Our 10th ANNUAL Parker Oktoberfest!
Join us on September 18,19 20 – 2015 to celebrate Colorado’s fastest growing German celebration of Oktoberfest. O’Brien Park Parker Colorado is the place to be!
Authentic German Music Awaits You!
The most popular German based bands will have you Chicken Dancing!
And Dance Clubs Will WOW You With German Precision
We bring in the best in this region to demonstrate the age old cultural dances of the Bavarian region.
In celebration of German heritage and traditions, we will be honoring at the Parker Oktoberfest. The event will feature live German music, Bavarian dancers, a Biergarten featuring three Paulaner beers – Hefeweizen, Oktoberfest Marzen, and a Premium Pilsner, a number of competitions, and delicious German food.
Admission is free for our family-friendly German-themed festival. The event includes a number of fun activities for children, great things to do for adults, and is family friendly. We will also have kids rides including an obstacle course, bungee tramp, a slide and much more! The festival boasts over 100 total vendors and a variety of activities for children.
The 10th Annual Parker Oktoberfest will be held on Friday September 18, (6- 10pm- by invitation) Saturday 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Parker Mayor Mike Waid will preside over the opening ceremony and mini-parade. There will also be an opportunity to meet the CASC’s Miss Oktoberfest.
This year promises to be even more exciting than last with additional German entertainment, extra seating to see the bands, new activities for children, and a Saturday evening performance! For a sampling of sights and sounds you may experience at the Parker Oktoberfest, please click on the YouTube video below!
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.
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.
This is a family friendly festival with two days of activities for both the young and young at heart.
We offer competition that you don’t need to practice for! Kids and adults compete in a multitude of different friendly challenges ranging from pie and pretzel eating contests, to hoisting to juggling cats.
For The Bavarian Soul.
Our diverse lineups of traditional bands are sure to have you up and dancing some form of crazy farm animal related gyration. Often known as the “Chicken Dance” you can be assured you’ll hear that hourly, as well many a hoisting favorite!
Getting Better Each Year! The Parker Oktoberfest Just Pushing to Perfection in Celebrations. Adds New Partner!
We wanted to improve on an already growing celebration by adding more tradition. What better way to start doing this than by adding a partner who knows a little something about German tradition! We welcome our new event partner, the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) this year. They certainly know a little bit about tradition, and have added a new element to our commitment in dedicating our festival to tradition based celebration.
Volunteer - It's FUN!
As a non-profit fundraiser, the Parker Oktoberfest is run by volunteers. From board members and officers to beer servers, to game hosts, greeters, set up, take down, grounds crews, ticket sellers, ambassadors, parking attendants we value the commitment of volunteers to be successful. Please consider helping us out!
Beer at Its Very Best
Each year we are pleased to provide some of Germany’s finest exports to our festival. Paulaner Beer ranks at the top and does a masterful job at keeping us filled with the libations that drive our event. Come try some of the better tasting beer, cold and on tap!
New This Year - A Wine Tent
The people spoke and we listened! New this year to the festival will be our Wine Tent. And why not? We have a Beer Tent and plenty of beer, wine seems like a great idea as well. You’ll certainly find that in the old country. Look for our friendly staffed wine tent somewhere near the competition area this year. Yeah for grapes!
A Dirndl Schnapps Team!
Were not quite sure why, but the German culture just seems to love the Schnapps to go with beer at these events. While we have traditionally sold schnapps from the main beer central area, this year we are deploying our Schnapps shooter team into the tent area. Flavors that serve as a nice after meal liqueur- You’ll love it!