What: Munich comes to the Vail for two full weekends of blown-out Bavarian fun emulating the world’s greatest celebration of beer, music and autumn: Oktoberfest. Vail Oktoberfest is a family affair, with events and activities for both adults and kids alike. The event is free and open to the public. This year, guests will see the return of many crowd favorites like Klement’s Bratwurst Eating Contests, Stein Lifting and Keg Bowling. Guests will also be delighted with Bavarian music and dancing, yodeling, alpenhorn blowing, authentic Bavarian food and beverages including delicious bratwursts and pretzels, beverages from Hacker-Pschorr and Jägermeister and much more.
Oktoberfest kicks off at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5 in Lionshead and will be closely followed by the Ceremonial Hacker-Pschorr Keg Tapping, officially marking the start of Oktoberfest in Vail.
Kids and families alike are also welcome to participate in the Oktoberfest Fun Run, benefitting the Children’s Garden of Learning on Sunday, Sept. 14. The event features a 5K and Kids’ 1K. More information on registering for the Oktoberfest Fun Run can be found on www.vailoktoberfest.com.
Where: Vail, Colorado. There’s no place like Vail for year-round recreation, outdoor pursuits and cultural activities in the heart of the Rockies. Located just two hours west of Denver, Vail’s fresh air, rugged beauty and charming pedestrian village await visitors.
When: Sept. 5-7 in Lionshead and Sept. 12–14 in Vail Village
Why: Throw on the lederhosen, tie up the dirndls and grab your stein because the lineup of entertainment for Vail Oktoberfest is not to be missed. All throughout Vail Oktoberfest, guests will enjoy oom-pah music from Vail Oktoberfest legends Helmut Fricker and the Rhinelanders Band. In addition to the live music, guests can participate in Bavarian dancing demonstrations, see traditional alpenhorn blowing, hear yodeling and much more.
Sponsors: Vail Oktoberfest is presented by Hacker-Pschorr and Town of Vail and sponsored in part by Sonnenalp Hotel, Jägermeister, Klement’s Sausage Company, Iconix Clothing, Shawls by Veronika, Rocky Mountain Outback Hats, Vail Dentistry, Vail Daily and KZYR the Zephyr.