No Excuses: Get Out and Enjoy the Oktoberfest Season

Photo: Breckenridge Tourism Office

Photo: Breckenridge Tourism Office

Dry clean the dirndls and lederhosen! It’s finally time to chug Märzen and other Oktoberfest lagers out of your favorite vessel: das boot.

We’ve made it easy for you to locate a plethora of Oktoberfest events and festivals that will take place all over the state. Whether you’re looking for a cozy Oktoberfest train ride through the Royal Gorge, a family affair in Woodland Park or Highlands Ranch, or a wild Oktoberfest experience in Denver, we’ve got you covered. 

Breckenridge Oktoberfest 

September 8-10

Breckenridge 

The weekend is full of you guessed it, beer. But Breckenridge Oktoberfest is also full of entertainment for everyone. Make sure to visit face-painting stations, get some pre-festival exercise at the 5K run and test your skills at a wide variety of German-themed games. 

gobreck.com

 

Vail Oktoberfest- Lionshead Village & Vail Square 

September 8-10

Vail 

Munich comes to Vail for the world’s greatest celebration of beer, music and autumn - Oktoberfest! The event will see two full weekends of blown-out Bavarian fun, including the return of many crowd favorites like the Bratwurst Eating Contests and Keg Bowling. Emulating the age-old celebration known all over the world, Vail Oktoberfest delights guests with Bavarian Beer, Bavarian music and dancing, traditional fare, yodeling, alpenhorn blowing and much more. 

vailoktoberfest.com

 

Docktoberfest Celebration 

September 9

Dry Dock Brewing Co. - South Dock, Aurora 

Raise a stein, and fill your mug because our favorite time of year is here: Oktoberfest! Join the crowd at South Dock for a day of food (Wing Hut), music, and beer when they tap special Docktoberfest Lager, along side some of the classic German-style beers. There are stein-holding competitions beginning at 2 p.m. (German-themed attire strongly encouraged).
Taplist
-Docktoberfest (German-Style Märzen Lager)
-Pilsner (2016 World Beer Cup Silver - German-Style Pilsener
-Helles (2016 GABF Silver - Munich-Style Helles)
-Wheat Beer (2011 GABF Gold - South German-Style Hefeweizen)
-Doppelbock

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Royal Gorge Route Railroad Daily Oktoberfest Ride 

September 9-October 22

Royal Gorge Route, Canon City

The First Class Oktoberfest Train is Colorado’s most unique rolling restaurant paying homage to America’s favorite German holiday, Oktoberfest! Expect amazing food with locally brewed beer. Ride the rails and take in the majestic views while enjoying veal bratwurst with spatzel, or try other traditional entrees. While on board, check out the open-air car and enjoy 360 degrees of unhindered views while listening to Barry, the Oktoberfest accordionist playing while roaming from car to car. Included with each Oktoberfest lunch is a Royal Gorge Route logo pint glass (beverage not included). For this time-honored train event, a special Oktoberfest Bier will be tapped for the occasion. 

royalgorgeroute.com

 

Loveland Oktoberfest 

September 15-16

Grimm Brothers Brewing, Loveland 

The Loveland Oktoberfest will have beer from Verboten Brewing, Loveland Aleworks, Crow Hop Brewing Co., Big Beaver Brewing Co., Buckhorn Brewers, Big Thompson Brewery, and of course, all of the Grimm Brothers beer you can handle. There will be live music both nights and German-inspired games to enjoy. 

lovelandoktoberfest.org

 

Parker Oktoberfest 

September 15-17

O’Brien Park, Parker 

Twelve years ago, Parker launched its first Oktoberfest celebration. The fest has grown to a size that pushes well over 35,000 visitors, 75 vendors and the need to have an outside company help put the event together.  

