 and under are free.


For more information on how to Uncork the Fun at the Great Grapes Festival, check them out online at

No matter which event you choose, whether it be beer or wine, the Restaurant Traffic team wants you to have a blast, party with friends, make it a night to remember but most importantly drink responsibly and never drink and drive.

“It takes a lot of good beer to make great wine”
― Brian O’Donnell, Winemaker of Belle Pente, 2013

When not working behind the scenes at Restaurant Traffic, you can find this local foodie guru out and about enjoying the Charlotte restaurant scene with close friends and family.

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