Oktoberfest™ will feature crowd favorites like Adult Keg Bowling, Bratwurst Eating Contests, authentic Bavarian beer, food, music and more
Munich comes to the Lionshead Village this weekend to officially kick-off the world’s greatest celebration of beer, music and autumn in Vail: Oktoberfest! The event will see a full weekend of authentic Bavarian fun including the return of many crowd favorites like the Klement’s Bratwurst Eating Contests, Adult Keg Bowling and Adult Stein Lifting Competitions presented by Vail Vitality Center. Emulating the age-old celebration known all over the world, Vail Oktoberfest™ in Lionshead will delight guests with Bavarian music and dancing, traditional fare including Klement’s Bratwursts, yodeling, alpenhorn blowing, beverages from Hacker-Pschorr and Jagermeister and much more.

Entertainment and Fun
Throw on the lederhosen, tie the dirndl and grab your stein because the lineup of entertainment for Vail Oktoberfest in Lionshead this weekend is not to be missed. New this year, the event kicks off earlier on Friday at 12:00 p.m. with Friday Afternoon Club (FAC) oom-pah style in Arrabelle Square. Throughout the afternoon, enjoy oom-pah music from guests like The Average German Band and more tunes from Helmut Fricker and the Rhinelanders Band later in the day. Helmut and the band will be on hand throughout the weekend to keep the crowd going with favorite Oktoberfest tunes. Guests are also invited to enjoy the Hacker-Pschorr Opening Ceremony at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, officially marking the start of Oktoberfest in Vail. Local favorites, Brother’s Keeper, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m.

In addition to the live music, guest can participate in Bavarian dancing demonstrations, see traditional alpenhorn blowing, hear yodeling and much more. On Saturday, the party goes into the night with a free concert from Primal J and the Neanderthals at 7:30 p.m.

Vail Oktoberfest™ is a family affair, and the event features fun activities during the day for kids. Children will find lots on things to love in the Bavarian Kinder Club area, from live entertainment to crafts, pretzel necklace making, photo opportunities and more.  

Keg Bowling is back giving anyone interested in the game the chance to hurl a keg shell on wheels down the lane at a pyramid of keg shells with the intention of bringing down the pile. It’s not as easy at it seems.The top competitors from the first round of the competition move on the final round of Keg Bowling, where the champion of the day will be crowned and prizes will be awarded. Participants must be at least 21 years old to compete.

The fun continues with the return of the Klement’s Bratwurst Eating Contests, where the strong-willed and the strong-stomached battle it out to see who can down the most brats in three minutes. The competitor who wolfs down the most brats in the allotted time wins a prize package from Vail Oktoberfest including an official Oktobefest stein and tokens.

The Bavarian Costume Contests rewards those festival participants who go all out and show up for the day in full Bavarian flare or in another Oktoberfest related costume. Those who do will be invited to participate in the Oktoberfest Costume Contests on Saturday and Sunday. All ages are invited to participate in the costume contests. The winner will be determined by crowd response and will take home a Vail Oktoberfest stein and token package.

The Vail Vitality Center Stein Lift Contests will test the arm strength and stamina of even the fiercest competitors. Competitors will hold FULL beer steins - one in each hand - out from their body at shoulder level. The last person standing with arms outstretched will take home an Oktoberfest prize package. Participants in the Stein Lift Contest must me at least 21 years of age.

A variety of these contests take place both Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10 & 11 in Lionshead Village. There is no cost to participate in these contests. Competitors who wish to participate can sign up with Oktoberfest staff who will be available during the event each day. They will be hard to miss, with clipboards and Bavarian spirit making their way through the venue.

Returning for the 2nd year: Vail Oktoberfest™ will start each Friday at 12 p.m. for FAC – oom-pah style! The Friday afternoon event will be honoring all active, inactive and retired military with (1) one complimentary beer.

Sponsors: Vail Oktoberfest™ is presented by Hacker-Pschorr, Town of Vail, Jägermeister and Vail Vitality Center is sponsored in part by Klement's Sausage Company, Vail Daily and KZYR The Zephyr. Vail Oktoberfest benefits Vail Veterans Program.

Weekend Lodging Specials:
The Vail Racquet Club Mountain Resort offers full sized condo options for your stay in Vail.  This September don’t cram into a hotel room, choose from 1, 2 or 3 bedroom condo options.  Your stay will include full access to the private health club (all studio classes, pool, hot tubs, sauna and steam rooms), WiFi and parking.

This quiet East Vail location is a favorite for those craving a more natural environment.

Vail’s free bus service runs from 2 on site stops to the Vail transportation center hourly.

Nightly rates for September start from:
1 Bedroom Condo:  $140
2 Bedroom Condo:  $190
3 Bedroom Townhome:  $263
Does not include the 13.97% tax/fees. Family friendly, but not pets, please.   

Call 970-476-4840 or visit www.vailracquetclub.com and ask for the current Fall promotion (promo code: SSF).

For more information on Vail Oktoberfest™ go to www.vailoktoberfest.com or follow the event on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Link to Photo Gallery: CLICK HERE or call Missy Johnson for additional images.
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For more information about Vail Oktoberfest and to see a full schedule of events, including the schedule of events for Oktoberfest in Vail Village Sept. 16-18, visit www.vailoktoberfest.com.

Vail Oktoberfest™ - Lionshead Schedule

Friday, September 9 – Lionshead Mall & Vail Square – 12PM-10PM
12PM                           Vail Oktoberfest™ Opens to Public
12-4PM                        Average German Band
 4-6PM                         Helmut Fricker and the Rhinelanders Band
6PM                             Oktoberfest Opening Ceremony
6:15-7PM                     Helmut Fricker and the Rhinelanders Band
7PM                             Vail Vitality Center Stein Lifting Competition
7:30-9:30PM                Brother’s Keeper
10PM                           Oktoberfest Closes for the Day

Saturday, September 10 – Lionshead Mall & Vail Square – 12PM-10PM
12PM                           Vail Oktoberfest Opens to Public
12-3PM                        Helmut Fricker and the Rhinelanders Band
12-5PM                        Bavarian Kinder Club Open
1-3PM                          Denver Kickers Schuhplattlers
2PM                             Bavarian Costume Contest
3-3:30PM                     Klement’s Bratwurst Eating Contest
3:30-4PM                     Denver Kickers Schuhplattlers
4-5PM                          Adult Keg Bowling Contest
5-7PM                          Tanzkapelle
7PM                             Vail Vitality Center Stein Lifting Competition
7:30-9:30PM                Primal J and the Neanderthals
10PM                           Vail Oktoberfest Closes for the Day                                                                                                       

Sunday, September 11 – Lionshead Mall & Vail Square – 12PM-6PM
12PM                           Vail Oktoberfest Opens to Public
12-3PM                        Helmut Fricker and the Rhinelanders Band
12-5PM                        Bavarian Kinder Club Open
1-5PM                          Denver Kickers Schuhplattlers
2:30-3PM                     Klement’s Bratwurst Eating Contest
3-4PM                          Neue Polka
4-5PM                          Adult Keg Bowling Contest
5-6PM                          Neue Polka
5:30PM                        Vail Vitality Center Stein Lifting Competition                 
6PM                             Vail Oktoberfest Closes for the Day    


Missy Johnson, mjohnson@gohighline.com, 970-476-6797 x712 or 970-376-1876
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