10 places to celebrate Oktoberfest in the Valley
Get ready to celebrate in your best German attire. Here are 10 Oktoberfest events to try from September to October that include German beer and food, live music, activities like wiener dog races, costume and stein holding competitions and carnival rides for the whole family.
Enjoy Oktoberfest this year at Brat Haus, a welcoming beer garden with an open-air patio that’s also dog-friendly, and specializes in European-style sausages and traditional Bavarian pretzels. On Sept. 21 in Scottsdale and Sept. 28 in Phoenix, join Brat Haus for world-class brats, traditional craft beers, contests including brat eating, costume and stein holding, live music and more. Guests are encouraged to wear their best German attire to join in on the fun.
Information: Sept. 21 in Scottsdale from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Sept. 28 in Uptown Phoenix from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free admission.
Don’t miss the 12th Annual SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest in Chandler on Sept. 27 and 28. Enjoy music from Boogie Knights on Friday and the Gin Blossoms on Sept. 28, polka music, bratwurst, pretzels and SanTan’s Oktoberfest German style lager with a strong caramel malt profile available through October.
Attendees can also participate in brat eating contests, keg stacking competitions, wiener man and wiener dog races, enjoy a variety of carnival rides and live entertainment. You can also try SanTan Brewing’s Oktoberfest German Style Lager with a strong caramel malt profile and is available through October.
Information: Sept. 27 and 28 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at Dr AJ Chandler Park.
Admission: $10 for adults on Friday; $15 for adults on Saturday; children under 12 are free both days. VIP: $50 for adults, $30 for children on Friday; $100 for adults and $30 for children on Saturday-includes festival entry, 4 drinks, catered dinner, admission to Chapman Automotive VIP Lounge and front of the stage viewing area.
On weekends starting Sept. 27 and ending on Oct. 27, Haus Murphy’s in Glendale is hosting their Oktoberfest 2019 with live music, drawing and contests.
Haus Murphy’s has been serving fine German food for 24 years in Historic downtown Glendale with an authentic menu that includes schnitzels, german sausages and haus specialties like beed roulade, Oma’s Hackbraten (German meatloaf) and Eisbein. Try two of their specialties, paprika schnitzel and sauerbraten, which were featured on Food Network with Guy Fieri.
Information: Weekends Sept. 27- Oct. 27. Fridays and Saturdays 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Arizona Beer House is hosting their 5th Annual A Very Arizona Oktoberfest 2019 on Sept. 28. The family-owned and operated craft beer and wine bar on Tucson’s east side featured 35 taps of Arizona and regional beers. Their Oktoberfest celebration includes food trucks, German-style beers, face painting, balloon twisting and live music.
Information: Sept. 28 from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. at Arizona Beer House
At the Second Annual Downtown Phoenix Oktoberfest, attendees can enjoy a variety of German beer paired with brats, schnitzel, pretzels and more from vendors including Brat Haus, Eur Haus, Copper Blues and Hooters. Their Bavarian dance floor with live polka music, and competitions like the stein hold, brat eat, pretzel eating and beer maid costume contest will keep guests entertained from entrance to exit.
Information: Sept. 28 in Civic Space Park from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission: single $10, group- 4-pack ticket- $30, online-only, no walk-up ticket sales.
Ten55 Brewing Company in Tucson is hosting its second annual Oktoberfest on Oct.4- Oct. 7 in their historic downtown space on Congress Street with costume contests, a stein holding competition, live music and German specialty foods like scratch-made sausages and German craft beers. Classic German beers on tap for the weekend include Hefeweizen, Dunkleweisse, Helles, Zwickelbier, Dampfbier and a brand new Altbier and food specials including classic German jaeger schnitzel and spaetzle.
Information: Oct. 4-Oct. 7, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Ten55 Brewing Company
Attendees going to the Town of Gilbert’s 1st annual Oktoberfest celebration on Oct. 5 will enjoy live traditional polka music, Brass Tap brat eating contest, wiener dog race, stein holding competitions, kornhole tournament and tasty food. Live music from local groups Ken Levine’s Funkhaus Brass Band, The Black Moods and 2 Tone Lizard Kings will entertain guests.
