Breckenridge Oktoberfest

September 1, 2016/ / by: Nicole DeCesare

When

“Where Munich Meets the Mountains”

Oktoberfest is one of our favorite events of the year in Breckenridge and this is our 22nd year doing it! It is one of the largest Oktoberfest’s in the Rocky Mountains, serving up around 8,000 gallons of beer!  Don your best lederhosen attire, grab your beer stein, and prepare yourself for an epic street party in Breckenridge.

There will be around 40 genuine German cuisine and brew vendors, excessive Bavarian lederhosen dancing and plenty of beer to go around. Get ready for Main Street to be flowing with beer, filled with dancers and smelling of schnitzel while traditional polka music rings through the cool mountain air.

If you are planning on bringing the kiddos, don’t worry! There are plenty of fun activities to do that don’t involve drinking. There will be face-painting stations, a wide variety German themed games, and a bounce house. To avoid the most hectic times of the festival, we recommend bringing the family to the fest on Friday afternoon or on Sunday.

Traditional German beer from Paulaner (wiesn, marzen and hefeweizen) as well as local beers from the Breckenridge Brewery will be served. Prefer wine? Fear not! Red and white wine will be available as well. Gluten-free & non-alcoholic beer will also be available.

You will be able to purchase beer and wine with drink tokens (cash or card is taken). Two tokens fill a liter stein (for your reference).

You can pre-purchase tokens for $5 each, or pay $6 on-site. You can also pre-purchase your steins: half liter steins are $30 and liter steins will cost you $35. Presales end at noon on Thursday, Sept 8. Tokens are valid any day of the festival, but remember there are no refunds on the tokens so be conscious of time.

There will be a wide variety of traditional specialties being served such as: Hungarian Goulash, Wienerschnitzel, Cheese Spatzle, Haschee Knodel, Bratwurst and more!

Most food vendors accept CASH only. Here are a few ATM’s nearby that you can access: Downstairs at Erics (111 S Main St), Breckenridge Welcome Center (203 S Main St), and Fatty’s (106 S Ridge St), US Bank (130 Ski Hill Rd), Alpine Bank (110 N Main St), Bank of the West (106 N French St) and First Bank (200 Ski Hill Rd).

Breckenridge has a great bus system that can get you around town: Free Ride Breckenridge. Need to get somewhere else in Summit County? Check out the Summit Stage. You can also pick up a bus schedule from the Welcome Center (203 S Main St) or Breck Station (150 Watson Ave).

If you are parked legally, it is OK to keep your car parked on town streets Friday and Saturday nights. Also, there is no entry fee to Oktoberfest, so designated drivers are always welcome!

Friday

2:00 p.m. – Festival opens / Drink token and stein sales, as well as beer and wine pouring, begins
5:15 p.m. – Drink token sales end
5:30 p.m. – Beer and wine serving ends
6:00 p.m. – Food vendors and venue close
6:30 p.m. – Paulaner Brewmaster’s Dinner (advance tickets required, this event always sells out)

Saturday

10:00 a.m. – Festival opens / drink token and stein sales begin
11:00 a.m. – Beer and wine pouring begins
12:00 noon – Ceremonial keg tapping in the Blue River Plaza
5:15 p.m. – Drink token sales end
5:30 p.m. – Beer and wine serving ends
6:00 p.m. – Food vendors and venue close

Sunday

10:00 a.m. – Festival opens / drink token and stein sales begin
11:00 a.m. – Beer and wine pouring begins
4:15 p.m. – Drink token sales end
4:30 p.m. – Beer and wine serving ends
5:00 p.m. – Food vendors and venue close