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13 Colorado Oktoberfests

As summer starts to wind down and the nights get cooler, many Coloradans start to think about beer. Despite the name, Oktoberfest is traditionally a September holiday, with the original Oktoberfest in Munich taking place over 16 days from late September to the first weekend in October. In Colorado, Oktoberfests take place across the state and the dates can range from the end of August to the beginning of October, which is good news for visitors planning a vacation in Colorado. Whether you’re headed to one of Colorado’s cities, to a resort town in the mountains or even rural towns off the beaten path, you’ll probably find an Oktoberfest near you.  Here are some of the top Oktoberfests across Colorado:

1. Beaver Creek Oktoberfest

When: Aug 30-31
Highlights: Live music by Trachtenkapelle, Lech Zurs, and Helmut Fricker
                Bavarian Costume Contest
                European Alpenhorn contest for kids
                Beer garden and restaurant vendors
Where: Beaver Creek Plaza

2. Vail Oktoberfest

When: Sep 5-7 and 12-14
Highlights: Keg bowling
                Bratwurst eating contests
                Bavarian music
                Bavarian beer and traditional cuisine
Where: Lionshead (1st weekend) and Vail Village (2nd weekend)

Colorado Oktoberfest Keg Tapping3. Breckenridge Oktoberfest

When: Sep 12-14
Highlights: Bavarian dancers
                Brewmaster dinner
                Mechanical bull
                Paulaner beer and German food
Where: Main Street Breckenridge

4. Pueblo Oktoberfest

          When: Sep 12-13
          Highlights: Traditional Folk Dancing
       Live music
                           Shot booth
                           German food
                           50+ German beers
           Where: Pueblo County Courthouse

5. Fort Collins FORToberfest

            When: Sep 19-20
            Highlights: Performances by Fort Collins and Colorado bands
                             Bike manufacturers, retailers & enthusiasts
                             Bike stunt show
                             Seasonal beer by Fort Collins breweries               
            Where: Walnut St (Sat only) & Old Town Square

Colorado Oktoberfest Food and Beer6. Denver Oktoberfest

When: Sep 19-21, 26-28
Highlights: Long Dog Derby
                Stein Hoisting
                Live Music
                Keg Bowling National Championships
                Bratwurst Eating Contest
                Sam Adams Oktoberfest and plenty of food
Where: Larimer Square

7. Steamboat Springs OktoberWest

            When: Sep 19-20
            Highlights: Suds & Grub pre-party pub crawl
                           Live music featuring Shemekia Copeland
                           I Love Beef cookoff
                           Beer garden with 30+ Colorado brewers
            Where: Gondola Square

8. Parker Oktoberfest

            When: Sep 20-21
            Highlights: Bavarian dancers and music
                           Miss Oktoberfest
                           Numerous eating contests
                           3 Paulaner brews
            Where: O’Brien Park

Oktoberfest Beer9. Colorado Springs Oktoberfest

When: Sep 26-28
Highlights: May Pole Ribbon Dance
                Keg Tapping Ceremony
                Dachshund Dash
                German Costume Contest
                Paulaner Beer, Scheinebraten, Wurstl, Brezeln, Spatzle
Where: Security Service Field

10. Greeley OktoBREWfest

          When: Sep 26-27
          Highlights: Life-sized beer pong
                           Live music and dancing
                           Pie Eating Contents
                           Specialty brews & VIP Tasting Tent
          Where: Lincoln Park  

11. Brush Oktoberfest

           When: Sep 26-27
           Highlights: Car/ Motorcycle Show
                           Live Polka Band
                           Dog Show
                           Traditional Beer Garden
           Where: Main Street Brush

12. Montrose Oktoberfest

           When: Sep 27
           Highlights: Live music by Euforquestra
                            Beer by 20 Colorado craft breweries
                            German fare by local restaurants
           Where: Centennial Plaza

13. La Veta

           When: Oct 4
           Highlights: Twin Peak Rodder’s Car Show
                           Veteran’s tribute
                           German band & dancing
                           60+ Arts & Crafts and food vendors
                           German Bier Garden
           Where: Main Street La Veta
Across the state of Colorado, you'll find amazing Oktoberfest celebrations from late August to early October. Don't miss out on delicious food, fun entertainment, and fantastic beer.

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