Looking for current Oktoberfest info? Check out this Insider’s Guide to Breckenridge Oktoberfest.

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Summer is a fleeting season up here in the High Country, but when that chill starts to creep into the air signaling the onset of fall both locals and visitors know it can only mean one thing… the Breckenridge Oktoberfest is right around the corner.

Breckenridge Oktoberfest Now in its 18th year, the Breckenridge Oktoberfest will run the weekend of September 14-16th which makes it the perfect time to venture up to the mountains and check out the fall foliage with a few beers on the side.

There is no shortage of lederhosen at this event and you’ll be tempted to dance a little jig with stein in hands once you hear the Oompah and Polka music floating down Main Street, which completely shuts down to make space for the big crowds.

New this year, the Main Street Party kicks off on Friday from 2-6 p.m. giving you an extra day to check out the Oktoberfest action. The party continues on Saturday from 11-6 p.m. and on Sunday the vibe slows down, making it the perfect time for families with small kids to enjoy the festivities from 11-5 p.m.

My best friend and I enjoying the 2011 Breck Oktoberfest with some authentically outfitted German locals

One of the highlights of the Breckenridge Oktoberfest is the prestigious Brewmaster’s Dinner, happening on Friday, September 14th at 6 p.m. at Seven’s Restaurant right at the base of the resort inside the Grand Lodge on Peak 7. Enjoy a multi-course meal paired with European biers and wines.

This event has sold out for the last four years so it’s always a good bet to get your tickets in advance. This year the menu is nothing short of impressive with salmon rilletes, duck confit, porter braised pork belly and stout chocolate cake. Yep, my mouth is watering.

After a dinner like that you might need to burn some calories right away, and dancing is usually a great way to do just that. Head on over to Napper Tandy’s above the Salt Creek Steakhouse at 110 E. Lincoln Ave for the Six Million Dollar Band playing some classic 80’s tunes. There will be no cover until 9 p.m. so get there early and enjoy the drink specials.

In addition to all the fun activities listed above you can also take part in the keg-tapping ceremony, the 5K run and many other activities that cater to everyone, even the non-beer drinkers.

Oktoberfest keg tap Photo by CBST Adventures

Keep in mind that this is a no pet event and you want to make sure you have your ID on you at all times, even if you are way past age 21 you will be asked to show proper proof of age.

Hope to see you out there for this year’s Breckenridge Oktoberfest and get ready to party in the street during the weekend of September 14th. Prost!

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