Vail Oktoberfest is this weekend in Lionshead, next weekend in Vail Village |

Vail Oktoberfest is this weekend in Lionshead, next weekend in Vail Village

The stein-lifting competition is a staple at Vail Oktoberfest, coming to Lionshead and Vail villages Sept. 8-10 and 15-17.
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What: Vail Oktoberfest.

Where/When: Lionshead Village, Sept. 8-10; Vail Village, Sept. 15-17.

Cost: Free, with drinks and food available for purchase.

More information: Visit

VAIL — Can’t make it to Munich this year? Never fear: Vail’s Oktoberfest provides two full weekends of blown-out Bavarian fun emulating the world’s greatest celebration of beer, music and autumn — without having to purchase an international plane ticket.

Vail Oktoberfest is a family affair, with events and activities for both adults and kids alike. The event is free and open to the public.

This year, guests will see the return of many crowd favorites such as Klement’s Bratwurst Eating Contests, Vail Vitality Center Stein Lifting Contests and Keg Bowling Contests.

When not competing (or watching the action), guests can enjoy Bavarian music and dancing, oom-pah music from Vail Oktoberfest legends Helmut Fricker and the Rhinelanders Band, yodeling and alpenhorn blowing while sampling authentic Bavarian food and beverages including delicious Klement’s bratwursts, pretzels, beverages from Spaten and Jagermeister and much more.

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Event Begins at noon today

Vail Oktoberfest kicked off at noon Friday in Lionshead Village with the return of an oom-pah style Friday Afternoon Club and was followed by the Ceremonial Spaten opening ceremony, officially marking the start of Oktoberfest in Vail. The event continues Saturday and Sunday in Lionshead Village and Sept. 15-17 in Vail Village.

So don your lederhosen, tie up the dirndls and grab your stein because the lineup of entertainment for Vail Oktoberfest is not to be missed.

For more information, visit and follow the event on social media.

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