In a town famous for three hot springs attractions, it’s no surprise that Oktoberfests come in multiples in this Colorado mountain hamlet. Glenwood Springs welcomes one and all to go full Bavarian in September and October.
Eins, Zwei, G‘suffa! Loosen those lederhosen to make room for seasonally brewed beers and delicious German fare at Oktoberfests in Glenwood Springs. Whether you spell it Oktoberfest or Octoberfest, the hot springs town kicks off fall with festivities that celebrate the best of German culture. In-town and mountain-top venues provide several locations to go full Bavarian—raise a stein of amber ale, sing off-key in a foreign language and parade your chicken dance moves in Glenwood Springs.
The Best of the Wurst—Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest in Glenwood Springs
Blocktoctoberfest, Sunday, Sept. 19
The City of Glenwood Springs is pulling out all the stops and closing the street for this one-day, free, family-friendly event. Sixth Street outside of Hotel Colorado will become a pedestrian zone where diversions include a main stage for music and entertainment, a beer garden featuring specially selected breweries, food vendors, and Teutonic-themed games and contests including keg bowling and stein hoisting.
Events get rolling at 11 a.m. when the block party officially opens and sign-up for contests begins. At noon, the band takes the stage playing polkas, waltzes and crowd favorites like the drinking song “Ein Prosit der Gemutlichkeit.” Party like a Bavarian until 6 p.m. and remember to leave dogs, outside alcohol and smokes at home.
Located downtown on Bethel Plaza, Casey’s will debut its first-ever Oktoberfest beer. The award-winning brewer has timed his newest creation to coincide with the seasonal festival, and the anticipation to try the new brew is growing among those in the know. Typically, Oktoberfest beers are lagers that can range from red-colored, slightly sweet Märzens to pale Dortmunders and dark-hued dunkels. Stop in to try Casey’s inaugural Oktoberfest beer, as well as sours and collaborations at the downtown taproom with indoor and outdoor seating.
Located on 7th Street in the historic Hotel Denver, the popular and award-winning Brewpub is celebrating the Oktoberfest season with a special Diamond Jack Pilsner and German fare including schnitzel, jumbo pretzels, sauerkraut and more. The special beer and menu will be available Fridays and Saturdays, September 17 through October 10.
Octoberfest at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, Saturdays, Oct. 2, 9 and 16.
For three Saturdays in October, the mountain-top adventure park hits all the alpine high notes with a celebration that combines Octoberfest traditions and fall fun. Purchase a Glenwood Gondola ticket for $15 and gain access to good beer, good food and good fun from noon to 6 p.m.
The beer garden is the place to go for Old Country-style food and refreshment. The Smokehouse restaurant will be grilling brats and kielbasa. Complement the fare with a thirst-quenching cold brew served in a keepsake stein for $20 with $8 refills.
No matter your ethnic background, everyone becomes German when the valley’s favorite oompah band, Alpine Echo, takes center stage at Octoberfest. Dressed in lederhosen and knee-high socks, band members play a range of instruments that include the accordion, trumpet, French horn, guitar and even the alpenhorn. If polka is as foreign to you as pronouncing vowels with umlauts, don’t worry. Dancing, singing and swaying come naturally after a few pointers from the band.
Competitions add to the fun and include axe throwing, keg bowling and stein hoisting, as do outdoor games like giant Jenga, Connect-4, Bucket Pong and cornhole. There’s also face painting, a pumpkin patch with $3 pumpkins, and homemade fudge in interesting seasonal flavors available in the General Store.
Jetzt geht’s ab! (The Party Starts Now!)
Oktoberfests are happening in Glenwood Springs in September and October. Don’t miss any of them! Learn more about Glenwood Springs and make plans to attend today.
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