When is Oktoberfest
The highly-anticipated festival begins each August and lasts for eight weeks, taking place every Saturday, Sunday, and Labor Day. It’s probably the greatest beer festival Utah has to offer, so don’t miss out!
Held annually from mid-August through mid-October;
Snowbird’s Oktoberfest attracts more than 60,000 visitors each year making one of the largest festivals in Utah. Every Saturday and Sunday, you can party and play with between 3,000 to 7,000 attendees, drinking everything from American pale ale to stout made with a wide variety of hops and brew methods. Admission to Oktoberfest is free, and the event runs from noon to 6:00 p.m.
The annual festival includes a biergarten offering more than 50 varieties of beer. This includes traditional German-style beers and those made by Utah breweries, including Moab Brewery, Bohemian, Uinta, and Squatters; the latter brewer makes the Snowbird Dunkelweiss. Save a few dollars on beers by reusing your previously-purchased, 1-liter Snowbird Oktoberfest beer stein or mug. Or buy a new mug, keep coming back every year and start a collection — either way. For other libation options, visit the wine garden and a Jagermeister tent.
Oktoberfest food choices include select German favorites, such as bratwurst, weisswurst, sauerkraut, apple strudel, spaetzle, beef rouladen, pretzels, and Bavarian roasted almonds. Beer and food are purchased a la carte.
Don’t miss the live music from two stages, with traditional-esque German music (and a few dancing guests) in the large food tent, and local artists performing on the Chickadee stage. The famous alphorns billow beautiful notes from the top of Hidden Peak daily at 3:15 p.m.; take the Aerial Tram up to enjoy the show.
Der Marktplatz offers more than 25 local and regional artists display and sell cool handmade arts and crafts. And there’s a number of summer activities for all ages, including favorites the Alpine Slide, Mountain Flyer, bungee trampolines, and kids’ inflatables. Snowbird’s epic trails remain open for mountain biking, scooters, and hiking — to burn off all of those beer and brat calories.
Additional Planning Information and Parking
No pets are allowed in the canyon unless by special permit (canyon residents, service and rescue dogs).
As of 2016, due to the overwhelming popularity of this event and limited parking at the resort, we strongly encourage guests to consider carpooling with friends and family. To that end, during these event days, Snowbird will be charging $10 (cash-only) for parking in lots accessed via Entries 1, 2 and 4. Credit cards are accepted for food and drink; some event vendors are cash-only and an ATM is available onsite.