Call me an Oktoberfest snob, but I believe it takes more than beer and pretzels to make a great Oktoberfest. This year, Loveland Oktoberfest, held at Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, has many of the right ingredients to be called the best Oktoberfest in Northern Colorado.
Of course, it’s about the bier
First of all, Oktoberfest is about good beer and Loveland’s festival will feature six of the city’s award winning breweries, and for fun, they’ve invited Wibby from down the road in Longmont. In addition to Grimm and Wibby, breweries in attendance are Verboten, Loveland Aleworks, Crow Hop, Big Beaver, Buckhorn Brewers and Big Thompson.
New this year is the Baron Berliner Bar, which will feature Grimm’s traditional Berlinerweisse called The Baron, with multiple flavored syrups available for festival goers to create their own Berliner experience.
It’s about the music
Second of all, Oktoberfest is about German music. I am super excited that this year, not only will Loveland Oktoberfest feature two authentic polka bands, Neue Polka Colorado and Polka Folka, but also DJ KAAOS.
Just like at Oktoberfest at Munich, DJ KAAOS will spin all sorts of German music including Die Fantastischen Vier, Rammstein, Jurgen Birlinger and much more. This is one of the most unique things happening at Loveland Oktoberfest and I can’t wait.
It’s about the food
This year’s Loveland Oktoberfest will feature pretzels from Styria Bakery (these are the real deal, folks), pastries from Sweet European Treats (Mayor approved) and the Colorado Candy Company is making something special just for the fest. In addition, authentic German cuisine will be catered for the event. No one will go hungry at Loveland Oktoberfest.
It’s about the games & ambiance
Come in your best German garb and participate in the Best Dressed Costume contest on Saturday at 2 p.m. Other contests will be held during the fest including a Stein Hoisting event and a Hammerschlagen tournament to benefit Kiwanis (the champion wins free beer for a year).
Several local university German Clubs will be on hand to help you practice a little Deutsch, the official language of Germany and Austria, and one of the three official languages of Switzerland.
Party like a barbarian on Thursday
The kick off to Loveland Oktoberfest is the Barbarian Dinner on Thursday, September 14. This is like no other beer dinner you’ve ever attended (I guarantee). While Loveland Oktoberfest is free to attend, Barbarian Dinner is a ticketed event. Learn more & purchase tickets here.
Loveland Oktoberfest is 100% family-friendly. There will be activities for the bigs and littles, so grab grandma and the kiddos and make your way to Loveland, Colorado this September.
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (click for map)
Friday, September 15 | 4 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, September 16 | 12 to 9 p.m.
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It’s time for another segment of HeidiTown on the radio. If your curious about when these air, you can hear me at noonish on Wednesdays and during your drive home on Fridays around 5:30 p.m. on KRFC 88.9 FM.
Some of the info in this week’s segment will seem like old news to my avid readers, because I’ve already written about Berthoud Oktoberfest on previous occasions, but it will be new information for my radio audience.
This radio show also has some advice on traveling in Colorado during the fall. Both my birthday and my husband’s birthday are in the fall, and we tend to do weekend getaways to celebrate, so we’ve learned a lot about traveling the state during this time of year.
Listen to this week’s segment HERE.
It’s time for another radio segment on KRFC 88.9 FM.
I’ve been on KRFC for over a year and that’s more than 52 weeks worth of festival information that has gone out to listeners. I sincerely appreciate KRFC giving me the opportunity to share HeidiTown with their audience and I look forward to another fun year.
Last week I was asked to speak to a local Fort Collins MOMS Group. They wanted me to talk about family-friendly festivals, and more specifically about events that were less hectic and easier to attend with children in tow.
After I gave the presentation, I realized that it would also make a very good radio segment, so I’ve shared it in this week’s segment. Listen to it HERE.
Looking for something to do this weekend in Colorado?
