2019 Das Bier Burner 5K – Labor Day Weekend at Keystone

If you are hoping for one more summer getaway before the kids go back to school and temperatures start to drop, head to Keystone for the long holiday weekend over Labor Day.

 

The weekend begins with the Friday Afternoon Club, meaning free gondola rides from 1 – 7pm.  Enjoy live music from Frisco Funk Collective while you take in the views and play yard games like corn hole and ladder golf! The kids can play on the slack lines and dance!

Runners at the Das Bier Burner at Oktoberfest in Keystone CO
Runners lining up for the start of the Das Bier Burner 5K fun run!

 

On Saturday, August 31, 2019 the Das Bier Burner 5K kicks off Keystone Oktoberfest with a fun and scenic 5K run that starts and finishes in the heart of Keystone at the entrance to River Run Village. You’ll head down the bike path towards East Keystone, through the Settler’s Creek neighborhood, next the the river and back towards River Run.  Enjoy the mountain views and crisp mountain air and wrap up the race through the village with spectators cheering you to the finish and keep going strong, because a brat and delicious cold beer await after the race!  This event is family friendly and all ages are encouraged! Every runner will receive a commemorative event t-shirt and goody bag, as well as a brat and a beer (for those of legal age) after the race at Keystone Oktoberfest.  Be sure to dress in costume because after the race is the costume contest!

 

Costume contest runners at 5K Keystone Resort
Costumes are encouraged at the Das Bier Burner 5K with a costume contest after the race!

 

Following the costume contest and awards ceremony, runners and spectators can continue the party at Oktoberfest.  Get your fill on german beers and cuisine while you enjoy the mountain sunshine and live music and polka dancing! Watch amazing performances from the Bavarian Schuhplattlers and kids can take part in free polka dancing lessons! For the strong ones, join the Stein Hoisting Contest to see who can hold a full beer stein up the longest! Don’t worry, though, all contestants get to drink their beer when it’s over, so everyone wins!

 

The Bavarian Schuhplattlers performing at Keystone Oktoberfest
The Bavarian Schuhplattlers performing at Keystone Oktoberfest

 

Don’t miss this fun weekend at Keystone and the last summer festival of 2019!  Register for the Das Bier Burner 5K today and you’ll receive 25% off weekend lodging with SummitCove Vacation Lodging. 5K rates increase on August 16, so be sure to register before then!

 

Labor Day Weekend at Keystone Resort

Head to Keystone this weekend for some Labor Day weekend fun and family friendly events!  On Friday, head up the River Run Gondola – FOR FREE at the Friday Afternoon Club!  Head to the top for some pre-5K stretching on a mountain top hike and then sit back and enjoy live music and drink specials.  On Saturday, participate in the Das Bier Burner 5K at noon to earn your free brat and beer at Keystone Oktoberfest, which kicks off after the race from 1 – 6 pm. Keystone’s Oktoberfest is one of the most family friendly in all of Colorado, with dancing, face painting and performances from the Edelweiss Schuhplattlers dancers.  German Fare and of course Oktoberfest beers, live music and polka dancers complete this great event at Keystone.  On Sunday head to Lakeside Village for ‘A Taste of Keystone’ where you can sample delicious cuisine from Keystone’s best restaurants as you take in the views and enjoy live music around the lake.  Rent a stand up paddle board or paddle boat for a fun afternoon in the sun.

Kids enjoying Chicken Dance at Keystone Oktoberfest

 

Enjoy one last weekend in the mountains before Fall arrives!  View available weekend lodging in Keystone on our website.

The Das Bier Burner 5K & Keystone Oktoberfest Today in Keystone

Looking for something to do today? Head to Keystone today to watch or run in the Das Bier Burner 5K, followed by Keystone Oktoberfest.

 

Same-day registration for the race will be going on in River Run Village this morning from 8:15 am until 11:15 am, with the race starting at noon.  Your entry will get you an event t-shirt, goody bag filled with all sorts of fun schwag as well as a complimentary brat and beer after the race.  A portion of the proceeds of this event supports the SOS Outreach of Summit County.  The course is fairly flat and follows the paved Keystone bike path for most of the route, heading towards East Keystone, through Settler’s Creek and back towards the village along the Snake River.  The atmosphere is FUN and all ages and abilities are welcome! Enjoy checking out the great costumes and vote for your favorite to win the best costume prize! Prizes include Freshies Gourmet Cocktail Drink Baskets, free stay vouchers with SummitCove Lodging, beer- themed items such as event beer steins and more!

