Your Oktoberfest Guide: Denver 2017

OKtoberfest 2017

 

Despite having October in its name, Oktoberfest is celebrated in late August or early September. Typically a three-to-six day festival, Oktoberfest is filled with dancing and games, beer, brats, and saur kraut, and endless fun. The origins of Oktoberfest trace back to 1810 and a five-day wedding celebration for the crown prince of Bavaria. Held in Munich, the celebration was attended by over forty thousand people and was such an enjoyable event they decided to throw an anniversary party the next year, and the next, and the next…and so Oktoberfest was born! Denver is home to one of the biggest and most popular Oktoberfests in the country, but there are numerous other Oktoberfest celebrations around Colorado!

Denver Oktoberfest

The 48th annual Denver Oktoberfest, this festival has been ranked one of the country’s finest. This four-day event promises lots of fun, delicious food, and excellent beer because, as the website reminds us, “Denver drinks beer really well.”

WHEN: September 22-23 & September 29-30

WHERE: Between 20th St & 22nd St on Larimer St, Downtown Denver

Drink RiNo Oktoberfest

Some of RiNo’s favorite breweries are coming together to celebrate their favorite beverage. The website proudly announces, this “is NOT a beir tasting event, it’s a beir drinking event!” So come together to enjoy RiNo’s finest fall beer selection.

WHENSeptember 16

WHERE2875 Blake Street, Denver 80205

Highlands Ranch Oktoberfest Celebration and 5k

What better way to start your Oktoberfest celebration than with a run? Join the Highlands Ranch Community Association in their annual Oktoberfest festivities and 5k. The race will be followed by Oktoberfest’s usual fare with German food, dancing, beer, music, and lots of kiddo-oriented entertainment for an afternoon of fun for the whole family!

WHEN: September 23

WEREHighlands Ranch Town Center, 9344 Dorchester St, Highlands Ranch 80129

Castle Rock Oktoberfest

Reminiscent of childhood block parties, the Castle Rock Oktoberfest (hosted by Downtown Castle Rock) will have a street fair vibe, with live music, food vendors, and of course a multitude of local breweries. Don’t miss the live demonstrations, and of course the bounce house to keep the inner child alive!

WHEN: September 30

WEREWilcox Square, Downtown Castle Rock, 80104

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These are just a few of the many Oktoberfest celebrations going on in Colorado throughout September and October! If you’re looking for more of a mountain getaway and time away from the busy city, check out these mountain town festivities:

Vail: September 8 – 19, 15-17

Loveland: September 15 – 16

Woodland ParkSeptember 16-17

Longmont: September 22-23

Montrose: September 30

 

Madison & Company Properties is a Denver Post Top Workplace!

Top Workplaces Blog BannerThe Denver Post Top Workplaces program believes that “the most successful companies are the ones that employees believe in.” Madison & Company Properties is a company employees most certainly believe in.

Ranked 5th of 3,500 businesses in the Small Business category, this is the fourth consecutive year that Madison & Company Properties has received the prestigious Denver Post Top Workplaces award. Placement is made based on anonymous reviews and testimonials from employees. The purpose of the Top Workplaces program is to recognize the state’s top employers. It honors companies that are “doing right by their workers,” acknowledging companies that encourage growth and commitment in their employees.

Madison & Company Properties is honored to be a workplace where employees believe in their company. Here we are dedicated to continuing to strive for excellence, cultivating an environment where all employees feel believed in and pushed to reach their highest potential. Thank you for being part of this journey.

A Few Fun Facts about Valentine’s Day

Did you know…?

• Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800s. (List25.com)

• 141 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged valentines-day-1182250annually, making Valentine’s Day the second-most popular greeting-card-giving occasion. (Hallmark)

• In addition to the U.S., Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Denmark, Italy and Japan. (History.com)

• Teachers receive the most Valentines, followed by kids, mothers, wives, and sweethearts. (Wisebread.com)

• Hallmark produced its first Valentine in 1913. (Wisebread.com)

• 15 percent of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day. (List25.com)

• Over 50 percent of all Valentine’s Day cards are purchased in the six days prior to the holiday, making Valentine’s Day a procrastinator’s delight. (List25.com)

• The phrase “Sweets for the sweet” is a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 1.

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Just incase you’re still figuring out your plans for the National Day of Love, check out a few of these unique guides to doing Denver Valentine’s Day right.

The Know: A unique guide to Valentine’s Day in Denver

Eventbrite: Valentine’s Day in Denver 

5280: Valentine’s Day

Open Table: Valentine’s Day Restaurant Reservations

Denver.org: Romantic Events Around the City

 

 

Denver Oktoberfest

Denver’s Oktoberfest is one of the best. With beer and brats, happy hours and performances, delicious foods and live music, Oktoberfest weekends are a staple of Denver fall, and the perfect way to kick off the autumn season. Denver’s 47th annual Oktoberfest promises to be a good one.

