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Oktober in August with Beaver Creek’s Oktoberfest this weekend

Beaver Creek’s 15th annual traditional Oktoberfest celebration returns with German food, dancing and live music this weekend.
Beaver Creek’s 15th annual traditional Oktoberfest celebration returns with German food, dancing and live music this weekend.Beaver Creek Resort

Beaver Creek’s 15th annual traditional Oktoberfest celebration returns with German food, dancing and live music Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30-31, with authentic Bavarian food, a beer garden and free musical entertainment from headliner Aeromyth, as well as Trachtenkapelle, an oom-pah-pah band from Beaver Creek’s sister city, Lech-Zurs, Austria, along with local German icon Helmut Fricker.

You can also get into the act with Bavarian costume contests over the weekend in your lederhosen and dirndls, if you have such items handy.

This year’s live music features the rock and roll sounds of Aeromyth on Saturday and Sunday from 4:30-6 p.m. Taking you back to your Aerosmith concert days, Aeromyth has performed all over the United States and internationally and has been featured on The Morning Show, Regis & Kelly and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Live performances by Trachtenkappelle and Helmut Fricker open up the live music at 11 a.m. each day.

On Saturday, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Aug. 31 a Kids’ Fun Zone will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the lawn at Centennial Park. Complimentary Culinary Demonstrations will showcase traditional Bavarian food from local chefs in the Kitchen Pavilion Tent at noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The adult Bavarian Costume contest will take place on Saturday at 4 p.m. on the main stage with registration from noon to 3:30 p.m. that day in Beaver Creek Village. The Kids’ European Alpenhorn Contest open registration will take place on Sunday from noon to 3:30 p.m. in the village with the contest at 4 p.m. in Centennial Park.

The Oktoberfest Shuffle presented by SmartWool on Sunday is a race starts at 10 a.m. and includes a 5K, 10K and Family Fun 1K option for all ages and ability levels. Race participants will receive a gift, bratwurst and beer or non-alcoholic drink. To pre-register for the event, visit www.beavercreek.com/oktoberfest. Pre-registration is $35 for adults and $40 the day of the race. The pre-registration for participants ages 13-18 is $25 and $30 the day of the race. Children 12 and under participate for free. All proceeds will benefit the Vail Valley Charitable Fund.

Beaver Creek Oktoberfest Presented by Bud Light Event Schedule:

Saturday, Aug. 30
Beer Garden, Brats & More: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Beaver Creek Plaza
Kids’ Fun Zone: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Centennial Park
Trachtenkapelle from Lech-Zurs, Austria: 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 1:45-2:45 p.m., Beaver Creek Plaza stage
Culinary Demonstration: Noon-1 p.m., 1:30-2:30 p.m. and 3- 4 p.m., Kitchen Pavilion Tent in Beaver Creek Village
Helmut Fricker Band: 12:30-1:30 p.m. and 3– 4 p.m., Beaver Creek Plaza stage
Bavarian Costume contest: 4 p.m., Beaver Creek Plaza stage (register at the red guest service tent by the ice rink between noon and 3:30 p.m.)
Aeromyth: Aerosmith Tribute Band: 4:30– 6 p.m., Beaver Creek Plaza stage

Sunday, Aug. 31
Oktoberfest Shuffle presented by SmartWool – 5K, 10K and Family Fun 1K: 10 a.m., Centennial Park (registration opens at 8 a.m. in Centennial Park)
Beer Garden, Brats & More: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Beaver Creek Plaza
Kids Fun Zone: 11a.m. to 4 p.m., Centennial Park
Trachtenkapelle, Lech-Zurs, Austria: 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 1:45-2:45 p.m., Beaver Creek Plaza stage
Culinary Demonstration: Noon to 1 p.m., 1:30-2:30 p.m. and 3-4 p.m., Kitchen Pavilion Tent in Beaver Creek Village
Helmut Fricker Band: 12:30-1:30 p.m. and 3-4 p.m., Beaver Creek Plaza stage
Kids’ European Alpenhorn Contest: 4 p.m., Centennial Park (register at the red guest service tent by the ice rink between 12 and 3:30 p.m.)
Aeromyth: Aerosmith Tribute Band: 4:30-6 p.m., Beaver Creek Plaza stage

For more information on Beaver Creek’s Oktoberfest or to register for the Oktoberfest Shuffle, visit www.beavercreek.com/oktoberfest.