Soon it will be time to don your lederhosen and dirndls, dust off your stein, and get ready to party. Fall in Colorado is absolutely stunning. There’s something about the crispness in the air, mixed with the brightness of the trees around us that makes us want to celebrate. Thankfully, there’s a specific event that is perfect for celebrating the coming of fall: Vail Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is a well-known tradition in Germany, and it has been adopted by many here in the United States. We’re glad to embrace this tradition, as the Vail Oktoberfest is fun for the entire family.
The Original Oktoberfest
Munich is the location of the famous (and the first) Oktoberfest. It began on October 12th, 1810, when Crown Prince Ludgwig was married to Princess Therese. The crown prince threw a big party for the citizens of Munich, complete with horse races to finish the festival. The horse racing was so popular, they decided to make it an annual event. And thus, Oktoberfest began. Beer and food tents were introduced, breweries backed beer stands, and soon, beer became the highlight of the festival. The modern Oktoberfest has become famous, and is extremely popular: over 6 million people attend from all over the world every year!
Learn More About the Vail Oktoberfest
Each year, the Town of Vail holds its own Oktoberfest. Ours is held in September, because the weather is better, but the celebration is much the same. Here, you and your entire family can enjoy events such as:
- Keg Bowling Competition
- Alpenhorn Blowing
- Bavarian Music & Dancing
- Bratwurst Eating Competitions
- Kids Activities
- Stein Lifting Contests
- Costume Contests
The Vail Oktoberfest is fun for the entire family. You’ll need to show a valid ID to drink alcohol, of course, but this event isn’t just for adults. There will be kid activities as well, making the Vail Oktoberfest the best family weekend event. Here are a few details of the event:
- Cost: The festival is free. If you want to drink beer or enjoy the food, you just need to purchase tokens at the event (credit cards are accepted). Prices range from 2-7 tokens ($2-$7) for food and beer.
- Date and Location: September 9-11 (at Lionshead), and September 16-18 (Vail Village)
Learn More About the Beaver Creek Oktoberfest
Beaver Creek is also hosting an Oktoberfest. Like Vail’s event, the festival is fun for the entire family. You can enjoy special music from Beaver Creek’s sister city in Austria, and other great bands and musical offerings. The festival will host many great events, including:
- Kids Fun Zone
- Bavarian Costume Contest
- Kids’ Alpenhorn Contest
- Oktoberfest Shuffle 10k and 5k
The Oktoberfest Shuffle is a great way to get some exercise before you enjoy your beer, food, and live music. Plus, it benefits the Vail Valley Charitable Funds, so your participation is helping a good cause.
- Cost: The event is free. You can purchase food, beverages, and beer from vendors.
- Date and Location: September 3-4 in Beaver Creek Plaza
Celebrate the Beginning of Fall in Colorado
The Vail Oktoberfest and the Beaver Creek Oktoberfest are both fun and exciting events (you may as well go to both). Drinking beer, eating delicious brats, listening to live music, and participating in fun competitions is truly the perfect way to ring in the arrival of fall with your family. We hope to see you there!