There’s only one day a year that Highlands Ranch residents can watch dachshund races and German dancers while drinking beer: the annual Oktoberfest celebration.
The free event, in its 19th year, kicks off Sept. 21 with the 5k fun run and walk. Participants and attendees often dress up in authentic German clothing for the day’s events.
Throughout the day there will be live music, games, dancing, food, beer and vendors, spokesperson Jamie Noebel said.
“It’s not just about the beer, it’s about celebrating that whole culture,” she said. “We really try to keep it authentic.”
The Oktoberfest 5k begins at 9 a.m. at the Highlands Ranch Town Center South. Tickets are $45 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under until Sept. 18, when the cost increases.
The person who finds a blue kettlebell hidden on the race course and brings it to the finish line will receive $100, according to the event’s website.
After the run/walk, participants can enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes and free beer.
Dachshund races and other entertainment
Later in the day, some of the event’s four-legged attendees will have their chance to race.
Dachshund parents can register their pets for the free races beginning at 2:30 p.m. The event starts at 3 p.m.
The competition, which includes a little race track and barriers, is always fun and crazy, Noebel said.
Dogs can win either the race or the best-dressed competition, she said.
Following the races are German dance and band performances, a stein-hoisting contest and a rock band show.
The celebration, which ends at 10 p.m., will be in the Town Center South at 9288 Dorchester St., where ample street and lot parking are available. More details are available on the Highlands Ranch Community Association website at hrcaonline.org.
“It’s just a great day in Highlands Ranch,” Noebel said. “Come enjoy as much of the day as you like.”
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