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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
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Annual Oktoberfest at Squaw Sept 28

Posted on August 28, 2013
Filed Under North Tahoe Events

Tahoe Culture Oktoberfest at SquawSquaw Valley is hosting an Oktoberfest celebration complete with a Bratwurst Toss, authentic German beer and plenty of entertainment.

The annual Squaw Valley Oktoberfest will take place September 28, 2013 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Modeled after the original Oktoberfest, a 16-day annual festival held in Munich, Germany, Squaw Valley’s event is a fun day for the whole family.

Enjoy traditional German entertainment including performances by Joe Smiell and his 20-piece Bavarian band on the main stage. Additional music and dancing will take place on the First Street stage with the Almenrauch Schuhplattler Bavarian Folk Dancers and the Alpentanzer Schuhplattler Austrian Dance Troop accompanied by the Alpentanz Kapelle band.

Beer lovers can toast each other in the Village-wide Biergarten, where they will find a wide selection of authentic German brews including the annual favorite, Spaten. The first beer, sold in a commemorative festival glass, is $10. Additional beers will be available for $5, with all proceeds from beer sales benefiting the Tahoe Truckee Lacrosse Foundation.

In addition to the live music and beer tasting, event attendees can compete for prizes in the Oktoberfest Games. Intensity is high as festival-goers compete in the stein holding competition, keg-rolling race and the bratwurst toss. The games are just as much fun to watch as they are to play, and guests are encouraged to further get into the spirit of the event by wearing traditional lederhosen and dirndls.

In celebration of Oktoberfest, village restaurants will serve traditional German bratwurst with sauerkraut and a variety of other delicious foods served outside in the open air beer hall in the Tram Promenade. Oktoberfest also features a root beer float station for the kids – the perfect way to start or finish off the day.

Entrance to The Village at Squaw Valley’s Oktoberfest celebration and entertainment are free. Festival goers must be 21 years or older with a valid ID to purchase beer. No outside alcohol will be permitted.

Photo by Jason Kelley

Squaw Valley USA is hosting an Oktoberfest celebration complete with a Bratwurst Toss, authentic German beer and plenty of entertainment. The 9th Annual Squaw Valley Oktoberfest will transform The Village at Squaw Valley USA into a miniature Bavaria on October 2 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Modeled after the original Oktoberfest, a 16-day annual festival held in Munich, Germany, Squaw Valley’s event is a fun day for the whole family.  Guests gather for traditional German entertainment including performances by Joe Smiell and his 20-piece Bavarian band on the main stage. The Almenrauch Schuhplattler and Alpentanzer Schuhplattler Austrian Dance Troops also will entertain Oktoberfest visitors.

Event attendees can participate in games and compete for prizes. The Oktoberfest Games can get quite intense as festival goers compete in Stein Holding, plus Keg and Barrel-Rolling Races.  Meanwhile, the Bratwurst Toss will put a whole new spin on the game of catch as the traditional German sausages fly back and forth through the air. The games will bring a smile to spectators’ faces as they watch competitors go for the gusto. Guests are encouraged to get into the spirit of the event by wearing traditional Lederhosen and Austrian clothing.

Beer lovers can toast each other in the Biergarten, where they’ll find a wide selection of authentic German brews including Gordon Biersch, Spaten Premium lager, Spaten Oktoberfest, Trumer Pilsner, and Franziskaner Hefeweizen. The first glass of beer is $10, which includes a 1/2-liter festival glass and one beer. Additional beer tickets will be available for $5.

Guests also can savor traditional German bratwurst with sauerkraut and a variety of other items served at the eight Village restaurants, including a root beer float station – the perfect way to finish off your day.

The event celebrates one of the most spectacular times of the year in the Sierra, when the aspen trees are ablaze in gold, red and orange and the days are pleasantly cool. Fully enjoy this event and season by booking The Village at Squaw’s Oktoberfest lodging package, which includes two beer steins, six beer tickets and overnight accommodations in a one-bedroom condo suite, starting at $79.60 per person. To book, call 866-818-6963 or visit www.TheVillageatSquaw.com and use code SMMR.

The Village at Squaw Valley’s Oktoberfest celebration and entertainment are free, but proceeds from beer sales benefit the Tahoe Truckee Lacrosse Foundation.  Must be 21 years or older with a valid ID to purchase beer.

For more information on The Village at Squaw Valley Oktoberfest, visit www.Squaw.com or call (530) 584-6266.

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