August 28, 2013
Filed Under North Tahoe Events
Squaw 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