Parker Oktoberfest 2019
When: September 13-15, 2019
Where: O’Brien Park, 10795 Victorian Dr., Parker, CO 80138 (corner of Parker Rd. and Mainstreet). Hours:
- FRIDAY 9/14 – 6pm-11pm
- SATURDAY 9/15 – 10am-11pm
- SUNDAY 9/16 – 10am-2pm Enjoy all things German while you explore our beer garden, kids area full of activities and fun, our vendors who have lots of goodies and services just for you! Eat, drink, play games, dance! Live performances throughout the event and don’t miss our German techno dance party Friday and Saturday night! The event is free! Food and drinks are available for purchase.
Admission to this family-friendly German-themed festival is FREE and the event includes a number of fun activities for children and adults. Come watch vignettes of the Grimm Brother’s tale spin-offs on our kid’s stage, or let the kiddos run loose in our kid’s area where vendors and sponsors will be providing activities and games to keep them entertained. Catch one of our several authentic German bands play on the main stage, sign up to compete in beer-relay games, or simply relax and play some lawn games while enjoying a Schnitzel and a cold brew. We will be hosting dachshund races and a Parker Oktoberfest pageant, so come participate or come watch the fun – either way you’ll have a great time.
Celebrating German Culture in Parker for the 14th Year!
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 out. Contact them here to volunteer.
Why is Oktoberfest celebrated in September?
There are a few different theories…
- The “Oktoberfest” started in Munich, Germany on 12th October 1810. It was a celebration to honor the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese. The public party was a huge hit so it became an annual celebration. The public party was a huge hit and from then on it has been continued until 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 batch of beer was started at the end of Oktoberfest and was ready in the spring for the next summer’s enjoyment.