 

The SummitCove Yetis getting their polka dancing in!

 

Not planning on running?  Head to the village anyways and grab a cowbell to cheer on the runners starting around 12:15.  At 1pm, Keystone Oktoberfest kicks off in the village with Oktoberfest beer tasting, food vendors and live music from the local favorite Those Austrian Guys and polka dancing!  There will also be plenty of kids activities taking place and this event is free to attend, with the option to purchase food and drink.

 

Don’t miss Keystone’s last summer festival as we send away summer in the sunshine!  Spend the whole weekend in Keystone by booking a condo with us at a discounted summer rate.

 

Tomorrow is RACE DAY! You can still sign up for the Das Bier Burner 5K

If it slipped your mind to signup for Colorado’s most fun 5K – don’t worry!  You can still signup online for the Das Bier Burner 5k until 6pm this evening, Friday September 1 or in person tomorrow on race day in River Run Village from 8:15 am until 11:15 am.

 

The Das Bier Burner 5K is in its 4th year and is put on by your favorite property management and vacation rental company, SummitCove! Portions of the proceeds of this event go to support our long-time charity partner, the SOS Outreach.  The SOS Outreach provides opportunities for underprivileged youth to gain life experiences through adventure programs and mentoring.  You’ll see some of the SOS kids out on the course on race day cheering you on and acting as some of our course marshalls.

 

The race starts right in the heart of Keystone’s River Run Village, at the entrance, near the Montezuma parking lot.  You’ll find that the atmosphere is fun and relaxed and not too competitive!  We have kids and adults, young and old, from all athletic abilities come out to participate in the event.  Walking or running, some pushing a stroller, making their way to the finish line to ‘EARN’ their complimentary brat from New Moon Cafe and New Belgium beer that is provided after the race at Keystone Oktoberfest! Each runner also receives a commemorative event t-shirt and goody bag with their check-in packet.

 

Costumes are HIGHLY encouraged for this event and we have seen some great ones over the years.  Lederhosen and Dirndls are very popular, as well as anything with a beer theme!  We even had a recent bride and groom run in their wedding attire in a past race! The SummitCove Yetis will be on site cheering the runners on and pumping up the crowd! Prizes are awarded across multiple age brackets in the first through third finishers as well as prizes for best male and female costume!

A recently married bride & groom finishing the race in 2015!

 

If you are going to be in the mountains this weekend, head to Keystone tomorrow morning to participate in the Das Bier Burner 5K, starting at 12pm!  Sign up TODAY using code ‘LASTMINUTE’ to get 50% off your entry!  Check in early tonight at the SummitCove front desk from 3 – 9 pm.  Earn your Oktoberfest brats and beer this year, all while supporting a great cause… see you on the course!

Spend Labor Day Weekend in Keystone

Labor Day Weekend in Keystone is jam packed with fun activities to enjoy with your friends or family. Book a condo and head out for a fun weekend in the mountains!

 

Head up to Keystone on Friday and take advantage of free scenic gondola rides and the Friday Afternoon Club.  Relax with a beer on an adirondack chair as you take in the spectacular 360 views and listen to the band play.  Challenge your friends to a game of cornhole or ladder golf or even head on an easy hike around the top of the mountain.  Friday evening enjoy a horse carriage ride out to the Soda Creek Homestead for ‘Brats, Belgians and Brews’ dinner, complete with a cowboy entertainer and campfire!

 

On Saturday, kick off the day with the Das Bier Burner 5K fun run starting at noon.  This event is one of Colorado’s favorite 5K’s – a great value and a ton of fun.  Every runner gets a commemorative event t-shirt and goody bag with their registration, as well as a complimentary brat and beer (for those 21+) after the race at Keystone Oktoberfest! The race starts and finishes at the entrance of River Run Village.  The course mostly follows the Keystone bike path, circling out to East Keystone along Montezuma Road, through Settler’s Creek and The Adlers, around Red Hawk Townhomes, past the Snake River and on the outskirts of the village.  The final yards push through the heart of the village as onlookers cheer you on with cowbells! Costumes are encouraged and there are plenty of prizes awarded at this event. Register today at www.DasBierBurner.com.

