There are a lot of German beer festivals to celebrate Oktoberfest in Colorado in 2017. It doesn’t matter whether you live in Boulder, Fort Collins, or Colorado Springs, you have both great local options and the ability to go to a Denver Oktoberfest.
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Vail Oktoberfest - Vail, CO - Sep 8 to Sep 17, 2017
September 9-11 & 16-18, 2016. 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.
Breckenridge Oktoberfest - Breckenridge, CO - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2017
The largest Oktoberfest in the Rocky Mountains will close Main Street in Breckenridge, Colorado. Fall foliage, Paulaner Bier, German food, live music, keg tapping and children’s activities. Location: Main St, Breckenridge, Co, 80424
Steamboat OktoberWest - Steamboat Springs, CO - Sep 16 to Sep 16, 2017
The 7th 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
FORToberfest - Fort Collins, CO - Sep 16 to Sep 16, 2017
A celebration of Fort Collins with live music, seasonal beer from 6+ Fort Collins breweries and bicycle booths. Music lineup ranges from funk to bluegrass to rock and indie. Costumes are encouraged. Free admission. Thousands are expected to participate. Location: Downtown Fort Collins (Walnut St. and Old Town Square.
Oktobeerfest 2016 @ LCHope - Broomfield, CO - Sep 22 to Sep 23, 2017
Craft Beer, German Food, Kids’ Games, 50/50 Raffle and Polka Dancing to The Rocky Mountain Dutch Hop Boys! Fundraiser to support community outreach ministries. Dates: September 23 5:00-10:00 pm, September 24 3:00-9:00 pm
Castle Rock Oktoberfest - Castle Rock, CO - Sep 30 to Sep 30, 2017
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, Castle Rock, CO 80104
Berthoud Oktoberfest - Berthoud, CO - Oct 7 to Oct 7, 2017
Colorado breweries! It raises money for All Points Transit. Location: Centennial Plaza in Downtown Montrose.
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T.E.V. Edelweiss Club Oktoberfest - Morrison, CO - Aug 27 to Aug 28, 2016
The T.E.V. Edelweiss Club puts on their authentic Oktoberfest event in August. Admission is $7. Opening ceremonies are at 11:30 am on Saturday with music and dancing starting at noon. They feature kids games, face painting, folk dancing, German food, and lots of beer choices.
Keystone Oktoberfest - Keystone, CO - Sep 3 to Sep 3, 2016
Try craft beers from New Belgium Brewery. Admission is $35 plus ticketing fee and includes free stein and three drink tickets. Additional drink tickets cost just $5. Or enjoy a 5K and get a pint of bier when you cross the finish. Local shops will get into the spirit with a tent sale. For the kids, they can get their face painted (free), enjoy a bounce house and chicken dancing.
Beaver Creek Oktoberfest - Beaver Creek, CO - Sep 3 to Sep 4, 2016
Enjoy these Bavarian festivities over Labor Day weekend. Enter the daily costume contest to win prizes and listen to the live oompah music. Get a workout at the Oktoberfest Shuffle, which is their non-competitive walk, hike or run over a 5K or 10K course on the trails of Beaver Creek Mountain.
Royal Gorge Route Railroad Oktoberfest - Canon City, CO - Sep 10 to Oct 16, 2016
Location: 401 Water Street, Canon City, CO 81212
Loveland Oktoberfest - Loveland, CO - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2016
The event will feature beer from several Loveland craft breweries and food from vendors. Beer will be sold in several locations and allowed anywhere inside the fenced area. Live local music. Wear your dirndl and lederhosen for the best dresses contest at 2:00 on Saturday and hold those steins high for the stein hoisting contest at 4:30. Other games will be run by the Loveland, Big Thompson Kiwanis Club and include hammerschlagen, Loveland Mobile Mini Golf, corn hole, carpet ball, ladder ball, washer toss, and more. All money raised from playing games will go directly to Kiwanis Club. Loveland Oktoberfest will be celebrated on Friday from 3:00 – 9:00 PM and Saturday from 12:00 – 9:00 PM at 623 Denver Ave. Loveland, CO 80537. The event is free to attend and all ages are welcome.
Parker Oktoberfest - Parker, CO - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2016
11th annual family friendly German-themed festival in the O’Brien Park parking lot from 11 AM to 9 PM on Saturday and 9 AM to 4 PM on Sunday.
Pueblo Oktoberfest - Pueblo, CO - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2016
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.