It’s time for another KRFC 88.9 FM segment, and I can’t believe this is already my 6th segment. Time flies when you are having fun and I am certainly having lots of fun – my hope is that you are too!
There’s another great weekend in store for Colorado and it includes everything from fall festivals to a bass festival – that’s the bass instrument, not the fish. So hold on to your hats and get our your calendars, because here’s what’s on the agenda for Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2, 2011.
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Looking for something to do this weekend in Colorado?
From chili festivals to Oktoberfests, it’s never boring in Colorful Colorado. Here’s my segment for this week – the HeidiTown.com segments air on Wednesdays and Fridays on KRFC 88.9 FM.
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For the past several weeks I’ve done a lot of chatting about Oktoberfests, and this is because I think, when done right, they are such fun and unique festivals.
There are two Oktoberfests fast approaching that I want to bring to your attention. You will not find an eighties cover band headlining these fests, because both work to provide authentic Oktoberfest experiences that embrace and emphasize Northern Colorado’s rich German heritage.
Last year I attended the Greeley Oktoberfest for the first time, and was impressed. It’s a large event, occurring over two days. This year, the festival runs this weekend, September 23-24, 2011.
Read all about the Greeley Oktoberfest here.
The 1st Annual Berthoud Oktoberfest is being held October 1, in the darling town of Berthoud, Colorado. Located just 40 minutes from Denver and just 10 minutes south of Loveland, Berthoud is steeped in German heritage.
Read all about the Berthoud Oktoberfest here.
Find out what’s going on in Colorado this weekend, September 16-18, 2011. From Oktoberfests to art festivals, you can always find something interesting to do this in colorful Colorado.
The Mayor of HeidiTown loves a good Oktoberfest, so I’ve created a list of all the festivals around Colorado.
From Durango to Berthoud, from Steamboat Springs to Lamar, all across the state Coloradoans will be celebrating German heritage with beer, brats and polka. Festivals run September though October.
Find out where to join in the fun by clicking here for the entire list. Prost!
As promised here’s a list of weekend events that caught the Mayor’s eye. Again, this is not a calendar of event, just stuff the Mayor thought was worth mentioning.
I’m sure there are lots of other fun events happening this weekend. If you know of something, please share it in the comment section.
First Friday Art Walks – An art walk is just the thing to light your creative fire. Both Fort Collins and Pueblo have art walks tonight (10/1/10). For information on Fort Collins’ art walk go to www.fortcollinsarts.org, and for Pueblo visit www.pueblopag.org.
Estes Park, CO – Elk Fest
Sat. & Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bond Park (FREE)
What: Wapiti is the Cree word for elk, and this festival is all about the majestic creature that is common in the Estes Park area at this time of year. From seminars to Native American dancing and storytelling, this two-day event is quite the extravaganza. It includes a Mountain Man Rendezvous, an elk bugling contest and even elk-viewing tours. There’s so much scheduled during the Elk Fest that I’d recommend visiting www.estesnet.com to check out the entire line up.
Lakewood, CO – Cider Days
Sat. & Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lakewood’s Heritage Center in Belmar Park (Adults $6, Children, 3-12, $3)
What: Last weekend Morrison, Colorado celebrated cider and now Lakewood. This is the city’s 35th Annual Cider Days, and it’s one of those perfect family festivals. You can bring your own apples or purchase Colorado-grown apples at the event and watch them being made into cider using the Heritage Center’s vintage cider press. There is a laundry list of activities for the kids, including mule-drawn wagon rides, face painting and more. Adults will find shopping and historic demonstrations. There is also a petting zoo and tractor pull. For the entire lineup of events visit www.Lakewood.org.
September 30 thru October 3 (Tickets Required)
What: Dust off your cowboy hat and polish up your boots. This is an event where cowboy poets and musicians gather to share their songs and stories. The Durango Cowboy Gathering, Inc. is a non-profit working to preserve and perpetuate the tradition of working ranch people in the American West. To learn more visit www.DurangoCowboyGathering.org.
