It’s time for beer and schnitzel again!
DOVER- Like most German-themed Oktoberfest events, the 21st annual Mount Snow Oktoberfest will have plenty of beer, schnitzel, and oom-pah music; but throw in kids games, pumpkin painting, an apple slingshot and the famous “schnitzel toss,” and there’s two days of fun for the whole family! A Columbus Day weekend tradition since 1997, the Mount Snow Oktoberfest is one of the signature festivals and was named The Best Fall Event in VT for 2018 by Yankee Magazie.
The 21st annual celebration of Oktoberfest will be held Columbus Day weekend on Saturday and Sunday, October 6 and 7, from 11 am to 5 pm at Mount Snow. The weekend kicks off with a running start on Saturday morning at the fifth annual Gulp and Gallop 5K. This fun race is designed for “athletic beer drinkers,” featuring four laps around the base area, with racers downing a glass of beer between laps. Registration is available online and check-in opens at 8:30 am on Saturday with the race starting at 9 am. Kids who would like to partake in a little running can stick around for the Kool Aid 1K at 2 pm, which is free of charge.
In addition to traditional Oktoberfest staples, such as seasonal beer offerings from more than 25 different German and domestic breweries and authentic German food, there will be plenty of games and activities such as a keg toss, yodeling contest, and a horseshoe tournament. This event has something for the whole family, complete with a kids zone where families can find festival games like beanbag toss, a bouncy house, pumpkin painting, and other kid-friendly activities. The wonderbar Oberlaendler Hofbrau Band will keep event goers dancing all weekend long to the sounds of their authentic oompah music. Back again this year is the popular Touch-A-Truck display where children can check out, up close, some of the heavy equipment Mount Snow uses, including a snow-cat, pipe-cutting Zaug, excavator, front-end loader, and more.
With Oktoberfest corresponding with peak fall foliage season, the Bluebird Express will be open each day of the festival for scenic rides to the summit. The Bullwheel will be open with beer and food as well. Please note: due to high demand, we will have to limit uphill capacity to the summit. Check with the lift staff about wait times before going for a ride. The best time to go is before 2 pm.
For shoppers looking to get a jump-start on holiday shopping, the 45th annual Harvest Arts & Crafts Show will also be open in the main base lodge from 10 am to 5 pm both days of Oktoberfest. The craft fair will feature over 50 vendors including local artisans, specialty food makers, and more. The craft fair is conveniently located throughout the Main Base Lodge and base area. Admission to the craft fair only is free. Expect to see original works of art, handmade jewelry and furniture, sample homemade fudge, and speak face to face with the purveyors.
Oktoberfest cost depends on how festival-goers plan the weekend. A one-day drinker costs $30 online presale or $40 the day of at the window. The two-day drinker costs $40 online presale or $50 the day of at window. A one-day nondrinker costs $15 online presale or $20 the day of at the window. The two-day nondrinker costs $20 online presale or $25 the day of at the window. A one-day minor, ages 7 to 20, costs $15 online presale or $20 the day of at the window. The two-day minor, ages 7 to 20, costs $20 online presale or $25 the day of at window. Children 6 and under are free. The adult drinker cost includes a souvenir stein and one token per day. The nondrinker and minor passes include a water bottle and one free soda per day. For more information visit www.mountsnow.com/oktoberfest.