Oktoberfest in Woodland Park - Woodland Park, CO - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016
German beer, food, live music. For children, there is an obstacle course, climbing wall, kids games and face painting. Ceremonial keg tapping at 11 AM on Saturday. 18th annual event. Admission is $6 for adults. Under 21 are free. Free parking and shuttle bus from Woodland Park High School. Location: Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E Midland Ave Woodland Park, CO 80863
Schuhplattlers Denver Kickers Oktoberfest - Golden, CO - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Location: 16676 W. 50th, Golden, CO 80403
Highlands Ranch Oktoberfest and 5K - Highlands Ranch, CO - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Authentic German food, Paulaner beer, live entertainment, kids games, Dachshund races and a 5K/100 Yard Dash. Fireworks at 9:30 PM. There is lots of German food, music, and great beers. Event runs from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Autumn Gold Brats and Beer - Estes Park, CO - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016
24th Annual festival with bratwurst, beer and live music. It is a family friendly event with face painting, corn bag toss, bouncing room, soap bubbles and rides in antique cars and a fire engine. Raffle tickets are $25 each with a grand prize of $5000. Festival happens in Bond Park. Sunrise Rotary has been organizing this event since 1995.
Denver Oktoberfest - Denver, CO - Sep 23 to Oct 2, 2016
September 23-25 and September 30 – Oct 2, 2016. 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
OktoBREWfest - Greeley, CO - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2016
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 and Car/Motorcycle Show - Brush, CO - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2016
34th annual event with Friday night Cruise In, car show, beer garden, live polka band and dog show/contest. Location: Main Street (Clayton) in Brush
Colorado Springs Oktoberfest - Colorado Springs, CO - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
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.
Lamar Oktoberfest - Lamar, CO - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
This festival is hosted by the Lamar Chamber of Commerce. There is usually a beer garden, inflatable games for kids, Car & Motorcycle Show, charity 5K Relay Race, horse shoe tournament and local musical acts.
Montrose Oktoberfest - Montrose, CO - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Live music, Oktoberfest fare from local restaurants and beer tasting from 20
Oktoberfest Niwot - Niwot, CO - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
The 8th Annual Oktoberfest hosted by The Rotary Club of Niwot serves as a fundraiser for local and international projects. They will have bratwurst, pretzels, schnitzels and cold beer. Live entertainment featuring The Prime Time Band and the Chalet Dancers . For kids, there will be pumpkin painting, face painting and inflatable bouncy castle. Free admission. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday,Location: Cottonwood Square, 7980 N. 79th Street, Niwot, CO
La Veta Oktoberfest - La Veta, CO - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Oktoberfest held the first Saturday in October. Twin Peak Rodder’s Car show, dancing, bier garden, and arts & crafts.
Celtic Oktoberfest - Carbondale, CO - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2016
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.
Durango Oktoberfest - Durango, CO - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
Beer, 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.
Ouray Oktoberfest - Ouray, CO - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
Beer, brats, polka fun, evening fireworks, and the Annual Jeep Raffle all make for a great day of fun.
Rocky Mountain Oktoberfest – Denver, CO – October 2-4, 2015
The inaugural festival takes place on the grounds of the Pepsi Center on Friday, October 2nd through Sunday, October 4th. With so many festivities to partake in, we wanted to break the weekend celebration of beer into a more easily digestible format. Here are the 5 things you can’t miss at Rocky Mountain Oktoberfest:
1) The Cornhole Tournament—the largest in the Rocky Mountain region, in fact. With over 70 teams already registered, you’ll be able to watch teams compete to win $10,000 for first place.
2) A Lineup of Coveted Rocky Mountain Breweries—including Avery, Epic, and Great Divide (you can see the full roster here)
3) The Best of German Culture—from traditional German Oom-pah bands to bratwurst, sauerkraut, and schnitzel
4) Live Music—like the Hazel Miller Band, Dirty Word, and Hey, Lady!
5) The Brewers Educational Foundation—attendees support an organization that promotes the advancement of technologies and education in the field of fermentation sciences by providing grants and scholarships for students in those fields.
Louisville Oktoberfest – Louisville, CO – September 11-12, 2015
Free admission. Organized by the Tri-City Elks. Live music, German food and bier. Contests include keg bowling and stein hoisting. Kids activities. Hours: 3-10 PM on Friday, 10 AM to 10 PM on Saturday.
Location: 525 Main Street
Grand Junction Oktoberfest – Grand Junction, CO – October 4, 2015
Mini Oktoberfest to continue the Grand Junction tradition with Bavarian food, German beer and wine. Live entertainment and fun for the whole family at the Edgewater Brewery.
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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