From Bavaria to Breckenridge: Dive into Oktoberfest’s High-altitude Huzzah!

Date: September 12, 2023
Category: Blog


Oktoberfest is one of the most exciting and colorful festivals that Breckenridge has to offer. It’s a celebration of beer, food and music that happens every year in the months of September and October. 


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Experience Breckenridge Oktoberfest: A Weekend of Culture and Fun

The 2023 festival will be held September 15 – 17, 2023.

The event is free, family friendly, and more sustainable than ever before.

Oktoberfest is a great way to spend time with friends and family, especially if you have young children who are learning about German heritage. There are plenty of activities for everyone at this festival–from beer tasting to live music performances, and more!

We have rooms available at The Lodge at Breckenridge. Book now!


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The Roots of Oktoberfest: A Munich Celebration Turned Global Phenomenon

Oktoberfest is an annual festival in Munich, Germany that celebrates the city’s famous beer. The festival runs from late September to early October. It was first held on October 12, 1810 to celebrate Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.

The Oktoberfest tradition was born when locals gathered at Munich’s Theresienwiese (now named “Wiesn” for short) for a horse race and other festivities. In 1818, Bavarian King Maximilian I decreed that this celebration should be repeated every year on the grounds of Neuhauser Strasse / Rindermarkt Street today known as Brienner Strasse / Rindermarkt Street by decreeing “in future years there shall be held annually on Wiesen fields after Pentecost (Whitsunday)…”


US Embraces Oktoberfest: The 1961 La Crosse, Wisconsin Debut

The first Oktoberfest in the United States was held in 1961 La Crosse, Wisconsin. This German inspired festival sees a crowd of over 100,000 annually. For the last six decades, brewing tradition and German heritage have been celebrated through parades, balls, pageants, and concerts during the autumn festival. 

Learn more about the history of Oktoberfest in the United States.

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If you’re looking for a fun way to spend your weekend, we encourage you to check out Oktoberfest in Breckenridge! There are so many activities for everyone in the family: live music, dancing, games and rides. And of course there will be plenty of beer on hand too!

Learn more about Oktoberfest here.