Beer and the outdoors at Snowbird’s annual Oktoberfest
There’s nothing greater on this earth then the feeling you get when you combine quality microbrew and fresh mountain air outdoors. There’s no better time or place to do it then at Snowbird’s annual Oktoberfest. This year the oompah and prost! begins on August 18th.
Snowbird expects more than 50,000 visitors will drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon for beer, German food, live music, dancing, and children’s activities at Snowbird every Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day through Oct. 7. Festival-goers can also expect new rides and games, expanded food and wine options, and an even bigger Oktoberfest than before.
Plus, if you’re a member of the military (past or present), Snowbird is offering free Aerial Tram rides to you and your family, as well as a discounted lodging rate of $89 plus taxes and fees for opening weekend, Aug. 18 and 19. Just bring your military identification to the ticket office on the Plaza Deck for a Tram ride, or to the front desk of your lodging accommodations at check-in.
Oktoberfest features live musical performances each day in the Snowbird Event Center tent from acts like the Salzburger Echo and Polkatones. Visitors will find art for all tastes at “Der Marktplatz,” where more than 35 local and regional artists will display and sell handmade arts and crafts. On the Oktoberfest menu you’ll find bratwurst, sauerkraut, apple strudel, pretzels and Bavarian roasted almonds. New this year, Snowbird will be offering a wine and cheese booth, as well as Belgian Liége Waffles and Pommes Frites. And it wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without beer! Local Utah breweries will be on hand slinging pints to the thirsty masses.
Special Oktoberfest entertainment and activities for kids will include a new Hi Striker giant hammer game, a roaming accordionist, Shan the Juggler/Magician, Dale the Yo-Yo Man, face painting, caricature artists, and more. Alp horns will chorus the festivities daily at 3:15 p.m. from Hidden Peak.
Grand Oktoberfest will take place Labor Day weekend, and will feature Art Brogli, an original Snowbird Oktoberfest performer, who will yodel and play the accordion. A Grand Procession will take place at 2:10, with the official keg tapping and toasting.
As always, admission to Oktoberfest is free. Hours are noon to 6 p.m.
Of course, while you’re up there enjoying a cold brew and brat, you may as well take a Tram ride to the top of Hidden Peak, or go for a hike/mountain bike ride among Snowbird’s alpine scenery.
For more information, visit www.snowbird.com