Oktoberfest is a unique time of year that gives us an excuse to hang out with friends while trying and savoring brews both German and local. It's a highlight of the fall season, so make sure you celebrate it the right way with these Oktoberfest events in and near Colorado Springs.

Oktoberfest at Royal Gorge Route Railroad

Take a ride through the Royal Gorge Route Railroad while munching on specially-created, top-of-the-line menu items paired with a locally brewed beer. Royal Gorge Route Rail is offering this Oktoberfest-themed ride throughout the month of October, so get your tickets (starting at $94) online for this fun once-a-year experience.

Fort Carson Oktoberfest

On October 13, Fort Carson has planned an endless string of events from Beer Olympics to a 5K race to keep you entertained this Oktoberfest. There are events for adults and kids alike, so make sure to check out the complete list of events. The festival will last from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Fort Carson Iron Horse Park with no fee upon entry.

St. Dominic's Oktoberfest

Feel like getting out of town for Oktoberfest? Join your neighbors in Denver on October 13 for the annual Highlands Beer Festival at St. Dominic's. The event is full of live music, delicious food, and micro-local brews, making for an epic beer bash in Colorado's capital.

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No matter where you find yourself this October, you're sure to find yourself knee-deep in brews and schnitzel at these Oktoberfest events in and near Colorado Springs.

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