Wow. There are a lot of Colorado Oktoberfest festivals. I guess that makes sense with over one million citizens claiming German heritage. But there are a lot of fabulous Oktoberfest options here.
Denver Oktoberfest – Denver, CO – Sept 27-29 & October 4-6, 2013
Larimer Street in Denver’s Historic Ballpark Neighborhood is transformed for two weekends in September for this celebration of German culture. Over 250,000 people attend Oktoberfest Denver annually. Entertainment includes stein hoisting, long dog derby, keg bowling, Dashustlehoff 5K, bratwurst eating contest, costume contest and live music.
Location: 20th and Larimer, Denver CO
La Veta Oktoberfest – La Veta, CO – October 5, 2013
26th annual Colorado Oktoberfest held the first Saturday in October. 9th annual Twin Peak Rodder’s Car show, dancing, bier garden, and arts & crafts.
Breckenridge Oktoberfest – Breckenridge, Colorado – September 13-15, 2013
The largest Oktoberfest in the Rocky Mountains will close Main Street in Breckenridge, Colorado, to host its 19th annual event on September 13-15, 2013. Fall foliage, Paulaner Bier, German food, live music, keg tapping and children’s activities.
Location: Main St, Breckenridge, Co, 80424
Vail Oktoberfest – Vail, Co – September 6-7 and 13-14, 2013
Traditional food and Paulaner beer, bavarian music, dancing, yodeling, bratwurst eating contest, keg bowling, stein lifting, Oktoberfest costume contest and more over two full weekends in Vail. Free concerts on Saturday night. Family zone during the day for kids with crafts, entertainers and kids 1K fun run. Named by USA Today one of the ten greatest Oktoberfests in the US in 2010. No cost for admission.
Berthoud Oktoberfest – Berthoud, Colorado – October 5, 2013
Third annual authentic German festival with beer from City Star Brewing, food, music, dancing, kid’s activities, arts & crafts. The 10th annual Scarecrow contest and 3rd annual Berthoud Fall Bicycle Classic are also on October 5th.
Location: Fickel Park, N 7th St, Berthoud, Colorado 80513
Ouray Oktoberfest – Ouray, CO – October 5, 2013
Location: Box Canyon Lodge, 45 3rd Ave Ouray, Colorado 81432
Steamboat OktoberWest – Steamboat Springs, CO – September 20-22, 2013
The 5th Annual Oktoberfest with a western twist. Rocky Mountain beer and local food and festivities instead of German beer. Cruiser bike parade Suds & Grub on Friday. OktoberWest is Saturday with live music, beer garden with over 20 Colorado brewers and the I Love Beef Cook Off. Yampa Street Live on Sunday has more beer, western music and line dancing. Festival admission is free but there is a cost to enter the cook off tasting and beer garden.
Location: 2305 Mt Werner Cir, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Parker Oktoberfest – Parker, CO – September 14-15, 2013
8th annual family friendly German-themed festival in the O’Brien Park parking lot from 11 AM to 9 PM on Saturday and 11 AM to 6 PM on Sunday.
Location: 10795 Victorian Drive, Parker, Colorado
Beaver Creek Oktoberfest – Beaver Creek, CO – August 31 – September 1, 2013
OktoBREWfest – Greeley, CO – September 27-28, 2013
Location: Lincoln Park (8th Street & 9th Avenue), Greeley CO
The Greeley Oktoberfest has changed its name for 2013 to reflect the focus on specialty brews, VIP tasting tent and expanded musical entertainment. But the same German traditions will still take place. Event kicks off Friday evening with brats, beer, games and a free concert. Huge children’s area on Saturday along with more music, food and specialty beer. Stein lifting, pie eating, volleyball and life size beer pong contests.
Brush Oktoberfest & Car Show – Brush, CO – September 27, 2013
31st annual event with car show, beer garden, live polka band and dog show/contest.
Location: Main Street (Clayton) in Brush
Durango Oktoberfest – Durango, CO – September 14-15, 2013
Bere, food and music hosted by the San Juan Citizens Alliance. Pub crawl of local breweries and kids can enter the Children’s Museum air castle, get their face painted and enjoy kids crafts.
Location: Main St, Durango CO
Rocky Mountain OktoberfestPlus – Woodland Park, CO – September 21-22, 2013
German beer, food, live music and kids games. Ceremonial keg tapping at 11 AM on Saturday. Admission is $6 for adults. Under 21 are free.
Location: Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E Midland Ave Woodland Park, CO 80863
Pueblo Oktoberfest – Pueblo, CO – September 13-14, 2013
German food, music and beer. Keg tapping at 6 PM on Friday night. Saturday is family day with the Denver Kickers German Dancers at 1 PM and German costume contest at 5 PM. Stein hosting contest at 8 PM both evenings. Admission is $5 at the door but free if wearing costume. Seniors and kids 12 and under are free.
