Vail Oktoberfests return in September |

Vail Oktoberfests return in September

Vail's Oktoberfest celebrations span two weekends, Sept. 7-9 and 14-16.
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VAIL — It’s that time of year again when the mountains ring with the sound of oompah music and the clash of kegs. Though the Germans created Oktoberfest, the town of Vail adopted this celebration as its own, providing two full weekends of blown-out Bavarian fun in September.

Vail’s Oktoberfest emulates the world’s greatest celebration of beer, music and autumn. With complimentary admission, Vail Oktoberfest is a family affair, with events and activities for both adults and kids alike.

This year, guests will see the return of many crowd favorites such as the Bratwurst Eating Contests, Stein Lifting Contests and Keg Bowling Contests. When not competing (or watching the action), guests can enjoy Bavarian music from Vail Oktoberfest legends Helmut Fricker and the Rhinelanders Band, dancing, yodeling and alpenhorn blowing while sampling authentic Bavarian food and beverages including bratwursts, pretzels, beverages from Spaten and much more.

Vail Oktoberfest kicks off at noon on Friday, Sept. 7, in Lionshead with the return of an oom-pah style Friday Afternoon Club and will be followed by the Ceremonial Spaten opening ceremony, officially marking the start of Oktoberfest in Vail. The event continues Sept. 7-9 in Lionshead and Sept. 14-16 in Vail Village.

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Friday Afternoon Clubs

Vail Oktoberfest will start each Friday at noon for FAC — oom-pah style. The Friday afternoon event will honor all active, inactive and retired military with one complimentary beer. Additionally, there are a limited number of VIP tables available during FAC for businesses and individuals to enjoy reserved seating for eight people. Contact for more information.

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