Fairgrounds Park 700 S. Railroad Ave.
Friday, September 13 from 4pm to 10pm
Saturday, September 14 from 12pm to 10pm
Admission is free. Proceeds from beer sales will benefit the Loveland, Big Thompson Kiwanis Club.
As the weather cools down and the leaves begin to change, local brewers prepare for a favorite annual tradition: Loveland Oktoberfest. Touted as the most authentic German-style Oktoberfest celebration in Northern Colorado, the event features traditional German food, beer, music, and games.
The first Loveland Oktoberfest was held in 2012 at Grimm Brothers Brewhouse. Organizers envisioned a community event, so they invited all Loveland breweries to participate (just five at the time). Beer tents were set up in the parking lot and there were activities like stein holding, hammerschlagen (or stump), and a best dressed contest.
Recently, Oktoberfest has outgrown the parking lot and expanded to Old Fairgrounds Park, hosting ten participating local breweries including Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Crow Hop Brewing, Loveland Aleworks, Verboten Brewing, Big Thompson Brewery, Rock Bottom Brewery, Big Beaver Brewing Co., Climb Hard Cider Co., Rock Coast Brewery, Dratz Brewing Company, and Buckhorn Brewers. They all teamed up with Root Shoot Malting this year to create a Munich Helles called Leibesland, meaning “Loveland” in German. It is a limited release that is the showcase beer for Oktoberfest and is also on tap at all Old Chicago locations in Colorado.
Thousands of attendees will enjoy German Polka bands, accordion players, and DJ KAAOS (German dance music). Hammerschlagen (Stump) has become a Loveland Oktoberfest favorite – teams will compete tournament-style this year to win prizes from local businesses. Everyone’s Table, known for the best schnitzel in the area, will be serving food alongside Piggin’ Out Smoke House. The Kids Zone will offer face painting and other family-friendly attractions.
Another element that has been added as a kick-off to the festival is the Barbarian Feast, a beer dinner like no other. “The setting is 500 A.D. and the Germanic tribes have come back from battle to celebrate a great victory over their foes! Platters piled high with meats and root vegetables roasted over an open flame served with a bread plate and no utensils. This event has one requirement, and that is to bring your own knife (BYOK), no napkins or silverware will be provided and barbarian garb is highly recommended.” The Feast happens on Thursday night (9/12/19) and tickets are available through coloradoboxoffice.com.