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How to celebrate Oktoberfest in Las Vegas

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Posted at 4:09 PM, Sep 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-01 12:07:07-04

Oktoberfest is a traditional autumn festival held in Munich, Germany, every October. But, Germany is not the only country where it is celebrated. Las Vegas never misses a chance to party.

Oktoberfest at Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas features celebrity keg tappers every Friday and Saturday night along with live entertainment, traditional Bavarian fare and plenty of beer.

This year’s keg tappers span a variety of Las Vegas’ well-known strip performers such as Clint Holmes, Australian Bee Gees, Chippendales, Frank Mir, Ricardo Laguna, Rich Little, Murray Sawchuck and more. The full line up of keg tappers can be viewed on the restaurant’s website.

One of the highlights of the six weeks of festivities is the limited-time Oktoberfestbier imported straight from the brewery in Munich, Germany. Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas is the only place in Nevada where beer lovers can taste the original brew that thousands of people drink at the official Oktoberfest celebration in Munich.

Wienerschnitzel, the world's largest hot dog chain, is celebrating its "sort of German" roots with the return of the grilled bratwurst. Through the end of October, fans can enjoy this authentic grilled sausage topped with mustard and kraut or mustard and grilled onions. To enhance the German favorite even more, Wienerschnitzel has introduced a brand new soft and chewy pretzel bun to complement the savory flavor of these delicious grilled brats. 

Miracle Mile Shops will host its annual Shoptoberfest, a unique indoor brew festival combining shopping with impressive beer specials, souvenir mugs and social media contests throughout October. Starting at 10 a.m. each day, guests who spend $50 or more in the center’s retail stores will receive a Miracle Mile Shops souvenir mug by presenting same-day receipts at the Customer Service desk located near the parking garage. Customers who bring the mug to participating restaurants can enjoy $2 beer specials throughout October. 

Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro at The Venetian will celebrate Oktoberfest with a traditional dish offering of choucroute garnie with smoked linguica, thick-sliced ham, slab bacon, roast pork, housemade juniper sauerkraut, roasted Yukon potatoes, Granny Smith apples and roasted garlic ($60 serves two). Also, raise a glass and toast to the 206th year of the festival with 16 oz. or 32 oz. beer steins of Sierra Nevada, Weihenstephaner, Brooklyn Brewery and Ayinger. 

Or break out the lederhosen and dirndl for the ultimate celebration with an "Oktoberfest Picnic," featuring the choucroute garnie and two select beer steins ($72 for 16 oz. or $78 for 32 oz.). Available during dinner only, quantities limited daily.

Celebrate Oktoberfest in the Strip-front outdoor Umami Burger Beer Garden at SLS Las Vegas from Sept. 17 to Oct. 31. Oktoberfest beers include Spaten, Sierra Nevada, and Goose Island on tap. Enjoy two-for-one Oktoberfest beers on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and a complimentary Bavarian pretzel with an Oktoberfest draft pitcher purchase.

The city of Las Vegas will be hosting an Oktoberfest luncheon for those ages 50 and older on Oct. 13 at the Las Vegas Senior Center. There will be bratwurst, sauerkraut, red cabbage and German chocolate cake. Cost is $5 with an annual city of Las Vegas senior programs membership. Call 702-229-6454 to register.

The Medley Buffet at Aliante hotel-casino will include a rotation of pork loin with apples, bratwurst and sauerkraut, pretzels with mustard, beef stew, stuffed cabbage and German potato salad for Oktoberfest from Oct. 2 to Oct. 27.

Miller's Ale House is celebrating with its beer of the month: Samuel Adams OktoberFest. The drink features a deep, smooth blend of hearty malts and caramel notes. Miller's also offers 75 beer varieties, including local craft, seasonal, and domestic brews.

Pizza Rock in both Downtown Las Vegas and Green Valley Ranch is kicking off October with an Oktober Feast menu. Available from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31, guests can enjoy a celebration of artisan food and craft beers from the fall harvest, including a Brown Butter Sage & Bacon Pizza, Firestone OAKtoberfest Vienna Style Lager, Sweet Potato Pizza, Coronado Punk'in Drublic Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Pumpkin Bisque and Honey Pancetta Fries.

In honor of National ‘80s Appreciation Month, "Rock of Ages" at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino will keep the party going all month long with the return of the celebrated “ROCKTOBER” deal this October. Patrons can purchase 2-for-$99 tickets for performances through Monday, Oct. 31, when using code ROCKTOBER at time of purchase. For tickets and more information visit RockOfAgesVegas.com. The “ROCKTOBER” offer is valid on select seating only and price does not include taxes or fees. In addition to the high-octane ticket deal, “ROCKTOBERFEST” drink specials will also be available for purchase inside of the Rock of Ages Theater throughout October, including $4 shots, $8 Bourbon Room Specials (one bourbon shot + one bottle of beer), $20 four-packs of Bartles & Jaymes wine coolers and buckets of beer starting at $25. Patrons who come dressed in ‘80s attire can also receive 20 percent off the check.

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill locations at both MGM Grand and Downtown Summerlin will be celebrating Oktoberfest with German-inspired menu items, plenty of beer and a kick-off event at the Downtown Summerlin restaurant. Wolfgang’s second Oktoberfest celebration in Summerlin will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. The festivities will showcase an all-you-can-eat German-inspired menu, all-you-can-drink beer, and live music. Tickets are $50, not inclusive of tax and gratuity, and can be purchased by calling the restaurant at 702-202-6300 or by clicking here. While at the MGM Grand, from Tuesday, Oct. 4, through Tuesday, Oct. 21, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at MGM Grand will celebrate the occasion with 18 days’ worth of beer specials and a themed “Pucktoberfest” menu, including pretzels, potato beer cheese soup, grilled pork tenderloin, Weinerschnitzel and Kaiserschmarren.

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