It’s time to dust off those steins and practice your keg bowling skills, Oktoberfest is here! Whether you travel to Beaver Creek for the day, take the Gore Creek path to Lionshead Village for the festivities, or hop on the bus to Vail, there will be no lack of beer and fun. If you have never been to an Oktoberfest, you have 3 weeks to get out and take advantage of this exciting tradition. Here is what's on tap:

September 3-4 – Beaver Creek

All day fun on Saturday and Sunday with Helmut Fricker and his alpenhorn, and stay into the evening for Queen Nation. Yes, that’s a Queen Tribute Band! If your hangover is tolerable, get out on Sunday morning for the Beaver Creek Shuffle, a 5k or 10k run/walk through the trails of Beaver Creek.

To sign up for the Beaver Creek Shuffle, go to www.beavercreek.com

September 9-11 – Lionshead Village
September 16-18 – Vail Village

Enjoy Helmut Fricker and oom-pah-pah tunes throughout the day, and free concerts into the evening (bands TBD). There will be a kid’s fun area with entertainment, brat eating contests, and keg bowling. On Sunday September 18, the Oktoberfest Fun Run will be a nice way to end the event. It’s a 5k or 10k run/walk that’s suitable for kids and adults of all ages.

To sign up for the brat eating contest, keg bowling, and the Fun Run, go to www.vail-oktoberfest.com

Here's a peek at a past Oktoberfest in Vail.  Cheers to Fall in the mountains!