Old Breckenridge wooden structure in greyscale
A family dressed up for Oktoberfest

Breckenridge event organizers are planning on hosting the 2nd Annual OktoberFEAST September 24-26, 2021 with a series of German-themed beer, wine and food pairings at a number of restaurants throughout town. Plans for the traditional, large scale Oktoberfest on Main Street will not take place this year due to ongoing public safety concerns surrounding large groups of people. Potential smaller scale alternatives are currently under review. Please check back for updated information. Thank you for your understanding.

oktober-FEAST will adhere to all public health and safety regulations required for Colorado.


The Basics

Kids dancing in a circle during Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest if perfect for the whole family!

Breckenridge Oktoberfest has earned itself top podium positioning as the largest street party in the Rocky Mountains. This three-day weekend of dancing, eating, lederhosen and all the Paulaner Bier you can drink is an absolute must-do. For those with little lieblings in tow, there are special tactics to ensure your Breckenridge Oktoberfest is a memorable and fun family tradition. Plan ahead with these smart fest-goer tips for a family friendly Oktoberfest! 

Tickets: Entry to the event is free for all! But with a big day of eating, activities and drinking ahead, there’s one thing that’s important: Don’t forget some cash for all the extra fun! Most food vendors and the family play area activities will only take cash. Beers require tokens which can be purchased with cash or card at the entry.

Bathrooms and ATMS: Restrooms are located throughout the event (look for portable toilets off Main Street on sides streets and behind the main stage at the Riverwalk Center). Bathrooms are also available at the Riverwalk Center (150 W. Adams Ave.) and at the Breckenridge Welcome Center (203 S. Main St.) The closest ATMs are located at Downstairs at Eric’s (111 S. Main St.) and La Cima Mall (520 S Main St).  Additional ATMs are available at nearby 1st Bank, US Bank, Alpine Bank and Bank of the West, as well as inside Fatty’s.

Steins: Pre-purchase your stein ahead of time online (they sell out every year) and simply pick them up at the event! Plus, you’ll get two beer tokens included allowing you to head straight to the beer booth.

See the full Oktoberfest schedule and details


Visit Friday or Sunday for a calmer atmosphere

Oktoberfest vendors and festival goers in the street
Friday and Sunday at Oktoberfest is usually quieter but just as fun.

Front Range visitors have yet to arrive Friday afternoon and by Sunday morning, the folks who went big on Saturday are at home sleeping it off, leaving you with next-to-nothing lines for mugs, food and beer. Better yet, purchase steins and drink tickets in advance (they sell out every year). When you arrive, simply head to the stein pick-up booth on the corner of Main and Adams across from Whiskey Star Smokehouse. Bonus: When you pre-order your stein online, you’ll also receive two beer tokens!


Leave those fur babies at home

Dog with a beer stein and text "No pets allowed"

Breckenridge Oktoberfest is a pet-free event. We all love our four-legged friends, but we kindly ask that you leave them safely at home or at doggy daycare during the event.


Be an early bird

If you visit on Saturday—the busiest day of the three days—many families follow the “come early, leave early” motto and dip-out early afternoon before reveler shenanigans and beer lines hit high gear. Plus, you know, nap time.  Spend the rest of the afternoon hitting the trails, cooling off in the pool, or discovering Breckenridge activities off Main Street. Oktoberfest starts at 2:00PM on Friday and 11:00AM on Saturday and Sunday.



Kids eating large soft pretzels
There’s plenty of kid-sized fun at Oktoberfest!

With dozens of food vendor at the festival, you’re sure to find something even the pickiest of kids will enjoy! Try a head-sized Bavarian pretzel to share, baked mac n’ cheese or a giant turkey leg! Don’t avoid the food booths with shorter lines. Yes, some of the most popular, authentic German cuisines will have a line through town, but every vendor has been hand-selected for deliciousness. Trust us. We’ve done the taste tests!

