Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest 2022 in Colorado

Lots of places around Colorado are celebrating Oktoberfest this year, but which one should you choose? Check out our list of the best Oktoberfest celebrations in the state. Prost!

It’s that time of year again. Time to put on your lederhosen, raise a stein of beer, and celebrate Oktoberfest like you’re German. It’s a long way from Colorado Springs to the mother fest in Munich, but the city and surrounding towns and Front Range cities know how to throw down for the occasion.

Whether you’re looking to tap into your inner Bavarian or just enjoy some good old-fashioned German hospitality, be sure to check out one of Colorado’s many Oktoberfest celebrations.

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 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.


Oktoberfest at The Garden

Sept. 17 and Sept. 24
The Garden

Oktoberfest returns to The Garden’s iconic outdoor beer garden, featuring local beer and food, your very own beer stein, time-honored Oktoberfest traditions, and the chance to win some exclusive prizes.



Sept. 17
Bear Creek Regional Park

Oktoberfest goes to the dogs too benefit the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. As one of Colorado’s only dog-friendly festivals, Pawtoberfest features a 2-mile dog walk, agility demonstrations and pet contests. And for the humans, there’s music, food trucks and more than 30 craft brews and spirits to taste,


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

Red Leg Brewing Company Oktoberfest

Sept. 17
Red Leg Brewing Company

Ready to get your lederhosen in a twist? Red Leg Brewing Co is bringing the best of Bavaria to Colorado Springs with their first-ever Oktoberfest celebration! They’ll be pouring German beers, serving up pretzels and sausages, yodeling their hearts out to polka music, and hosting stein-holding contests, beer-themed games, and a costume contest. It’s sure to be a festive time, so put on your dirndl or lederhosen and raise a stein to good times


Colorado Springs Oktoberfest

Sept. 23-25
Western Museum of Mining and Industry, Colorado Springs

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.


Oktoberfest Tejon Block Party

Oct. 1-2
Corner of Cascade Ave. and Moreno Ave. (14 E. Moreno Ave.)

Pikes Peak Lager House and Red Swing Brewhouse are throwing a downtown block party. Bring your German vibes, and join drinking games and costume contests. There will be DJs and live music from Monument Hill Brass Quintet and Missy & the Dirty Secrets on Saturday. Hickabee will perform Sunday. Both Pikes Peak Brewing and Red Swing will release seasonal beers. And there will be plenty of Bavarian food to fuel you through the weekend festival.

Front Range

Couple at Denver Oktoberfest
Cheers from Denver Oktoberfest at Larimer and 21st Street in the Ballpark District. Photo courtesy of Denver Oktoberfest.

Keystone Oktoberfest

Sept. 3
River Run Village, Keystone Resort

Grab your stein and join a traditional German dance lesson. Bring the family for Kinderfest activities. This is your chance to make Labor Day Weekend Bavarian.


Denver Kickers Oktoberfest

Sept. 16-18
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.


Denver Oktoberfest

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

Now in its 53rd 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.


Traditional Bavarian dancing on the streets during Vail Oktoberfest
Traditional Bavarian dancing on the streets during Vail Oktoberfest. Photo courtesy of Discover Vail.

Highlands Ranch Oktoberfest

Sept. 17

Town Center South, 9288 Dorchester St.

Grab your friends and head on up to Highland Ranch for an Oktoberfest celebration complete with German food, Dachshund races, music, endless entertainment, and of course, great biers from Paulaner. Before the event kicks off, you can also join in the Oktoberfest 5K.

Castle Rock Oktoberfest

Sept. 17
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.


oktoberfest beer
Colorado Springs Oktoberfest. Courtesy O’Donnell and O’Donnell

Greeley OktoBrewfest

Sept. 23-24
Lincoln Park, Downtown Greely

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.


Mountain Towns

Vail Oktoberfest

Sept. 9-11 and 16-18
Lionshead and Vail Village, Vail

Vail makes a perfect Bavarian setting for one of Colorado’s largest Oktoberfest celebrations. Two weekends of 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.


Brat eating contest at Vail's Oktoberfest celebration.
Bring on the brats at Vail Oktoberfest’s bratwurst eating contest. Photo courtesy of Discover Vail.

Steamboat Oktoberwest

Sept. 10
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.


Breckenridge Oktoberfest

Sept. 23-25
Main Street, Breckenridge

The traditional mega fest returns to its full-blown three-day street party on Main Street with free admission. Experience a Munich-like celebration with live music and plenty of Bavarian themed beer and cuisine, including the delicious Brewmaster Dinner. Play authentic German games and dance to more than 25 hours of traditional polka music — all while savoring brews from Breckenridge Brewery and many delicious Bavarian food options along historic Main Street in downtown Breckenridge. Bring the kids and enjoy a bounce house, face painting and more at the Riverwalk Center.


Breckenridge Oktoberfest
Photo courtesy of Breckenridge Tourism Office

Montrose Oktoberfest

Sept. 25
Montrose Rotary Amphitheater

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.


La Veta Oktoberfest

Oct. 2
Main Street, La Veta

It’s about an hour and 40-minute 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, arts and crafts, a Jeep exhibition, hot rod show and veteran’s tribute.


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