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

 

Welcome Fall with Fun Activities!

The leaves have begun to change, air is crisp and cool, and it is undeniable that fall has finally arrived. Denver falls are spectacular, with the golden aspen leaves and perfect temperatures. Enjoy some of these fun activities happening in and around Denver this fall, the opportunities are nearly endless!

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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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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.