Pre-order a collectible stein and get one free beer ticket – steins sold on-site do not include beer tickets. 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!
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 (Lucky U IPA, Agave Wheat and Vanilla Porter). Wine (both red and white), gluten-free beer and non-alcoholic beer will also be served.
Acquiring libations is simple: be 21 or over; purchase drink tokens with cash or credit card; get beer and wine with drink tickets. 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 to fill a liter stein.
Once you purchase drink tickets, they are valid any day of the festival. However, there are NO refunds on drink tickets, so pay attention to time.
Breckenridge Oktoberfest schedule
Oktoberfest 2015 takes place Sept. 11-13. Those Austrian Guys and traditional dancers rotate performances throughout Saturday and Sunday.
2:00 p.m. – Festival opens / Drink ticket and stein sales, as well as beer and wine pouring, begins
5:15 p.m. – Drink ticket sales end
5:30 p.m. – Beer and wine serving ends
6:00 p.m. – Food vendors and venue close
6:30 p.m. – (advance tickets required, this event always sells out)
10:00 a.m. – Festival opens / drink ticket and stein sales begin
11:00 a.m. – Beer and wine pouring begins
12:00 noon – Ceremonial keg tapping in the Blue River Plaza
4:15 p.m. – Drink ticket sales end
4:30 p.m. – Beer and wine serving ends
5:00 p.m. – Food vendors and venue close
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 inflatables (for a charge) will be located near the intersection of Main Street and Jefferson Avenue. The Riverwalk Center lawn (just across the river from the Welcome Center) will also be a good place for families to kick back. And of course, a busy Saturday downtown means lots of freedom for families at the Fun Park or on the trails.
New for 2015
New for 2015, football fans can catch their favorite college and NFL games throughout the weekend on the big-screen digital television set up at Main Street and Jefferson Avenue.
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.); the Breckenridge Welcome Center (203 S. Main); and at the Alpine Bank outhouse ATM (East Adams Avenue between Main and Ridge streets).
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.
No pets at Breckenridge Oktoberfest
Leave Fido and all other pet friends at home.
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 2015: Sept. 11-13
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