Snowmass turns Bavarian with second Oktoberfest
SNOWMASS VILLAGE ” A taste of Old Europe comes to Snowmass Village this weekend with the second annual Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday.
Pull out the lederhosen, beer steins and dancing shoes as Snowmass pays tribute to the harvest season with an all-day outdoor festival to celebrate the changing colors.
“This is the only Oktoberfest celebration in the Roaring Fork Valley that we know of, and it’s poised to quickly become a long-standing autumn tradition in Snowmass, much like Mardi Gras is to February or St. Paddy’s Day is to March,” said Susan Hamley, marketing director for Snowmass Village.
“Oktoberfest is an excellent excuse to get outside and enjoy the crisp fall air and gorgeous fall views in Snowmass,” she added. “With free music ranging from traditional German bands to the more modern rock sound of Kan’Nal, free kids’ activities and delicious German food and beer flowing all day long, it promises to be a great time for all.”
Oktoberfest runs from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday in the Snowmass Village Mall with free music and dance performances, and $3 beers from Tommyknocker Brewery, Samuel Adams, Tabernash and Warsteiner.
For the kids, Sparkles the Clown, Jammin’ Jim the Juggler, Kimothy the Stilt Walker and a House of Bounce will fill the end of the Snowmass Mall.
Food vendors will offer traditional German fare such as bratwurst, homemade German potato salad, sauerkraut, and apple desert.
The event’s musical lineup starts at noon with Alpine Echo playing traditional German polka tunes and returning to the stage from 2-3 p.m. At 1 and 4 p.m., the D’Miesbacher OIM Taler German Dance Group will perform traditional “Schuhplatte” or shoe patting dances.
The Boulder Acoustic Society will play an eclectic mix of jazz, bluegrass and rock ‘n’ roll at the ticket pavilion at 1:30 and 3 p.m.
At 5 p.m., the vibe changes from Germanesque to groovy as psychedelic rock group Kan’Nal closes out the celebration with a free two-hour concert. As much a stage show as a concert, Kan’Nal promises ancient rhythm and instruments blended with futuristic technologies. Kan’Nal performed at Mountain Fair and for Jazz Aspen Snowmass music festival-goers over Labor Day. The group returns by popular demand to round out the Oktoberfest festivities.
For more information, call 1-800-SNOWMASS or visit http://www.snowmassvillage.com
– What: Second Annual Oktoberfest
– When: 12-7 p.m. Saturday
– Where: Snowmass Village
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