2013 Denver Oktoberfest – Denver, Colorado

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44th Annual Oktoberfest in Denver, Colorado

USA Today and Maxim call this the best Oktoberfest in the USA, and we have to agree. Two full weekends in Denver’s Historic Ballpark Neighborhood and a hotel near  Denver Oktoberfest are all you need for the BEST German celebrations around. Reserve your accommodations at The Hampton Inn Denver Airport Hotel near Denver International Airport and Downtown Denver for suitable access to the 2013 Denver Oktoberfest festival.

They’ve been celebrating Oktoberfest here in Denver since 1969, and this year the three-day weekend dates are September 27-29 and October 4-6. That’s six days of brats, bier and polkas. But they had plenty of time to expand your experiences at 2013 Denver Oktoberfest. Consider these….

The Third Annual Stein Hoisting National Championships. Sounds easy enough: anyone over age 21 can enter, and the winners hold two full 1.5 liter steins with straight arms in front for the longest. What does each male and female winner get? An all-expense paid trip to Boston for two, and you can use it to attend the Boston Oktoberfest, or go any time you choose. Btw, last year 8,000 people entered the competition.

Long Dog Derby. Bring your wieners – we mean long dogs! – for the Long Dog Derby. Is your Dachshund the fastest in Denver? With six race categories, the Costume Competition and Wiener Wanna-Be Race, there are lots of chances to be the best long dog.

Keg Bowling National Championships. Yes, keg bowling. We use empty kegs – it would be a shame to spill good German bier! If you’re not one to throw kegs (we roll them, actually), then at least come watch the fun.

The 5K DasHustlehoff. A great race routed exclusively on closed Denver city streets,you can sign up right before the run. The 5K DasHustlehoff will be Saturday September 28 at 10 am. Every runner receives a t-shirt and race bib – bring your own Lederhosen.

Oktoberfest Bratwurst Eating Competition. It doesn’t take the biggest guy in the crowd to win this competition, and the best part is all contestants get to consume the best brats from Continental Sausage, a local sausage handcrafter. Whether you want to be the 2013 Brat King or just want to watch, c’mon over for great fun and lots of
laughs.

Did we mention the VIP package? Choose your event day and receive all-you-can-eat-and-drink in the VIP section, an official Denver Oktoberfest 32-ounce ceramic stein, an official Denver Oktoberfest t-shirt, a German hat and of course a great time!

And on to the music – all kinds of music, every imaginable instrument and all the dancing you can stand. The German Stage is located at 20th and Larimer, and the Rock Stage is at 22nd and Larimer. Check out the schedule link below for the list of participating bands.

Oh, vat a great time you haf here at Denver Oktoberfest 2013! And at Denver’s Hampton Inn Denver Airport Hotel we’ll make sure you rest well between festival days. We’re about 20 minutes from the Oktoberfest excitement – the perfect drive to relax, unwind and look forward to a restful, comfortable night’s rest.

2013 DENVER OKTOBERFEST DETAILS
Dates: September 27-29 and October 4-6 2013

Hours: Fridays 9/27 and 10/4: 5pm to 2am
Saturdays 9/28 and 10/5: 11am to 2am
Sundays 9/29 and 10/6: 11am to 5pm
Location: Denver’s Historic Ballpark Neighborhood on Larimer Street between 20th and 22nd Streets

Prices: Free admission
Tickets available for food and drink: 1 ticket $6, 4 tickets $20

ACTIVITIES/EVENTS
Music, dance, entertainment
Brats, bier and more
Stein Hoisting National Championships
Long Dog Derby
Keg Bowling National Championships
The 5K DasHustlehoff

BEFORE YOU GO
Do you want a VIP Package? You can buy it ahead of time online, or get yours onsite.
Check out the Denver Oktoberfest Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DenverOktoberfest.
Come prepared for the weather – pack shorts, sweaters and maybe an umbrella and sunscreen.

FAQs
Why Oktoberfest in Denver?
Because Fred and Hertha Thomas wanted to celebrate their German heritage, and in 1969 quietly tapped a keg in front of their shops in Larimer Square. And so it began….

Is this a family event?
Yes, Denver’s Oktoberfest is a family event. There will be lots of laughing, lots of food and lots of fun for everyone.

What if my Dachshund isn’t from Denver – can we still enter the Long Dog Derby?
Sure you can – we welcome competition from everywhere!

2013 DENVER OKTOBERFEST HELPFUL LINKS
Denver Oktoberfest: http://thedenveroktoberfest.com/
Denver Oktoberfest Schedule: http://thedenveroktoberfest.com/schedule/

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