Location: 132 W. “B” Street, Pueblo, CO 81003
T.EV. Edelweiss Club Oktoberfest – Morrison, CO – August 24, 2013 & September 21, 2013
Starts at 8 PM on Saturday night. Dance to the Edelsteiner Band.
Location: 6495 Monaco Street, Commerce City, CO 80022
Oktoberfest Frisco – Frisco, CO – August 31 – September 1, 2013
Location: Frisco Adventure Park/Peninsula Recreation Area, Peninsula Road, Frisco CO.
Highlands Ranch Oktoberfest – Highlands Ranch, CO – September 21, 2013
Authentic German food, Paulaner beer, live entertainment, kids games, Dachshund races and a 5K/100 Yard Dash. Fireworks at 9:30 PM.
Location: 9288 Dorchester St, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Windsor Oktoberfest – Windsor, CO – September 28, 2013
Location: Community Recreation Center, 250 N. 11th Street, Windsor CO
Royal Gorge Route Railroad Oktoberfest – Canon City, CO – September 14 – October 6, 2013
Location: 401 Water Street, Canon City, CO 81212
FORToberfest – Fort Collins, CO – September 20-21, 2013
A celebration of Fort Collins fwith live music, seasonal beer from 6+ Fort Collins breweries and bicycle booths.
Location: Downtown Fort Collins
Autumn Gold Brats & Beer – Estes Park, CO – September 21-22, 2013
20th Annual festival with bratwurst, beer and live music.
Celtic Oktoberfest – Carbondale, CO – October 4-5, 2013
Celtic Fest on Friday night including Best Legs in a Kilt Contest. Full day of German bands, food, beer, brat eating contest, liter holding contest and the chicken dance on Saturday.
Location: 4th Street Plaza.
Montrose Oktoberfest – Montrose, CO – October 5, 2013
Dozens of beers, live music and food from local restaurants to raise money for All Points Transit as part of the 2013 Fresh Fest on Friday and Saturday.
Location: Centennial Plaza in Downtown Montrose.
Oktoberfest Niwot – Niwot, CO – October 5, 2013
5th Annual Oktoberfest hosted by The Rotary Club of Niwot that serves as a fundraiser for local and international project.
Location: Cottonwood Square, 7980 N. 79th Street, Niwot
Castle Rock Oktoberfest – Castle Rock, CO – September 14, 2013
Beer, food, live music (Rick Bolger and the Average German Band) to welcome fall.
Location: Festival Park, Castle Rock, CO 80104
Colorado Springs Oktoberfest – Colorado Springs, CO – September 27-29, 2013
Keg tapping ceremony on Friday evening at 6:30 PM. 5K, Dachshund Dash, brat eating contest, German costume and stein hoisting contests. Sunday is family day and there is also a tuba competition. Live music, authentic German food and Paulaner beer.
Location: Citadel Mall, northeast parking lot, 3705 Citadel Drive East, Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Schuhplattlers Denver Kickers Oktoberfest – Golden, CO – September 21, 2013
Location: 16676 W. 50th, Golden, CO 80403
Fat Fondo Oktoberfest – Colorado Springs, CO – October 12, 2013
Louisville Oktoberfest – Louisville, CO – EVENT POSTPONED
Location: 824 Front St, Louisville, CO 80027
Glenwood Oktoberfest – Glenwood Springs, CO
We haven’t seen a date or any information posted about this event as of 9/6/2013.
Location: Centennial Park, 3480 El Morro Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80910
Granby Oktoberfest – Granby, CO
We haven’t seen any information posted about this event and it isn’t listed on the Granby Chamber of Commerce website as of 9/6/2013.
Location: Polhamus Park, 199 N Zero St, Granby, CO 80446
Lamar Oktoberfest – Lamar, CO
Golden City Brewery Oktoberfest – Golden, CO
The events page on the website hasn’t been updated since 2012.
Location: 920 ½ 12th Street, Golden CO 80401
Grand Junction Oktoberfest – Grand Junction, CO –
Another website is reporting the date of this event as Saturday, October 5, 2013 but we’ve seen no other evidence that it is being held as of 9/6/2013.
I don’t think that you really need to go to another state in order to enjoy Oktoberfest if you live in Colorado. But here are a few surrounding states if you would like to see what they do for Oktoberfest: Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.
We’ve got some other resources that would help you prepare for Oktoberfest as well. Read about the history of Oktoberfest. Learn about Oktoberfest beer. Find the words to Oktoberfest music. Plan your Oktoberfest outfit. And try cooking some of these Oktoberfest recipes.
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