Oktoberfest 2014: Where to party in Denver

It’s Oktoberfest season!  The beer’s flowing, the sun’s still shining, and it’s high time we donned our lederhosen and drank copiously in the biergarten.  Here are the places in the Denver area (i.e. from Golden to Aurora and from Northglenn to Castle Rock) where you can party like a German or, at the very least, enjoy some al fresca brewskis.

Which Denver festivals did I miss?  Add them to the comments and prost on!

Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Lowry Beer Garden’s Oktoberfest

When: September 5th – 6th, September 12th – 13th, September 19th – 20th

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

Extra Info: Each weekend will feature a different local brewery taking over a portion of the taps to showcase their seasonal and festive beers.  The breweries, in order of the weekend they’ll be appearing, are Left Hand, Dry Dock, and Odell.

Website: http://www.lowrybeergarden.com/events

 

Green Valley Ranch Beer Garden’s Oktoberfest

When: September 5th – 6th, September 12th – 13th, September 19th – 20th

Where: Green Valley Ranch Beer Garden (4995 Argonne Street, Denver)

Extra Info: Green Valley Ranch Beer Garden is owned and operated by the same people that run Lowry Beer Garden.  Their Oktoberfest will be essentially the same as the one at the Lowry location.

Website: http://www.gvrbeergarden.com/events

 

Festival Italiano at Belmar

When: September 6th –September 7th

Where: the Belmar neighborhood of Lakewood (464 S. Teller Street, Lakewood)

Extra Info: Since this is an Italian festival with Florentine flag-throwers, grape stomping, and bocce ball tournaments, it’s not an Oktoberfest at all.  Nonetheless, event organizers looked to Europe’s biggest partiers (i.e. the Germans) when they decided to incorporate a beer garden.  You may have to say “salute” instead of “prost” but, in the end, you’re still drinking outside in a festive atmosphere.

Website: http://belmarcolorado.com/sub/event/festival_italiano/index.html

 

Prost – Highland’s Oktoberfest (the restaurant, not the brewery)

When: September 12th-13th, September 20th

Where: Prost – Highlands (3464 W. 32nd Avenue, Denver)

Extra Info: Prost – Highlands will feature four Märzenbiers for the Oktoberfest season as well as live music on the aforementioned dates.  Plus, any liter of beer purchased between the 12th and 27th enters you into a raffle to win Great American Beer Festival tickets.

Website: http://www.prostfinebeers.com/www,prostfinebeers_com/Welcome.html

Photo Credit: digital cat on Flickr

Photo Credit: digital cat on Flickr

 

Ridgefest 2014

When: September 13th

Where: “The Green” at the “Ridge at 38” in Wheat Ridge (7101 W. 38th Avenue, between Upham Street and High Court).

Extra Info: Like Festival Italiano, this one isn’t technically an Oktoberfest but it does feature outdoor imbibing plus it has the word “fest” in the name.  Close enough.  A community event centered on artists, chefs, and lots of kid-friendly activities, Ridgefest will also feature food trucks, a homebrewing competition, and craft breweries pouring their wares.

Website: http://ridgeat38.com/play/2014ridgefest/

 

Oktoberfest Denver

When: September 19th – September 21st, September 26th – September 28th

Where: between 20th and 22nd Streets on Larimer Street, Denver

Extra Info: Once deemed by Maxim magazine and USA Today as “The Best Oktoberfest” in the country, Oktoberfest Denver attracts about 350,000 people throughout its six-day stint.  Among the many events to be held at this Oktoberfest include the Long Dog Derby, stein hoisting competitions, and a costume contest.

Website: http://thedenveroktoberfest.com/history/

 

Highlands Ranch Community Association’s Oktoberfest 5K

When: September 20th

Where: Town Center (9352 Dorchester Street, Highlands Ranch)

Extra Info: A traditional Oktoberfest celebration with beer and music will commence immediately after a 5K race.  New this year is the “Chug, Flip & Dash” where competitors will chug their beer, flip their cup, and run a 100 yard dash.

Website: http://raceroster.com/events/2014/1977/hrca-oktoberfest-5k

 

Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Lone Tree Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest!

When: September 20th

Where: Lone Tree Brewing Company (8222 Park Meadows Drive, Lone Tree)

Extra Info: This is the only time of the year when Lone Tree serves beer in a one liter Maß (mug).

Website: http://lonetreebrewingco.com/event/oktoberfest/

 

Local 46’s OktoberFest 2014

When: September 20th

Where: Local 46 (4586 Tennyson Street, Denver)

Extra Info: The biergarten at Local 46 is a hidden treasures in Denver.  The bar’s second annual OktoberFest will feature a family play tent from 12pm to 6pm and attendees are encouraged to “dress festive!!”

