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Newberry Oktoberfest: Liver Nips, Polka, and Puppets

Newberry Oktoberfest is the best Oktoberfest in the whole of South Carolina, in my opinion! You might say I’m biased as Newberry is our hometown but there’s a reason why Newberry is known as the City of Friendly Folks. We’re a small community of around 10,000 and it’s one of those old-fashioned places where everyone is quick to wave and smile and stop for a chat. And boy, do we ever enjoy a rousing oompah party!  If you ever come to Newberry Oktoberfest, you’ll see for yourself.
Newberry Oktoberfest
Newberry Oktoberfest is always held on the first Saturday in October on Main Street in the historic Downtown district. Pop by and see us at the EuroLux Antiques gallery right on Main Street. We’re hard to miss, in an Art Deco building dating to 1910, with a big sign that says “Antiques.” The 2013 event is on October 5 from 10 am to 5 pm, followed by an evening free outdoor concert.

OktoberfestBoothsThe celebration of Newberry’s German heritage packs Downtown with crowds of people browsing tons of arts and crafts vendors and enjoying delicious food. The 3 Dot Polka Band kicks off the live music at 10 am, followed by more musical entertainment from bluegrass to blues.

Newberry Oktoberfest Classic Car show
Children’s activities include inflatables and other fun in the Kids’ Zone. This year the  Columbia Marionette Theatre gives free puppet shows at the historic Newberry Ritz Theatre. Kids of all ages will get a kick out of the new video game truck near the Newberry County Courthouse and by the annual Classic Car Show next to Memorial Park.

is a new addition this year, starting at 7:30 pm in Astwood Park opposite the Courthouse. We’ll all be dancing the night away at the free rock concert featuring Tom Mackell of Charleston and the Rival Brothers of Columbia.

Newberry Oktoberfest foodOf course, you can’t have Oktoberfest without a lavish spread of German food and a Biergarten! Pile up your plate with bratwurst, schnitzel, German potato salad and sauerkraut. Try to leave some space for the oh-so-moreish home-baked goods.



EuroLuxBeerSteinsWash it all down with a celebratory brew from the large selection of domestic and German beers in the Biergarten at the Newberry Opera House. If you don’t have your own beer stein or tankard, maybe you’ll find one you like in our collection of vintage barware.

Local chefs will also be cooking up delectable German dishes in demos on the culinary stage. Gasthaus zur Elli has been one of the top 5 German restaurants in America for some years and I promise that this German restaurant in Prosperity truly deserves the kudos! So don’t miss a chance to pick up some tips when Gausthaus Zur Elli chef Wendy Steiner gives a cooking demo at 1:30 pm.

Newberry Oktoberfest Liver NipsThe big question is: Who will will the Liver Nips Cook-Off? I have to confess I’m not a huge fan of liver nips. (I’m originally from Florida – we have our own odd local delicacies.) But the liver nips contest is an annual tradition hosted by the Newberry Chamber of Commerce and we take the liver nips rivalry very seriously. So seriously, the winner walks away with a $250 prize. If you don’t know what liver nips are, you can make their acquaintance at the cook-off at 11:30 am. Or if you can’t visit Newberry Oktoberfest, find recipes for the South Carolina delicacy here.

Happy Newberry Oktoberfest and Prost!


Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Happy Oktoberfest in Newberry, SC!

Newberry, South Carolina, is a sleepy southern town and on most days reminds me of Mayberry on the Andy Griffith show.

NewberryWith a population of just 10,000 in the city limits, chances are that if you bring up someone’s name in conversation, a relative of theirs will be within earshot.  We’re known as the City of Friendly Folks for a reason – everyone smiles, waves to passing cars, and is happy to spend a few minutes chatting to find out what’s new with you.  EuroLuxAntiques

You’ll find EuroLux Antiques right on Main Street in an Art Deco building dating to 1910.  You can’t miss us – we have European flags flying over an original black and white tiled entrance.


On every first Saturday of October, crowds descend and Newberry celebrates its German heritage with an Oktoberfest festival held on Main Street in our historic Downtown.  This year, Oktoberfest will be held on Saturday, October 1st from 10 am until late afternoon.

OktoberfestBakeSaleThe streets will be filled with arts and crafts vendors and local churches will offer delicious, home-baked goods.  New this year will be pottery demonstrations held in front of the big, yellow community hall throughout the day.


Stroll around the square in front of the Newberry Opera House to see a Classic Car Show.  There’s a good bit for the kids to do too: jump around in the inflatables, make a project at the Lowe’s kid’s tent, or attempt to scale a climbing wall hosted by the South Carolina National Guard.


Of course, the best part of Oktoberfest, in my opinion, is the German food and the Biergarten!  You’ll find schnitzel-a-plenty, sauerkraut, bratwurst, German potato salad, and more!  Stop in at the culinary stage where three local chefs will give demonstrations and don’t miss Wendy Steiner of Gasthaus zur Ellie at 1:30 pm!  You may have heard of “that German restaurant in Prosperity” that was named one of the top German Restaurants in America!  I can personally attest that Wendy’s restaurant is AWESOME and you should definitely go eat there!

You’ll find a large selection of German beers in the Biergarten right next to the Opera House, which will help you wash down the liver nips.

OktoberfestBiergartenWhat is a liver nip, you ask?  I’m not exactly sure since I’m not originally from around here (Bless my heart, I’m from Florida), but the Newberry Chamber of Commerce hosts the Annual Oktoberfest Liver Nips Contest.  First prize is $250!OktoberfestLiverNips


And Oktoberfest wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without entertainment and oopma music!  Polish and German polka starts at 10 am, followed by different types of music throughout the day (classic rock and 80’s music), and ending with a German blues musician taking the stage at 4 pm.  Be sure to catch the free puppet shows put on by the Bremen Town Musicians (The Patchwork Players from Columbia, SC) at the Ritz Theater throughout the day.

So put on your lederhosen and dirndl and come on down to Newberry, home of the best Oktoberfest in South Carolina!

OktoberfestCostume(Okay, you don’t have to wear a German costume, but it will give you an excuse to drink more beer if you do!)OktoberfestLederhosen

Greg and I hope to see you in Downtown Newberry for Oktoberfest!  Grab a Hefeweizen and a plate of Schnitzel and be sure to stop in to EuroLux Antiques to say hello!

OktoberfestMealHappy Oktoberfest!  And thanks for stopping by the EuroLux Antiques blog!


Aimee 🙂

 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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