 

Participants at the Das Bier Burner 5K in Keystone

 

After the race, head right into Keystone Oktoberfest in the River Run Plaza from 1 – 6 pm. Enjoy plenty of Oktoberfest Beers and German themed- cuisines as you participate in polka dancing and PROST-ing all afternoon long!  Live music starts with the Summit Concert Band and then rolls into Those Austrian Guys as the highlight of the day! This is a family-friendly event and there will be plenty of kids activities available as well, such as face painting and a bounce castle! Purchase an Oktoberfest beer stein for $35 and get 3 free fill ups!

 

 

Finally on Sunday, top off the weekend at A Taste of Keystone.  This foodie event happens around the lake in Lakeside Village, offering food samples from some of Keystone’s best chefs and restaurants.  Tasting tickets are just a dollar each, so each lunch in the form of tastings! Live music will be on site along with paddle board rentals if you want to get out on the water. Stroll around the lake and take in the great views as you fill up  your belly on great food!

Paddle Boating on Keystone Lake

 

 

In between all of these fun weekend events, be sure to make time for a nice hike or bike ride.  Mountain View Sports offers all of our summer guests discounted bike rentals and there is a wonderful paved bike path that runs all the way through Keystone into Dillon or around the lake.  There are also countless hiking trails in and around the Keystone Resort area.  Try the Keystone Aqueduct Trail for an easy going hike with a view!

 

Take advantage of some of the last days of summer! Book a condo with SummitCove Lodging and take 25% off summer stays through the end of September at select properties when you book with the promotional code ‘BUCKETLIST’.

 

Free Brat and Beer at the 4th Annual Das Bier Burner 5K Fun Run in Keystone

Summer is well underway and Fall will be here before you know it, with kids back to school, cooler temperatures and of course, Oktoberfest celebrations. Send off summer right with one last mountain getaway in Keystone over Labor Day weekend.

The 4th annual Das Bier Burner 5K is scheduled for Saturday, September 2, 2017 in Keystone.  This fun ‘beer’ run features a smooth course over rolling hills, mostly on a paved bike path, starting and finishing in Keystone’s River Run Village.

 

Runners will enjoy the serene setting and great mountain views throughout the race!  All ages are welcome and this event is family-friendly; you can even push a stroller if you want to run with your little ones! Every runner receives a reusable goody bag and t-shirt at check-in, as well as a free brat and a beer (for those over 21+) after the race!  Come up early on Friday night to get a good night’s rest and check-in early from 1 – 8 pm at the SummitCove check-in office. All registered runners receive 35% off weekend lodging with SummitCove.  If you can’t make it on Friday, get checked in for the race near the River Run Village entrance on Ida Belle drive from 8:45 – 11:30 am on Saturday morning. Same day registrations will be accepted unless the race has already sold out, but same-day t-shirts are not always a guarantee, so why not register now?

This event supports charity partner, the SOS Outreach. This non-profit organization works with underprivileged youth, ages 8 – 18, to promote growth, skills and personal development through outdoor sports programs such as skiing, mountain biking and climbing.  A portion of the proceeds of this event go directly to the Summit County SOS Outreach group. You will see some of their kids out on the course on race day cheering you on!

 

The race starts at 12pm with a mass start and heads out towards East Keystone down Montezuma road.  Soon the course heads south, up and around Settler’s Creek Townhomes and down near the Snake River. Runners will kick it into high gear as they pass by the gondola and head into the finish, lapping around River Run as they are cheered on by the SummitCove Yeti and other fans armed with lots of cowbells!

 

This event is nothing but fun for everyone involved! Costumes are highly encouraged, whether it’s your Yeti suit, lederhosen or dirndls! A ‘Best Costume’ prize will be awarded during the prize ceremony.  Whether you enjoy a leisurely jog, fast-paced walk or are obsessed with coming in the top 10, this race is for you. If you are one of those hoping to cross the finish line first, you are in for some great prizes! Prizes change from year to year, but past year’s prizes have included custom event beer steins, Freshie’s gift baskets, zip lining tours, free lodging in Keystone, sports equipment, snowmobiling, beer socks and more!

