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Oktoberfests in New Mexico

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Harry Briggs
What originally started in 1810 in Bavaria to celebrate the marriage of a king and his princess is now an annual celebration found even in the towns of New Mexico. The famous Munich fall festival has local versions worldwide. Oktoberfests are fun family events that feature German food, beer, music and dance. The following Oktoberfests can be found in New Mexico each fall (in order by date).

Updated for 2013.

Oktoberfest
The annual Oktoberfest in the Taos Ski Valley features music by the Denver Kickers and dance by the Schuhplattler Dancers. There will be German food and beer, a brat eating contest, yodeling contest, alpenhorn blowing contest, and fun for the kids. For 2013: September 14

Holloman Air Force Base Oktoberfest
Holloman Air Force Base, Alamogordo
The fest has been a tradition at the base since 1996. The ticket price includes a beer stein and shuttle service to and from the base. You'll find traditional Bavarian music and German food, soft drinks and Oktoberfest beer.
For 2013: September 13 and 14

Son of Septemberfest
Marble Brewery is scaling down its annual Septemberfest this year because of construction. But 300 lucky revelers can taste beers from local brewing companies. Entertainment is by Felix y Los Gatos and food trucks will be on hand with Oktoberfest fare.
For 2013: September 21

Rio Rancho Oktoberfest
Haynes Park, 2006 Grande Blvd., Rio Rancho (across from Intel)
The Oktoberfest in family-friendly Rio Rancho is the second biggest event in the city. It features German food, special beers on tap, a German car show, and activities for the kids. The annual Miss Oktoberfest contest brings out the beauties. The two day fest takes place at Haynes Park across from Intel.
For 2013: September 28 and 29

Socorro Oktoberfest
Hammel Museum, Neal and 6th, Socorro
The historic Hammell Museum was home to a brewery until Prohibition. The annual event features food and drink at the museum the first Saturday of every October. In addition to traditional bratwurst and beer, you'll find green chile, New Mexico style.
For 2013: October 5

Red River Oktoberfest
Brandenburg Park, in central Red River
By far the largest Oktoberfest in the state takes place in Red River. Each October, the town looks like a German village, with German food and music. Microbreweries have beer on tap and there is plenty of wine as well. Some of the brews are New Mexico's own. Contests include brat eating, stein holding and of course, Ms. Oktoberfest. Admission is free.
For 2013: October 11 - 13

Ruidoso Oktoberfest
Ruidoso Convention Center, Ruidoso
The long running Ruidoso festival features traditional German music (think polka) that gets everyone dancing. Food includes bratwurst and knockwurst with sauerkraut, Polish sausage, Reuben sandwiches, and traditional baked goods such as strudels and black forest cake. The fest includes craft booths, arts and Bavarian clothing. And of course, there will be beer.
For 2013: October 18 and 19

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