The 45th annual Denver Oktoberfest celebration is set for Sept. 19-21 and Sept. 26-28.
The yearly event boasts a variety of foods, activities, entertainment options and, of course, beers. It all kicks off with the opening ceremony at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, and ends at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28.
According to the event website, the German tradition celebrates the wedding day of Bavaria’s Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on Oct. 12, 1810, where thousands of royal and common people came together to celebrate the occasion. The event became a tradition after that and eventually made its way to Denver.
“Fred and Hertha Thomas owned two shops in Larimer Square (Cafe Promenade and Boutique Int’l) [in Denver],” the website explains. “In 1969, they decided to honor their favorite tradition in front of the Cafe, and quietly tapped a keg and served some pretzels and white radishes.”
The fun event now attracts more than 350,000 people every year and was deemed “The Best Oktoberfest” in the United States by Maxim Magazine and USA Today, according to the website.
Among the events to look forward to at this year’s event are keg bowling, the Long Dog Derby, stein hoisting and a bratwurst eating competition. For the full schedule, click here.
As for food and drink, event-goers will find bratwurt, turkey legs, sausage, sauerkraut, warm pretzels, and pizza, as well as a variety of adult libations such as Coors, Oktoberfest (of course), Boston Lager, Angry Orchard, Jagermeister and more.
The celebration takes place at 20th and Larimer streets in historic downtown Denver. For more information on the event, go to thedenveroktoberfest.com.
This local update courtesy of your Denver South Community Expert.