Fort Collins, CO – Picture yourself with a Budweiser Clydesdale
Thursday thru Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Anheuser-Busch (FREE)
What: Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with a Budweiser Clydesdale? If you live in Northern Colorado, it’s easy and it’s free. You can even get your picture taken with one of these amazing, celebrity animals. Free brewery tours are also available. Beermaster tours require a reservation and occur at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day. For more information visit www.budweisertours.com.
If you haven’t made it out to a local Oktoberfest, you still have a chance to hit one this weekend.
Niwot, CO – Saturday from 2 to 9 p.m. in Cottonwood Square. This will be Niwot’s second annual Oktoberfest complete with German music, German dancing, German food and beer from Left Hand Brewery. Learn more about this small town Oktoberfest here.
Loveland, CO – Grimm Brothers Brewery, Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The brewery will be introducing their Oktoberfest beer, The Farmer’s Daughter. In addition there will be live music and BBQ from Bottlecap. For more information visit them here on Facebook.
Also celebrating Oktoberfest (click on the town name for more info):
La Veta, CO
Cañon City, CO
As most of my loyal readers know HeidiTown is not a calendar of events. It is impossible for me to preview every event going on in Northern Colorado (let alone state wide). If only I could clone myself!
I’ve decided to compile a list, every Friday morning, of all the upcoming weekend events I was unable to preview, but would have liked to preview.
Fall in Colorado is fabulous and this weekend is no exception with temps in the low eighties both Saturday and Sunday. So without further ado, here’s a list of some of the awesome activities going on this first weekend of fall, September 25-26, 2010.
Estes Park, CO – Autumn Gold, a festival of bands, brats and beer
Saturday & Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bond Park
What: Celebrate fall surrounded by golden aspens and bugling elk. The 18th Annual Autumn Gold festival is sponsored by the Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary. Come out and enjoy good food, good music and excellent beer. The event is free, but be sure to participate in the $5,000 reverse raffle, benefiting local youth scholarships.
Boulder, CO – Fall Fest
Friday from 5 p.m. to 10, Sat. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. & Sun. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
What: The Pearl Street Mall in downtown Boulder is the picturesque venue for this huge fall festival featuring music, vendors, food, beer, a children’s carnival and much more. This event is free. For the entire lineup, visit BoulderDowntown.com.
Paonia, CO – Mountain Harvest Festival
Thursday, Sept. 23 to Sunday, Sept. 26
What: This small town festival on the Western Slope is already in full swing. There is music, workshops, a drum and bike parade and contests galore, including a pie contest. If you are looking for a true slice of Americana, Paonia, Colorado is the place to be this weekend. Visit MountainHarvestFestival.com for a full line up of this free event.
Morrison, CO – Ciderfest 2010
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
What: From cider making to hay rides, this is a free festival for the family. Just a few minutes west of Denver, Morrison is an adorable little town (and the gateway to Red Rocks Amphitheater). If you go, be sure to bring apples and empty beverage containers. For more information, click here.
Lafayette, CO – Celebrate Lafayette
Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
What: This community celebration has been occurring annually since 1956. This celebration features all things essential to a small town festival, including a pancake breakfast, parade, street fair, entertainment and kids’ activities. To learn more visit LafayetteColorado.com.
Denver, CO – World’s Largest Ukulele Lesson
Saturday from 1-1:45 p.m. at Ruby Hill Park.
What: Swallow Hill Music is hosting this lesson during Fourish!, Denver Urban Garden’s 25th Anniversary celebration. This random event caught my eye because not only is it unique, but I actually own a ukulele. Learn more about the lesson and Flourish! at SwallowHillMusic.org.
Oktoberfests – have you been practicing your chicken dance? Click on the links below for more info on each festival.
Note from the Mayor: Look, I know there’s a lot more stuff going on around Colorado this weekend, but I can’t preview everything. If you’d like to add your event to this post, please leave me a comment!