Brace yourselves, people. Long-range forecasts are calling for a blizzard of beer, bratwurst and lederhosen to hit Loon Mountain next weekend.
That’s right. White Mountain Oktoberfest, the region’s largest celebration of German food, drink, and music, is coming to Loon Oct. 7-8! The festival starts at 11 a.m. both days, and admission is free for all ages.
Planning a visit? Here’s what you need to know:
Indoor/Outdoor Beer Garden
Adults will enjoy a bevy of seasonal beers from Samuel Adams at an indoor/outdoor beer garden. In addition to sampling Samuel Adams classics like Oktoberfest and Harvest Hefe, guests can also try several limited-release brews from Samuel Adams’ Brewing the American Dream program, which provides microloans, coaching, and other resources to small, up-and-coming breweries. Shandies and ciders from Traveler Beer Co., Angry Orchard, and Truly Spiked & Sparkling will also be available.
The hills will be alive with the sound of Oompah! Guests can clap along and dance to the Eastern Sound Orchestra as they play polkas, waltzes, and other Deutsche-style jams.
Beer in Boots
Plan ahead, and you can quaff your Oktoberfest ale from a limited-edition 2017 White Mountain Oktoberfest glass boot. These one-liter glass boots can be purchased online for $40, and your first fill-up is included. Supplies are limited, so get yours today.
Fun & Games
White Mountain Oktoberfest wouldn’t be the same without a full lineup of fun games and activities for all ages. Adults ages 21+ will flex their forearms during the Samuel Adams Stein Hoisting contest, the Stein Carryin’, Keg Rollin’ Relay Race, and the weekend’s marquee event, the Keg Toss. Kids can also get in on the action with the Root Beer Keg Toss, Family Sack Race, and Partner Pretzel Toss. Kids will also enjoy activities like pumpkin painting and water balloon launching throughout the weekend.
Beer College with Samuel Adams
Students who enroll in this prestigious institution of hoppier learning will ride the Gondola to the summit of Loon Peak, where they’ll soak up beer knowledge from the professionals at Samuel Adams. They’ll taste and smell the fresh ingredients that make a good beer, learn brewing secrets, and even sample exclusive Samuel Adams brews that won’t be found on store shelves. The class costs $30 per person and enrollment is limited to 30 students, ages 21+. Enroll online today.
Load the Gondola Skyride and spend the morning at the summit of Loon Peak, where stunning views of the White Mountains in peak foliage will inspire a special hour-long yoga session. Sessions are offered at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and each session is limited to 30 participants. To reserve a spot, call 1-800-229-5666 x 5400.
Season Passes: New Options and Pre-Season Sale
With several new season pass options and passes on sale at preseason prices through October 9, White Mountain Oktoberfest is the perfect, last-minute opportunity to buy. Oktoberfest attendees can purchase their passes in the Season Pass office all weekend. Pressed for time? Order your pass online and just pick it up that weekend.
Looking for more Oktoberfest info? Click through to check out the full White Mountain Oktoberfest schedule.