Oktoberfest brings fall fun to Vegas


Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas

Fall is in the air and that means cooler temperatures, football — and beer. Specifically, German beer, in celebration of Oktoberfest — that 16-day food and drink festival that runs from late September to early October each year.

Las Vegas always likes to join in on a good party and Oktoberfest is no exception. Several places around town are helping you celebrate the festival, and one of the most authentic is Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas, a German/Bavarian beer hall and restaurant this is a reproduction of the world’s most famous beer hall in Munich, Germany.

The celebration kicks off September 18 with a surprise celebrity keg tapper. Siegfried & Roy have done the honors many times.  Other keg tappers throughout the month will include Holly Madison, Carrot Top, Pawn Stars’ Corey Harrison and more.

Besides the celebrity keg tappings, Hofbräuhaus will also feature stein holding contests, great beer and food including schnitzels, sausages, sauerbraten and pretzels, all accompanied by great music. You might also catch the scent of fresh roasted almonds and pecans from a special glazing process that can be viewed nightly.

The Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino is hosting a Fall Beer Festival October 15 & 16.

This two-day festival will feature craft beer vendors, live music, great food and hundreds of beers.A beer pouring into a glass

The first event kicks off Friday, October 15, with the Great American Craft Beer Tasting sponsored by Samuel Adams, from 7-10 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to sample more than 300 craft beer selections and enjoy chef-inspired appetizers. Tickets to the event can be purchased individually for $50.

On the second day, guests will enjoy a traditional Oktoberfest Pool Party sponsored by Paulaner at the property’s pool and shark aquarium, The Tank, from 3-9 p.m.  Admission is free and beer enthusiasts can enjoy 200 different international and domestic beers available for purchase while listening to an authentic German Oktoberfest band.

It wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without the beer maidens and guests who wear the sexiest beer maiden costumes will receive $10 in food and beer tickets and will be entered to win $1,000 cash during the Miss Oktoberfest costume contest at 6 P.M

Gordon Biersch a restaurant/brewery with two locations in town always joins in on the Oktoberfest party. The restaurant will offer a special seasonal menu Sept. 14 – Oct. 24 and a featured Festbier – a rich, moderately hopped bronze lager in honor of the festival.

Beginning on Friday, Oct. 1, Rockhouse Bar & Nightclub is celebrating “Octobeerfest.”  During the month of October, guests can buy “das boot,” a 48-ounce souvenir boot-shaped mug filled with their choice of beer for $27. Refills are $16 and you can engage in a few rounds of free beer pong while you’re at it.

Partiers are encouraged to tap into their German roots and celebrate Rocktoberfest at O’Sheas Casino block party Oct. 9 from 3 p.m. – midnight.  The celebration will include drink specials like $4 draft beers hand-delivered by lederhosen-clad bar maids, traditional festive German cuisine, live music and games.


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