Oktoberfest Denver celebrates 48 years: Here's what you need to know

DENVER – Fred and Hertha Thomas started a tradition in Denver that was well over 159 years old by then. But in contrast to what happens to many other traditions, the Denver Oktoberfest event has only grown, and this year, it will celebrate its 48th year in the Mile High City.

So what can you look forward to as the festivities take over Larimer Square this weekend? A lot of music, food and, of course, beer

Starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday and going through all the way until midnight, enjoy food, bier and Stein Hoisting (at 21st and Larimer).

And while Oktoberfest is mostly about beer, Denver’ fest differs a bit in that it’s a family-friendly event that also showcases a dachshund derby, costume contests, food tastings, and polka dancing.

There will also be Brat Eating Finals on the 22nd Street stage starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Looking for happy hour? Enjoy it from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. each day of the festival.

If you want to go VIP, the 48th Annual Oktoberfest in Denver has some options. You can check them out here.

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