UPDATED January, 2017
There are a handful of annual events in Breckenridge that are not to be missed. These sudsy celebrations all make the list. From basking in the Summit sun to soaking up the sweet mountain views to filling, and then refilling, your commemorative stein or mug, here are some details on the best beer events in ‘the Kingdom.’
Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival
New on the scene, the Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival relocated from Vail to Breckenridge in 2017. This is one of the premier gatherings for the beer industry and attracts brewmasters, brewery owners and industry insiders and experts. In addition to the seminars, workshops, networking events, competitions and beer and food pairings, there’s a Tasting event open to the public on Saturday afternoon. There’s also a yoga session with beer pairings for industry attendees.
Don’t miss: The Commercial Tasting event that’s open to the public. You’ll be treated to 400 different specialty beers from around the world. Stroll through town during the three-day weekend and sample a slew of beer events happening at Breckenridge restaurants, bars and pubs.
Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival
First up is the Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival in April. This year the event happens April 8 from noon to 5 p.m. downtown at the Village of Breckenridge and Main Street Station. This celebration of spring, craft brews and Breck views is sure to be extra fun this year as the annual bash moves to a new location.
Don’t miss: It’s the only spring festival of the big four where you can go shred it up in the morning at Breckenridge Ski Resort and then drink it down all afternoon just steps from the slopes. Celebrate the end of another ski season in style at this annual downtown shindig.
Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival
The Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival is always one of the premiere events of the season. This year’s celebration is slated from 1-6 p.m. on July 8 slopeside at Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center on Peak 9. Enjoy the afternoon basking in the bountiful Summit sunshine and beer tasting with more than 50 breweries expected to partake in the festivities. Stay tuned for live music announcements.
Don’t miss: We have three words that sum it up: Breck, beer, summertime. Tickets for the Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival will sell out so please purchase your tickets in advance.
Last but certainly not least is the Breckenridge Oktoberfest slated for Sept. 8-10 downtown on historic Main Street. This year’s street party where Munich meets the mountains will feature more than three dozen genuine German cuisine and brew vendors, lots of Bavarian lederhosen dancing and a weekend packed full of sunshine and fun for all ages.
The weekend is full of, you guessed it, beer, but we didn’t forget about those under 21. If you have kiddos in tow, be sure to visit the face-painting stations or get some pre-festival exercise at the 5k run and test your skills at a wide variety of German-themed games, including the popular Hammerschlagen. Do your homework and read the Oktoberfest insider guide in preparation of the memorable weekend.
Taking place during the most scenic time to visit Breck and Summit County, aspen trees make up the breathtaking fall foliage and surrounds the Wiesn celebration. The Breck Connection has already planned the perfect fall itinerary just for you. You won’t want to miss this party.
Be on the lookout for a full schedule of events at gobreck.com. The 2015 steins will also be available for advanced purchase.
Don’t miss: Oktoberfest is a long-standing tradition here in Breck. Celebrate the end of the warm months and the coming of yet another winter season up here at 9,600. Historic and charming Main Street provides the perfect setting for this fall festival.