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WHAT EXACTLY IS VAIL OKTOBERFEST?

Oktoberfest is the annual festival of beer, music and celebration of autumn. It's a time to dust off the lederhosen, throw on the dirndl, and raise your steins to the most popular party in the world.

 

The Town of Vail is hosting two full weekends of oom-pah parties with traditional German fare in Lionshead and Vail Village. Festivities include: brat eating, keg bowling and stein lifting contests, yodeling, alpenhorn blowing, and Bavarian dancers.

DOES VAIL OKTOBERFEST SELL WATER?

To support the Vail Oktoberfest green initiatives, no plastic water bottles will be sold within the venue. Instead, enjoy our Refresh & Refill water stations throughout the venue. Bring your reusable water bottle so you can partake in the stations!

WHAT IS THE KEG BOWLING CONTEST?

Keg Bowling gives competitors the chance to hurl a keg on wheels down the lane at a pyramid of empty kegs.  It’s not as easy as it seems to bring down the entire pile, and the champion of the day is crowned by total number of kegs knocked over. Competitors must be at least 21 years of age to compete. The winners will be rewarded with an Oktoberfest stein and token package. There is no cost to participate in Keg Bowling, but as one of the most well loved contest at Vail Oktoberfest, entries fill up quickly!

 

HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR THE KEG BOWLING CONTEST?

Designated frauleins will be roaming the venue each day looking to sign up contest participants. Entry is free of charge. Due to popularity, space is limited.

 

WHAT IS THE BRAT-EATING CONTEST?

Vail Oktoberfest will also see the return of the Bratwurst Eating Contest, where the strong-willed and the strong-stomached battle it out to see who can devour the most Brats in two minutes. The competitor who wolfs down the most brats in the allotted time wins, not only a great prize package, but also the bragging rights of being a Vail Oktoberfest Bratwurst Eating Champion! The winner will be rewarded with an Oktoberfest stein and token package. There is no cost to participate, the contest takes place both Saturday and Sunday each weekend. Space is extremely limited.

 

HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR THE BRAT-EATING CONTEST?

Designated frauleins will be roaming the venue each day looking to sign up contest participants. Entry is free of charge. Due to popularity, space is limited.

 

WHAT IS THE STEIN LIFTING CONTEST?

The Stein Lifting Competition will test the arm strength and stamina of even the fiercest competitors. Competitors will hold FULL beer steins - out from their body at shoulder level. The last person standing will take home an Oktoberfest stein and token package! There is no cost to participate; the contest takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday each weekend. Space is extremely limited.

 

HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR THE STEIN LIFTING CONTEST?

Designated frauleins will be roaming the venue each day looking to sign up contest participants. Entry is free of charge. Due to popularity, space is limited.

 

WHAT MUSIC WILL BE PLAYING AT OKTOBERFEST?

Get ready to OOM PAH! Your favorite Bavarian tunes will be ever-present throughout your Vail Oktoberfest experience. In addition, music will shift gears after 7pm on Friday and Saturday to Rock n Roll. 

 

HOW DO I GET TICKETS TO THE CONCERTS?

The concerts are completely FREE. No tickets will be available beforehand. Standing room will be available only. No coolers, chairs or glass containers allowed.

 

CAN I RETURN MY VAIL OKTOBERFEST TOKENS? 

No. Tokens are non-refundable. However, you may save tokens from the first weekend of Vail Oktoberfest to use during the second weekend of festivities!

 

DOES VAIL OKTOBERFEST ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS?

Visa and Mastercard are only accepted at token tents. Oktoberfest tokens are the official currency of the event, and the only payment accepted throughout the venue. There is NO convenience fee for using a credit card at the token tents to purchase tokens. There will be ATMs available throughout the Vail Oktoberfest venue.

 

WHAT ARE OKTOBERFEST TOKENS?

Oktoberfest tokens are the official currency of the event, and the only payment accepted throughout the venue.  You can use a credit card or cash to purchase tokens at designated tents throughout the festival. Vail Oktoberfest tokens are valued $1 Token for $1 USD or $5 Token for $5 USD.  

 

HOW CAN I GET A VAIL OKTOBERFEST STEIN?

Vail Oktoberfest™ steins will be available for purchase at the token tents, each weekend, while supplies last. You can purchase a 1L Vail Oktoberfest™ Stein for $35, a 0.5L Vail Oktoberfest™ Ceramic Stein for $30 or a 0.5L Vail Oktoberfest™ Glass Stein for $25. With each purchase of a Vail Oktoberfest™ Stein, your first beer will be complimentary. You can fill a 1L Vail Oktoberfest stein for $14 in tokens or a .5L stein for $7 in tokens.

 

DO I HAVE TO PURCHASE A STEIN TO BUY BEER AT VAIL OKTOBERFEST?

Beer will be available to purchase regardless of whether or not you have a Vail Oktoberfest Stein. Without the purchase of a stein, the cost of beer, food, and other beverages will range from approximately 2-10 tokens each. 

 

ARE DOGS ALLOWED?

Dogs are allowed at Vail Oktoberfest as long as they don't become a problem. No dogs may be tied up and left unattended. If a dog becomes a problem, the owner, with the dog, will be asked to leave the event venue.

 

IS THERE AN AGE REQUIREMENT?

All ages are welcome although you must be 21 and older to enjoy the alcoholic beverages at Vail Oktoberfest.

 

WHERE DO I PARK?

Free parking is available in both the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures on the South Frontage Road. The Town of Vail also has an extensive public bus system: https://www.vailgov.com/bus-schedules. All guests are strongly encouraged to utilize the TOV bus system and avoid drinking and driving at all costs. Vail PD, the Eagle County Sheriff, and the CO State Patrol have zero tolerance and will enforce DUI laws to the fullest!

 

CAN I VOLUNTEER?

Highline would love your help with Oktoberfest. If you are a trustworthy and hard worker, please email info@gohighline.com for current volunteer opportunities.

 

I'M INTERESTED IN SPONSORING OKTOBERFEST, WHO DO I CONTACT?

Please contact Missy Johnson at Highline 970.476.6797 ext. 715 or email missy@gohighline.com if you would like to be a sponsor of Vail Oktoberfest.

 

I'M INTERESTED IN DONATING PRIZES OR BEING A VENDOR AT OKTOBERFEST EVENTS, WHO DO I CONTACT?

Please contact Missy Johnson at Highline 970.476.6797 ext. 715 or email missy@gohighline.com if you would like to donate prizes to Oktoberfest events including the Brat-eating and/or Keg Bowling Contests.

 

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