Whether you have a lot, a little or no German heritage at all, Oktoberfest is the perfect time to celebrate all things German.
Here are a few Oktoberfest celebrations taking place in the area.
■ The Montrose Oktoberfest will go from 1–6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, in Centennial Plaza, in downtown Montrose. The party features live music, German fare, Colorado craft beer and wine tasting. Dress in your finest lederhosen or dirndl for the costume contest.
There will be polka dancers and the chicken dance, games and a kids' tent and activities. Tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. Go to montrosebeerfest.com for information.
■ Parachute celebrates Oktoberfest from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, in Cottonwood Park. There will be an inflatable slide, a zip line, bump 'n' jumps and more.
Live music will feature headliner Jerrod Niemann with guests Diamond Rio and Dylan Scott. Raise a glass at the brewfest and stay for the fireworks. Tickets cost $25–$40. There are family passes, unlimited play passes and camping passes available. Go to oktoberfestco.com for tickets and information.
■ Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 790 26 1/2 Road, will host an Oktoberfest celebration from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, on the church patio, lawn, parking lot and parish hall.
The event includes a bier garden, bump 'n' jump, live polka music, face painting, games, contests and a silent auction. German foods will be available to purchase. Admission is $1 per person. Call 242-6121 or 822-2203 for information.
■ The Ale House, 2531 N. 12th St., will host its final Brewfest of the year on Saturday, Sept. 30, with an Oktoberfest theme. There will be live music throughout the day and food to pair with the craft brews.
Tickets cost $25 in advance or at the door. Proceeds from the event will benefit the St. Mary's Hospital Regional Cancer Center. Call 242-7253 for information.
■ Turn it up a notch — Oktoberfest Amped will be from 2–6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at the amphitheater at Las Colonias Park, 925 Struthers Ave. Local music and entertainment will be by the Chalet Dancers, Tim & Richard, Clyde and the Milltailers, Bicycle Annie and The Williams Brothers Band.
There will more than 10 breweries represented and food will be available to purchase. This event is for those ages 21 and older. Tickets range in cost from $10–$18 and can be purchased at oktoberfestgj.com or by calling 800-626-8497.