Be There for Rapids Oktoberfest Tonight! - Throw on your lederhosen and grab your beer stein! The Colorado Rapids have announced that the club will hold the "Rapids Oktoberfest" celebration at the team's next home game on Wednesday Sept. 21 when the Rapids host Rocky Mountain rivals Real Salt Lake at Invesco Field at 7:30pm.

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The Rapids Oktoberfest celebration will include pregame festivities starting at 5:00pm including a Rapids Beer Hall and entertainment by live authentic German & Bavarian cultural bands and dancers!

Fans will be treated to performances by The Steve Rock Tanzkapelle Band and The Denver Kickers Bavarian Schuhplattlers.

The Tanzkapelle is a German & American variety band and translated means "dance band". The musical performance can be German American or a mixture of both. The music specialty is polkas and waltzes with a German beat complimented by a good variety of music to generate the best dancing response.

The Schuhplattlers dressed in the traditional Bavarian outfits are a dance group that specialize in Bavarian dancing. The Schuhplattlers are a great addition to any event with their colorful performances and audience participation dances.

This night will also feature an Oktoberfest version of the Rapids Pregame Happy Hour presented by The Village at Legacy Ridge with food and drink specials from 5:00pm all the way up until kickoff! The Pregame Happy Hour will move from its usual spot on the stadium's south deck to the Rapids Beer Hall on the south end of the stadium on the Sports Legends Mall to combine with the Oktoberfest festivities!

Fans of all ages holding a Rapids game ticket will be able to enter the Rapids Beer Hall and Oktoberfest celebration free of charge! Special food and drink specials that night will include bratwursts and beers for only $2 apiece!

The first Oktoberfest the world ever saw was not really a festival at all but the public celebration of the wedding of His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Bavaria Luitpold Karl Joseph Wilhelm Ludwig and Princess Theressa of Bavaria on October 17 1810. Held on a large meadow in Munich the party featured a horse race beer food music and dancing.

Anniversary celebrations continued each year usually starting in late September and ending in the first week of October. Oktoberfests have been held in Munich for almost 200 years. As immigrants from Germany came to North America Oktoberfest celebrations sprouted up across the USA including Colorado!

Oktoberfest 2005 kicked off just this past weekend in Munich on Saturday Sept. 17 and the celebrations are continuing in Germany for 17 days straight.

Following the pregame celebrations the Rapids will take on Real Salt Lake in a pivotal match to determine playoff positioning as well as ownership of the inaugural Rocky Mountain Cup competition!

For more information fans can call the Rapids Ticket Hotline at (303) 825-GOAL or order their tickets for the match online by CLICKING HERE.

See you at the Rapids Oktoberfest Celebration on Wednesday September 21st!