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18th Annual Oktoberfest

Breckenridge’s 18th annual Oktoberfest, September 14 – 16, 2012, includes a fun–filled weekend of fall foliage, great parties, Paulaner Bier, genuine German cuisine, collectable steins and special accommodation packages. Don’t miss the largest Oktoberfest in the Rocky Mountains.

Main Street Party gets under way on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. with the fun continuing right through until 6:00 p.m. Again this year, the Merchandise Tent will be opening up at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. The party gets going again on Sunday morning with the Street Party from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Sunday’s party is a bit more laid back, family oriented and still a whole lot of fun!

The town’s 18th annual Oktoberfest, where Munich meets Breckenridge on Saturday and Sunday when Main Street closes and comes to life as a street party with traditional costumes, German food, Oompah and polka music, Bavarian dancers, children’s activities, a keg–tapping ceremony, 5k run and, of course, Paulaner bier.

The Main Street Party features more than two dozen food vendors, lots of dancing and a weekend of fun. Due to the extensive food and beverage offerings, we ask that you please leave your best four legged friends at home as well as any outside alcoholic beverages. Don’t forget your ID though.

Stein Prices
½ litre: $25.00
½ litre with 2 tickets: $30.00
1 litre: $30.00
1 litre with 2 tickets: $35.00

Pre–purchase your 2012 Oktoberfest Stein and skip the lines.

Main Street Party - New this year Main Street Party kicks off on Friday at 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.The Merchandise Tent will be opening up at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. The party gets going again on Sunday morning with the Street Party from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Sunday’s party is a bit more laid back, family oriented and still a whole lot of fun!

Gourmet multi-course dinner is held on Friday evening the 14th.
Enjoy a multi-course meal elegantly paired with European biers and alternate wines with the 1st course starting at 6:00p.m. There is limited seating and the dinner has been a sold out event the last four years. It is a great evening of food, new friends and the perfect kick off to an amazing Oktoberfest celebration dinner.

 

Labor Day Weekend

Wrap up your amazing summer with a visit to Breckenridge, Colorado and discover all it has to offer. Enjoy cool summer temperatures and exciting events like the Summit Foundations Rubber Duck Race, Sidewalk Sales on Main Street, the Gathering at the Great Divide Arts Festival, a Wine Festival, the Breck Crest Trail Marathon and more. With so much going on, you need an extra day to experience it all.

Saturday

10:00am  6:00pm  36th Annual Great Divide Art Festival
11:00am  5:00pm  Wine Tasting
1:00pm  Kids Duck Dash
2:00pm  Business Battle Duck Race
3:00pm  Great Rubber Duck Race

Sunday

7:30am  Breck Crest Marathon and Half Marathon
10:00am  6:00pm  36th Annual Great Divide Art Festival

Monday

10:00am  4:00pm  36th Annual Great Divide Art Festival

Great Rubber Duck Races  Sept. 1: For the 24th year, The Summit Foundation will drop some 10,000 rubber ducks into the Blue River for a fundraiser race that includes kids, business and open categories. Prizes include a one-week vacation, pontoon boats on Lake Dillon, kids season ski pass and more. Funds raised support The Summit Foundation grant and programs. Those interested in volunteering for the Great Rubber Duck Race should call 970.453.5970.

Breckenridge Wine Festival  Sept. 1: The Breckenridge Wine Festival (formerly the Water House Wine Festival) combines vino from around the world with live music and food, all served up at the starting area for the duck races. Twenty-dollar tickets include entry, commemorative wine glass, 10 tasting tickets and one duck in the races, which start at Main Street Station. Proceeds support The Summit Foundation.

36th Annual Gathering at the Great Divide Art Festival  Sept. 13: A nationally-ranked art show, Gathering at the Great Divide features over 100 artists showcasing a variety of media including photography, wood, glass, ceramics and more. The three-day show takes place in the Wellington Lot, located at the intersection of Main Street and Wellington Road.

Breckenridge Merchants Sidewalk Sale Days  Aug. 31  Sept. 3: Breckenridges merchants open their doors for a four-day sidewalk sale. Stock up in preparation for snow or scout for deals on summer wares. Over 150 shopping options give guests and locals plenty of retail choices.