Website: http://local46bar.com/oktoberfest-2013-sept-21/

 

ODtoberfest

When: September 20th

Where: Odyssey Beerwerks (5535 W. 56th Avenue, Suite 107, Arvada)

Extra Info: A combination Oktoberfest/autumnal equinox party, Odyssey’s celebration will feature bands, games, giveaways, food trucks, and their Vienna lager will likely make its debut.

Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/events/467762213366876/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular&fref=nf

 

Oktoberfest at the Denver Kickers

When: September 20th

Where: The Denver Kickers’ headquarters (16776 W. 50th Avenue, Golden)

Extra Info: Enjoy a traditional German Schuhplattler dance as you enjoy your brew.

Website: http://www.denverkickers.com/art/0914_Oktoberfest.pdf

 

Parker Oktoberfest

When: September 20th-21st

Where: O’Brien Park (10795 S. Victorian Drive, Parker)

Extra Info: Brings the kids, the Parker Oktoberfest will feature a “bungee tramp, obstacle course, climbing wall, bounce house, and more plus a mini-train, and fun kids competitions like ‘cola hoisting’, [and] bubble gum blowing contests.”

Website: http://www.parkeroktoberfest.com/

 

Mu Brew Harvest Fest

When: September 20th

Where: Mu Brewery (9735 E Colfax Avenue, Aurora)

Extra Info: This Oktoberfest will feature a chili cook-off, harvest-themed games, and the tapping of Mu-toberfest.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1511428492435607/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

 

The Big Wonderful’s Oktoberfest

When: September 26th – September 27th, October 4th, October 11th, October 18th

Where: Sustainability Park (26th Street & Lawrence Street, Denver)

Extra Info: The newest beer garden in Denver, The Big Wonderful is a 3-acre space featuring food vendors, flea market vendors, a tiki bar, a live music venue, beach volleyball pits, cornhole, horseshoes, and a dog park.  If the park’s name is any indication, there’s also a big emphasis on sustainability.  The Big Wonderful also happens to be hosting a few Oktoberfest celebrations over the coming weeks with the final one, the one on October 18th, being “Oktobergrass” as it will be a combination beer fest and bluegrass concert.

Website(s): http://www.thebigwonderful.com/#!schedule/cy3k | https://www.facebook.com/thebigwonderful/events?ref=page_internal

 

Copper Kettle’s Oktoberfest

When: September 26th

Where: Copper Kettle Brewing Co. (1338 S Valentia Street, Suite 100, Denver)

Extra Info: Copper Kettle will release their Marienplatz Märzen at this event.

Website: http://www.denver.org/includes/calendar-of-events/Oktoberfest-Party/23481/4966/

 

Photo Credit: wolfworld on flickr

Photo Credit: wolfworld on flickr

Docktoberfest

When: September 27th

Where: Dry Dock Brewing Co.: South Dock (15120 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora)

Website: http://drydockbrewing.com/ai1ec_event/docktoberfest-3?instance_id=9115105

 

Oktoaderfest!

When: September 27th

Where: Mountain Toad Brewing (900 Washington Avenue, Golden)

Extra Info:  Mountain Toad will be serving Dirt Bike Dunkelweiss starting September 11th but then, on the 27th, they’ll host an Oktoberfest in their biergarten with live music, commemorative 20 ounce mugs, and plenty of food and brews.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1375052712784940/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

 

LowDown’s Oktoberfest

When: September 28th

Where: LowDown Brewery + Kitchen (800 Lincoln Street, Denver)

Extra Info: LowDown has a massive beer garden and it will surely be utilized for their Oktoberfest featuring “Games, drinking, [and] food ending in -urst.”

Website: http://www.lowdownbrewery.com/

 

Castle Rock Oktoberfest

When: October 4th

Where: downtown Castle Rock (details are scarce)

Website: http://www.downtowncastlerock.com/oktoberfest/

 

Oktumpkinfest

When: all September and October

Where: Stapleton Taphouse (8286 Northfield Boulevard, Suite #1525, Denver)

Extra Info: Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers on tap for two months!

Website: http://stapletontaphouse.com/

 

Prestige Imports’ 24th Annual Oktoberfest

When: October 4th

Where: Prestige Imports (Colfax Avenue & Garrison Street, Lakewood)

Extra Info: This is an Oktoberfest for gear-heads.  Held at an imported car lot, Prestige Import’s Oktoberfest will feature the usual festive trimmings—beer, food, music—with the addition of an auto show showcasing late model and classic cars of both the luxury and performance class.  Bring canned goods or toys in lieu of an entrance fee.  The event is open to the public but you’ll need to RSVP on their website first.

Website: http://www.prestigeimports.net/oktoberfest.htm

4 Noses’ Oktoberfest

When: October 11th

Where: 4 Noses Brewing Co. (8855 W. 116th Circle, Suite 4, Broomfield)

Extra Info: One liter souvenir mugs will be sold alongside brats and turkey legs.  Live music to begin at 4pm.

Websitehttp://4nosesbrewing.com/events

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.