Oktoberfest in Breck is right around the corner

Dust of those dirndls and lederhosen, boys and girls… Breck’s Oktoberfest is just around the corner!

Breckenridge’s 20th annual Oktoberfest, the world’s greatest celebration of beer, music and autumn, runs from September 12-14, 2014. Don’t miss one of the largest Oktoberfest parties in the Rocky Mountains.

All the details you need to know to make the most of your time this weekend are below… enjoy the German-inspired sights and sounds, and “Ein Prosit!”

An overview of Breck’s Oktoberfest:

Oktoberfest BreckenridgeOktoberfest is a celebration of all things German, where Munich meets Breckenridge. Main Street closes and comes to life as a street party with traditional German costumes, food, and music. There’s tons to do for the whole family, including watching Bavarian dancers, children’s activities, a keg-tapping ceremony, 5k run and, of course, did we mention German “Bier?”

The beer at Breck’s Oktoberfest is provided by the German brewery, Paulaner, which fittingly was founded in Munich – the birthplace of Oktoberfest – in 1634.

The Main Street Party features more than two dozen food vendors, lots of dancing and a weekend full of fun. Due to the extensive food and beverage offerings, event officials ask that you leave your pets at home. Additionally, no outside alcoholic beverages will be permitted inside the venue. Trust us, there is no shortage of beer here!

The event has no cover, and is free to enter. Everyone can enjoy Oktoberfest!

Breck Oktoberfest collectible steins:

OktoberfestSteins2012One of the best parts of Breck’s Oktoberfest is the special annual-editions of the Breck Oktoberfest beer steins. Pre-purchase a collectible stein before Oktoberfest begins for some of the best deals around. When you pre-purchase your stein, you’ll get one free beer ticket (steins sold at the event will not include extra beer tickets). You can pick up your pre-ordered steins starting Friday at the south end of the festival.

If you are not pre-ordering your stein, you can still purchase your collectible at either venue entrance. Not going to make it to the event? You can even order a stein and have it shipped directly to you by contacting events@gobreck.com.

There are a slew of different drinks available to you at Oktoberfest,  including traditional German beer from Paulaner, multiple beers from the local Breckenridge Brewery, and red and white wines.

What do you need to get access to the many drink options? It’s pretty simple: be 21 years old or over and have your ID with you, and purchase drink tickets with cash or credit card. Drink tickets can be used to purchase the drink of your choice.

Breck Oktoberfest Schedule (check out GoBreck’s Oktoberfest blog for all the information you’ll need):

Friday

  • 2:00 p.m. – Festival opens / Drink ticket and stein sales, as well as beer and wine pouring, begins
  • 5:15 p.m. – Drink ticket sales end
  • 5:30 p.m. – Beer and wine serving ends
  • 6:00 p.m. – Food vendors and venue close

Saturday

  • 10:00 a.m. – Festival opens / drink ticket and stein sales begin
  • 11:00 a.m. – Beer and wine pouring begins
  • 12:00 noon – Ceremonial keg tapping in the Blue River Plaza
  • 5:15 p.m. – Drink ticket sales end
  • 5:30 p.m. – Beer and wine serving ends
  • 6:00 p.m. – Food vendors and venue close

Sunday

  • 10:00 a.m. – Festival opens / drink ticket and stein sales begin
  • 11:00 a.m. – Beer and wine pouring begins
  • 4:15 p.m. – Drink ticket sales end
  • 4:30 p.m. – Beer and wine serving ends
  • 5:00 p.m. – Food vendors and venue close

Please, don’t drink and drive! Find a designated driver or a good parking spot in Breck to stay safe (it is ok to park in designated areas on Breck’s streets overnight on Friday and Saturday). Public transportation is also available 7 days a week, 365 days a year in Breck. Don’t forget your ID. Happy drinking!

– Tony Cooper

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