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


Denver’s Best October Fall Events

Elk Fest – Who doesn’t love elk, and even better is a festival celebrating the large elk population that grace Estes Park. Live music, Native American performances, elk-viewing and more. || October 3-4, Estes Park

lakeestescoursemountainelkRocky Mountain Oktoberfest – Incase you missed, or didn’t get enough of, Oktoberfest the last two weekends, the party goes on! Enjoy this joining of the Rocky Mountain brewery scene and the popular Munich tradition. || October 2 – 3, Pepsi Center

Fright Fest – Denver’s largest Halloween event, promising “fright by night,” and lots of scary fun! || Weekends, October 2 – November 1, Elitch Gardens

Mile High Horror Festival – Every fall this film festival showcases the world’s best genre films. It has been recognized as one of the top five “coolest horror/sci-fi film festivals in the world.” || October 1 – 4, Alamo Drafthouse 

Pumpkin Harvest Festival – Free family fun, with pumpkin patches and scarecrows, historic games and lots of crafts! || October 3 – 4, Four Mile Historic Park, 7155 S. Forest Street

Haunted Houses – What’s fall without Halloween, and what’s Halloween without a good scare? Visit these top-ranked haunted houses for your dose of the Halloween scare. || October 1 – 31, 13th Floor, The Asylum, Haunted Field of Screams

Pumpkin Fest – An excellent family tradition, the three-day festival is full of mazes,pumpkins, pony rides, face painting, music and more. The MillerCoors beer garden is open, and the Gardens’ famous Corn Maze is just next door. || October 9 – 11, Denver Botanic Gardens, Chatfield 

Stem Cider’s Harvest Party – Colorado bluegrass and Colorado craft cider, does it get any better? Join Stem for their annual Harvest Party, celebrating community, cider and the “flavors of the season.” || October 10, Stem Ciders (2811 Walnut Street, Suite 150 80205)

Zombie Crawl – One of Denver’s most popular fall events, join the 10th annual celebration of zombie obsession and excessive creepy face paint, plus a really good excuse not to wash your hair. || October 17, Skyline Park

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon – There’s no better way to run then with live music and the incredible city Denver as your scenery. It’s not too late to join the run and signup for a 5K, 10K, half or full-marathon. If running isn’t your thing, join the crowds to cheer the runners on!  || October 18, Downtown Denver

Boo at the Zoo – It’s always great to wander around the first-class Denver Zoo, but add trick-or-treating and its the perfect fall day. The weekends are full of “creepy crawly animal demonstrations” and the promise of fun for the whole family. || October 24-25, October 31 – November 1, Denver Zoo