Party like it’s 1810: Oktoberfest celebrations across Denver

You want to celebrate Oktoberfest but 5,200 miles separates Munich, Germany from the “Munich of the West”—Denver.  Don’t despair and don’t empty your bank account for an airline ticket; there’re plenty of Oktoberfest celebrations being held in and around the Mile High City!

Please note: only events that are both Oktoberfest-specific and in the Denver area are included on this list.  For information on Oktoberfest celebrations across the state, click this link.

lowry beer garden denver Lowry Beer Garden Oktoberfest

When: September 13th -14th, 20th -21st, and 27th -28th

Where: Lowry Beer Garden, 7577 E. Academy Boulevard, Denver

What to expect: One of America’s finest beer gardens will host three separate Oktoberfests on three separate weekends each showcasing a different Colorado brewery: Prost Brewing, Odell Brewing Co., and Left Hand Brewing Co.  American Craft Beer Radio will be broadcasting live on September 14th from 12pm-1pm and live polka music will play each Friday and Saturday night.  Wear a dirndl or lederhosen and receive your first beer free!

FREE Oktoberfest – Downtown Castle Rock

When: Saturday, September 14th

Where: Festival Park, 300 2nd St., Castle Rock

What to expect:  Music, beer, food, and fun for all ages.

Parker Oktoberfest

When: Saturday, September 14th

Where: O’Brien Park, 10795 Victorian Dr., Parker

What to expect: The 8th Annual Parker Oktoberfest will feature over 100 beer and food vendors, a biergarten, and traditional Bavarian dancers.

Chinook Tavern Oktoberfest

When: September 20th-21st

Where: Chinook Tavern, 6380 South Fiddlers Green Circle, Greenwood Village

What to expect: Chinook Tavern claims its terrace-cum-Wies’n is “Denver’s most authentic Oktoberfest celebration.”  There will be freshly imported Paulaner beer and a very traditional food menu including all your German favorites.  Moe Dixon and The Rhinelanders will provide the entertainment.  Play it safe, don’t drink and drive—Chinook Tavern is located adjacent to the Arapahoe Light Rail Station.

Call 720-226-6000 to reserve a spot and be sure to mention “Oktoberfest.”

Lone Tree Oktoberfest

When: Saturday, September 21st

Where: Lone Tree Brewing Company, 8200 Park Meadows Dr., Suite 8222, Lone Tree

What to expect:  Lone Tree will tap their Oktoberfest beer and entertain guests with a variety of food trucks and live music.

Oktoberfest Celebration & 5K Run

When: Saturday, September 21st

Where: Town Center South, 9288 Dorchester St., Highlands Ranch

What to expect: Paulaner beer, food from Helga’s German Restaurant & Deli, a Dachshund race, magicians, balloon artists, inflatable jump castles, live music, rides, a fireworks show postponed since the 4th of July, and the titular foot race means this Highlands Ranch event has a little something for everyone.

Oktoberfest at the Governor’s Residence

When: Thursday, September 26th

Where: Boettcher Mansion, 400 E. 8th Ave., Denver

What to expect: This event is hosted by the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) and Colorado Cleantech Industries Association (CCIA) so be prepared to hang out with a bunch of science nerds.  Local breweries will pour beer and showcase their sustainable practices.  There will also be a homebrew competition amongst the employees of CBSA and CCIA.  Besides the word “Oktoberfest” in the name, it doesn’t appear this event has much in common with that famous Bavarian celebration.  They still got beer, though.

Click here to register.

Copper Kettle Oktoberfest! at the Kettle

When: Friday, September 27th

Where: Copper Kettle Brewing Co., 1338 S. Valentia St. #100, Denver

What to expect: Four German/Czech-style beers (Oktoberfest Lager, Czech Pilsner, Biergarden Dunkel, and Kӧln Kӧlsch), an oompah band, and authentic German fare headline this event at Copper Kettle.

Oktoberfest Denver

When: September 27th-29th and October 4th-6th

Where: Between 20th St. and 22nd St. on Larimer St., Denver

What to expect: Maxim Magazine and USA Today claim Oktoberfest Denver as “The Best Oktoberfest” in America and 350,000 attendees can’t be wrong!  Now in its 44th year, Oktoberfest Denver is a mix of the traditional and the new: old-school polka music intermingles with decidedly new-school events such as wiener dog races, keg bowling, and a David Hasselhoff-themed 5K.

Purchase tickets here.

Helga’s Oktoberfest

When: September 27th-28th

Where: Helga’s German Restaurant and Deli, 14197 E. Exposition Ave., Aurora

What to expect: When it comes to German fare, it doesn’t get any more authentic than Helga’s.  From schnitzels to dumplings to sauerkraut to a bar full of German beers, Helga’s is the closest you’ll get to Munich without leaving Colorado’s borders.  Details on their upcoming Oktoberfest celebration will be added to their website soon.

Docktoberfest

When: Saturday, September 28th

Where: Dry dock Brewing Co., 15120 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora

What to expect: Polka to the musical stylings of Rick Borger and The Average German Band and enjoy a stein of Docktoberfest; a Märzen so good that, last year, festival attendees drank 28 kegs-worth in a single night!

Denver Beer Co. Oktoberfest

When: Saturday, September 28th

Where: Denver Beer Co., 1695 Platte St., Denver

What to expect: A polka band!  German beers!  A roasted pig! Masskrugstemmen (stein-hoisting) contest!  What else do you need to know?  Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more details to come.

 

Who else is getting their Bavaria on?  Post more events in the comments section.

About Chris Bruns


Chris Bruns is a self-professed beer geek living in Denver. Chris spends much of his time brewing beer at home with friends and family, attempting to visit every brewery in Colorado, attending special beer events and festivals, purchasing and assessing the latest releases from local breweries, and blogging about his adventures in the world of craft beer. He is also the Denver Craft Beer Examiner on Examiner.com. Contact Chris by e-mail at chrisdbruns@gmail.com or through his blog at www.beerincolorado.blogspot.com.