It’s our favorite time of year. Pennant races, falling leaves, sweaters, and of course, Germany’s finest export, Oktoberfest. First celebrated in 1810, Oktoberfest has spread far beyond its roots in Munich and become worldwide staple come late September and early October.
We’ve selected several of the area’s best events throughout the month, so brush up on your Ein Prosit, and practice your chicken dance by dropping by one of these Oktoberfest celebrations in the next few weeks.
Oktoberfest Phoenix – October 4th
Put on by the Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures, the Phoenix Oktoberfest is billed as “An Authentic Old World Family Event.” Held on Saturday October 4th from 12pm to 9 pm at Margaret T. Hance Park. (1202 N. 3rd Street Phoenix 85004), this event is sure you get your Oktoberfest celebrations off to a good start. This year, as in years past, traditional German band Die Echte Waldbuam will fly in from Germany and take the stage to perform traditional Bavarian music. And, of course, no Oktoberfest would be complete without traditional German food and drink, so you’ll have plenty of German potato salad, sauerkraut, frankfurters, Pretzels, Kettle Corn, Chocolate Dipped Apples, German pastries and your choice of four Warsteiner brews on tap. Visit the website for more information and to purchase tickets.
Buckeye Oktoberfest – October 10 – 12
Right in our own backyard, the 3rd annual Buckeye Octoberfest Celebration on Saturday October 11th will feature a carnival in Bayless Park Thursday the 9th through Sunday the 12th. In addition to the carnival action, there will be food, drinks and shopping with over 60 vendors on the 6th Street Plaza in Historic Downtown, including Oktoberfest staples like beer and brauts. Live country music will be provided by “Moonshine Mafia,” as well as an open car and motorcycle show beginning at 10am until 2pm at Buckeye City Hall. Finally, the first annual Buckeye Helzarockin’ Rock and Mineral show will be at the Helzapoppin’ Arena on Miller Road. You can learn more about Buckeye Oktoberfest on the Chamber Events Page.
Tempe Oktoberfest – October 10 – 12
A product of Four Peaks Brewing Company and hosted at Tempe Town Lakes, this Oktoberfest celebration features free admissions and more fun than you can fit into one weekend. The event, which is produced by and benefits Tempe Sister Cities, will feature an impressive array of beer and wine gardens from Four Peaks, Becks, The Widmer Brothers, Kiltlifter, Warsteiner, Budweiser and many more. There will also be a wide array of German fare available to wash down all of that beer, including freshly made brats from Von Hanson’s Meats of Chandler, AZ. And, if you haven’t had enough already, Tempe Oktoberfest has a full music lineup, Dachshund races (yes, really), and a kinderfest and carnival for the kids. For details visit the Tempe Oktoberfest website here.
Scottsdale Oktoberfest – October 11th
Held at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Spring Training home to the Diamondback and Rockies, this unique Oktoberfest party features over cash prizes for CrossFit competitions, corn hole tournaments, dodgeball competitions and more. There will also be live music, kids activities, beer and food. Find out more about the event by clicking here.