Authentic German beer, foods and vendors will set up their wares on the grassy streets in O’Brien Park. Admission is free for our family-friendly German-themed festival, which includes a number of fun activities for children and great things to do for adults.

coloradoculture.org

 

Vail Oktoberfest- Vail Village 

September 15-17

Vail 

Munich comes to Vail for the world’s greatest celebration of beer, music and autumn - Oktoberfest! The event will see two full weekends of blown-out Bavarian fun, including the return of many crowd favorites like the Bratwurst Eating Contests and Keg Bowling. Emulating the age-old celebration known all over the world, Vail Oktoberfest™ delights guests with Bavarian Beer, Bavarian music and dancing, traditional fare, yodeling, alpenhorn blowing, and much more. 

vailoktoberfest.com

 

DRiNK RiNo Oktoberfest 

September 16

Rackhouse Pub, 2875 Blake St.

Strap on your lederhosen and dirndls, it's time to bring Munich to RiNo. Oktoberfest is not a bier-tasting event; it's a bier-drinking event! So bring your thirst and join the breweries, cideries and wineries of DRiNk RiNo as they serve up the best Oktoberfest and fall seasonal offerings.
Ticket Includes
- Entrance to the festivities
- 0,5l Mug
- 1 litre of bier
About the Festival
- Bring your own Maß or rent one
- Masskrugstemmen Competion
- Classic German Food
- Oompah bands galore
DRiNK RiNo Members
Black Shirt Brewing Co
Mockery Brewing
Great Divide Brewing Co.
Epic Brewing Company - Denver Taproom
Beryl's Beer Co.
Our Mutual Friend Brewery
Ratio Beerworks
C Squared Ciders
Stem Ciders
Bigsby's Folly-A Craft Winery: Food, Bar, Private Events
The Infinite Monkey Theorem
Bierstadt Lagerhaus
The Block Distilling Co.

radcraftbeer.com

 

FORToberfest 

September 16

Fort Collins 

Celebrate the last outdoor music festival of the summer in Old Town Square! FORToberfest is a Fort Collins-style Fall festival, featuring 10-plus hours of live music on the Old Town Square Stage and specialty tastings of local, seasonal craft beers. FORToberfest runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Best of all, the festival is FREE, with no admission charge to enjoy a full day of live music and community celebration Downtown! 

downtownfortcollins.com

 

Steamboat OktoberWest

September 15-16

Steamboat Springs 

Celebrate the season at a Steamboat-style Oktoberfest including Rocky Mountain beer, local food specialties and festivities unique to Steamboat Springs. No German-style beer here, just good ol’ Colorado brews. 

steamboatchamber.com

 

Oktoberfest in Woodland Park 

September 16-17

Woodland Park 

You’ll find fun for the whole family at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, including live music, plenty of authentic German food and drinks, arts and crafts and children’s activities. Don’t miss the ceremonial keg tapping on Saturday at 11 a.m., right after the national anthem. The two-day Oktoberfest in Woodland Park is a great way to enjoy this beautiful mountain town.

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Pop-Up Pairing: Oktoberfest presented by Zwei Brewing & Silver Grille Café 

September 21

Silver Grille Café, 218 Walnut St, Fort Collins

Can't make it to Europe this September for Oktoberfest? Come to the Oktoberfest Pop-Up Pairing at Silver Grill Cafe instead. Chef Heather Beckman, is opening up the restaurant at night (yeah that's right, you can have Silver Grill for breakfast, lunch and dinner.) Silver Grill is partnering with Zwei Brewing to provide authentic German brews with the menu. As the menu is finalized, we'll give you some hints as to what you'll be eating. 
A portion of the proceeds will go toward supporting local non-profit, The Family Center/La Familia in their goal of partnering and advocating for families in our community. 
What: Oktoberfest Pop-Up Pairing
When: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Thursday, September 21
Where: Silver Grill Cafe
Cost: $35, tickets will increase to $40 after September 1. Coloradoan subscribers get $5 off. 
Note: Attendees must be 21 or older

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Denver Oktoberfest 

September 22-23

Denver 

The 48th Annual Denver Oktoberfest will take place throughout two weekends. It has gained national recognition, being quoted by USA Today as “The Best Oktoberfest” in the United States and “One of the country’s longest running traditions.”

thedenveroktoberfest.com

 

Longmont Oktoberfest Presented by Left Hand Brewing 

September 22-23

Roosevelt Park, Longmont 

Left Hand Brewing is proud to present the return of Longmont Oktoberfest, a two-day music festival unlike anything in Northern Colorado. Live music, 10 breweries, two cideries, local food and more, take over Longmont for two days of celebration. This year’s headliner band will be the witty and energetic ska punk band, Reel Big Fish. Other bands rocking out include: Andy Frasco & The UNPandas & PeopleFace, and more.

