Oktoberfest returns to Vail Village Sept. 11-13, Lionshead Sept. 18-20 | VailDaily.com

Oktoberfest returns to Vail Village Sept. 11-13, Lionshead Sept. 18-20

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VAIL — Munich comes to Vail for two weekends of blown-out Bavarian fun emulating the grand tradition of Oktoberfest, the world’s greatest celebration of beer, music and autumn.

Vail Oktoberfest starts at noon Friday, Sept. 11, in Lionshead with a new oompah-style Friday Afternoon Club, followed by the ceremonial Hacker-Pschorr keg tapping that evening, officially marking the start of Oktoberfest in Vail. The Friday afternoon event will be honoring all active, inactive and retired military with one complimentary beer. Additionally, there are a limited number of VIP tables available for FAC for businesses and individuals, with reserved seating for eight people, each of whom will receive an official 2015 Oktoberfest 1-liter stein, two complimentary beers and a bratwurst.

Stein Lifting and Keg Bowling

Vail Oktoberfest is free and open to the public, with events and activities for both adults and kids. This year, visitors will see the return of many crowd favorites such as Klement’s Bratwurst Eating Contests, stein lifting and keg bowling, as well as Bavarian music and dancing, yodeling, alpenhorn blowing and authentic Bavarian food and beverages, including Klement’s bratwursts, pretzels, beverages from Hacker-Pschorr and Jagermeister and more.

Throw on the lederhosen, tie up the dirndls and grab your stein for the Vail Oktoberfest entertainment lineup of entertainment. Throughout the two Oktoberfest weekends, attendees can listen to oompah music from Vail Oktoberfest legends Helmut Fricker and the Rhinelanders Band and participate in Bavarian dancing demonstrations.

Vail Oktoberfest is presented by Hacker-Pschorr and the town of Vail and sponsored in part by Sonnenalp Hotel, Jagermeister, Klement’s Sausage Co., Vail Marriott Mountain Resort, Vail Daily and KZYR the Zephyr. For more information on Vail Oktoberfest, including lodging deals, visit http://www.vailoktoberfest.com or follow the event on Facebook. To learn more about VIP opportunities, email info@gohighline.com.

Vail Oktoberfest schedule

Lionshead Mall and Vail Square

Friday, Sept. 11

Noon — Vail Oktoberfest opens to public

Noon-2 p.m. — Swiss Man Band

2-4 p.m. — Polka Chops Band

4-6 p.m. — Helmut Fricker and the Rhinelanders Band

6 p.m. — Oktoberfest Opening Ceremony

6:15-7 p.m. — Helmut Fricker and the Rhinelanders Band

7 p.m. — Stein-lifting competition

7:30-9:30 p.m. — The Laughing Bones

10 p.m. — Oktoberfest closes for the day

Saturday, Sept. 12

Noon — Vail Oktoberfest opens to the public

Noon-2 p.m. — Helmut Fricker and the Rhinelanders Band

Noon-5 p.m. — Kids’ area with entertainers open

1-2 p.m. — Denver Kickers Schuplattler Dancers

2-2:30 p.m. — Klement’s Bratwurst Eating Contest

2:30-4 p.m. — Helmut Fricker and the Rhinelanders Band

2:30-4 p.m. — Denver Kickers Schuplattler Dancers

3-3:30 p.m. — Swiss Man Band

3:30 p.m. — Bavarian costume contest

4-5 p.m. — Adult keg-bowling contest

5-7 p.m. — Walters Austrian Swiss Connection

7 p.m. — Stein-lifting competition

7:30-9:30 p.m. — The Altitones

10 p.m. — Oktoberfest closes for the day

Sunday, Sept. 13

Noon — Vail Oktoberfest opens to the public

Noon-2 p.m. — Helmut Fricker and the Rhinelanders Band

Noon-5 p.m. — Kids’ area with entertainers open

1-2 p.m. — Denver Kickers Schuplatter Dancers

2-2:30 p.m. — Klement’s Bratwurst Eating Contest

2:30-3 p.m. — Helmut Fricker and the Rhinelanders Band

2:30-4 p.m. — Bavarian dancers

3-4 p.m. — Swiss Man Band

4-5 p.m. — Adult keg-bowling contest

5-5:30 p.m. — Walters Austrian Swiss Connection

5:30 p.m. — Stein-lifting competition

6 p.m. — Oktoberfest closes for the day

Vail Village

Friday, Sept. 18

Noon — Vail Oktoberfest opens to the public

Noon-2 p.m. — Swiss Man Band

2-4 p.m. — Oktoberfest-inspired band (to be determined)

4-6 p.m. — Helmut Fricker and the Rhinelanders Band

6 p.m. — Oktoberfest Opening Ceremony

6:15-7 p.m. — Helmut Fricker and the Rhinelanders Band

7 p.m. — Stein-lifting competition

7:30-9:30 p.m. — Harmonius Junk

10 p.m. — Oktoberfest closes for the day

Saturday, Sept. 19

Noon — Vail Oktoberfest opens to the public

Noon-2 p.m. — Helmut Fricker and the Rhinelanders Band

Noon-5 p.m. — Kids’ area with entertainers open

1-2 p.m. — Edelweiss Polka Dancers

2-2:30 p.m. — Klement’s Bratwurst Eating Contest

2:30-4 p.m. — Helmut Fricker and the Rhinelanders Band

2:30-4 p.m. — Edelweiss Polka Dancers

3:30 p.m. — Bavarian costume contest

4-5 p.m. — Adult keg-bowling contest

5-7 p.m. — Polka Chops Band

7 p.m. — Stein-lifting competition

7:30-9:30 p.m. — Schwing Daddy

10 p.m. — Oktoberfest closes for the day

Sunday, Sept. 20

Noon — Vail Oktoberfest opens to the public

Noon-2 p.m. — Helmut Fricker and the Rhinelanders Band

Noon-5 p.m. — Kids’ area with entertainers open

1-2 p.m. — Edelweiss Polka Dancers

2-2:30 p.m. — Klement’s Bratwurst Eating Contest

2:30-3:30 p.m. — Helmut Fricker and the Rhinelanders Band

2:30-3:30 p.m. — Edelweiss Polka Dancers

4-5 p.m. — Adult keg-bowling contest

5-5:30 p.m. — Swiss Man Band

5:30 p.m. — Stein-lifting competition

6 p.m. — Oktoberfest closes for 2015


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