Breck Crest trail races  Sept. 2: Marathon and half-marathon courses top out above treeline, and the five-mile course offers a shorter option. All routes feature stunning views from the peaks of the Tenmile Range. Aside from the start/finish sections, courses are on soft surface trails and service roads. Five dollars of each entry supports The Summit Foundation.

Schedule Details

USA Pro Cycling Challenge stage 5 – Breckenridge to Colorado Springs

Breckenridge is thrilled to host the USA Pro Cycling Stage 5 Start!

On Friday, August 24th racers from around the world will be making their way from Breckenridge to Colorado Springs.

“Breckenridge is a town of adventurers who dream big about what bodies in motion can do in the mountains. I am confident that the USA Pro Cycling Challenge riders, staff and media will feel like they have come home to a town full of kindred spirits. Our visitors catch the fever as well, and Breckenridge strives to kindle a new passion for sports especially mountain and road biking through events like our annual Bike Week. Bike Week brings the best bike manufactures to town so that visitors and locals can experience the latest and greatest equipment, and we marry that with events like “bike in movie nights” and poker rides to make biking an accessible new interest. We even have a weekly “townie” bike night organized by locals and bike valets at a number of our events. Yep – we love bikes and bike events.”  Mayor John Warner

Breckenridge’s cycling culture and the support system surrounding it have initiated awards, such as the recent League of American Bicyclists designation as a silver level Bicycle Friendly Community and implemented advocacy programs and events, such as the Breck 100, Breck Bike Week, the Breck Epic, and the Firecracker 50 (a USA Cycling National Marathon Championships). Our police officers patrol on bikes; our transit system is bicycle friendly; and the Breckenridge Ski Area offers lift-served mountain biking. We are a bike town.

Join us Friday, Aug. 24 in Breckenridge, Colorado for the Stage 5 Start of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, one of the largest cycling events in United States history. The 2012 race will feature professional cyclings best competing on a challenging course through some of Americas most beautiful scenery. The second annual USA Pro Cycling Challenge rolls through Colorado August 2026, 2012  see the Stage 5 Start in Breck on Friday, August 24, 2012.

Complete Coverage of this World-Class Event

Breck Epic

The Race: August 12-17, 2012 (unless you want the 3-day jobbie – that’s Aug 12-14.)

Adventure racing. Extreme backcountry mountain biking. An expansive riders compound offering camping, medical support, massage, showers, organically-grown (& slaughtered  never fear, lovers of protein!) food from local farmers, mechanical support and killer coffee. The Breck Epic is a shared mountain bike slugfest that directly underwrites open space. And now in its second year, the BE3, a 3-day version for the Epicurious.

Are you tough enough?

We’ll be the judge of that. The Breck Epic is a 6-day ultra-endurance mountain bike stage race held in the sprawling backcountry surrounding the Victorian mining town of Breckenridge, Colorado. Truth of the matter? You DO need to be tough, but you don’t necessarily need to be fast. You see, Breckenridge, while nestled at a bit over 9,600 feet, sits smack dab in the middle of the leftover remains of a century-and-a-half old mining trail network that needed to be serviceable on foot, wagon and mule. therefore our trails have mostly gentle(ish) grades with long climbs and ripping descents that have you stepping all over your big ring and grinning like a fool.

Any fool can ride it. And some have, although to be fair we’ve been blessed with some really decent folks over the past couple of years.

We’ve been asked over and over again how we’d describe our course “compared to The BC Bike Race or The Trans Rockies?” Our answer? Honestly, we don’t know. If we had to guess we’d say that it’s somewhere in between in terms of difficulty (but much closer to the BC race), but second-to-none in terms of quality. If you want our take on it, head to “The Course” page – we’ve tried to honestly answer that question there.

A benefit for open space? And Willa’s Wheels?

Yup. All revenue from the 2012 event (and all of it from subsequent Breck Epics) will be donated to two local trail maintenance organizations, the local IMBA chapter (which actually predates IMBA), The Summit Fat Tire Society and a newer multi-discipline group called Friends of the Dillon Ranger District. We’re also constructing a significant fundraising element for a team called Willa’s Wheels that raises money for the Raymond Wentz Foundation. Why? Because my 2nd son (Tavish) was born in respiratory distress and needed to be med-flighted after a series of worst-case scenarios all came to pass.

