Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest 2021 in Colorado

Everybody’s favorite German celebration is on in the Springs and all around Colorado. Here’s your guide to the festivities.

Couple in traditional Bavarian costumes at Vail Oktoberfest
Wearing that lederhosen and dirndl well at Vail Oktoberfest. Photo courtesy of Discover Vail.

It’s that time of year when everybody’s German—or wants to be. While the mother fest in Munich isn’t happening this year due to the continuing pandemic, many of Colorado’s favorite Oktoberfest festivals are returning this fall, Whether you choose to keep it local or follow the fall colors into the mountain towns, there’s a full schedule of options running all of September and into October. Here is a guide for German celebrations and libations in the Springs and beyond. Just be sure to keep a close eye on event websites and social media for last-minute changes, requirements, restrictions or cancellations due to the ongoing pandemic. Now get out those lederhosen and dirndl and get going! 


Pikes Peak Region

Oktoberfest Train

Sept. 8 – Oct. 21
Royal Gorge Route Railroad, Cañon City

Willkommen an bord der bier train! A one-and-a-half to two-hour train ride through the spectacular Royal Gorge features fall color and a three-course lunch or dinner. The bar car is stocked with Oktoberfest beers, and you take home a complimentary Royal Gorge glass to commemorate the occasion.

royalgorgeroute.com

Colorado Springs Oktoberfest

Sept. 24-26
Western Museum of Mining and Industry, Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs Oktoberfest
Dancing German style at the Colorado Springs Oktoberfest. Photo courtesy O’Donnell and O’Donnell.

Live oompah music, wiener dog races, costume and stein-hoisting contests and more make for an ongoing Oktoberfest vibe in Colorado Springs. Pick your package and you can enjoy Warsteiner and other beers from a stein or das boot. And you can take a deeper Bavarian dive by upgrading your experience with tickets to Beer School, a German Vineyard Wine Tour or Schnapps School. Admission is free. Parking is $10, and you’ll pay for beer, stein and experience tickets.

csoktoberfest.com

Rocky Mountain Oktoberfest

Sept. 18-19
Ute Pass Cultural Center, Woodland Park

Head up Ute Pass to Woodland Park for a family-friendly Rocky Mountain-style twist on the German fest, including country, jazz and rock, as well as the traditional German music.

woodlandparkchamber.com


Front Range

Loveland Oktoberfest

Sept. 17-18
Loveland Fairgrounds

This authentic Bavarian festival on the northern Front Range is hosted, appropriately, by Grimm Brothers Brewhouse. You’ll find lots of other Loveland breweries too, along with all the stein hoisting, costume contests, games and live music you can pack into a weekend.

facebook.com/oktoberfestloveland

Denver Oktoberfest

Sept. 17-19 and 24-26
2100 Larimer St, LoDo

Now in it’s 51st year, the Denver Oktoberfest is one of the country’s longest-running. Head to the Mile High City for two weekends of costume contests, live music, stein-hoisting contests, keg bowling and more.

thedenveroktoberfest.com

Parker Oktoberfest

Sept. 17-19
O’Brien Park, Parker

Bavarian style pretzel and Paulaner beer at Parker Oktoberfest
Bavarian style pretzel and Paulaner beer. Photo courtesy of Parker Oktoberfest.

Those living on the north side of the Springs will find it an easy drive to Parker for plenty of polka dancing and a traditional biergarten pouring Paulaner. You’ll also find Dachshund races, cornhole tournaments and a kids stage with princess plays and Grimm Brothers’ fairytale spinoffs. The first 100 people each day get a free beer stein.

parkeroktoberfest.com

Denver Kickers Oktoberfest

Sept. 17-19
Denver Kickers Sport Club, Golden

The local soccer club throws the party for Golden. It’s a weekend of live music, folk dancing, stein hoisting, costume contests and all things Bavarian.

denverkickersoktoberfest.com

Castle Rock Oktoberfest

Sept. 18
Wilcox Square, Downtown Castle Rock

The Castle Rock festival includes a street fair, food trucks, family games and the libations of local and regional craft brewers. Catch the free trolley shuttle service, so you can focus on your sampling.

downtowncastlerock.com

Greeley OktoBrewfest

Sept. 24-26
Riverwalk Center

Celebrate with plenty of northern Colorado brewers, distillers and food vendors. Expect lots of live music, from polka to the UNC Jazz Lab 1 Band and more. Saturday will be filled with harvest season games and activities for kids.

facebook.com/GreeleyOktobrewfest


Mountain Towns

Vail Oktoberfest

Sept. 10-12 and 17-19
Lionshead and Vail Village, Vail

Traditional Bavarian folk dancers at Vail Oktoberfest
Traditional Bavarian folk dancers at Vail Oktoberfest. Photo by Jack Affleck, courtesy of Discover Vail.

Two weekends of Oktoberfest fun include full schedules of Bavarian music, yodeling, keg bowling, a bratwurst-eating contest and more. Dance during the free concerts on Saturday nights, and let the kids play in the family zones. Vail Oktoberfest has been named one of USA Today’s Top 10 Oktoberfest celebrations in the U.S.

oktoberfestvail.com

Steamboat Oktoberwest

Sept. 18
Wildhorse Marketplace, Steamboat Mountain Village

Celebrate craft beer with about 30 brewers from Colorado and beyond. This one is more brewfest than Bavarian, but you’ll still see plenty of leiderhosen and dirndl.

steamboatoktoberwest.com

Brecktoberfest

Sept. 24-26
Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge

Group toasts with beer steins at Breckenridge Oktoberfest
Prost at Brecktoberfest! Photo by gobreck.com

The traditional mega fest will be dramatically downsized to a ticketed event without the usual street party. So you’d better get your tickets early. You’ll still find a Munich-like experience with music by the Polkanauts and plenty of Bavarian themed beer and cuisine, including the delicious Brewmaster Dinner and Oktoberfeast. Yes, you can still play games including Hammerschlagen—a curiously conceived game that pairs throwing hammers and drinking beers. And the kids can enjoy music, crafts and harvest season games at Fall Family Fair in the Breck Creative Arts District. Special note: Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test is required.

brecktoberfest.com

La Veta Oktoberfest

Oct. 2
Main Street, La Veta

It’s about an 1:40 drive down to Huerfano County, where La Veta will be turning itself German for the day. You’ll find a biergarten, live music, street dancing, plus arts and crafts, a Jeep exhibition, hot rod show and veteran’s tribute.

lavetaoktoberfest.org

Montrose Oktoberfest

Oct. 9
Cerise Park, Montrose

Head for the Western Slope to take in some prime fall color and celebrate all things Bavarian in Montrose. It’s a great way to sample live music, local food and the best breweries on the Western Slope.

facebook.com/MontroseOktoberfest


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