Oktoberfest – one of my favorite “fests” of the year. Every Septemeber I dig out my dirndl, bead a pretzel necklace, and prepare for what is sure to be a weekend of heavy beer drinking and sausage eating. In 2009, I was lucky enough to visit Munich, Germany during Oktoberfest; from what I can remember it was the time of my life. Unfortunately, I cannot afford to travel to Munich every Oktoberfest (because I would), however, I am in luck because I happen to live in a city that hosts one of the largest Oktoberfests in the U.S…. Denver, Colorado.
Denver is a city that loves beer. The Denver area is home to over 75 craft breweries with more popping up every month. Was it Walgreens that used to advertise they had a store on every corner? In Denver, our corners are reserved for breweries (and pot shops – more on this another time).
This year Denver will be celebrating their 47th annual Oktoberfest, spanning the last weekend in September and the first weekend in October. The festivities attract a crowd of over 350,000, it was quoted in Maxim Magazine and USA Today as “The Best Oktoberfest” in the United States and “One of the country’s biggest and longest-running traditions”.
Why you need to get your Oktoberfest on in Denver:
Thirst Quenching Beers
Mmmmm. Beer. Beer is the reason for Oktoberfest. The beer list includes Spaten, Stella Cidre, Franziskaner, Shock Top, and the 47th Denver Oktoberfest Special Brew. YUM YUM! I cannot wait!
Stein Hoisting Competition
Watch as men and women test their strength and stamina at the stein hoisting competition. One of the standout things I do remember at the Munich Oktoberfest was how many steins the beer wenches could carry at a time. I’d see wenches with both hands full, holding at least five steins per hand, these ladies would run beer back and forth for hours. These steins are a liter each. I know who I wouldn’t want to challenge in an arm-wrestling contest.
Fun Fact – Last year Denver Oktoberfest hosted the International Federation of Stein Hoisting World Championships.
Bratwurst Eating Contest
I am going to see how many times I can put the word wiener in this post. I love wieners, of all varieties…foot-long, jumbo, spicy, cheese-filled, dipped in mustard. I never say no to a wiener. For all of you pervs out there I am talking about bratwurst. If you are a lover of sausage this contest is for you. There is something thrilling about cheering on your favorite meathead as they shove juicy brats down their throat. As an added bonus the top three finishers receive a monetary donation to a charity of their choice. Eating wieners for a good cause, I like that and I totally support this event.
Want to get in on the action? Find out more information here.
The Long Dog Derby
Calling all wieners! No, not that kind of wiener…zip your pants back up. I’m talking about dachshunds, the last Sunday of Oktoberfest is the Long Dog Derby, where Denver’s wiener dogs go head to head to see which wiener dog is the fastest of them all.
Don’t have a wiener dog? No worries, all dogs are welcomed at Oktoberfest and are able to participate in the Long Dog Derby Costume Contest and the Wiener Wanna-Be Race. Just thinking about little wieners running all over the place puts a smile on my face.
Nothing gets a party going like live music. From the pop-polka sounds of the Polkanauts to the hip-hop beats of DJ Chonz, there is something for every taste. If you are looking to catch a Denver local act Oktoberfest is the place to be.
Umm, can you say HAPPY HOUR!
What’s better than Oktoberfest beers at happy hour prices? Basically nothing.
Here’s the deal:
Friday 5 PM – 7 PM | Saturday 12 PM – 2 PM | Sunday 12 PM – 2 PM
1 Ticket = 1 beer BUT – during happy hour 1 ticket = 2 beers OR 1 Ticket = 1 refill on your 32oz stein
*Offer available on The Official 47th Annual Denver Oktoberfest Brew.
VIP Tickets are where it is at!
Things you need to know:
Location: 20th and Larimer in downtown Denver, Colorado
Dates: September 23-25 & September 30th-October 2nd
Hours: Friday 5 PM – 2 AM | Saturday 11 AM – 2 AM | Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM
It’s not too late to book your perfect fall getaway to Denver. In addition to Oktoberfest, fall is a fantastic time to visit Colorado; the Aspen trees are changing, the crisp fall air begins to move in, and hotel prices are at their lowest.
Not in the Denver area? Come visit! Book your trip now and join me at one of Denver’s biggest beer celebrations of the year.
Wiener, wiener, wiener. I just needed to get a few more in there.
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