Parker Oktoberfest 2017When: September 15, 16 & 17, 2017
Where: O’Brien Park, 10795 Victorian Dr., Parker, CO 80138 (corner of Parker Rd. and Mainstreet).
- Friday 6 – 10 p.m.
- Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission for the public of all ages.
The 12th Annual Parker Oktoberfest, September 15-17, will bring back the German charm with our original Paulaner beer and German food chefs, bands and dancers. We are delighted to have you with your family and friends enjoy this year’s event, which promises to be our best one yet.
NEW at Parker Oktoberfest this year!
The German Fairytale Land; learn about the German tale culture with fun visuals and interesting information.
First time ever, a dachshund race and a Dachshund costume contest; make sure you sign up your furry little darling for these events. A mustache competition – YES! You heard right! Do you have an incredible mustache to show off? Sign up soon. In addition, there will be a silent auction and raffle giveaways. Learn more about the German culture than you ever have before. As always, the kiddos will have lots to do as well. And don’t forget all our wonderful vendors who have lots to offer this year.
Oktoberfest Entertainment Schedule
- 6 pm – 7 pm Tanzkapelle
- 7 pm – 7:30 pm Chalet Dancers
- 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Tanzkapelle
- 8:30 pm – 9 pm Chalet Dancers
- 9 pm – 10 pm Tanzkapelle
- 11 am – 1 pm The Continentals
- 12 pm – 1 pm Parade and Keg Ceremony with the Mayor
- 1 pm – 1:30 pm Men and Women Stein Hoisting
- 1:30 pm – 2 pm Kids Stein Hoisting
- 2 pm – 2:30 pm Tanzkapelle
- 2:30 pm – 3 pm Denver Kickers
- 3 pm – 3:30 pm Tanzkapelle
- 3:30 pm – 4 pm Denver Kickers
- 4 pm – 5:30 pm Tanzkapelle
- 10 am – 1 pm Hilltop Harvest Band
- 1 pm – 1:30 pm Dachshund Race
- 1:30 – 2 pm Dachshund Costume contest
- 2 pm – 5 pm Tanzkapelle
Free admission for all. Go to parkeroktoberfest.com
Celebrating German Culture in Parker for the 12th Year!
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 celebrationThe 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.