Updated: Sept. 7, 2016

Breckenridge Oktoberfest is one of the largest in the Rocky Mountains, at least in terms of beer served. How much, you ask? Something around 8,000 gallons, which is enough to serve the entire Mile High Stadium at the next Bronco game. When it’s time to fill your stein, a little local’s knowledge goes a long way.

Collectible steins at Breckenridge Oktoberfest

Order early to secure collectible steins at Breckenridge Oktoberfest.

Breckenridge collectible steins

Pre-order a collectible stein (click continue to get to the token/stein order page) and get one free beer token – steins sold on-site do not include beer tokens. Pre-ordered steins will be available for pickup beginning Friday (see below for schedule) at the south end of the festival near Main Street and Park Avenue. Steins not pre-ordered can be purchased at either venue entrance (Main and Park or Main and Lincoln), but don’t include beer tokens. And of course, you don’t need to purchase a stein to drink beer! Pre-sales end at 5:00 p.m. MDT on Thursday, Sept. 8. Steins not pre-ordered usually sell out by Saturday evening.

Oktoberfest beers and wine

Breckenridge Oktoberfest features traditional German beer from Paulaner (wiesn, marzen and hefeweizen) as well as local flavor from the Breckenridge Brewery. Wine (both red and white) and gluten-free beer will also be served. Non-alcoholic beverages can be purchased through food vendors.

Acquiring libations is simple: be 21 or over; purchase drink tokens with cash or credit card; get beer and wine with drink tokens. One token fills a half-liter stein, or can be used to purchase a wine, gluten-free beer or non-alcoholic beer. It takes two tokens (two beers) to fill a liter stein. Whether or not you have a stein, beers and wine will be served in disposable cups — you wouldn’t want to accidentally have your memento switch out or chipped in the craziness of the beer tent.

Pre-purchase drink tokens for $5 each – that’s a $1 discount per beer when you buy in advance (so, $6 on-site). Pre-sales end at noon MDT on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Once you purchase drink tokens, they are valid any day of the festival. However, there are NO refunds on drink tokens, so pay attention to time.

Giant pretzels are an essential part of Oktoberfesting. Photo by Bill Linfield

Giant pretzels are an essential part of Oktoberfesting. Photo by Bill Linfield

Breckenridge Oktoberfest schedule

Oktoberfest 2016 takes place Sept. 9-11. Those Austrian Guys and traditional dancers rotate performances all weekend on the Main Stage in the Blue River Plaza. The Polkanauts perform Friday and Saturday on the second stage, located at Jefferson Avenue and Main Street. The Pine Beatles take over on the second stage Sunday.

Friday

2:00 p.m. – Festival opens / Drink token and stein sales, as well as beer and wine pouring, begins

5:15 p.m. – Drink token sales end

5:30 p.m. – Beer and wine serving ends

6:00 p.m. – Food vendors and venue close

6:30 p.m. – Paulaner Brewmaster’s Dinner (SOLD OUT)

Saturday

10:00 a.m. – Festival opens / drink token and stein sales begin

11:00 a.m. – Beer and wine pouring begins

Breckenridge Oktoberfest / Photo by Carl Scofield

Traditional dancers perform throughout the weekend at Breckenridge Oktoberfest. Photo by Carl Scofield

12:00 noon – Ceremonial keg tapping in the Blue River Plaza

5:15 p.m. – Drink token sales end

5:30 p.m. – Beer and wine serving ends

6:00 p.m. – Food vendors and venue close

Sunday

10:00 a.m. – Festival opens / drink token and stein sales begin

11:00 a.m. – Beer and wine pouring begins

4:15 p.m. – Drink token sales end

4:30 p.m. – Beer and wine serving ends

5:00 p.m. – Food vendors and venue close

Costumes add to the fun at Breckenridge Oktoberfest. Photo by Robin Johnson

Costumes add to the fun at Breckenridge Oktoberfest. Photo by Robin Johnson

Families at Breckenridge Oktoberfest

Breck’s Oktoberfest typically sees the biggest crowds on Saturday; to avoid the most hectic times, local families tend to come out on Sundays, or even Friday afternoon. A family play area with a free bounce house will be located on the Riverwalk Center lawn (just across the river from the Welcome Center). It’s a great place for families to kick back and the parents can still hang on to their beer. And of course, a busy Saturday downtown means lots of freedom for families at the Fun Park or on the trails.

Buying food and getting cash

Most food vendors accept CASH only. The closest ATMs are located at Downstairs at Eric’s (111 S. Main St.) and the Breckenridge Welcome Center (203 S. Main). Additional ATMs are available at nearby US Bank, Alpine Bank and Bank of the West, as well as inside Fatty’s.

Oktoberfest transportation & parking

Plan on drinking? Don’t drive. Grab bus schedules from the Welcome Center (203 S. Main St.) or Breck Station (150 Watson Ave.). Didn’t plan on drinking but did? Don’t drive. Provided you’re parked legally, it’s OK to remain parked on town streets Friday and Saturday nights. Also, there is no charge for entry to Breckenridge’s Oktoberfest; designated drivers should be ready to partake in food, music and dancing.

Bathrooms

Restrooms are located throughout the event (look for portable toilets off Main Street on all sides streets). Bathrooms are also available at the Riverwalk Center (150 W. Adams Ave.) and the Breckenridge Welcome Center (203 S. Main St.).

If You Go

Breckenridge Oktoberfest 2016: Sept. 9-11

BreckenridgeOktoberfest.com

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Oktoberfest Infographic

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