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.

Welcome to Madison!

We are thrilled to welcome Lauren Morris to the Madison family. She will be joining The Graham Group, as Euan Graham’s buyer’s agent. Lauren loves people and is passionate about connecting personally with everyone she meets.

We asked Lauren a few questions about herself, and can’t wait to get to know her better.Morris_New Broker Announcement

What drew you to Madison & Company?

The reason I came to Madison is because someone told me I should meet Euan. We met, and he expressed to me his business model and his need for a buyers agent. I couldn’t say no!

What are you most excited for about working at Madison & Company?

I am definitely excited to just grow as an agent and learn from one of the best.

What area of Denver Metro will you focus on?

I’m not sure what my focus will be, I know south Denver really well. But with that being said, right now I’m just doing what Euan tells me he needs help with. 

What is a random, fun or little-known fact about yourself?

I love sunflowers! I’ll buy just about anything that has sunflowers on it. 

Thanks for helping us get to know you a bit more, Lauren! Sunflowers are really wonderful.

Colorado Facts

Park Meadows MallAt Madison & Company, we are passionate about keeping our clients and communities informed about everything, from the real estate market to home upkeep, the goings-on of the Denver community and of course, the history and culture of our beautiful city and state.

Part of our services includes a guide to Denver’s neighborhoods, and we are so excited to announce the arrival of our guide to Denver’s suburbs, coming soon this month!

As a little preview for this guide, here are 10 Fun Facts About Colorado, many of them are featured in the new suburb guide!

 

 

  1. Colorado is known as the “Centennial State” because of Colorado’s admission to the Union in 1876, the centennial year of the United States Declaration of Independence.
  1. 75% of Colorado’s land is above 10,000 feet.
  1. Denver’s Colfax Avenue, which holds the Colfax Marathon every year, is the longest continuous street in America. Perfect for the many avid runners who live in this state!
  1. Denver is home to 205 parks within city limits, and over 20,000 acres of parks in nearby mountains, making it the largest city park system in the nation. Adventures never cease.
  1. Colorado’s southwest corner, bordering Arizona, Utah and New Mexico, is the only place in America where the corners of four states meet.Horses
  1. Colorado means “colored red,” Red Rocks and Garden of the Gods are two beautiful places to see some of the reason for the name.
  1. The world’s largest stock show, the Western Stock Show, is held in Denver every year, and the world’s first rodeo was held in Denver too.
  1. Horses 1Colorado has more microbreweries per capita than any other state, and Coloradoans sure love their beer.
  1. With Colorado has 222 state wildlife areas, we’re passionate about preserving the great outdoors.
  1. The view from Pikes Peak inspired Katherine Lee Bates to write “America the Beautiful.”

A New Name

It’s always been “Five Points” to residents and locals, but only in the last month did it officially become Five Points Historic Cultural District.

Five Point’s former legal name was Welton Street Commercial Corridor Cultural District, a name with a rough flow and even less cultural significance.

The last three years have been a battle for community members and activists lobbying for the name change, fearing the cultural significance and historical heritage of Five Points would be lost with such an ill-fitting name.Jazz Festival in Five Points // photo By Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images

“It’s a change that symbolizes a lot to the people of this community,” said executive director of the Denver Community Planning and Development Department, Brad Buchanan. “A historic cultural district helps to tell the story of our city’s development, so it’s important that its name reflects the district’s true identity.”

New signs in Five Points reflect the name change, and the city intends to follow with the restoration and revitalization of numerous historic buildings, including the Rossonian Hotel, which once housed a jazz club that hosted Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Dinah Washington.

“Residents in my community have long awaited this name change,” Albus Brooks, city councilman for District 9, said. “Five Points is an iconic historic area that will now forever be preserved in the city of Denver.”

These changes are intended to expand on the historical significance of Five Points, which served as a converging point for Denver’s African American culture and businesses during segregation-era in the 1920s through 1960s.The Rossonian Hotel \\ Photo by Cyrus McCrimmon/The Denver Post via Getty Images

 

“They all converged in the Five Points area because that was the only place that they could be, because of discrimination,” said Tracy Winchester, who leads the Five Points Business District. “It’s important that we preserve the culture of the area.”

 

Sources referenced:
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_27644872/
http://www.9news.com/story/news/local/2015/07/27/five-points-historic-cultural-district/30734609/
http://www.denverrealestatewatch.com/2015/07/28/five-points-area-has-a-new-name/