Announcing Our New Stein Sponsor- Paulaner HP USA
Per popular demand we have brought back Paulaner HP USA with 4 favorite flavors – Heffeweizen – Maerzen – Hacker-Pschorr and Wiesn!
What’s NEW for 2017
It’s now our 12th year at the Parker Oktoberfest and we’re growing! This years event will feature “Das Maerchenland” (the German Fairytale Land) which will be located in the the Grassy Area of the park by the gazebo. Make sure you stroll through and learn about German fairytales. Some will be familiar to you. There will also be vendors lurking in the woods.
Fri. Sept.15- 6p-10 / Sat. Sept.16- 11a-10p / Sun. Sept.17- 10a-5p
Admission remains FREE for our family-friendly German-themed festival. The event includes a number of fun activities for children and adults! NEW this year the Dachshund Race and Costume Competition and a Mustache Competition.
We have a NEW Miss Oktoberfest 2017 this year and will be introducing another cultural addition, the Muenchner Kind. Expect to see them throughout the summer, leading up to our festival.
Why is Oktoberfest celebrated in September?
The “Oktoberfest” started in Munich, Germany on 12th October, 1810.It was a celebration to honor the marriage between Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese. The public party was a huge hit so it became an annual celebrationThe public party was a huge hit and from then on it has been continued to today. There are also references to an end of harvest festival as early as the fifteenth century which ran from the last Saturday of September to the first Sunday of October.
However, due to the length of the celebration, Germany found that October weather was becoming too cold and in-climate, so they moved up the start to September. The celebration now starts in September and ends the first week of October.
What does beer have to do with ”Oktoberfest” ?
In the dark ages there were no reliable preservation methods for food and drink spoilage and you could only keep a batch of good old homebrew from spoiling for so long. The old beer had to be used up before it went bad and to leave space to make the next generation of ale from the years harvest. Oktoberfest provided a festival that lasted until the beer was gone. The next bath of beer was started at the end of Oktoberfest and was ready in the spring for the next summer’s enjoyment.
We offer competition that you don’t need to practice for! Kids and adults compete in a multitude of different friendly challenges ranging from stein hoisting to dachshund racing to mustache competitions.
For The Bavarian Soul.
Our diverse lineups of traditional bands are sure to have you up and dancing.
Enjoy our wonderful dancers.
The Denver Kickers and Chalet Dancers are going to wow you as always. We have a few more dance groups in store for you.
Dachshund race and costume competition.
New this year! Get your beautiful dachshund ready for the race on Sunday September 17th. And also sign up for the dachshund costume contest. Email Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org