Lowry Beer Garden, which opened in the old Hangar 2 building in Lowry in May, was built to celebrate German beer-drinking culture — a culture that wouldn't be complete without brats and streudel, oompah music, lederhosen and Oktoberfest. So, beginning today, the open-air Garden will begin a three-day Oktoberfest with all of those things.
"What is customary at beer gardens is the communal-style seating," says Kirsten Becker, a Lowry spokeswoman. "In Munich, the Germans use the same kind of tables we have — and everyone is singing and dancing on them. People make forever friendships at Oktoberfest."
Lowry Beer Garden has a couple dozen of its own long tables, but the party's primary sponsor, Paulaner beer, will bring in even more — enough that the venue plans to double in size during the celebration by expanding out into the parking lot.
In addition to the beer, brats and other German delicacies, there will also be a ceremonial tapping of an authentic wooden keg, live oompah music, authentic glass steins, chicken dancing, face painting and performances by entertainer Helmut Fricker.
Oktoberfest runs today from 5 p.m. to midnight (although the music stops at 10 p.m.); Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. There is a suggested $2 donation for admission to the Garden, 7577 East Academy Boulevard; a portion of the proceeds will go to the Denver Children's Home.