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Cheers to Oktoberfest

With a name like Gretchen Yoder, I’m pretty sure it is no surprise that I have gone to more than my fair share of Oktoberfest celebrations. While most people believe that these parties are for beer swelling adults, I must say that the mountain towns are doing a fantastic job of making the parties family friendly. If you are looking for something to do on your way to oooh and aaahhh over the fall foliage – check out one of these Oktoberfest celebrations. Prost!

Beaver Creek: September 3-4, 2011 Beaver Creek gives you the first “taste” of Oktoberfest beer and fun. Feel free to dance along with the oom-pah-pah band, indulge in beer and brats. Join in the fun.

Breckenridge: Breckenridge transforms into Mini-Munich September 16-18, 2011. The festivities include a main-street party, gourmet multi-course meals, oompah music, polka dancing, Bavarian dancers, and beer. There are also activities for kids to enjoy and learn more about German culture.

Denver: The festival has truly become a Denver mainstay, offering German attractions, music from national touring groups, performances by international dancers, children’s activities, heritage booths selling German goods, splendid décor, an accordion concert, traditional Biergartens and authentic cuisine. The festival goes two weekends September 16-18, 2011 and September 23-25, 2011.

Aboard the Royal Gorge Route Railroad: September 16th through October 9th, 2011 daily on our 12:30 PM departure to celebrate Oktoberfest! In addition to our regular lunch menu, we’re adding a special Oktoberfest option including traditional German meal that consists of Baby Green Salad, veal Bratwurst with Mustard Spaetzle,Braised Red Cabbage & Apples, Black Forest Cake for dessert. Choose “Oktoberfest Entree” when making your entree selection. Lunch also includes a logo pint glass

Steamboat Springs: Steamboat calls their Oktoberfest – Octoberwest. Anything you call it sounds like fun. The event features music, food, beer, games and activities for kids and adults, chef competition and much more. No German beer here, just good ol’ Rocky Mountain beer, food and festivities.

Vail:The town will toast two different celebrations – Sept. 9-11, 2011 in Lionshead and Sept. 16-18, 2011 in Vail Village. Oktoberfest 2011 will see the return of many crowd favorites like bratwurst eating contests, Beck’s Keg Bowling and the Oktoberfest Fun Run. Plus, delight in the sounds of Vail’s own Helmut Fricker playing the accordian and alpenhorn in full traditional German attire!  A crowd favorite for years and not to be missed.

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Author: Gretchen

Gretchen loves to be outdoors! She is addicted to coupons and finding the best deals or entering sweepstakes (one day she will win something really great!)

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  1. Great list! I had no idea that a couple of these Oktoberfest festivals even existed, like the Royal Gorge Railroad Oktoberfest train.

    • Hi Roger,

      The Royal Gorge Route Railroad has been doing an Oktoberfest train for a few years now, I rode last year and it was such a fun day out. The owners have spent a fair amount of time in Germany and thought it would be cool to transport the party to the train right here in Colorado. It’s a great time – if you ride Friday thru Sunday you’ll get the accordion treatment from a Lederhosen-wearing musician named Barry Haberman, who just happens to be German.



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