Colorado’s best Oktoberfest celebrations: keg bowling, fun runs & more!
posted by: Gretchen
I once bought a Halloween costume just because its name was Gretchen. It was a dirndl. You know, the costume you think of when you think Oktoberfest? Yeah, well. That stuck. I think Oktoberfest every year (and even one time wore the costume – although it no longer fits). There are so many great Oktoberfest celebrations both in town and up the mountain. Here are some of our favorites:
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Royal Gorge: September 9-21, ride the lunch train through the Royal Gorge with Bavarian fare and special Logo pint glass and of course, Oktoberfest beer!
Breckenridge: One of the biggest and most fun Oktoberfest celebrations in the Rocky Mountains. Try dozens of different beers and food. Enjoy dancers, costumes, oompah band and polka music. Stick around for the keg tapping and games for the kids. The fun takes place September 15-17.
Vail: Join Vail in celebrating Bavarian style September 8-10 and 15-17 (Yes, two weekends!) Enjoy music, food, dancing, yodeling and fun. There is even a brat eating contest, keg bowling, stein lifting, costume (I’ve already told you the name of one!) and a Fun Run.
Steamboat: On Saturday, September 16, head to the ‘boat. To try the over 30 brewers’ concoctions, live music, and cook-off.
Loveland: The Grimm Brothers Brewhouse in Loveland is celebrating Oktoberfest on September 15 & 16 with food trucks, craft vendors, and family activities and a concert at the Amphitheater.
Downtown Denver: The fun is too much to contain in just one weekend – so there are two. September 22-24 and September 29-October 1 at 21st and Larimer. The event has been going on since 1969 and boasts 350,000 fans. Try Keg Bowling (kids love it!), brat eating [contest as well], live music and of course, beer as you hoist your stein! (featured image)
Highlands Ranch: Saturday, September 16, Highlands Ranch will celebrate all things German culture with German food, music, and beer! Plus, don’t miss the Annual Dachshund Race. The fun starts at 1:00 p.m. and goes until 9:00 p.m.
Castle Rock: Wilcox Square will feel like a German Platz on September 16 – street fair, live music, food vendors, bunce house and demonstrations make the day fun for the whole family.
You do not need to be named Gretchen (or your costume named that) to have a fantastic time at at least one Oktoberfest celebration this year. Prost!