Oktoberfest in Vail gets started up this weekend
VAIL, Colorado – It’s time to dust off the lederhosen, throw on the dirndls and toast your steins for Vail Oktoberfest. The yearly festival of beer, music and autumn is this weekend in Lionshead Village and next weekend, Sept. 18-20, in Vail Village. Emulating one of the largest celebrations in the world, the town of Vail will host two full weekends of oom-pah-pah parties, Klement’s bratwursts, Beck’s beer, Jagermeister beverages and authentic German dancing demonstrations in Lionshead and Vail villages. There will be Bavarian tunes, yodeling and alpenhorn blowing, popular activities such as the Klement’s bratwurst-eating and Beck’s keg bowling contests as well as a wide variety of fare being served.Munich meets Vail in Lionshead Village on Friday at 5 p.m. There will be German-inspired food and drinks as well as dancing to the live music from the Rhinelanders Band and Helmut Fricker.Saturday kicks off with the annual opening Beck’s keg tapping ceremony, set for 1 p.m. in Vail Square. Immediately following, the Rhinelanders Band with Helmut Fricker will take center stage outside the Arrabelle Hotel. In addition, a kids’ area with children’s entertainment and activities will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Klement’s bratwurst-eating contest will commence at 2 p.m., with the Beck’s keg bowling contest being held at 3:30pm. The Austrian Duo will perform from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. And, to conclude the evening local favorite Bonfire Dub will bring their groovy tunes to the Arrabelle stage for a headliner performance. The celebration will continue on Sunday in Lionshead Mall and Vail Square. The Rhinelanders Band with Helmut Fricker as well as the Austrian Duo will return to the stage, a kds Area with live entertainment will be open, attendees will compete in friendly Klement’s bratwurst-eating and Beck’s keg bowling contests and all goers will enjoy an afternoon of German celebration. The first weekend of Vail Oktoberfest will conclude at 6p.m. “Vail Village will play host for the second weekend of Vail Oktoberfest, Sept. 18-20,” said Natalie Fandrey of Highline Sports & Entertainment, the festival producer. “In true Bavarian spirit, oom-pah parties will return to the streets of world famous Vail Village for three more days of fun and German camaraderie.”Friday’s and Saturday’s schedule of events will model those offered the previous weekend with the exception of local legend Laughing Bones headlining the Saturday evening performance at the Checkpoint concert venue in Vail Village. On Sunday, Sept. 20, the Oktoberfest Fun Run opens the final day of Vail Oktoberfest at 9 a.m. Benefiting the Children’s Garden of Learning, the Fun Run is a friendly competition for all ages. Categories include a 10K, a 5K run/walk and the ever-popular Kids 1K in which strollers are welcome. Registration is just $20 for adults and $10 for kids and is now open at http://www.vailoktoberfest.com. For a complete Vail Oktoberfest schedule and to register for the Oktoberfest Fun Run, visit http://www.vailoktoberfest.com.From lodging at $99 a night to a chance to win free flights in the continental United States to discounts on a variety of Vail activities, visit http://www.vailallthelove.com.