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Madison Q2 Party

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At Madison & Company Properties, we place a high value on relationships and community. We work hard, but know the value of pausing to spend time with family and friends. And that’s what our quarterly celebrations are all about!

Check out the video of our Q2 party. The day was filled with laughter and fun, dunk tanks, awards, and even a surprise birthday cake! Thanks to Land Title Guarantee Company and CitiWide Home Loans for their sponsorship and faithful commitment to helping our company be great. 

St. Patty’s Day Celebrations

Happy St. Patrick's DayWhile only around 33 million of United States population claim Irish descent, more than half of Americans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, which falls on Saturday, March 12 this year. Billions of dollars are spent on celebrations, and millions of pints of beer are consumed.

A beer-loving city, Denver is no exception to the plethora of celebrations and excitement! Pub crawls and 5k runs, bicycle rides and bar parties, and of course the downtown parade fill the weekend with fun and frivolities.

Here’s the low-down on a few of Denver’s upcoming St. Patty’s Day events

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Denver’s popular parade is on Saturday, March 12, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The route goes throughout downtown Denver, and a list of best spots to watch are listed on the official parade website. It’s a popular and crowded event, so arrive early to stake out a spot, some people arrive as early as 6 a.m.! Parade features performances, floats, and lots of festive green.

Pub Crawls: Denver is full of incredible pubs with delicious, quality beer – and on Saturday the beer will be flowing! Here are a few pub crawls around Denver, tickets and more information can be found on Eventbrite.

2016 St. Pat’s Day Pub Crawl Denver – SoBo, March 12 at 12:00 p.m.

2016 Denver St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl on South Broadway, March 12 at 10:30 a.m.

Denver St. Paddy’s Weekend Pub Crawl, March 12 at 1:00 p.m.

5k Runs, Walks, Bikes, and More: Looking to burn a few calories before, or after, all that beer? Look no further than the various runs and walks going on around Denver!

5k for St. Patrick’s Day, March 12 at 10:00 a.m.

Pedaling for St. Patrick’s Day Bicycle Ride (in Colorado Springs), March 12 at 8:30 a.m.

Runnin’ of the Green Lucky 7k, March 13 at 10:15 a.m.

Leprechaun Leap 2 Mile Walk, March 13 at 10:15 a.m.

There are many other fun, and unique, St. Patty’s celebrations going on around Denver, like St. Patrick’s Day Lucky Sipping ‘n Painting on March 17, only $35; or Paddy Hard, at huge St. Patrick’s Day party at Fado Irish Pub.

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Oktoberfest: The Best Beer Festival

 

Denver loves beer and breweries. Micro breweries have grown in popularity nationwide, Denver ranks high in best American cities for beer, alongside cities like Portland and St. Louis.

oktoberfest 2015 eblast2With such an affinity for things brewed, the annual celebration of Oktoberfest this weekend through the beginning of October should be a source of joy and excitement for Coloradoans.

Oktoberfest began in 1810 in Munich, celebrating the marriage of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. Phew. That was a mouthful! The couple invited the “common folk” of Munich to the wedding’s festivities, not a common act for royalty. Forty thousand people attended the celebration. The next year, in celebration of the couple’s anniversary, the party was thrown again…and again, and again.

The first Oktoberfest was held on October 12. Since then it has come to start towards the end of September, extending through the beginning of October. While this has caused confusion for some, as the name of the festival does insinuate it should happen in the month related to its name, the reasoning is understandable. Festival-goers preferred (and still prefer!) the typically warmer weather of late September to the possibly snowy and colder temperatures of mid-October.

Oktoberfest came to Denver in 1969, courtesy of Larimer Square shop owners, Fred and Hertha Thomas. The German holiday was a favorite tradition of the couple, and in its honor they opened a keg, set out some pretzels and celebrated with folks passing by.

Denver Oktoberfest is no longer a quaint and quiet tradition, but has grown to be one of the biggest Oktoberfest festivals in the United States. As the Denver Oktoberfest website says, “Denver drinks beer really well.”

Denver’s main Oktoberfest celebration still happens on Larimer, at 20th and Larimer Street. It starts this
weekend, on Friday evening, through Sunday afternoon, picking up again next weekend. The complete schedule can be viewed here:OKTOBERFEST dates

There are a number of smaller Oktoberfest celebrations happening around the city and state, including Highlands Ranch, S. Pearl Street in Denver and more.

Fun and games are promised, beer is brewed and delicious, Oktoberfest is here.