If you’re looking for a quick break, sit down for lunch at one of Breckenridge’s many family-driven restaurants or cool off with an ice cream break. College football fans: Chances are your favorite team will be playing on this lovely fall Saturday. Pop into Ollie’s, Fatty’s, or the Breckenridge Brewery to order some wings and lunch for the kids while catching a quarter or two. Here’s a list of our favorite sports bars in Breckenridge.


Dress for comfort

A young girl wearing sunglasses and dancing
Lederhosen is not required to Polka.

Wear your favorite walking shoes and pack layers, sunglasses, sunscreen, and sun hats. The weather in September is typically sunny with crisp fall air mornings and evenings. Load the kids up with water and sunscreen and don’t forget to reapply yourself.


Carry for Comfort

Pushing a stroller or pulling a wagon through a crowd can be cumbersome. Hiking packs are best—the kids have an overhead festival view and the pack’s pockets hold all of your essentials, so your hands are free for steins and gigantic pretzels. For infants, wear your infant in a wraparound or front carrier so you’ll be hands-free for fun (just be careful where you spill your beer)! Older kids will love the Family Zone, dance floor near the stages and picnic benches to munch on snacks and soak in the sunshine.  Parents will love that they can bring their beer into the Family Zone.


Do the Chicken Dance

Polka dancers during Oktoberfest
Practice your polka! They’ll be 15 hours of live polka music throughout the three-day festival.

Make sure little ones feel involved and not just towed from booth to booth. Head to the main stage in the center of town and dance together to oompah and polka tunes.


Family Fun For Everyone Zone

Kids playing in bounce houses
There are plenty of family zones away from the crowds at Oktoberfest.

Walk across the river to the Family Fun Zone on the Riverwalk Center lawn to get those kiddos tuckered out! The open-air play area is available all three days with a free bounce house and other paid activities. Sprawl out on the lush lawn and let the kiddos do cartwheels or jump from rock to rock in the Blue River. Parents: You can bring your stein and drink beer over here! Win, win.

Winter Stoke Time

While you’re over this way, head inside the Riverwalk Center building and hit the Breckenridge Ski and Board Swap. Score incredible deals on new and locally loved winter gear while supporting Team Summit athletes.

Other Kid-Friendly Activities

Child and parent going down the coaster
Head to Breckenridge Resort’s Epic Discovery for some family fun!

Take breaks from Main Street for family adventures and bike along the rec path, go on a mellow hike from town, or play by the river. Ride the free gondola to the base of Peak 8 and pencil in some Epic Discovery. You’ll find everything from alpine slides and a coaster to ziplines and mini-golf. Saturday is a perfect day to break away – most visitors are at the festival, leaving you with fewer crowds outside of Main Street.

This is also the perfect time for fall leaf-peeping around Breckenridge. We’re one of the first places in the U.S. you can watch the leaves change color – take a hike, stroll or scenic car ride through aspen fields.

Stay the Night

The pool area at Grand Lodge on Peak 7.
The pool area at Grand Lodge on Peak 7.

Beat the weekend rush by coming up to Breckenridge on a Thursday or Friday morning or by leaving on a Monday. Traffic can get heavy during peak times like Friday and Sunday afternoons. Stay a night or two- you’ll be able to add on some extra summer activities and enjoy prime pool and hot tub time as a family.

If you’re staying at a local lodge or hotel, utilize their free shuttle service into town or take the free bus system so you don’t have to worry about finding or paying for parking in town.

Have Fun!

Most importantly, relax, take in the stunning mountain scenery, and enjoy this beautiful time of year in Breckenridge!

Learn more about Oktoberfest in Breckenridge.

    By Lisa Blake
    The Breckenridge Tourism Office works to enhance and promote the unique character and experience of Breckenridge as a world-renowned destination resort and to represent, serve and perpetuate the common interest and character of its membership and community.Lisa Blake is a regular contributor. The Breckenridge-based freelance writer, editor and mom enjoys researching and sharing stories on health, wellness, dining and the outdoors. Find her work in Breckenridge Magazine, The Purist,, and at