Keystone Oktoberfest kicks off directly after the race at 1pm, which is where you can enjoy your complimentary brat from New Moon Cafe and New Belgium beer. The ‘Summit Concert Band’ kicks things off at 1pm and then local Oktoberfest favorite, ‘Those Austrian Guys’ start 2pm and play all afternoon until the last ‘Prost’ at 6pm. There will be lots of fun kid’s activities happening including free face painters, a bounce house and the Edelweiss Schuhplattlers, Polka Dancers, who will encourage everyone to dance! You’ll also find some great deals at the River Run Merchant tent sale as they clear out the summer inventory and get ready for winter.  German themed food and beer will be served all afternoon.  Commemorative Keystone Oktoberfest mugs are available for purchase in advance for $35 with 3 refills.

 

What are you waiting for? Register today for the Das Bier Burner 5K, happening in Keystone on September 2!

Keystone Colorado Summer Festivals 2015

As the summer weather starts to shine here in Keystone, we know it must soon be festival season! In addition to the countless summer activities to enjoy in Keystone, there are also some fun weekend summer festivals that you should consider attending.  If you haven’t been to one yet, you should make your plans now! They are a ton of fun and a great way to escape the summer heat! There really is something for everyone, from bacon lovers to wineos, music fanatics, beer connoisseurs, foodies and more.

THE BLUE RIBBON BACON TOUR
The Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour makes a stop in Keystone on June 27 & 28! From 1 – 6pm each day, come out and enjoy free live music and a variety of great eats! Have you ever had chocolate covered bacon? Try a strip of bacon on its own from the bacon purveyors or try one of the amazing bacon inspired dishes, infused with bacon, created by one of Keystone’s many restaurants. There is also a whiskey sampling tour option.  Tickets can be purchased ‘À la carte’ or as an all inclusive package. You’ll hear music from Gypsy Moon, Rob Drabkin, Josh Blackburn, Arthur Lee Land, Hell’s Belles and Zoso. There are kids ‘Piglet’ ticket packages available too. This is one festival you won’t want to miss! Save money by booking your lodging & tickets together with our Bacon Festival Packages, which all include a complimentary pair of our famous pig nose-sunglasses at check-in.

4TH OF JULY
This year you can enjoy a full day of activities and live music throughout Keystone for your 4th of July celebrations! The morning is packed full of fun events for kids with a fishing derby starting at 8am, Super Slimy Science at 9am, a bike decorating party at 10am, followed by the Children’s Bike Parade at 11am! Head over to Lakeside Village and rent a paddle boat or try stand-up paddleboarding! Check out live music from Trout Steak Revival, performing from Noon – 3pm at the Lakeside Village, while BBQ is available À la carte at Edgewater Cafe. The Boroughs will perform from 7 – 9pm followed by a grand display of fireworks over both villages at 9pm. Stay in Lakeside Village to be close to the Lake and enjoy the fireworks from your balcony!

WINE AND JAZZ FESTIVAL
The Keystone Jazz and Wine Festival returns again on July 18 – 19. Sample a variety of wines from a selection of over 300! Meanwhile you’ll be able to enjoy live jazz music from 8 different bands over the course of the weekend, like Dotsero, Will Donato, and Joey Sommerville, just to name a few. This spectacular event is held from 1 – 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. Entrance is free, while wine sampling tickets can be purchased for $60 a day or are included with any of our Wine and Jazz packages. And for the wine connoisseurs, educational seminars will be available throughout the weekend and special sessions, like our favorite, Prosecco and Pancakes on Sunday morning. Download the Wine and Jazz festival app and keep track of your favorite varieties that you taste throughout the weekend!

BLUEGRASS & BEER FESTIVAL
The perfect combination for a summer festival… sunshine, beer, homecookin’ and of course bluegrass! Keystone’s Beer and Bluegrass Festival will be held August 1 – 2. Bluegrass begins at noon both days, with beer sampling being held from 1 – 5pm each day. Taste delicious brews from over 25 breweries and get down to some great live bluegrass. This is one of Keystone’s most popular summer festivals and once you attend, you’ll know why! 3 different stages will host bands such as the Steep Canyon Rangers, Cornmeal, Ragged Union, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades and more. New this year will be a bluegrass workshop, where you’ll be able to interact with and learn from the musicians.  You’re gonna wanna stay the night, so check out our Bluegrass and Beer lodging packages that include discounted festival tickets.

