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Summer Winds Down With Traditional Oktoberfest, Brew Fest Events

Snowbird-Oktoberfest-Beer Put on your traditional Bavarian outfit and belly up to the beer taps for Oktoberfests in the mountains of the West. (Snowbird/Facebook)

At many ski and snowboard resorts, October comes in September -- in the form of the lederhosen, dirndl, clogs, knee socks, and, of course, beer.

With hints of fall in the air, a number of resorts put on the Bavarian ritz for a final summer weekend of oom-pah bands, Chicken Dances, soft pretzels, and beer from around the region and world. 

Utah's Snowbird hosts one of the longest Oktoberfests in the U.S., with free entrance on Saturdays and Sundays through mid-October. Markets, games, food tents and beer bars gather around the base of the tram. Alphorns sound off daily off the summit.

Breckenridge fires up its 23rd Oktoberfest on Sept. 24-26. Downsized by Covid, this paid event convenes at the Riverwalk Center for two sessions a day of music, dancing, games and, of course, beer. Free family fair runs concurrently in Creative Arts District.

In Steamboat, OktoberWest goes off on Sept. 16 at Wildhorse Marketplace. Colorado breweries take the spotlight, along with music and all around fun for the afternoon. Tickets must be purchased.

A road trip to Idaho's Sun Valley might be just the ticket for the Ketchum Oktoberfesbuzz on Sept. 16-17. Sponsored by local Sawtooth Brewery, the festivities include hammerschlagen, a contest to see who can pound in a nail with the pointed hammerhead. There are, of course, beer-drinking contests and plenty of music.

And if California is your place, Mammoth Mountain hosts its Oktoberfest Sept. 16-18 in the Village of Mammoth near the base of the resort. Authentic Bavarian biers poured on tap, along with stein-holding, bier run and keg toss for the competitive. Entrance is free.

In Maine, Sunday River hosts the annual Maine Brew Fest September Session with as many as 100 craft beer and cider sampling from over 20 Maine breweries, September 18. 

Brewfest is one of Killington Vermont's most distinctive annual celebrations. Wet your whistle with a backdrop of Vermont's finest autumn foliage and enjoy live music, fabulous food offerings and over 80 of the finest craft beers in the region on September 25.

New Hamshire's White Mountain Oktoberfest returns Columbus Day weekend for two days of non-stop celebration at Loon Mountain with a taste of the Bavarian Alps during the region's largest celebration of German food, drink, and music, October 9-10.

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