Vail Oktoberfest is set for two weekends in September: Sept. 6-8 and Sept. 13-15. In case you’re wondering what Oktoberfest in Vail is all about, it’s described as a festival that emulates the Bavarian celebration of beer, music and autumn.
Though beer is front and center at Vail Oktoberfest, as well it should be, it’s also billed as family-friendly, with activities for both adults and kids: there’s an Oktoberfest Fun Run (5K and Kids’ 1K benefitting the Children’s Garden of Learning on Sept. 15), Keg Bowling, Bratwurst Eating Contests, Bavarian music and dancing, yodeling, alpenhorn blowing, authentic Bavarian food and beverages (including beverages from Hacker-Pschorr and Jägermeister), and more.
All throughout Vail Oktoberfest there will also be oom-pah music from Oktoberfest legends Helmut Fricker and the Rhinelanders Band.
Oktoberfest kicks off at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6 in Lionshead in Vail Village and will be closely followed by the Ceremonial Hacker-Pschorr Keg Tapping, officially marking the start of Oktoberfest in Vail.
Vail Oktoberfest is presented by Hacker-Pschorr and Town of Vail and sponsored in part by Bighorn Toyota, Arrowhead Water, Sonnenalp Hotel, Loki, Vail Marriott Mountain Resort, Jägermeister, Vail Daily and KZYR the Zephyr.