A Utah tradition.
It’s about more than just bending elbows. Oktoberfest at Snowbird is a family-friendly affair with activities, food, and, of course, brews for days — weeks actually. The highly-anticipated festival begins mid-August and lasts through mid-October, taking place every Saturday and Sunday, along with Labor Day. It’s probably the greatest beer festival Utah has to offer, so don’t miss out!
Snowbird’s Oktoberfest attracts thousands of visitors each year making it one of the largest festivals in Utah. Admission to Oktoberfest is free and the event runs from Noon - 6 pm.
Don’t miss the live music from two stages, with traditional-esque German music (and a few dancing guests) in the large food tent. The famous Alphorns billow beautiful notes from the Plaza Deck daily at 3 pm.
Other Oktoberfest Activities
Der Marktplatz offers more than 30 local and regional artist's crafts for sale. Summer activities included favorites such as the Woodward WreckTangle, Mountain Coaster, Bungee Trampolines and Kids’ Inflatables, Alpine Slide and more.
Major League Eating
The 3rd Annual Snowbird Bratwurst Eating Championship, an official sanctioned Major League Eating event, happens August 24 and features top ranked Major League Eaters from around the United States.
The origins of Oktoberfest date back to 19th-century Bavaria, when King Ludwig called for a state fair in Munich to celebrate his autumn marriage. Here in Utah, it wasn’t until 1973 — 2 years after Snowbird opened — when the festival took root.
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. 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 outdoor bar at The Forklift. 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.
Special Note: Due to the overwhelming popularity of this event and limited parking at the resort, we strongly encourage guests to consider carpooling. To that end, during these event days, Snowbird will be charging a fee for parking in lots accessed via Entries 1, 2 and 4.
No pets are allowed in the canyon, in the lodges or kept in vehicles during your visit, except by special permit (canyon residents, rescue and service dogs). Little Cottonwood Canyon is part of the Salt Lake City Protected Watershed. For more information, visit keepitpure.com.