More than a dozen restaurants and vendors will be providing food including Haus Food Truck, The Brass Tap Craft Beer Bar, Doughlicious and Drive Wood Food Truck. Local breweries 12 West Brewing, Arizona Wilderness Brewing, Desert Monk Brewing, Flying Basset Brewing, OHSO Brewery, Uncle Bear’s Brewery and Four Silos Brewery. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Information: Oct. 5 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Town of Gilbert Civic Center. Admission: $10 online presale and $20 day of event at the gate. Kids 12 and under are free. Purchase tickets online at gilbertoktoberfest.com.
Flagstaff Oktoberfest returns for its 11th year and is bringing back the 10-year celebration with their 10-Year Take Two. Hoping to host over 6,000 attendees as in year’s past, Flagstaff Oktoberfest will have six food vendors and a variety of beers to try.
They will again have music featuring the Thirsty Five, Polka Katzan, Dreadknot and The Mike Reeves Band, food from vendors Cody Coyote Kettlecorn, Nava Sausage Co., White Eyes Fresh Fry Bread, Merkin Vineyards Pizza Wagon, 3 in the Trees, Kabobs by Karen, Phoenix Pretzel and Safari Samosas.
As if that’s not enough, they will also host contests including men’s and women’s beer stein holding, a frozen t-shirt contest, the Vienna Beef Weiner Man Race and Satchmo’s BBQ Brat Eating Contest. The Oktoberfest will benefit Feeding Northern Arizona’s Future, a local nonprofit that helps feed local kids when school food programs are out, such as summer break.
Information: Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Wheeler Park. Admission: Tickets are $10 online and $20 at the gate, $15 for students with ID, veterans and seniors, kids 12 and under are free.
The City of Litchfield is celebrating Oktoberfest in partnership with The Wigwam in Litchfield Park with German inspired cuisine prepared by The Wigwam’s chefs, German and domestic beers and wine, a polka dance contest, a kids’ zone with giant lawn games and activities and live polka music from Nickelcity Express. Wearing Dirndl dresses and lederhosen or Oktoberfest tees or hats are encouraged. The best male, female and kid costumes will win a prize.
Information: Oct. 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the Front Lawn. Admission: $15 per person which includes a souvenir stein for advance ticket holders. Purchase tickets in advance on Eventbrite.
This year’s Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Beach Park will have even more ways to celebrate. On Friday, 2 Tone Lizard Kings and Black Bottom Lighters will headline, and attendees can participate in a soccer tournament. On Saturday, attendees can take part in the AZTV7 Das 28th Oktoberfest Runnin’ for the Brats, which includes a 10K run, 5K run/walk and 1 mile run/walk with routes around Tempe Town Lake, in addition to a soccer tournament, a volleyball tournament and headliners Instant Classics and Wyves.
On Sunday, listen to headliner Mogollonthey will host a kickball tournament and you can watch the Dachshund races with 32 dachshunds racing for their owner’s treats between sips of 25+ varieties of beer and Four Peaks brews and munching on bratwursts or noodles.
They also have adult and kids’ carnivals with Brown’s amusement carnival treats like funnel cake and turkey legs, and include adult rides like a Ferris wheel and games like roller derby, giant Jenga and cornhole and kids can enjoy rides like dizzy dragons, fun slide and more.
Information: Oct. 11-13; Oct. 11 from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Tempe Beach Park. Free admission.
The first and only Scottsdale Oktoberfest will take place on October 5th at the Scottsdale Fashion Square events area located on the north side of the mall on Scottsdale road. Scottstoberfest will kick off at noon and run until 5 p.m. The 21+ event will have live entertainment from Germany’s multi-talented performer straight from entertaining at Oktoberfest in Germany, Melina. DJ Soul Man from the original Valley-based Phunk Junkeez will DJ for the day.
A portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to the Scottsdale Firefighters Charities. This nonprofit is comprised of professional firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics from Scottsdale that dedicate their work towards bettering the community in which they serve through charitable works.
Local food trucks and vendors serving classic German food will be on-site serving up delicious dishes including bratwurst, sauerkraut and spatetzle. The event will feature Samuel Adams Oktoberfest beer plus giant interactive games, a cornhole tournament and stein hoisting contests will take place throughout the day. Winner of the stein hoisting contest will win a trip to Boston for a two night stay and tour of the Sam Adams brewery!
Information: Tickets are only $5 at the door (no pre-sale available). Admission does not include food and beverage. For more information about Scottstoberfest follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @scottstoberfest.