The kids are back in school, mornings are getting colder, and the days are getting shorter. That can only mean one thing; fall is around the corner. And with the changing of seasons, comes a holiday anyone over 21 can look forward to; Oktoberfest. Beginning in Germany in 1812 as a celebration for King Louis I’s wedding, this festival has become a great time in the states. Let us be your guide while you arrange your designated driver, dawn your lederhosen, and prepare for Oktoberfest 2021 in Denver.

The countdown to September 17th begins now. Get your stein and your stomach ready for an array of options in food, activities, and of course, beer. This will be the 51st year of Denver Oktoberfest, so you can expect an expertly planned event. With two separate weekends (September 17-19 and September 24-26), Oktoberfest can pour into your schedule. Kids are welcome as long as they come with an adult, and there is plenty to do aside from trying a diverse panel of beers. This year, Denver Oktoberfest will be featuring a costume contest, long dog derby, keg bowling, live music, competitive stein hoisting, and more. Be sure to come prepared, as tickets and wristbands are a part of this fun event. Details can be found here, as well as a place to load up wristbands ahead of time. Larimer Square will be hosting this event, as well as the dozens of vendors that they have chosen to feature. 

If you are one of the lucky few immune to hangovers, the Colorado Brewery Running Series invites you to trade the lederhosen for tights and tennis shoes, and participate in the Oktoberfest 5K race on September 25th. Beginning and ending at Prost Brewing, replace the runner’s high with a runner’s buzz and help raise money for local non-profits with a free beer in your hand. Details and registration can be found here