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Oktoberfest Celebrations in Reno and at Lake Tahoe

Party Like the Germans at Oktoberfest

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Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley USA

Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley USA.

Photo by Jason Kelley
Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley USA

Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley USA.

Photo by Jason Kelley
Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley USA

Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley USA.

Photo by Jason Kelley

Oktoberfest around Reno and Lake Tahoe is celebrated with gusto similar to the original German version. You'll find fun celebrations of beer and food held at various venues in the Reno / Lake Tahoe region of Nevada. These fall festivals are a great way to celebrate fall and the changing of the seasons.

Oktoberfest Celebrations Around Reno / Sparks

Oktoberfest at Chapel Tavern - Reno's Chapel Tavern will be having an authentic Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, October 12, starting at 5 p.m. Oktoberfest has long been a rousing German celebration of food, beer and sport, and this year Chapel Tavern will bring a taste of the traditional European event to MidTown. This will be an all-you-can-eat-and-drink party, with imported German beers and locally-made bockwurst, bratwurst, sauerkraut, homemade mustard, and German potato salad. Tickets will be limited to this event, and are $40 in advance, $50 at the door. Entry will include a commemorative T-shirt and German mug. Tickets are available online. Chapel Tavern is at 1099 S. Virginia Street in Reno.

Charlie Palmer Street Food Festival: Oktoberfest - This Oktoberfest party will be at Charlie Palmer Steak inside the Grand Sierra Resort, on Wednesday, October 16, starting at 6 p.m. Enjoy Oktoberfest food matched with beer and wine. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. The Grand Sierra Resort is at 2500 E. 2nd Street in Reno.

Great Basin Brew Relay - This isn't strictly an Oktoberfest thing, but it does involve beer and supports a worthy cause - the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. The event is on October 16 and is a 40 mile relay with teams of four runners. The race begins at the Great Basin Brewery and Restaurant in Sparks, goes out to the Patagonia store in west Reno, and returns. Get more details and information about entering from Great Basin Brew Relay.

Reno Beer Crawl - You can do a variety of beers on the fourth Saturday of every month by participating in the Reno Beer Crawl. October is no exception, so you can enjoy bar hopping for brew during Oktoberfest month. There are specially themed beer crawls throughout the year - check "Reno Beer, Bar, and Pub Crawls" for more information.

Oktoberfest Celebrations Around Lake Tahoe

Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley USA - The Village at Squaw Valley Oktoberfest takes place on Saturday, September 28, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Beer lovers and those who like traditional German fun will enjoy a variety of entertainment, including traditional Bavarian music and folk dancers. You are encouraged join in on the spirit of the event by wearing traditional lederhosen and Austrian clothing and participating in the Oktoberfest Games. This event is a fundraiser for the Tahoe Truckee Lacrosse Association.

Oktoberfest at Camp Richardson - The Camp Richardson Oktoberfest, held at the resort near South Lake Tahoe, will be October 5 and 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. This event features family games and activities, German food, craft booths, music by the Gruber Family Band, a pumpkin patch, costume contest for people and dogs, and a beer and wine garden. At the same time, and within walking distance, is the Fall Fish Festival (formerly Kokanee Salmon Festival) at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center.

Tahoe City Oktoberfest - The Tahoe City Oktoberfest will be at the Cobblestone Center on Saturday, October 5, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The celebration is for all ages, with a live rock 'n roll dance, a selection of seasonal brews, BBQ sausages and wieners, fresh-made fruit desserts and ice cream, and fun games and crafts for kids of all ages.

There are various other fall and Halloween events in Tahoe City during October. These include Scarecrows on Parade, Scarecrow Sprint & Stroll, Tahoe City Urban Iditarod, Tahoe City Grill Fest, and Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch.

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