The famous German beer festival comes to Vail’s Lionshead Mall and Vail Village. Grab yourself a stein of beer and put on your lederhosen for the Vail Oktoberfest – two full weekends of Germanic fun. Brat-eating and yodeling are included.
Details: The Vail Oktoberfest celebrates everything German, from fantastic beers, to authentic cuisine. There will be an Oom Pah Celebration, live bands, dancing, keg bowling, a brat eating contest, and beers from the famous local breweries. This year, the Town of Vail has decided to extend this fantastic festival into two weekends. The festivities begin on the weekend of September 10-12, and continue the following weekend of September 17-19. The celebration is lively and offers plenty of events and entertainment that the whole family can enjoy.
Brat eating Contest: If you have an appetite for German sausage, than you should definitely sign up to compete in this year’s Brat eating contest. You can sign up for free each Saturday and Sunday at the Vail Oktoberfest. Participants will have three minuets to try to eat as many bratwursts as possible in the attempt to be named the brat eating champion!
Oktoberfest Fun Run: If you are feeling like getting some exercise after eating greasy German cuisine and drinking fantastic beer, the Oktoberfest Fun Run may be your answer. The run starts on Sunday morning, September 19th at 9:00am in front of Checkpoint Charlies. You can choose to do the 10K, the 5K run/walk/rollerblade, or there is a race especially for the kids. You can register for the Fun Run online or in person on the day of the race. Registration costs $20 online, or $25 on the day of the race. Anyone under the age of 18 who wants to participate costs only $10 to register. The first 150 people who register for the Fun Run will get a limited edition T-shirt. The Fun Run raises money for the Children’s Garden of Learning, which is a fantastic cause, and yet another reason to get up and get active after a big day of eating and drinking!
Music at the Oktoberfest: You can jam out to FREE music during both weekends of this year’s Oktoberfest. No tickets will be sold. But be sure to note that no glass containers, chairs, dogs, or coolers will be allowed.
You must be at least 21 years old to enjoy the alcoholic beverages provided at the Vail Oktoberfest