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Oktoberfest Event in New Mexico

Being named “ The Land of Enchantment,” New Mexico surely doesn’t shy away from enchanting us with its warm and hearty Oktoberfest celebrations throughout the state. From the Taos Ski Valley to Los Almos, New Mexico celebrates German culture and adds local Mexican spices and flavors.

While Oktoberfest is widely recognized as a grand beer tradition, did you know it came into being because of King Ludwig’s wedding celebration to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen in 1810? At that time, it was simply five days of horse races. However, it quickly became an annual tradition in Germany and later in significant locations worldwide, like New Mexico.

Locations of Oktoberfest New Mexico

Locations of major Oktoberfest celebrations in New Mexico include:

  • Taos Ski Valley: Tao Ski Valley Resort, NM 87525, United States
  • Ruodiso: Ruidoso Convention Center 111 Sierra Blanca Dr,Ruidoso,NM,United States
  • Los Alamos: Boese Brew Co.

Some Major Oktoberfest Celebrations In New Mexico

New Mexico offers some of the best Oktoberfest celebrations in several different places, such as:

Oktoberfest Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico

Ernie and Rhonda Blake began building the Taos Ski Valley in 1955 with one goal: to bring the colorful and beautiful European culture to this region of the United States. This emphasis is visible as you move closer to the mountains and drive up the base lodges to see the marvelous architecture.

Tao Ski Valley is also known as the lover’s paradise because of its beautiful lift lines, steep mountains, and green trees stretching as far as the eye can see. But now, you can indulge in the beauty of the landscape at Taos Ski Valley and attend the fantastic Oktoberfest celebrations here.

Typically held over a weekend by the end of September, this festival is jam-packed with activities welcoming the fall season in pure German style. This includes a traditional Schuhplatter band, loads of German food, beer, live music, and activities you can enjoy while soaking in the serene beauty of the alpine region. If you’re visiting this area outside the Oktoberfest season, check out a really cool and authentic alpine lodge called The Bavarian, which is at the bottom of Lift 4 and serves a large selection of German beers.

Oktoberfest Ruidoso, New Mexico

The classic Oktoberfest is slowly becoming a beloved annual tradition in beautiful Midtown Ruidoso, Sothern, New Mexico. The Downshift Brewing Company hosts this event and many fun activities like:

  • King & Queen of Oktoberfest Best Dressed Contest
  • Stein Hoisting Competition
  • Chicken Dance Contest
  • Fun and Games for the whole Family!

In addition, live music will be played all day long on the big stage and inside the Hidden Tap. This one-day celebration is perfect for all ages, so be sure to attend if you’re nearby.

Oktoberfest Los Alamos,New Mexico

Boese Brew Co. celebrates its annual Oktoberfest at Ashley Pond in Los Alamos. The festival opens with the iconic band Garry Blackchild and the Ghost Trio‘s performance, followed by ABBAQuerque (an ABBA cover band) and headliner Reviva at 6:30 pm. This year, the Brewfest will feature beer from six brewers : 

  • Boese Brew Co
  • Bathtub Row
  • Red River
  • Marble
  • Tractor Brewery 
  • Sidetrack Brewery

“We had such a positive reaction to last year’s Oktoberfest that we wanted to come back and make it better than ever,” says George Boese, co-owner of Boese Brew Co. 

He also discussed the importance of such activities in family-focused cities like Los Alamos. It is important to note that Boese Brew Co. also partnered up with Explora Abq to launch a bounce obstacle course and offer interactive science-based entertainment to the people of Los Almos.

Tickets will be available online and at the door. VIP tickets for this event are $45, general admission adult tickets are $20, and non-drinking adult and children tickets are $10!

Date and Time of Oktoberfest New Mexico

Oktoberfest in New Mexico occurs every year between September 21 and October 19, mainly over the weekends. The weather is favorable during this time, making it ideal for outdoor activities.

  • Taos Ski Valley: September 21-September 22
  • Ruidiso: September 30, 11:00 AM -10:00 PM
  • Los Alamos: October 19, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Dress Code for Oktoberfest New Mexico

Traditional costumes have always been part of the Oktoberfest. However, the current trend to wear Lederhosen and Dirndl has gained prominence in the modern fashion industry, and many people believe it's necessary to wear the Trachten to any Oktoberfest celebration. 

This couldn’t be further from the truth, as Oktoberfest promotes a hospitable and comfortable environment and encourages people to dress up in whatever they like. Many visitors try different versions of Alpine Bavarian clothing and add new and personal touches, which are always a delight to see at such celebrations.

Tips For Making the Most of Oktoberfest New Mexico

  • At Oktoberfest celebrations, beers are served in 16-oz cups or 1-liter “ Mass Biers,” so keep space for that and don’t take a lot of liquids before the festival. However, it’s best to keep a water bottle with you to sip throughout the day so you don’t get headaches.
  • Since New Mexico Oktoberfest beers have a higher alcohol content, like 5.8-6.3 %, it's best to pace yourself and start slow. Start with the lighter Radler ( a mix of pale ale and lemon-lime soda) to quench your thirst.
  • One tends to get a little tipsy during Oktoberfest, but remember, dancing on tables is not allowed. It’s against Oktoberfest etiquette, and you can even get kicked out because of it.

FAQs

How much should you tip at New Mexico Oktoberfest?

The most reasonable tip at Oktoberfest is 10-15% of your total bill. And yes, giving a bit extra tip will ensure the servers serve you quicker and better than others.

What food is available at the Oktoberfest celebrations in New Mexico?

Many German foods, such as bratwursts, pretzels, and strudel, and traditional Mexican foods, like enchiladas and tacos, are available. This combination offers festival-goers a unique blend of German and Mexican cuisine.

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