The season for Oktoberfest has arrived! Loved by Arizonans—German heritage or not—our Valley Oktoberfest events give residents and visitors several weeks of celebration, complete with opportunities to drink great beers, feast on brats and dance the Polka (lederhosen always optional).
Here is our list of top Valley Oktoberfest events 2013!
Brat Haüs Oktoberfest
The festivities of Brat Haüs’ Oktoberfest get started on September 21 and carry on for the traditional 16 days. The festival plays host to some incredible German food, beers, and music as well as some special giveaways and complimentary beers from the Haüs.
The schedule includes:
Sunday, Sept. 22 (All Day) – Oktoberfest Pig Roast
Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. – Longest Brat Contest
Saturday, Sept. 27 (All Day) – Oktoberfest Pig Roast
Sunday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. – Wiener Dog Fashion Show
Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. – Oktoberfest Beer Dinner
Saturday, Oct. 5 (All Day) – The Party Continues
Saturday, Oct. 5 (All Day) – Oktoberfest Pig Roast
Sunday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. – Brat Eating Contest
Sunday, Oct. 6 (All Day) – Oktoberfest Pig Roast
Additional beer and food specials will be available daily throughout Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest at The Wigwam
On Saturday, Sept. 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., join The Wigwam in Litchfield Park for Oktoberfest at the Wigwam.
Get in the Oktoberfest spirit with authentic German entrees and beer, games, activities, costume contest, prizes and more! Dance and sing along to Oktoberfest polka favorites with Denny and the Polka Dots. A portion of the event proceeds support programs and offerings through the City of Litchfield Park Recreation Center.
Tickets are $10 per person and free for children under 12. Make a night of it with special room rates starting at $125 with promo code FEST2013.
Oktoberfest at Caballero Grill
Join Caballero Grill for three days of food, music, contests and games, appropriate for the whole family. Friday, Oct. 4 through Sunday, Oct. 6, enjoy live music, German beer and wine, the Grilled Cheese Truck and performances by Stunt Masters BMX Impact. General admission is $10 and VIP tickets are available.
Oktoberfest Pub Crawl at CityScape Phoenix
Wear your finest German attire for the Oktoberfest Pub Crawl on Friday, Sept. 27, beginning at 4 p.m. Stein holding competitions, best mustache contest, polka music and yodeling will be expected. Participating venues include: Blue Hound Kitchen, Tilted Kilt, LUSTRE Rooftop Garden, Copper Blues, The Arrogant Butcher, Lucky Strike and Gypsy Bar.
Old World Phoenix Oktoberfest
The Arizona Center for Germanic Studies is hosting its eighth annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 5, for $5 admission.
Straight from their website: “Put on your Lederhosen or Dirndls and join us for this great Bavarian Festival… a traditional German “Volksfest” in the heart of Phoenix… a giant “Bier Garten” with buxom beer maidens serving Bavarian brews; Bavarian bands playing lively tunes and leading sing-alongs of old time drinking songs; mouth watering sausages and strudel; Bavarian dancing and lots of good old-fashioned fun at this authentic old-world family event!”
We couldn’t have said it any better!
Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake
This annual event has everything from the Frank Kush 5k, beer and wine gardens, shops, carnival, live music and kid-friendly events. Free to attend, the weekend long festival will take place October 11-13.
Salt River Fields Octoberfest
Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Salt River Fields will be transformed into a beer-lover’s paradise with activities for the whole family. This year, Octoberfest transforms from the typical beer fest into an action-packed day with contests, Crossfit/Urban Warfit’s Barbells & Hops WODtoberfest, a kid’s zone, TV monitors showing games of the day and more.