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!
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.
WHEN: September 16
WHERE: 2875 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
WERE: Highlands 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
WERE: Wilcox 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 Park: September 16-17
Longmont: September 22-23
Montrose: September 30