Sights from the first weekend of Oktoberfest Denver, plus spoilers for next weekend

Ladies in dirndls serve beer at C Squared Ciders for Oktoberfest. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

It’s that time of year again. The aspens have that lovely glow, there’s pumpkin spice literally everything, literally everywhere. There’s a chill in the air — and perhaps in your bones.

So what better remedy for impending autumn doom and gloom than chugging a beer or six at Oktoberfest?

This year, the food, fun and, of course, “bier,” has arrived en masse in RiNo for the 47th annual Oktoberfest. The first weekend is over, but you’ve still got time next weekend:

Friday, Sept. 30

5:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. – Stein hoisting prequalifying rounds

5:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. – Food, beer and local music

5:00-7:00 p.m. – Happy hour

Saturday, Oct. 1

11:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m. – Food, beer, local music

11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. – Stein hoisting prequalifying rounds

12:00-2:00 p.m. – Happy hour

2:00-2:45 p.m. – Brat eating finals

4:30-6:30 p.m. – Poet’s row

9:00-10:00 p.m. – Stein hoisting finals

Sunday, Oct. 2 

11:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m. (all day) – Food, beer, local music and stein hoisting

11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Long dog derby

12:00-2:00 p.m. – Happy hour

All festivities take place at Larimer Square between 2oth and 22nd.

And it’s all free, if you’re not planning to drink or eat.

Your best bet may be to grab a stein for $37. They come with two drink tickets and discount refills.

You can grab a stein in advance or wait in-line (and avoid the service charge).

If you’re feeling fancy, VIP tickets get you all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink access in the VIP section, plus a stein, t-shirt and hat.

You can purchase VIP tickets here.

Here’s what you missed from last weekend:

This guy:

BBQ for days.

Obligatory lederhosen pic.

“When you love beer so much, you just gotta hug it.”

Multimedia business & healthcare reporter Chloe Aiello can be reached via email at or

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