Denver-area beer buffs, German foodies, and local lovers of good times are gearing up for the Colorado capital’s yearly Oktoberfest celebration that’s known as the largest US-based tribute of its kind. Consult this guide for a rundown of the 46th Annual Oktoberfest in Denver. It’s forecasted to be a larger-than-life double-weekend set of delicious brews, authentic German food, live music contests, and more that you won’t want to miss!
History of the Denver Oktoberfest
Denver’s Oktoberfest celebration started from humble beginnings. In the autumn of 1969, two café owners in Denver’s Larimer Square decided to hold their own mini Oktoberfest gathering outside their shops, offering passersby beer, pretzels, and white radishes to commemorate one of their favorite heritage traditions.
Flash forward 46 years to the present day where Denver’s Oktoberfest attracts more than 350,000 people to Larimer Square and downtown Denver transforms into Munich’s mirrored image for an epic six-day come one, come all festival that traces back to early 19th century Germany.
Here’s what you need to know. The 46th Annual Denver Oktoberfest will take place during two weekend sets: September 18 through 20 and September 25 through 27. Friday festival hours will be 5 pm to 2 am, Saturday events will run from 11 am to 2 am, and Sunday festivities will wrap up each weekend fest with activities open from 11 am to 5 pm.
Denver Oktoberfest will be held in the Ballpark Neighborhood of downtown Denver at the intersection of 20th 22nd Streets on Larimer.
It wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without plenty of German specialty eats. We’re talking some authentic handhelds that are classic beer complements, from traditional bratwurst and sauerkraut to an array of German sausages, turkey legs, soft pretzels, and many more salty, savory, and sweet distinctly German goodies.
A Brew-tiful Selection
There will be no shortage of bier (that’s beer in German by the way) flowing at Denver’s 46th Oktoberfest tribute. Craft brew bubs, German draught lovers, and those who like to try new barrel concoctions can look forward to gulping brews of varying hues from sponsors Spaten Lager, Beck’s Lager, Shocktop, Stella Artois, and German-imported Fransiskner in addition to 10 Barrel IPA and Fireball for a cinnamon zinger between swigs.
Tickets on Sale
Denver Oktoberfest offers a variety of ticket package options to fit your preferred thirst level. Most drinks cost a single ticket, which will run you $6 a brew. Save with four tickets for $20 or the Oktoberfest Stein and two-ticket option for $30.
The all-you-can-eat/drink VIP package options can be purchased for one festival day, a weekend, or the entire Denver Oktoberfest experience. You can also reserve your commemorative Denver Oktoberfest stein ahead of time for a memorable souvenir that comes in handy during your visit.
Local Denverites looking for a way to enjoy good company in the Denver community with great food and special brews will have a blast indulging in glass-raising music, brat eating contests, and more at Denver’s 46th Annual Oktoberfest this September.