Get ready for tasty food, delicious beverages, live music and family fun because Snowbird’s 42nd Annual Oktoberfest returns on Saturdays and Sundays starting August 15 through October 11. Voted one of America’s 10 Best Oktoberfests by Men’s Journal magazine, this family-friendly festival is expected to attract over 60,000 visitors, making it one of the largest festivals in Utah. While many flock here for an extensive list of Munich crafts and brews, it’s the local Utah food, authentic music, festive entertainment and free admission that really get us excited for the ultimate German celebration.
Here are a few highlights to expect at this year’s Oktoberfest:
- The Food Scene—Get ready to munch on authentic Bavarian eats including bratwurst with sauerkraut, spiced sausage, pretzels and more! Snowbird will also be serving up some delicious German sweets including apple strudel and German chocolate cake. Of course, adults can pair their meals with a wide variety of domestic or foreign beer for the full Oktoberfest experience.
- Music and Entertainment—You can’t have that German festival vibe without traditional Bavarian music and entertainment. For those sitting in the large food tent, your meal will be accompanied by traditional German music, dancing and yes, a little yodeling. Guests can also find other local artists performing outside the food tent at the Aerie from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday.
- Rides—Similar to Germany’s Oktoberfest, which features a huge carnival packed with rides, games and endless fun, Snowbird keeps its kid-friendly attractions open throughout the festival season. So if your kids are attending, be sure to check out some of the rides with them including the Mountain Coaster, Alpine Slide, Vertical Drop and the Bungee Trampoline. Children can also enjoy face painting, bounce houses, balloon sculptures and dancing around the venue.
- Dress—While it’s common for men and women to wear traditional Bavarian dress at Oktoberfest in Germany, the Snowbird dress code is more relaxed, with shorts and jeans being the most common options. However, if you want to dress for the occasion, men should consider sporting the traditional lederhosen while women can wear the traditional Bavarian dirndl dress. Musical performers and servers will also be sporting traditional German attire.
Other event highlights:
- Military Appreciation Weekends: Active and veteran military and their families receive a free Tram ride the first two weekends of Oktoberfest (Aug. 15-16 and Aug. 22-23).
- Oktoberfest Getaway: Want to make a weekend out of it? Lodging, daily breakfast and unlimited summer activities start at $95/night during Oktoberfest. Book here!
We can’t wait to celebrate with you! Click here to for complete details.
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