SFTS has been around for about 30 years. Much of what we have here in the county in terms of trails and connectivity we owe to them. The FDRD although the new kid on the block has put together a stunning body of work over the past 5-7 years.

We’re giving them the money from the race in the form of a restrictive grant that dictates it be used for trail building and maintenance. As far as we know, this the only event in the country that exists solely to fund the trail network it uses.

And Willa’s Wheels? Stay tuned – more info coming…

An ADD-friendly course primer.

Also unique to the Breck Epic is the cloverleaf format. Most stage races are point-to-point and require set-up and tear-down of camp every day. Not so with the B.E.. One of the many attributes of our community is a trail network whose sprawl and magnificence is difficult to comprehend. Each stage will begin and end within 1 mile of the riders compound which is located right in the heart of our town, a stone’s throw from some of the best coffee, sushi, beer, game and beef that CO has to offer.

Attention Weekend Warriors.

if you’re the type of guy who likes to give yourself one extreme challenge once a year…well, this is probably not the event for you. The courses will be long. They will be difficult. 90% of the terrain will be above 10,000 feet. Cut-off times will be strictly enforced. You could end up seriously hurt, having to sell what’s left of your bike and pay off your hospital bills by inspecting socks and underwear with your one good arm. At night.

If it rains you might end up dead. Seriously. Rain here is no joke. Especially the lightning-y parts. Sizzle! Getting fried will take your mind off the discomfort and uncontrollable shivering that come with a nice dose of hypothermia though. See? The glass is half full!

Back to weekend warriors – you guys can’t come. Then again, the architect of this event is a drooling fat-ass whose pinnacle of athletic achievement was reaching the exalted ranks of the middle of the pack of the Expert field. And he (OK, “I”) could make the time cut-offs if I had to, and I’d put myself optimistically in the middle of the Sport class right now.

Bottom line? If you’re a lunch bucket Sport-class rider you CAN do this. And it’ll be awesome. If you’re prone to complaint you may want to bite off something a little more pedestrian. There’s a zany Herb Tarlek-looking dude with a nice little race about 10 miles west (as the crow flies)…

To register, check out the maps, etc!

Breckenridge Beer Festival

This beer sampling event features 25 craft breweries including: Strange Brewing, Bristol Brewing, Boulder Beer, AC Golden Brewing, Stone Brewing, Upslope Brewing, Great Divide Brewing, Kona Brewing, Durango Brewing, Left Hand Brewing, Tallgrass Brewing, Ska Brewing, Deschutes Brewery, Del Norte Brewing, Breckenridge Brewery, Grand Teton Brewing, Boulevard Brewing, San Luis Valley Brewing, Boston Beer, Grand Lake Brewing, Aspen Brewing, Alaskan Brewing, Odell Brewing, Crazy Mountain Brewery and Oskar Blues Brewery food, retail vendors, and live music throughout the day.

This event draws a wide range of people from beer aficionados to families. Hosted by Main Street Station, which combines downtown Breckenridge with a beautiful lakeside view in celebration of Brews and Views!

Where: Main Street Station, 505 South Main, Breckenridge

Date: July 14, 2012

Time: VIP/Unlimited Tasting from 1-6pm

TICKET TYPE                                                  SALES END       PRICE       FEE

Unlimited Tasting Mug                                   July 15, 2011     $25.00       $2.37
Unlimited Tasting Cup Includes: plastic commemorative bottomless tasting cup and access to incredible live music, fabulous food and tons of amazing craft brews from 1:00 – 6:00 pm!

Breckenridge Distillery VIP Tasting Mug       July 15, 2011      $65.00      $4.57
VIP Tasting Mug includes: commemorative glass mug, tasting from 1-6pm, private VIP tasting, and catered lunch. **NEW: Separate VIP entrance!

*Please remember this is a NO PET event. We’ll be there rain or shine!

To order your Unlimited Tasting Beer Tickets, click here!

Breck Bike Week

From novice pedalers to pro riders there is something for all levels of bikers!

You know Moab is a slick rock haven and you’ve taken a spin on Crested Butte’s buttery trails, but have you ridden the mining–paths–turned–singletrack in Breckenridge? One of “Breck’s” best kept secrets is its expansive backcountry trail network – an interconnected system that can be accessed from anywhere in town within two minutes and leading to hundreds of miles of riding across Summit County. Recently named a silver–level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, Breckenridge introduces visitors to pedal paradise during the annual Breck Bike Week.

