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Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

September 3rd & 4th, 2016

Beaver Creek's 17th annual Oktoberfest returns with foot stompin' oom-pah-pah music, unbeatable beer and wunderbar wurst! Enjoy complimentary live entertainment in Beaver Creek Plaza all weekend and it’s the perfect time to be outdoors and hike, bike, play a round of golf and celebrate Oktoberfest in Beaver Creek.

Musical highlights include Trachtenkapelle from our sister city in Austria, Lech Zurs and Beaver Creek’s very own Helmut Fricker! Saturday's headliner features Petty Fever, a tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Sunday's lineup features headliners The Hollywood Stones - a tribute to the Rolling Stones! Once again, guests of all ages will have the chance to compete in the Bavarian Costume Contest on Saturday. On Sunday, kids will be able to showcase their musical talents at the Kids’ European Alpenhorn contest.

A Kids’ Fun Zone will be open from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday providing activities, arts and crafts designed for kids 12 and under. Don’t miss the Oktoberfest Shuffle before enjoying the brats and beer garden on Sunday morning.

Oktoberfest offers free admission to the plaza and food and beverage are available for purchase.

2016 Oktoberfest Schedule of Events

Saturday, September 3rd

11:00AM - 6:00PM    Beer garden and restaurant vendors open (Plaza)
11:00AM - 12:15PM   Live music by Trachtenkapelle from Lech-Zurs, Austria (Main Stage)
11:00AM - 4:00PM    Kids' Fun Zone open at Centennial Park (Base of Chair 6)
12:30PM - 1:30PM   Live music by The Helmut Fricker Band (Main Stage)
1:45PM - 2:45PM   Live music by Trachtenkapelle from Lech-Zurs, Austria (Main Stage)
2:00PM - 6:30PM   Complimentary Photo Booth hosted by Bamboo Booth (Next to Covered Bridge)
3:00PM - 4:00PM   Live music by The Helmut Fricker Band (Main Stage)
4:00PM
  Bavarian Costume Contest
(Register at Red Guest Service Tent, Contest at Main Stage)
4:30PM - 6:00PM   Live Music by Petty Fever - Tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (Main Stage)

Sunday, September 4th

10:00AM    Oktoberfest Shuffle - 5K, 10K and Family Fun 1K (Base of Chair 6)
11:00AM - 6:00PM    Beer garden and restaurant vendors open (Plaza)
11:00AM - 12:15PM   Live music by Trachtenkapelle from Lech-Zurs, Austria (Main Stage)
11:00AM - 4:00PM   Kids’ Fun Zone open (Base of Chair 6)
12:30PM-1:30PM   Live music by The Helmut Fricker Band (Main Stage)
1:45PM - 2:45PM   Live music by Trachtenkapelle from Lech-Zurs, Austria (Main Stage)
2:00PM - 6:30PM   Complimentary Photo Booth hosted by Bamboo Booth (Next to Covered Bridge)
3:00PM - 4:00PM   Live music by The Helmut Fricker Band (Main Stage)
4:00PM   Kids’ European Alpenhorn Contest at Centennial Park
(Register at Red Guest Service Tent, Contest in Kids' Fun Zone)
4:30PM - 6:00PM   Live Music by The Hollywood Stones - Tribute to The Rolling Stones (Main Stage)


Event Descriptions

Kids' Fun Zone

   
 Beaver Creek Oktoberfest   A free Kids' Fun Zone is available from 11:00am - 4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday in Centennial Park, located at the base of Chair 6. The Fun Zone includes free face painting, arts & crafts and a bouncy house. Kids can also "walk on water" in Tumble Bubbles for a nominal charge!

Bavarian Costume Contest

   
 Beaver Creek Oktoberfest   Come show off your Bavarian style on Saturday, September 3rd! Registration begins on Saturday at 12:00pm at the red guest service tent - spaces are limited so make sure to sign up early. Contestants will compete in one of four divisions: Boys (12 & Under), Girls (12 & Under), Men (13 & Up) and Women (13 & Up)  All participants must be present in front of the main stage at 4:00pm for judging. 

Kids' Alpenhorn Contest

   
 Beaver Creek Oktoberfest   Calling all kids! Come test your Alpenhorn skills on Sunday, September 4th at the Kids' Alpenhorn Contest, located in the Kids' Fun Zone at Centennial Park. Registration begins on Sunday at 12:00pm at the red guest service tent - spaces are limited so make sure to sign up early. Contestants will participate in one of three divisions: Ages 8 & Under, Ages 9 - 12 and Ages 13 - 16. The contest will start promptly at 4:00pm!







Oktoberfest Shuffle -  Sunday, September 4th: 

Get a workout in with all the beer and brats from the annual Oktoberfest weekend - all for a great cause! Join us for the Oktoberfest Shuffle - a non-competitive walk, hike, or run over your choice of a 5 km or 10 km course across the scenic trails of Beaver Creek Mountain. Registration will open June 1st!

 All registration proceeds will go to benefit the Vail Valley Charitable Fund.



2016 Oktoberfest Lineup

The Helmut Fricker Band

   
 Beaver Creek Oktoberfest   Clad in lederhosen and toting an accordion or alpenhorn, Helmut Fricker has entertained visitors at Beaver Creek since the resort opened in 1980, yodeling and cracking jokes. Helmut is an icon in Beaver Creek and we always look forward to the entertainment of the Helmut Fricker Band at Beaver Creek Oktoberfest! 

Trachtenkapelle

   
 Beaver Creek Oktoberfest  
Trachtenkapelle is comprised of a group of musicians, spanning all ages that make up the town band of Beaver Creek's sister city of Lech Zürs, Austria. As in any town band they play an integral part in the cultural and entertainment life of Lech Zürs - from the regular series of summer outdoor concerts to church festivities and ceremonies, to their annual gala concert, and to our renowned musical festivals. Their repertoire consists mainly of traditional Austrian and Bohemian band music; marches, polkas and waltzes. However, every once in a while contemporary sounds do escape! 
 

Petty Fever

   
 Beaver Creek Oktoberfest  

Petty Fever is an award-winning full production Tom Petty Tribute Show Band featuring the talented and electrifying guitarist/vocalist, Frank Murray, who recently was nominated as “2014 Live Performer of The Year” for the 24th Annual LA Music Awards.

Petty Fever provides “a high energy show for all ages!” Enthusiastic fans range in age from pre-teens and teens that are experiencing a new love for the timeless music of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, to older fans who have adored Tom Petty for the past 38+ years.

Petty Fever provides a stunning salute to Tom Petty, performing over three decades of classic Petty hits, such as American Girl, Free Falling, Breakdown, Running Down a Dream, I Won’t Back Down, You Wreck Me and many more! If you’re looking for an incredibly authentic Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers concert experience, Catch Petty Fever! 

 

The Hollywood Stones

   
 Beaver Creek Oktoberfest  
For nearly 20 years, the best of the Stones, absolutely live!

Band Members:
Dick Swagger - Vocals, Piano, Harp, Saxophone, Percussion
Keef Riffoff - Guitars, Vocals
Rick Taylor - Guitars, Vocals, Percussion
Will Hyman - Bass, Vocals
Harley Watts - Drums, Percussion 

Press:
"You guys were fantastic! A great performance." - Dick Clark
"Remember The Rolling Stones when they were the punks of their day."  - L. A. Times
"I love great cover bands, and what you guys do is cool…" - Slash - Guns N’ Roses


Thank you to our 2016 Oktoberfest Sponsors!

 Beaver Creek Smartwool  Spaten Beaver Creek  Vibram Beaver Creek
 Aquafina    Mountain Living Magazine


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