Brat eating and stein holding contests, best dressed awards and the world’s longest bratwurst festivities make this an annual tradition you don’t want to miss. Ponies, a petting zoo, rock-climbing wall, water activities, along with a full kid zone, Longmont Oktoberfest has activities for the whole family. Pull out your lederhosen and dirndls, grab a pretzel or brat, and join in the fall fun that supports local charities. Prost!

lefthandbrewing.com

 

6th Annual Colorado Springs Oktoberfest 

September 22-24

Colorado Springs 

This Oktoberfest event will feature a German chefs dinner, authentic German food and drink, German wine tastings, Dachshund and weiner dog races, keg bowling, stein hoisting contests and more. The tented event is held in the parking lot of Security Service Field. 

csoktoberfest.com

Station 26 founder Justin Baccary in his Oktoberfest garb at last year's celebration. Photo courtesy of Station 26

Station 26 founder Justin Baccary in his Oktoberfest garb at last year's celebration.
Photo courtesy of Station 26

Station 26 Brewing Oktoberfest 

September 23

1-11p.m.

Station 26 Brewing 

7045 E. 38th Ave, Denver

Station 26’s Oktoberfest lager is fermenting. The maßkrüges are ready. The lederhosen and dirndls are ironed and waiting (are yours?).
The Polkanauts will playing live on the patio. Smokestack 70 will be grilling brats along with their full menu. 
The party will be happening all day at Station 26. See you there.

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Denver Oktoberfest 

September 29-30

Denver 

The 48th Annual Denver Oktoberfest will take place throughout two weekends. It has gained national recognition, being quoted by USA Today as “The Best Oktoberfest” in the United States and “One of the country’s longest running traditions.”

thedenveroktoberfest.com

 

9th Annual Fall Harvest Brew Fest

September 23

Fort Collins 

Celebrate canines and craft brews this fall at the 9th Annual Fall Harvest Brewfest. If you’re a beer lover in Northern Colorado, chances are you have a bucket list of brews to check off.  Enter Fall Harvest Brewfest: an epic one stop, unlimited sipping experience. The event is in its 9th year of production after launching in 2009, pairing with Animal House Rescue & Grooming. Take part in one of our favorite combinations: pups and hops.

fallharvestbrewfest.com

 

Highlands Ranch Oktoberfest & 5K 

September 23

Highlands Ranch  

Put on your lederhosen and your running/walking shoes and kick-start the annual Highlands Ranch Community Association's Oktoberfest event in Town Center with the Oktoberfest 5K! The race starts at 9:30 a.m. 

Gather your family and friends together for this great cultural event with authentic German food, music and great biers from Paulaner, as well as live entertainment. It’s an evening of non-stop entertainment for the kids, too. Children will enjoy magic, balloons, and games until their hearts are content. Don’t miss the Dachshund Races; gift baskets for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners!

hrcaonline.org

 

Greeley OktoBREWfest 2017 

September 29-30

Greely 

Greeley’s OktoBREWfest 2017 will be September 29-30 at historic Lincoln Park in Downtown Greeley at 8th Street & 9th Avenue. The Fridayevening kick off is from 5-10 p.m. for some great beer, brats, games and a free concert.

Then prepare for a full day of fun on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy a whole day of music, a wide variety of regular and specialty brews, food from more than a dozen vendors, a crafts area, and a huge children’s area with face painting, obstacle course, arcade games, inflatable slide, WOW Bubbles and more!

greeleydowntown.com

 

Castle Rock Oktoberfest 

September 30

Castle Rock 

Enjoy beer, food and live music to welcome fall. Kids will enjoy the bounce house, face painting, petting zoo, pony rides and fun zone rides. Location: Festival Park in Castle Rock.

visitcastlerock.org

 

-         Compiled by Dylan Hochstedler