Squaw Valley kicks off fall with the return of Oktoberfest, featuring authentic German craft beer, food, music and Bavarian-themed competitions


Olympic Valley, Calif. – The Village at Squaw Valley welcomes the return of the 14th annual Oktoberfest during the first weekend of fall on September 24, where the Village will transform into a miniature Bavaria featuring authentic German beer and food, Bavarian music and performances, and popular competitive Oktoberfest games. Supporting the local community, all proceeds from beer sales at Oktoberfest benefit the High Sierra Lacrosse Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports student athletes developing in the sport of lacrosse. Last year’s festival raised over $14,000 for High Sierra Lacrosse. Entry into the event is free and festival goers must be 21 years or older with a valid ID to purchase beer. Oktoberfest takes place Saturday, September 24 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Lederhosen and dirndls are encouraged.


“The annual Oktoberfest is one of our favorite festivals in the Village since it combines culture, great food and music, and fun and competitive games for all ages,” said Caroline Ross, executive director for the Squaw Village Neighbourhood Company. “People get really involved and dress to impress in their best Lederson and dirndl outfits. We love seeing the participation, especially since the proceeds from the event go towards benefitting the High Sierra Lacrosse Foundation, a fantastic local non-profit for student athletes in the local community.”


Popular German craft beers at the festival include Bitburger Premium Pils, Köstritzer Schwarzbier, and König Pilsener from Bitburger brewery plus Benediktiner Weissbier and Benediktiner Octoberfest from The Benediktiner Brewing Tradition. Other participating breweries include Out of Bounds Brewing, Yolo Brewing Co., Lagunitas Brewing Co., Drakes Brewing Co., Auburn Alehouse, Gordon Biersch Brewing Co., and WILDCIDE Hard Cider, among others. $10 includes a festival 1/2 liter mug and one beer. Additional beers are available for $5 each. Complementing craft brews will be a variety of bratwurst sausages, schnitzels and pretzels from local restaurants and vendors for festival goers to enjoy.


Guests of all ages are invited to participate in the exciting OktoberGames featuring a Keg Rolling Race, a Brat Toss and Stein Holding Competition. Entry to the OktoberGames is on a first come, first serve basis.


The following is the full schedule of the OktoberGames:


* 3:00 p.m. – Keg Rolling Race: Roll an empty keg through a challenging course. The player with the fasted time wins.
* 4:00 p.m. – Brat Toss: Toss a bratwurst onto a keg, with each round adding difficulty. The last person standing wins.
* 5:00 p.m. – Stein Holding Competition: Two full 1-liter steins are held at shoulder height. The last person standing wins.


Bavarian musical guests and performers at Oktoberfest include Joe Smiell & His 20 Piece Bavarian Band, Almenrauch Schuhplattler Bavarian Dance Troop, and the Alptentanzer Schuhplattler Dance Troop and Band.

*Press Release