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Snowbird's Oktoberfest: A Utah Tradition

Snowbird's Oktoberfest

Snowbird's Oktoberfest is a beloved Utah tradition that has been around since 1972. Here's what you need to know about this annual event:

What is Oktoberfest?

Oktoberfest is a festival that originated in 19th-century Bavaria, when King Ludwig called for a state fair in Munich to celebrate his autumn marriage. In Utah, it wasn't until 1972, one year after Snowbird opened, that the festival took root. Today, Snowbird's Oktoberfest is one of the largest festivals in Utah, attracting thousands of visitors each year.

What Can You Expect?

Snowbird's Oktoberfest is a family-friendly event that offers a variety of activities, food, and drinks. The festival includes a biergarten with more than 50 varieties of beer, including traditional German-style beers and those made by Utah breweries, such as Moab Brewery, Bohemian, Uinta, and Squatters. There's also live music, dancing (don't forget to dance the polka), and plenty of food, including bratwurst, sauerkraut, and pretzels.

When and Where is it?

Snowbird's Oktoberfest occurs every year from mid-August to mid-October, taking place every Saturday and Sunday, along with Labor Day. The event is held at Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, which is located in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Admission to Oktoberfest is free, and the event runs from noon to 6 pm.

Tips for Attending Snowbird's Oktoberfest

If you're attending Snowbird's Oktoberfest for the first time, here are a few tips to help you make the most of your experience:

  • Arrive early to avoid crowds and find parking.

  • Bring cash, as some vendors may not accept credit cards.

  • Wear comfortable shoes, as the festival is held on uneven terrain.

  • Consider taking public transportation, as parking can be limited.

  • Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on in the biergarten.

If you're looking for a fun and family-friendly event to attend in Utah, Snowbird's Oktoberfest is definitely worth checking out. With plenty of food, beer, and activities, it's a great way to celebrate the autumn season and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Little Cottonwood Canyon.

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