Here's Where To Find The Best Oktoberfest In Colorado- Guaranteed
Oktoberfest in Colorado has everything we Coloradans love. Beer, being outside, and more beer. This year, Oktoberfest is back in full swing, and there’s plenty of celebrations to choose from. Whether you prefer to celebrate Oktoberfest in Denver or enjoy it in Colorado Springs, we’ve rounded up the top spots throughout Colorado.
Originated in Munich, Germany as a two-week festival to celebrate the marriage of the crown prince of Bavaria, Oktoberfest is now celebrated around the world. And, with nearly a million Coloradans of German descent (and with a love of craft beer), it’s no surprise that Oktoberfest in Colorado is a big deal.
The Best Oktoberfest in Colorado, by City
You don’t need to travel to Germany to celebrate. Most likely, there’s an Oktoberfest right where you live.
Dates: September 17th-19th & 24th-26th
Every year, Denver goes big for Oktoberfest. This year will be better than ever! In the heart of downtown, this Oktoberfest in Denver will fully take over Larimer and 21st with blocks of fun and events. Be sure to check out the Keg Bowling area, and enjoy live music at either of the two stages. With two packed weekends to choose from, you can choose general admission or VIP admission. If you’re coming with an empty stomach, the all-you-can-eat and drink VIP option might be for you.
Dates: September 24th-26th
In the heart of the Rockies, Breckenridge is always a breathtaking fall destination in Colorado. The Breckenridge Oktoberfest is no different. This year, enjoy Oktoberfest in a more intimate setting along Breckenridge’s Riverwalk center. With peak fall colors as your backdrop, listen to live music, drink plenty of beer, and fill up on German cuisine.
Dates: September 25th
The Boulder County community is using Oktoberfest as a way to celebrate and give back to the community. Hosted by the Left Hand Brewing Foundation in partnership with A Woman’s Work, the proceeds of this celebration go to benefit non-profit organizations working to help the local community and women in crisis situations. Now that’s something we can drink to!
Dates: September 24th-26th
Celebrate Oktoberfest in Colorado Springs with a packed weekend of fun! This year’s event features Daschung races, a costume contest, and even the option for a private vineyard tour (don’t worry, all that beer will still be waiting for you, too). Get ready to celebrate with plenty of dancing, live, music, and tons of food vendors.
Dates: September 17th-18th
If you live on the north end of Colorado, don’t worry. The Loveland Oktoberfest has plenty going on this year! Expect to see appearances from almost every local brewery, and enjoy live music at the Thunder Mountain Amphitheater. Best of all, admission is completely free!
Dates: October 2nd
Planning to celebrate Oktoberfest with little ones in tow? Head to the family-friendly Berthoud Oktoberfest to enjoy some German Culture. Fill your belly with the pretzel eating contest, try your hand at one of the many contests, and browse the work of over 40 different craftspeople.
Dates: September 17th-18th
Naturally, the Austrian-inspired village of Vail will be holding an Oktoberfest celebration. Come for the weekend and enjoy perfect fall weather, try your hand at a bratwurst eating contest, or get a workout with the Stein Lifting competition. As always, you’ll enjoy Bavarian festivities with plenty of music, food, and drinks.
Dates: September 18th
Make a trip to Steamboat Springs for Oktoberfest, and you won’t regret it. This iconic mountain town is always a treat to explore in the fall, and Oktoberfest is the perfect reason to make a trip. The OktoberWEST celebration is only one day, but you’ll find plenty to do. Sample beer from over 40 different breweries, then enjoy music by the aptly named Andrew Mconthay and the Drunken Hearts.
Dates: September 17th-19th
Hosted by the Denver Kickers Club, this family-friendly Oktoberfest helps raise funds for youth and adult soccer players to pursue the game they love. Take the kids to the welcoming kids’ zone, enjoy the friday night happy hour, and dress up for the costume contest.
Dates: October 9th
If you miss out on celebrating Oktoberfest in September, make a trip to Montrose for their October celebration. A lively local beer scene is sure to impress, plus enjoy live music and compete for the Oktoberfest Cup.
Dates: September 24th-25th
Prepare for two days of jam-packed action! For the kids, play in blow-up castles, get some face paint and try out an obstacle course. For the grow-ups, try out volleyball, a pie-eating contest (we’d suggest not playing volleyball after this contest), and enjoy 10 different breweries and distilleries.
Dates: September 8th-October 21st
Want to enjoy a one-of-a-kind Oktoberfest? Hop aboard the Royal Gorge Railroad for a special celebration. Taking the train is an experience in itself, with views of the Grand Canyon and the Arkansas River. During Oktoberfest, enjoy German-style food and plenty of authentic beers while you ride!
Not sure what to wear to Oktoberfest?
If a full-blown Bavarian costume doesn’t sound like your idea of fun, try out one of these more subtle options to get in the spirit of Oktoberfest in Colorado:
Celebrate the real reason you love Oktoberfest- the drinks! Perfect for those chilly fall afternoons, stay cozy with this ultra-soft beanie that says just what’s on your mind.
A limited-edition design by graphic artist Michael Jakobson, this shirt is exactly what you need to fit it at any Oktoberfest in Colorado. Plus, your friends will be jealous that you didn’t buy them one, too. If you’re feeling extra generous, get a few extras so your whole group can celebrate Oktoberfest in style this year.
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