Announcing Our New Presenting Sponsor- Erdinger Weissbrau
We are proud to announce our new relationship with Presenting Sponsor Erdinger Weissbrau. Not only a sponsor, but our newly adopted bier of choice for Parker Oktoberfest for years to come! Erdinger is also one of the major bier’s of choice at both the New York City Oktoberfest in Central Park and the nations largest Oktoberfest in Cincinnati Ohio.
From local brewery to internationally acclaimed wheat beer specialist: since its foundation 130 years ago, the private brewery ERDINGER Weißbräu has become world-famous for its Bavarian wheat beer culture. A true traditional German bier Erdinger enjoys an excellent reputation beyond Germany’s borders: they are available in over 90 countries on all continents. All beers are still brewed exclusively in Erding Bavaria.
Come on out and try the bier the world is coming to LOVE! Three incredible brews to choose from, plus the number ONE non- alcoholic bier that athletes around the world are demanding! Parker and all of Colorado is coming to know how special it is.
What’s NEW for 2016
It’s now our 11th year at the Parker Oktoberfest and we’re growing! This years event will feature a NEW Friday night opening we’re calling “Rocktoberfest” featuring a full array of music from Bluegrass to Rock N Roll. We’ve also expanded our reach into the Grassy Area of the park and into the Parker Downtown Area. Parker Station and Victorian Peak’s will host Künstlerischen (trans: Artistic Area ) made up of Artists, Authors and other performance entertainment acts. It’ll feature Authors doing book readings, workshops for adults and children along with foods and beverages. There will be short stage performances featuring local area kids. Saturday kicks off with Live German Music, Bavarian Dancers, a Biergarten featuring our new Presenting Sponsor Erdinger serving up three Fall Classic craft beers. Our Competition Stage will be located in the main festival area this year and hosted again by G-2 Roofing and Construction. For the second year, Oktoshots will be returning. Look for the Oktoshot Lounge to be front and center in the entertainment area as the German tradition of a schnapps and bier come together.
Event Times: Fri. Sept.16– 6p-11 / Sat. Sept.17- 11a-11p / Sun. Sept.18- 10a-5p
Admission remains FREE for our family-friendly German-themed festival. The event includes a number of fun activities for children and great things for adults too! With our expanded reach into downtown area at Parker Station and Victorian Peaks, families can take in all of the area while getting a break from the main festival. The festival boasts over 100 total vendors and a variety of activities for children.
We have a NEW Miss Oktoberfest 2016 this year and will be introducing another cultural addition, the Munichner Kind. Expect to see them throughout the summer, leading up to our festival.
This year we’re adding our new signature event with the addition of the Black Eyed Bingo Experience! Starting Friday opening evening and throughout the weekend, you can find fun in our Bingo Tent for the craze of the experience. Unleash yourself with expressive neon and paint, dance, play games, oh yes, then add a little Bingo to the mix! Play additional games of Last Man Standing, Derby Downs or 50/50 raffles, or the high paybacks for pull tab (pickles) Family fun, win some money, YAY!!!
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 pie and brat eating contests, to hoisting, to juggling cats. Sponsored and hosted again this year by G-2 Roofing.
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 gyrations. Often known as the “Chicken Dance” you can be assured you’ll hear that hourly, as well many a hoisting favorite!
The Black Eyed Experience is Coming! We’re Getting Better Each Year! The Parker Oktoberfest Just Pushing to Perfection in Celebrations.
We wanted to improve on an already growing celebration by adding more tradition. What better way to keep momentum than by adding more FUN things to do at the event. The Black Eyed Experience BINGO is all the rage and the Council of Arts, Science and Culture partnership with Rocky Mountain Bingo Supply and You Glow helps bring just that to the event. Play in the daytime or on Friday or Saturday night when the sun goes down and the black lights come on. It’s you glowing – and winning!
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 Best
Each year we are pleased to provide some of Germany’s finest exports to our festival. Erdinger Wiessbrau 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!
YAY Grapes. We're Back!
The people spoke,we listened last year! Our Winegarten was very successful and we’re expanding it even more this year. We’ll feature wines from both Colorado and Napa Valley this year. You’ll certainly find the taste you’re looking for in an ambiance that cannot be beat. Look for our friendly staffed wine tent somewhere near the competition area this year.
OKTOSHOTS are HOT!
Were not quite sure why, but the German culture just seems to love a shot to go with beer at these events. While we have traditionally sold schnapps and whiskey 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!