Vail Oktoberfest kicks off Friday, Sept. 11, at noon with Opening Ceremony at 6 p.m. | VailDaily.com

Vail Oktoberfest kicks off Friday, Sept. 11, at noon with Opening Ceremony at 6 p.m.

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Lionshead Oktoberfest schedule

Friday, Sept. 11

Noon to 2 p.m. — Walter’s Austrian Swiss Connection

2-4 p.m. — Polka Chops Band

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

6 p.m. — Oktoberfest Opening Ceremony

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

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 to 2 p.m. — Helmut Fricker and the Rhinelanders

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

1-2 p.m. — Bavarian Dancers

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

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

2:30-4 p.m. — Bavarian Dancers

3:30 p.m. — Bavarian costume contest

4-5 p.m. — Adult keg-bowling contest

5-7 p.m. — Walter’s 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 to 2 p.m. — Helmut Fricker and the Rhinelanders

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

1-2 p.m. — Volkstangzgruppe Dancers

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

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

2:30-4 p.m. — Volkstangzgruppe Dancers

3-4 p.m. — Walter’s Austrian Swiss Connection

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

Admission is free, and food and beverages are available for purchase. For more information, visit www.vailoktoberfest.com.

VAIL — This weekend, Lionshead Village welcomes Vail Oktoberfest, a celebration of beer, music and autumn. The event will see a full weekend of authentic Bavarian fun, including the return of many crowd favorites, such as the Klement’s Bratwurst Eating Contests, adult keg bowling and adult stein-lifting competitions.

New this year, the event kicks off earlier on Friday at noon with Friday Afternoon Club oompah style in Arrabelle Square. Throughout the afternoon, listen to oompah music from Walter’s Austrian Swiss Connection and Helmut Fricker and the Rhinelanders Band. Visitors are also invited to experience the Hacker-Pschorr Opening Ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday officially marking the start of Oktoberfest in Vail. Local favorites Laughing Bones will take the stage at 7:30 p.m.

In addition to the live music, visitors can participate in Bavarian dancing demonstrations, see traditional alpenhorn blowing, hear yodeling and much more. On Saturday, the party goes into the night with a free concert from The Altitones at 7:30 p.m.

Vail Oktoberfest is a family affair, and children will find lots of things to love in the Bavarian Kinder Club area, from live entertainment to crafts, pretzel necklace making, photo opportunities and more.

For more information on Vail Oktoberfest, contest rules and a full schedule, including the schedule of events for Oktoberfest in Vail Village, Sept. 18-20, visit http://www.vailoktoberfest.com.




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