Kicked off by the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships, the Firecracker 50 on July 4, visitors will be able to race or partake in all the non–competitive aspects of Breck Bike Week including high–end bike demos, led group rides, bike–in movie nights, trail building, lectures, clinics, bike fits and tunes, kids’ races, daily Tour de France viewing parties and more. The bonus is that all Breck Bike Week activities are FREE and open to everyone. In addition, this week will showcase the town’s history as well as shopping, dining, lodging, other unique activities and temperate summer weather.

Check out this great video on what is in store for the 2012 Breck Bike Week – all FREE!

For the complete list of entire packed schedule, click here!

Firecracker 50 mtb race

What started out as a gleam in our eye has grown into a staple on the Colorado mountain bike racing calendar. Why the 4th? Because absolutely nothing athletic was happening in our town. Sure Scott Yule, Mike Zobbe, Ellen Hollinshead, Monique Merrill, and a host of other local mountain goat legends were bagging a 14er, skiing 4th of July Bowl on Peak 10, or riding their favorite epic. But nothing organized was happening. Where I come from there is at least a dinky little July 4th 5k Run just about everywhere; and then people get with family and friends, BBQ, and relax for the rest of the day. On July 4, 2000, while watching the parade after a morning bike ride, Mike McCormack and I looked at each other, cut our palms with a rusty chain tool, high fived each other and made a blood pact. The Firecracker 50 was born!

So…welcome to the 2012 Firecracker 50, welcome to Breckenridge, welcome to our backyard!

For Registration and Details

4th of July Celebration

Celebrate Independence Day with lively entertainment, free activities and dynamic family fun. Breck’s Independence Day celebration kicks off with a 10K trail run and continues throughout the day with the Firecracker 50 bike race leading the vibrant Fourth of July Parade on historic Main Street, July Arts Festival on Ridge Street, live music, kids’ activities and so much more. End the night with the National Repertory Orchestra performing a patriotic concert at the Riverwalk Center.

2012 Schedule of Events

INDEPENDENCE DAY – July 4, Wednesday

Independence Day 10K Trail Run – This scenic 10k trail running race offers up some of the best views in the Breckenridge area, while finishing just in time to catch the Main Street parade and other festivities. 7:00 a.m. Register at www.townofbreckenridge.com or call 970.453.1734.

The Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race – This mountain bike race launches the 4th of July Parade in front of thousands of spectators. Come cheer on riders as they embark on a 50 mile journey on the beautiful trails in and surrounding the Breckenridge area.

Fourth of July Garden Party – Annual Breckenridge Heritage Alliance Garden Party at the Barney Ford House Museum. Watch the Breckenridge Fourth of July parade in style from the best view on Main Street. 9:00 a.m. Cost $15/$40/$75 reservations required. Call 970.453.9767 for more information.

Arts District Grand Celebration – Open studios, artist demonstrations, make and take art projects for children, music, dancing and more. This is a grand celebration for the arts. 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Corner of S. Ridge Street and E. Washington Ave. 970.453.3364

Reading of the Declaration of Independence by George Washington – (C.J. Mueller): Following the parade in the Blue River Plaza.

Main Street Parade – The official parade will start at 10am with the Red, White and Blue Color Guard.

World’s Highest Airshow - As part of the July 4th celebrations, Summit County resident and professional airshow pilot, Gary Rower, and his formation partner, Buck Roetman, will be performing a world record setting airshow over the ski area in Breckenridge. The show is being billed as the highest show on earth and it is just that. No one has ever even attempted an airshow at this altitude because of the thin air.

