TGI-Oktoberfest

Photo Paulaner München by Patrick Haney via Flickr licensed under CC by ND
Photo Paulaner München by Patrick Haney via Flickr licensed under CC by ND

Have you ever had one of those weeks? The kind of week where the days seem to drag on forever, yet you are not able to get much of anything done? This week it feels like we’ve been bailing water out of a sinking ship. We’ve been working our tails off every minute, but we’re not really making a lot of progress. It’s been brutal.

Thankfully, it’s Friday!

On this first weekend after Labor Day we are focused on one thing: Oktoberfest! Yes, we know it’s still sunny and hot outside, but the beauty of Colorado is that you can take a short drive up to the mountains where the cool breeze is blowing and the leaves are already changing colors! So from now until mid-October we’re going to take in as many Oktoberfest celebrations as time (and our livers) will allow, starting with Breckenridge this weekend. If we have it our way, we will be rolling out the barrel each weekend and doing our best to halten Sie die Party in Schwung* all month long!

If you are looking for a good reason to grab your lederhosen and celebrate, below we’ve rounded up several of the best Oktoberfest celebrations from around the state. This is not an all-inclusive list, so check out the cities and breweries around you for even more celebrations, and get out there and have some German-style fun. Prost!

Colorado Oktoberfest Celebrations

Colorado Oktoberfest Celebrations 2015 | BottleMakesThree.com
Photo of Breckenridge Oktoberfest courtesy of gobreck.com

Breckenridge Oktoberfest
Friday, September 11 through Sunday, September 13
The Breckenridge Oktoberfest calls itself the largest street party in the Rocky Mountains! All weekend they’ll have German cuisine, music, dancing, vendors, and plenty of Paulaner Bier! Plus up in Breck the cooler weather may help you actually get in the Oktoberfest spirit!

Steamboat OktoberWest
Friday, September 18 to Saturday, September 19
Celebrate the season at a Steamboat-style Oktoberfest including Rocky Mountain beer, local food specialties and festivities unique to Steamboat Springs. You won’t find German beer at OktoberWEST, just some good ol’ Colorado Rocky Mountain beer, food and festivities!

Barnett & Son Brewing 1st Annual Oktoberfest
Friday, September 18 through Sunday, September 20
Join Barnett & Son Brewing Co in Parker for their first Oktoberfest! Enjoy the their full selection of Barnett & Son Brewing’s beers plus two special Oktoberfest brews, along with authentic German food from Rory’s Rolling Diner and a classic car show on Saturday and Sunday.

Colorado Oktoberfest Celebrations 2015 | BottleMakesThree.com

Highlands Ranch Oktoberfest Celebration and 5K
Saturday, September 19
Put on your lederhosen and lace up your running/walking shoes and kick this Oktoberfest off with a 5K! Then stick around and celebrate German food, music, live entertainment (including Dachshund Races! and great biers from Paulaner. Then wrap up your day of celebration with fireworks that evening.

FORToberfest
Saturday, September 19
A Fort Collins-style Oktoberfest street celebration featuring more than 12 Fort Collins breweries, live music, art/bike vendors and delicious food! Festival attendees can create their own taster trays of beers from great Fort Collins breweries, so you can enjoy all your favorites and some new brews, too.

Colorado Oktoberfest Celebrations 2015 | BottleMakesThree.com
Photo of FORToberfest courtesy of downtownfortcollins.com

10th Annual Parker Oktoberfest
Friday, September 18 through Sunday, September 20
Enjoy live German music, Bavarian dancers, a Biergarten featuring three Paulaner beers – Hefeweizen, Oktoberfest Marzen, and a Premium Pilsner, a number of competitions, and delicious German food.

Locavore Beer Works Oktoberfest 
Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20
Locavore has been brewing since March to create an incredible lineup of brews for their first annual Oktoberfest celebration! They’ll have five Oktoberfest beers (Marzen, Schwarzbier, Dortmunder, Hefeweizen and Dunkleweizen) plus German food from Rocky Mountain Catering.

Denver Oktoberfest
Two Weekends: September 19-21 and September 26-28
Over 250,000 people attend the Denver Oktoberfest annually to enjoy German beer, food, music and plenty of entertainment. Spread over two incredible weekends, this street party in the Ballpark neighborhood includes lots of fun events, such as a stein hoisting competition, long dog derby, keg bowling, and more!

Oktoberfest at the Frederick Market
Thursday, September 24
Head down to Fredrick for the Frederick Market Oktoberfest, where you can enjoy ice-cold brews from Echo Brewery and German influenced food from Lauer Krats! Plus you can get your Polka on with the Austrian Connection Band.

OctoBREWfest 2015
Friday, October 2 to Saturday, October 3
Greeley’s Oktobrewfest 2015 kicks off on Friday evening from with great beer, brats, games, and a free concert. Then the fun continues all day Saturday with a whole day of music, a wide variety of regular and specialty brews, food from more than a dozen vendors, a crafts area, a huge children’s play area, and lots more!

Photo credit: drydockbrewing.com
Photo credit: drydockbrewing.com

Docktoberfest
Saturday, October 3
Join Dry Dock Brewing for their annual Oktoberfest celebration! Enjoy the tapping of Dry Dock’s Marzen, along with the Brew Hut homebrew competition, live music, costumes and more! They’ll be selling commemorative glasses again this year, so grab your finest German attire & join the fun!

Castle Rock Oktoberfest
Saturday, October 3
Enjoy a full Oktoberfest street fair featuring live music, food vendors, a variety of beers and lots of entertainment, including fun and games for the whole family. Lone Tree Brewing is the beer sponsor, so there will be lots of great Lone Tree beers plus a variety of other selections.

Have a fun and safe weekend! Cheers!

*If Google Translate can be trusted “halten Sie die Party in Schwung” translates to “keep the party going!” If Google tricked us into saying something else, es tut mir Leid. (Sorry)