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Oktoberfest Event Celebrations In Vermont

Every fall in Vermont, when the trees change color, and the beautiful orange, yellow, and red hillsides transform into a glamorous color of crispy leaves, Oktoberfest arrives with the lovely sounds of Bavarian folk music and the smell of freshly made pretzels. 

Oktoberfest Vermont was started in 2015 by Red Clover Events and was a staple for the community each September until it was put on hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19. Yet, even during this hiatus, the spirit of celebration lives on at Stratton Mountain Resort with the Columbus Day Brewfest.

Locations for Oktoberfest Vermont

The Oktoberfest activities in Vermont are a fun way to relax, and the beautiful view of the mountainous region makes it even more memorable.

  • Burlington: Waterfront Park, 20 Lake St, Burlington 
  • Stratton:5 Village Lodge Rd, Stratton Mountain,
  • Pomfret:247 Stage Rd, South Pomfret,

History of the Oktoberfest in Vermont

The first Oktoberfest Celebration was organized in Vermont back in 2015, thanks to the efforts of Red Clover Events. This event immediately acquired popularity in the Vermont community and has become an annual festival in September and October.

However, this event was postponed due to the infamous COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, which halted almost the entire world.

Some Major Oktoberfest Celebrations In Vermont

Some locations that consistently celebrate Oktoberfest in Vermont are:

Oktoberfest Burlington, Vermont

Every year, over a thousand people attend Burlington's Oktoberfest in Waterfront Park, making it one of Vermont's top celebrations of Bavarian beer, food, and culture. 

This year's Oktoberfest is scheduled for September 20 and 21, and promises to be a fantastic experience. It will include the following things:

  • 40 breweries offering over 100 types of beer
  • Keg tossing
  • Costume contest
  • Hole in one challenge
  • Inflatable obstacle course races
  • Axe throwing
  • Giant Plinko
  • Wheel of fortune

Oktoberfest Stratton, Vermont

The Columbus Day Brewfest, held at Stratton Mountain Resort in Vermont, adds a distinctive touch to fall festivities. This event, usually between October 12 and 14, is a lovely alternative to the conventional Oktoberfest celebrations. Visitors can spend a weekend exploring craft beer and celebrating autumn amidst Vermont's gorgeous fall scenery.

The Brewfest has lots of beers from local and regional breweries, allowing participants to enjoy various flavors and types. The event, set against the beautiful mountains, will also include live music, tasty food vendors, and exciting activities for people of all ages. It's an enjoyable event that has become a beloved tradition, attracting beer lovers and fall enthusiasts to appreciate the beauties of the season in Vermont.

Oktoberfest Pomfret, Vermont

Pomfret, with its rural charm, provides a more intimate Oktoberfest experience at a ski resort called Saskadena Six (previously known as Suicide Six Bike Park). While this event may be smaller than in larger cities like Burlington, it has a unique appeal.

Among the laid-back atmosphere, you'll experience a sense of community unlike any other. Starting discussions with strangers, sharing experiences over a pint, and participating in friendly competitions—Saskadena Six is where memories are built, set away in the middle of Vermont's countryside.

Dress Code for Oktoberfest Vermont

Men usually wear Lederhosen and an Alpine hat. Women typically wear Dirndl dresses. Other costumes, like jeans, polo shirts, skirts, etc, are also seen at the event. 

Trachten, however, is rich in history and reflects the region's cultural heritage. Wearing them not only enhances the joyful atmosphere but also demonstrates respect for Bavarian traditions. There are even costume contests every night in Vermont on the big stage!

Date and Time of Oktoberfest Vermont

The timings for major Oktoberfest celebrations are around mid-September to mid-October. The exact timings for this year are:

  • Suicide Six Bike Park: Oct 12-13 ( Saturday and Sunday)
  • Stratton Mountain Resort: Sep 28-Oct 15 from 12:30–3:30 pm & 6:30–9 
  • Waterfront Park: September 22: 6-10 pm; September 23, 5-9 pm

Tips For Making the Most of Oktoberfest Vermont

  • Bring your friends or family with you, as Oktoberfest is way more fun when you are with your loved ones.
  • Try all the German food as you can only get this chance again if you travel to Germany.
  • Attend the traditional activities at the event, like stein-holding competitions and costume shows.s

FAQs

Is there parking available at Vermont Oktoberfest?

There is very little parking on Lake Street near the waterfront. To avoid overcrowding on the Waterfront, we strongly encourage attendees to use the downtown parking garages.  If you have to drive, carpooling is usually a good idea. Remember to be cautious and have a designated driver if you are driving.


What does the Vermont Oktoberfest ticket include?

You’ll get an 8-ounce keepsake sample glass and 12 drink coupons. Each ticket is suitable for a 4 oz pour; two tickets equal a full 8 oz pour. Your ticket covers all games, events, and contests throughout the event.

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