Kids’ Water Fight – Kids’ can join the Red, White & Blue Fire Dept. in an old time water fight on Main Street. Free for kids to participate. A hit every year. 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Viper ‘Show and Shine’ – Vipers will be parked on Main Street allowing spectators to view the cars. 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Free Concert: at the Riverwalk Center – The Riverwalk Center will be having a great band this year, but they can not announce until June 18 due to boring and pesky contractual reasons. But remember they are the folks who in the past years brought you free 4th of July concerts featuring Blind Boys of Alabama, Big Bad Voodo Daddy, Rusted Root and many other great acts so you will definitely not be disappointed this year. We anticipate happy, dancing crowds! 2p.m. at the Riverwalk Center free – no tickets needed please no dogs or other pets on the Riverwalk Center lawn. For More Information On The Free Concert: Call the Box Office @ 970.547.3100

National Repertory Orchestra: 4th of July Patriotic Concert– The NRO Patriotic concert will be at 8:30 p.m. on July 4th in the Riverwalk Center with doors opening at 8:00 p.m. Lawn seating will remain free and will not require a ticket- first come, first seated.  For almost 20 years, the Town of Breckenridge and National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) have collaborated to present a Patriotic Concert each July 4th at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, CO. This year the Riverwalk Center Box Office will sell indoor reserved seat tickets at a cost of $5, $10 and $15. There will be a limit of 5 tickets per order.  Tickets will be made available for sale online and in person at the Riverwalk Center Box Office located at 150 West Adams Avenue on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at noon. Phone orders will ONLY be accepted at 970-547-3100 after the Riverwalk Center Box Office has served guests waiting in line.

Fireworks – as of June 14th, fireworks have been cancelled due to the dry weather & high fire danger. Will only commence if Breck receives some rain prior.

For the complete listing of all the concerts, events and activities, Click Here!

Kingdom Days

Join us in reinventing Breckenridge’s colorful past during the fourth annual Kingdom Days. Celebrating over 150 years of Breckenridge’s diverse history with mining, exploration and adventure. Founded in 1859, Breckenridge was inadvertently excluded from some copies of the U.S. maps, becoming known as “Colorado’s Kingdom” until 1936 when it finally became incorporated. For an entire weekend, this real town turns upside down to pay tribute to gold fields and mining, exploration and adventure, brothels and saloons, booms and busts.

During Kingdom Days, the streets line-up with eager spectators cheering on competitors in Outhouse Races, a wildly popular event that is fast becoming a big tradition in Breck. Teams come together to push and pull their outhouses of various themes and materials across the finish line. Colorado blue skies, smooth pavement, a little creativity and spirited racing partners fuel this quirky event that will bring thrills for years to come. So wash away your inhibitions, grab your friends and try for a seat on the Gold Throne, the Silver Moon or the Bronze Bucket. What better way to celebrate Father’s Day!

Leading up to the wildly popular outhouse races, Kingdom Days weekend brings an abundance of things to do throughout the weekend. Let loose at a town party on Friday night, take a historic hike to a variety of mining relics and a glimpse into our past, get cultural insight at our museums and galleries, take in some live music, try your hand at gold panning and wager on your favorite character during a Wild West gun fight on Main Street. Whatever you choose, youll feel like mountain royalty during this one-of-a-kind weekend festival

Complete Schedule of Events

Opening Day for Breckenridge Fun Park at Peak 8!

Breckenridge Summer Fun Park – Pony Rides, Alpine Slide, Gold Runner Coaster, and Much, Much More!

This summer, enjoy the Breckenridge Fun Park like never before! Come enjoy a day of family fun in the beautiful Rocky Mountains and see what Breckenridge has to offer in the summertime.

Summer Operation Hours:
June 15 – September 2 from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
September 7 – 16: Weekends ONLY

This summer, enjoy the Breckenridge Fun Park like never before! Come enjoy a day of family fun in the beautiful Rocky Mountains and see what Breckenridge has to offer in the summertime.

Peak 8 at Breckenridge Ski Resort will be the center of all the action in town this summer, as the Breckenridge Fun Park returns with even bigger and better attractions this season!

Experience the thrilling dips and turns of the Gold Runner Coaster, along with other activities for all ages, including the famous Alpine Slide, mountain biking, scenic chairlift rides, gem panning, bungee jumping, pony rides, kids bounce house, miniature golf, hiking, 4×4 tours, and more!

Also don’t miss great dining options at the Ski Hill Grill, located at the base of Peak 8!

Park for free in the Gondola lots in town! The BreckConnect Gondola will begin running regularly starting June 16 to take you to the park for free.

With all the attractions, rides and outdoor opportunities on the mountain, the Breckenridge Fun Park will be the place to be this summer!

Updated information on activities and ticket prices.