Dust off the steins, grab the leiderhosen and get ready to polka because Oktoberfest is right around the corner! Colorado is home to 350+ craft breweries so it only makes sense to visit one of them during their biggest celebration of the year!
A proud German tradition since 1810, Munich’s Oktoberfest is now one of the world’s largest fairs, gathering more than six million people over seventeen days. It’s typically held from late September to early October. With nearly a million Coloradoans claiming German heritage, we have our own fair share of Oktoberfests. Most events feature Bavarian food, dance, music and beer.
Here’s the ultimate guide to Oktoberfest celebrations around Colorado.
Due to COVID-19, all of the upcoming events for the next several months are subject to cancellation or postponement. Please double-check the event’s official website for the most accurate, timely information on whether an event is happening.
2020 Feierlichkeiten (Celebrations)
Beaver Creek Oktoberfest - Beaver Creek, CO - Sep 4 to Sep 6, 2020
Enjoy these Bavarian festivities over Labor Day weekend. Enter the daily costume contest to win prizes and listen to the live oompah music. Get a workout at the Oktoberfest Shuffle, which is their non-competitive walk, hike or run over a 5K or 10K course on the trails of Beaver Creek Mountain.
Royal Gorge Route Railroad Oktoberfest - Canon City, CO - Sep 5 to Oct 31, 2020
2 hour train ride with Oktoberfest beers and lunch while riding through the spectacular Royal Gorge, with live music and a commemorative pint glass to keep!
Steamboat OktoberWest - Steamboat Springs, CO - Sep 11 to Sep 13, 2020
The Annual Oktoberfest with a western twist. Rocky Mountain beer and local food and festivities instead of German beer. Beer stroll (with a whiskey stop) on Friday. OktoberWest is Saturday with live music, beer garden with over 40 Colorado brewers and the I Love Beef Cook Off. Festival admission is free but there is a cost to enter the cook off tasting and beer garden.
Vail Oktoberfest - Vail, CO - Sep 11 to Sep 20, 2020
Two weekends of fun. Traditional food and Paulaner beer, bavarian music, dancing, yodeling, bratwurst eating contest, keg bowling, stein lifting, Oktoberfest costume contest and more over two full weekends in Vail. Free concerts on Saturday night. Family zone during the day for kids with crafts, entertainers and kids 1K fun run. Named by USA Today one of the ten greatest Oktoberfests in the US in 2010. No cost for admission.
OktoBREWfest - Greeley, CO - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2020
Once known as The Greeley Oktoberfest, OktoBREWfest changed its name in 2013 to reflect the focus on specialty brews, VIP tasting tent and expanded musical entertainment. But the same German traditions will still take place. Event kicks off Friday evening with brats, beer, games and a free concert. Huge children’s area on Saturday along with more music, food and specialty beer. Stein lifting, pie eating, volleyball and life size beer pong contests.
FORToberfest - Fort Collins, CO - Sep 19, 2020
A celebration of Fort Collins with live music, seasonal beer from 6+ Fort Collins breweries and bicycle booths. Music lineup ranges from funk to bluegrass to rock and indie. Costumes are encouraged. Free admission. Thousands are expected to participate. Location: Downtown Fort Collins (Walnut St. and Old Town Square).
Castle Rock Oktoberfest - Castle Rock, CO - Sep 19, 2020
Beer, food, and live music to welcome fall. Kids will enjoy the bounce house, face painting, petting zoo, pony rides and fun zone rides. Location: Wilcox Square, Castle Rock, CO 80104
Autumn Gold Brats and Beer - Estes Park, CO - Sep 26 to Sep 27, 2020
Annual festival with bratwurst, beer and live music. It is a family friendly event with face painting, corn bag toss, bouncing room, soap bubbles and rides in antique cars and a fire engine. Raffle tickets are $100 each with a grand prize of $10,000. Festival happens in Bond Park.
Montrose Oktoberfest - Montrose, CO - Oct 3, 2020
Live music, Oktoberfest fare from local restaurants and beer tasting from 25 Colorado craft breweries and wineries
Celtic Fest and Oktoberfest - Carbondale, CO - Oct 9 to Oct 10, 2020
Celtic Fest on Friday night including Best Legs in a Kilt Contest. Full day of German bands, food, beer, brat eating contest, liter holding contest and the chicken dance on Saturday. Location: 4th Street Plaza.
With all of these incredible options to choose from in the state, your hardest choice may not be "what can I do?" but "what should I do FIRST?!” Enjoy the festivities, but remember to be safe. Looking to move to Colorado before these festivities begin? Kein Problem (this means 'no problem' in German)! I can help you with that too. Contact me today so we can find the perfect home for you! brentmahagan.com.