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Oktoberfest Around the State

It’s the middle of September which can only mean one thing; it’s time for Oktoberfest (I know, weird)! Over the course of history, the original Oktoberfest that takes place in Munich, Germany has moved into the month of September in order to capitalize on better weather. Now that just about every major city and town in America hosts their own version of Oktoberfest, it is not uncommon to find them taking place throughout the entire fall season.

Colorado is a state that not only sees winter before most other states, but also has a rich history that has embraced Oktoberfest more than the rest. With the surplus of destination resorts and ski towns in Colorado, it is the perfect place to host a true Bavarian style Oktoberfest. Here are a handful of fests that are sure to please:
          • Breckenridge – One of the most popular mountain towns and summer destinations in Colorado, Breckenridge throws one heck of an Oktoberfest. Main St. is shut down from Sept. 13 thru Sept. 15 and offers visitors traditional Bavarian dance shows, authentic food and Paulaner-Brau, one of the six authentic beers poured at Munich’s Oktoberfest.  
          • Vail – Nestled in the mountains of Eagle County, Vail’s Oktoberfest sure looks the part. With its Bavarian and Swiss looking architecture paired with the mountains in the background and cobblestone streets, Vail just needs to serve beer and alles ist gut!
          • Denver – The premier Colorado location for a beer fest, Denver hosts the largest Oktoberfest in Colorado at Larimer Square, Sept. 17-19 and 24-26. With ample room to host a mass amount of people with a family friendly atmosphere, this is a must visit. There are multiple activities and shows going on along with a 5K and 10K run.

No matter where you are visiting from, experiencing an Oktoberfest is comparable to a very, very large block party. Streets are shut down, drinks are spilled, laughs are shared, and memories are made. Get your Oktoberfest fix this September!