Colorado Oktoberfests are coming in hot! Don your dirndls and lederhosen and find the one nearest you!
Break out your steins! It’s finally the season for beer, brats, games, beer, polka, beer, music, and also, beer. Yes, it’s Oktoberfest time again, a tradition that has long been part of our state’s transition into fall. While many think the event is mostly a harvest celebration (and it is, to be sure), according to the German American Chambers of Commerce, the first Oktoberfest was actually held in October of 1810 in Munich, Kingdom of Bavaria, to commemorate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Colorado communities, with their strong German influence dating back to the gold rush days, introduced the celebration to our great state. And from the mountains to the plains, boy do we know how to party!
Oktoberfest is fun for all ages, offering a something for everyone. Whether you are going to your community celebration or decide to visit a town’s event during an autumn drive, you’ll be Willkommen! Check out the list below, listed by month and alphabetical town name, to find the one that most makes you want to polka.
Brush Oktoberfest & Car/Motorcycle Show
September 21-23 | Downtown
September 21-22 | Central Park, 1236 Canyon Blvd.
Castle Rock Oktoberfest
September 29 | Downtown
Colorado Springs Oktoberfest
September 21-23 | Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd.
September 21-22 and 28-29 (*This is the big one!*) | 20th and Larimer
Fortoberfest Ft. Collins
September 15 | Old Town Square
September 28-29 | Lincoln Park, Greeley
Highlands Ranch Oktoberfest
September 22 | Town Center South
Schatzi’s Oktoberfest in Littleton
September 14-16 | Bega Park
September 22-23 | Roosevelt Park
September 15-16 | 1015 S. Lincoln Ave.
September. 14-16 | O’Brien Park, 10795 Victorian Dr.
Pueblo 28th Annual Oktoberfest
September 14-15 | Union Depot
Oktoberfest on South Pearl Street (Denver)
September 29 | 1500 block of South Pearl Street
September 15 | Gondola Plaza, Steamboat Mountain Village
September 7-9 and 14-16 | Lionshead and Vail Village, respectively
Oktoberfest in Woodland Park
September 15-16 | Ute Pass Cultural Center: 210 E. Midland Ave.
Test your brawn at the stein hoisting competition at Denver’s Oktoberfest. Courtesy of Denver Oktoberfest (Facebook).
October 6 | Fickel Park, 620 Mountain Ave.
October 6 | Purgatory Resort
La Veta Oktoberfest
October 6 | Main Street
October 6-7 | Community Park
October 6 | 422 S 1st St
Ouray Oktoberfest & 54th Annual Jeep Raffle Drawing
October 6 | Ouray Community Center, 320 6th Avenue
While this is a big ol’ list, it certainly doesn’t cover all the Oktoberfests out there. Many neighborhoods and communities hold their own events, and many breweries host celebrations to tap their seasonal brews. Do you have any other Oktoberfests to add? Let us know in the comments below!