Denver Oktoberfest

Prost! – “Cheers” in German. 

During a six-day festival, the Denver Oktoberfest attracts over 350,000 people. This festival was was quoted as “The Best Oktoberfest” in the United States and “One of the country’s biggest and longest running traditions” by Maxim Magazine and USA Today. Learn about some of the traditions that will be upheld at this year’s 44th Annual Denver Oktoberfest.

History and Events

In 1969, Fred and Hertha Thomas decided to honor their favorite tradition, which was the celebration of the wedding between Bavaria’s Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The events were held over five days on the fields in front of the city gates now called Theresienwiese (Theresa’s Meadow) and forty thousand people showed up to celebrate. In Colorado, Fred and Hertha quietly tapped a keg and served some pretzels and white radishes so they could celebrate the anniversary tribute to the couple. Ever since then, Denver Oktoberfest has grown stronger and more popular!

According to Denver Event Organization, some of the events that you can participate in at Denver Oktoberfest include:

  • Viewing German attractions
  • Listening to music from national touring groups
  • Enjoying performances by international dancers
  • Supervising children’s activities
  • Visiting heritage booths that will be selling German goods
  • Gazing at splendid décor
  • Taking in an accordion concert
  • Exploring traditional Biergartens
  • Tasting authentic cuisine

For more information on how Denver Oktoberfest started, see: Denver Oktoberfest History.

For more information on when certain events will be taking place, see: Denver Oktoberfest Schedule.

The festival will run from September 27th – 29th & October 4th – 6th.

Watch this video to learn some background history on the original Oktoberfest and to learn more ways to celebrate:


Food & Drinks

Dedicated vendors will be serving “Bratwurst, Sausage, Sauerkraut, Potato Salad, tons of delicious sweet treats, and much more” at Denver Oktoberfest in order to provide a sense of German heritage. The drinks will be served as follows:

  • Coors 20oz – 1 ticket
  • Oktoberfest 16oz – 1 ticket
  • Boston Lager 16oz – 1 ticket
  • Angry Orchard Cider 16oz – 1 ticket
  • 1L Stein – $25
  • Stein & 2 Tickets – $30
  • Stein Refill – $2 tickets
  • Jagermeister – 1 ticket
  • Barefoot Wine – $1 ticket

When considering which drink you would prefer, please remember, DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE. Be responsible with your choices 🙂

For more information on ticket prices, all you can drink and eat VIP Ticket Packages, and pre-ordering your 44th annual Oktoberfest Denver stein, see: Denver Oktoberfest Food.

Reserve your Oktoberfest Denver stein today!

Reserve your Oktoberfest Denver stein today!

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To find Denver Okctoberfest events and other attractions in Denver, you can use both the Denver city guide on the My Explore application and the download code “DCOL” in your Hertz NeverLost device.

Enjoy the festival!

Melissa Woodring

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