Denver celebrates Oktoberfest like few other cities in our country, largely to the fact that we brew some of the nation’s finest beers and ales. Oktoberfest marks the onset of autumn and the opportunity to raise a hefty stein in salute of Germany, the nation which popularized the art of beer craft and Coloradans proudly lay claim to refining. You will find a variety of equally entertaining options for celebrating below, whether you are looking for a quieter way to indulge in the Oktoberfest festivities or would rather be a part of one of the nation’s most respected festivals hosted.
The Denver Oktoberfest
20th & Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202
Dates: Sept. 27 through Sept. 29, 2013
Oct. 4 through Oct. 6, 2013
The Denver Oktoberfest has been named one of the best Oktoberfest celebrations in the nation by Maxim Magazine and USA Today. With entertainment that includes a stein hoisting competition, a long dog derby, keg bowling and its signature Dashustlehoff 5k, there is plenty of excitement to pair with your beer. The Denver Oktoberfest kicks off on September 27-29 and if you fail to get your fill of bier chugging, stein toasting and lederhosen, then you can partake in all of the festivities again October 4-6.
2017 13th St.
Boulder, CO 80302
What better way to celebrate Oktoberfest than in an authentic German beer garden? The Bohemian Biergarten in Boulder opened its doors earlier this year and was an immediate hot spot for the discerning palette of beer-loving locals. With an ample selection of European ales and authentic sausage, meats and pretzels, you will be surrounded by the tastes and aroma of Germany itself as well as its rich cuisine. Special events, entertainment and games will be hosted during the opening weekend of Oktoberfest. And the best news is that this German beer haven is open year round, allowing you to grab your Lederhosen and raise your mug at your leisure should you have post-Oktoberfest withdrawals.
Highlands Ranch Community Association Oktoberfest 5k/100 Yard Dash
9352 Dorchester St.
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
If you’re looking for more of a challenge to set off your Oktoberfest celebrations, the Highlands Ranch Community Association has created a unique event for you. This traditional 5k can optionally be finished off with a beer chug and 100-yard dash. All registered racing adults of legal drinking age can show their ID on race day for free entry into the chug and dash. After crossing the line, you will be handed a 10-ounce beer to guzzle before you sprint a final 100 yards to the grand finale finish. It will send you into the rest of the festival celebrations scheduled to take place afterwards at the Highlands Ranch Town Center with your “spirits” a mile high.
Lowry Beer Garden
7577 E. Academy Blvd.
Denver, CO 80230
Date: Sept. 21, 2013
Each weekend during the Oktoberfest season, the Lowry Beer Garden will celebrate with live music, entertainment and, of course, only the finest in Colorado ales. During September, it will proudly feature a local craft brew weekly (Prost, Odell and Left Hand Brewing) in honor of the German celebration of all things beer. On top of that, it guarantees quality food and menu offerings along with plenty of opportunities to dance or lounge while enjoying the sites, sounds and aromas of the brisk fall season. It’s an irresistible line-up of casual and good-humored proportions that gives you the option to either pre-game with a festival or relax and enjoy good company and beer.
Parker Oktoberfest 2013
11031 S. Pikes Peak Drive, Suite 102
Parker, CO 80138
Dates: Sept. 14 – Sept. 15, 2013
If you’re looking for a family-friendly suburban way to indulge in the Oktoberfest celebrations, the City of Parker will host its annual festival September 14-15. Focused on education and entertainment, the festival features authentic German food, Bavarian dancers and the mandatory Biergarten. The festival also offers a stein hoisting competition and will kick off with a parade through historic downtown Parker. Located on the corner of Main Street and Parker Road, this is a festival your family can enjoy together.
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