MOUNTAIN TOWN MUSIC FESTIVAL
This is one of Keystone’s newest festivals, back for its 2nd year, focusing on Indie music acts and a Colorado Peach Harvest theme. This festival is unique as it takes place on Friday night and Saturday, with a fantastic fireworks display happening on Friday night. Stroll through and shop craft, jewelry and art vendors and taste a variety of local food and beverages that focus on the Colorado peach theme. Look for tasty treats like Olathe Sweet Corn, Rocky Ford melons and elk dishes while you enjoy some spectacular music acts such as Mosey West, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, David Wax Museum, Delta Rae and more.  There are also some unique kids activities in the mix like face painting and plant your own flowerpot! We are offering some great lodging deals over the weekend, but book now before they sell out!

 

OKTOBERFEST & THE DAS BIER BURNER 5K
Taking place over Labor Day Weekend, on September 5, enjoy your beers and brats in Keystone this year at the annual Keystone Oktoberfest! Start your day on the right foot with Das Bier Burner 5K where you get to enjoy a free beer after the race! Head into River Run Village with your beer and grab some great food from Keystone’s restaurants. Entertainment includes live music and a multitude of activities for kids, as well as German inspired cuisine and polka dancers. Purchase a stein for $35 and receive 3 beer tickets and $5 refills for the rest of the day! Register for the Das Bier Burner 5K before June 30 to take advantage of early bird pricing. We offer discounted lodging to all of the Das Bier Burner 5K participants.

Keystone Resort boasts a family friendly atmosphere at all of its events and every festival is free to attend and has fun activities designed for kids, in addition to the adult events. Purchase tickets to participate in the food and drink tastings.  All festivals are pet-free, so please leave Fido at home.  Please call us today at (970) 368-7023 to book your ticket or lodging packages for any of the upcoming Keystone, Colorado Summer Festivals.

Written By: Lauren Smith

Keystone Oktoberfest & the Das Bier Burner 5K Fun Run

Colorado is know to have some of the best Oktoberfest Celebrations in the US!  Keystone Resort throws one of the most family friendly and fun Oktoberfest parties around. On Saturday, Septmber 6, enjoy free admission to the event, free live music, polka dancing, authentic German cuisine and sample beer from multiple Colorado Breweries! 

Bring the whole family and keep the kids occupied with tons of activities like face painting, a bounce house and of course the joyful Edelwiess Polka Dancers!  Find some great shopping deals at the River Run Merchant Tent Sale which will be happening all weekend! 

New to the weekend’s festivities this year is the addition of the Das Bier Burner 5K Fun Run.  Burn off all of the beer and brats at this fun ‘bier’ run!  The event starts in Keystone’s iconic River Run Village and takes runners on an enchanting course of rolling hills, scenic forests and alongside the bubbling Snake River.  The views on this course just can’t be beat!  As participants cross the finish line back in the village, they will get to celebrate with a post-race picnic and a cold beer, compliments of the Colorado based New Belgium Brewing Company!  After the race, stay for Oktoberfest!

A portion of the proceeds of the Das Bier Burner 5K event will be donated to SOS Outreach, which strives to inspire at-risk youth with their mountain adventure-based programs, hoping to lead them to make positive life decisions towards healthy and successful lives. SOS programs take advantage of adventure sports, such as snowboarding and rock climbing, to help teach and engage participants for future success. Learn more at sosoutreach.org.

Race-day sostumes are encouraged and there will be prizes awarded across multiple age categories, including the best costume prize! Wear your best Oktoberfest themed outfits such as Lederhosen, Dirndls and of course anything Yeti related!  All entrants will receive an event T-shirt, goody bag and post-race picnic and beverages.  Adults 21 and older will also receive a complimentary beer after the race.  This is a professionally timed event and results will be posted online.   All participants will also receive a special runners’ only discount code for 25% off lodging for the weekend!

Advanced registration is open until Thursday, September 4. Registrations for Adults 21 years and up is $35, young adults ages 13 – 20 is $20, and kids 12 and under are just $15.  All entries go up $5 for same-day registration. 

A section of the scenic course of the Oktoberfest Das Bier Burner 5K Fun Run at Keystone Resort

After the run, participants are encouraged to head to Keystone Oktoberfest celebrations beginning at 1 pm.  Purchase a commemorative Oktoberfest beer stein and enjoy beer from multiple Colorado breweries or buy beers a la carte.  The afternoon features live music from Those Austrian Guys, as well as food and drinks from local vendors.  This is a family friendly event with kid-friendly activities.