It’s time to dust off the Lederhosen, and get your beer steins ready. It’s September, meaning the German communities all across Colorado are gearing up for this years’ Oktoberfest 2016 celebrations. Whether you’re in Fort Collins or Pueblo, there’s bound to be a German beer festival near you this year!
Traditionally, Oktoberfest begins on or around the third weekend in September, and then lasts all the way until the first weekend in October. While you’d be hard-pressed to find a single festival that lasts that long (outside of Munich, of course), there’s plenty of options to satisfy your Bratwrust and Schnitzel craving. Check out the list below. If you end up going to any of these events, don’t forget to share your pictures with us on Facebook!
Oktoberfest 2016 Events in Colorado
Vail Oktoberfest (September 9-11, 16-18 2016) – Vail, CO
- The Vail Oktoberfest has been named one of the top ten Oktoberfest celebrations across the country, according to USA Today. Breathe in the mountain air, mixed with the smell of soft pretzles in Vail Village for a weekend of keg rolling, live music, and stein lifting. And the best part? It’s free to attend!
Loveland Oktoberfest (September 16-17 2016) – Loveland, CO
- This year’s Loveland Oktoberfest will be held at Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (623 N. Denver Ave, Loveland CO. 80537) and will feature beer from local craft breweries. Breweries include Verboten Brewing, Loveland Aleworks, Crow Hop Brewing Co., Buckhorn Brewers, Big Thompson Brewery, and, of course, Grimm Brothers. On top of the beer, be sure to enjoy the food offerings from local food trucks, as well as fun and games for the whole family.
Pueblo Oktoberfest (September 16-17 2016) – Pueblo, CO
- The 26th Pueblo Oktoberfest features a “das Boot” drinking contest, and live music from Camillo DiSalle and the Prime Time Band. The event also features a beer tasting, and Baverian dance from the Chalet Dancers from Castle Rock.
Parker Oktoberfest (September 16-18 2016) – Parker, CO
- Parker Oktoberfest is being presented in 2016 by the German beer company Erdinger, bringing authentic German beer straight to Colorado. Kicking off September 16th with music from The Hilltop Harvest Band, Jacob Cade, and Weekend Medicine (dubbed “ROCKTOBERFEST”), the event will also feature traditional food, games, and face painting for the kids.
Steamboat OktoberWest (September 16-17 2016) – Steamboat Springs, CO
- That’s no typo. Steamboat Springs is once again hosting their OktoberWest festival, bringing the traditions of Baveria, and giving them a distinct western twist. The two-day long event features local beers and festivities, and will also feature beef cookoff. This is mountain livin’.
FORToberfest (September 17 2016) – Fort Collins, CO
- Downtown Fort Collins is host to FORToberfest, which is a day-long festival of live music, and seasonal local beers. The event is free to attend!
Highlands Ranch Oktoberfest and 5K (September 17 2016) – Highlands Ranch, CO
- The Highlands Ranch Community Organization is giving you a chance to drink a bunch of delicious beer, eat a bunch of delicious food, and then run it all off! If you’re not all that much into running, stick around for the dachshund races, beginning at 3:30PM sharp. Finally, if you’re feeling a bit east-meets-west, be sure to check out the German Ninja Warrior Race, featuring an obsticle course and some fabulous prizes.
Woodland Park Oktoberfest (September 17-18 2016) – Woodland Park, CO
- If you’re looking for a much smaller Oktoberfest celebration, check out Oktoberfest in Woodland Park. The small mountain town will host plenty of arts and crafts and games for children, and plenty of beer and German delights for the adults.
Longmont Oktoberfest 2016 (September 23-24 2016) – Longmont, CO
- Held once again in Longmont’s Roosevelt Park, the Longmont Oktoberfest, sponsored by Left Hand Brewing, will feature beers from ten local breweries. Also, be sure not to miss Friday night’s headline music performance by The Wailers – one of the world’s most iconic reggae bands.
OktoBREWfest (September 23-24 2016) – Greeley, CO
- This year’s OktoBREWfest will be held in downtown Greeley’s Lincoln Park. The event focuses on the variety of local craft beer in northern Colorado, and will also feature live music, stein hoisting, and life-size beer pong (whatever that means).
Colorado Springs Oktoberfest (September 23-25, 2016) – Colorado Springs, CO
- Southern Coloradoans are in for a treat. This year’s Colorado Springs Oktoberfest will be held at Security Service Field, and will feature a German car show, an 8k fun run, and a dachshund dash. The event will also feature live music all day, authentic German food, and festive German dancing.
Autumn Gold Bands, Brats and Beer! (September 24-25 2016) – Estes Park, CO
- The annual event held by Estes Park’s Sunrise Rotary will feature some delicious German food, cold beer, soft drinks, and live music all day, to celebrate the changing color of the trees. You won’t want to miss Autumn Gold’s famous raffle, with a grand prize of $5,000. Good luck!
Denver Oktoberfest (September 23-25, September 30-October 2 2016) – Denver CO
- The Denver Oktoberfest takes place on Larimer Street, between 20th and 22nd Street in LoDo. It is the largest Oktoberfest celebration in Colorado, and the second largest in the country (Cincinnati barely has us beat). The event, featuring Germany’s own Spaten beer, and local German food vendors, goes well into the wee hours of the morning. With two stages, and plenty of dancing, the Denver Oktoberfest is not one to miss.
Berthoud Oktoberfest 2016 (October 1 2016) – Berthoud, CO
- The Berthoud Oktoberfest is a family-friendly event, featuring beer from local City Star Brewing. On top of a costume contest, and some delicious German foods, the children can get involved this year with a pretzel eating contest.
Castle Rock Oktoberfest 2016 (October 1 2016) – Castle Rock, CO
- This year, the event will be hosted in downtown Castle Rock’s Wilcox Square. The event will feature a bounce house for the kids, as well as live music and food vendors. Bring a lawn chair, and welcome in the start of Fall with the rest of Castle Rock.
Montrose Oktoberfest 2016 (October 1 2016) – Montrose, CO
- This small-time Oktoberfest has big-time breweries and bands featured. Get beer and wine from 25 local craft breweries and wineries, and listen to some tunes courtesy of Zolopht, and Halden Wofford & The Hi-Beams. The event will also feature Oompah bands, polka dancers, and a costume contest.
Durango Oktoberfest 2016 (October 8-9 2016) – Durango, CO
- This year’s event features a pub crawl to Durango’s various craft breweries, including Ska Brewing, Brew, Animas Brewing, and Steamworks Brewing Co. The event will also feature local food vendors of all types. You can find the Durango Oktoberfest in Buckley Park in Durango.