Beaver Creek Oktoberfest features Bavarian festivities Sept. 2-3 | VailDaily.com

Beaver Creek Oktoberfest features Bavarian festivities Sept. 2-3

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Two full days of Bavarian fun are coming to Beaver Creek to celebrate the 18th annual Beaver Creek Oktoberfest, Sept. 2-3.

The celebration kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday with a beer garden, authentic Bavarian food, Kids' Fun Zone and live music from Trachtenkapelle out of Lech- Zurs, Austria.

The event hosts live musical acts throughout the day, a Bavarian costume contest and a 5K, 10K and Family Fun 1K race on Sunday. The beer garden and live music events are free to enter and will be a foot stompin' oom-pah-pah musical good time.

Fun for everyone

This year's live music features Trachtenkapelle from Beaver Creek's sister city of Lech-Zurs, Austria, the Helmut Fricker Band, the rock 'n' roll sounds of Hard Day's Night on Saturday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and Mark Wood and the Parrot Head Band on Sunday from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

The Kids' Fun Zone will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., located one level above the Plaza, on Saturday and Sunday, offering arts, crafts and activities designed for kids 12 and younger.

The Bavarian Costume Contest will take place on Saturday at 4 p.m. on the main stage. Guests can register starting at noon at the red guest service tent on the plaza — spaces are limited. The Kids' European Alpenhorn Contest registration will take place on Sunday starting at noon in the village with the alpenhorn contest commencing at 4 p.m.

Oktoberfest Shuffle

The Oktoberfest Shuffle on Sunday is a fun way to see the mountain and kickstart the morning. The race begins 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 register for the event, visit http://www.beavercreek.com/oktoberfest. Registration is $35 for adults before Sunday and $40 the day of the race. The registration for participants ages 7 to 18 is $25 and $30 the day of the race. Children 6 and younger participate for free. All proceeds will benefit the Vail Valley Charitable Fund.

Leashed dogs are permitted in designated dog-friendly areas, outside of festival boundaries. Dog-friendly areas include Creekside Park, on-mountain hiking trails and the Beaver Creek access road pathway.

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

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Beaver Creek Oktoberfest Schedule:

Saturday, Sept. 2

Beer Garden, Brats & More: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Beaver Creek Plaza

Kids’ Fun Zone: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Beaver Creek Village

Helmut Fricker Band: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. & 3 – 4 p.m., Beaver Creek Plaza stage

Live music from Trachtenkapelle of Lech-Zurs, Austria: 1:45 – 2:45 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 starting at 12pm. Spaces are limited.

Live music by Hard Day’s Night-Beatles Tribute Band: 4:30 – 6 p.m., Beaver Creek Plaza stage

Sunday, Sept. 3

Oktoberfest Shuffle – 5K, 10K and Family Fun 1K: 10 a.m., Centennial Park

Beer Garden, Brats & More: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Beaver Creek Plaza

Kids’ Fun Zone: 11a.m. – 4 p.m., Beaver Creek Village

Helmut Fricker Band: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. & 3 – 4 p.m., Beaver Creek Plaza stage

Live music from Trachtenkapelle of Lech-Zurs, Austria: 1:45 – 2:45 p.m., Beaver Creek Plaza stage

Kids’ European Alpenhorn Contest: 4 p.m., Beaver Creek Village

*Register at the red guest service tent by the ice rink starting at 12pm. Spaces are limited.

Live music by Mark Wood and the Parrot Head Band-Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band: 4:30– 6 p.m., Beaver Creek Plaza stage

Oktoberfest VIP Experience

An upgraded VIP Experience is available for the Oktoberfest celebration at Beaver Creek. The VIP Experience includes access to the White Carpet Club, a private retreat in the heart of the Beaver Creek Village, from noon to 6 p.m. White Carpet Club access includes a lounge area, private locker space, private restrooms, a complimentary beer tasting and non-alcoholic refreshments. VIP offers complimentary German appetizers and a private beer tasting at Toscanini’s patio area, adjacent to the Oktoberfest concert stage. Guests will receive a commemorative beer tasting glass. Tickets can be purchased by calling 970-754-6653.