Oktoberfest in Arizona
Check out these festivals Oktoberfest 2016 in Arizona, including options in Phoenix and Tucson. With almost one million residents of German descent in Arizona, you can celebrate your German heritage in style at one of the many German festivals Arizona Oktoberfests that I have listed below:
We hope you enjoyed last year’s list. We will be updating this information for 2016 over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
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Heber/Overgaard Oktoberfest – Heber-Overgaard, AZ – September 17-18, 2016
2016 will be the 29th annual Oktoberfest in the Pines held at Tall Timbers County Park. Last year’s description: Sixth year for the classic car show. Beer garden, hay rides, kids inflatables and anvil shoots (probably not for kids). There will also be over 60 arts and crafts vendors.
Location: Tall Timbers Park, Hwy. 260, Overgaard, AZ.
Flagstaff Oktoberfest – Flagstaff, AZ – October 1, 2016
Flagstaff will see its 8th annual Arizona Oktoberfest on Saturday at Wheeler Park from 11 AM to 8 PM. The event supports the Flagstaff Sunrise Lions Club. Live polka music, German beer, and free root beer floats for kids in the root beer garden. Contests for yodeling, costume, brat eating and beer hoisting.
Location: Wheeler Park, Flagstaff Arizona
Brew and Brats Oktoberfest – Kingman, AZ – October 7-8, 2016
Ninth annual two day Oktoberfest hosted at Locomotive Park by the Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club. In addition to the beer German food, kids games and live bands, there will also be a triathlon. Admission is free.
Location: Locomotive Park, 310 W. Beale St, Kingman, AZ
Oktoberfest @ Tempe Town Lake – Tempe, AZ – October 7-9, 2016
Tempe Sister City holds the 43rd annual Tempe Oktoberfest as a fundraiser for its student and teacher exchange program. At the three day Oktoberfest, you will find a carnival, dachshund runs (Sunday) and a 5 Mile / 5K / 1 mile race (Saturday) in addition to German food, beer & wine gardens and live music. 15 german beers and three stages of live music! Kinderfest with craft zone and carnival amusements for kids. Six hours of polka music on Sunday. Eight 4 oz. smaples of German beer will also be served from noon – 6 for just $20. Admission is free. All day pass for kids amusements is $30. Tempe Beach Splash Park will also reopen for the weekend. Cash is needed to purchase tickets for food and beverages. Family pricing during the day on Saturday and Sunday is 25 food/activity tickets for $20.
St. Rose Oktoberfest – Anthem, AZ – October 14-15, 2016 (tentative)
The Saint Rose Phillipine Duchesne Catholic Church organizes this event. Bratwurst and soft pretzels. Friday night fireworks show. Huge children’s play area with bouncy houses and a rock wall. Saturday brings the car and motorcycle show as well as the singing competition.
Located at 2825 West Road Canyon Circle, Anthem, Arizona.
Baja Oktoberfest – Tucson, AZ – October 3, 2015
This Tucson Oktoberfest will have beer from more than 50 Arizona Craft Brewers Guild Breweries. Local food trucks, brat eating contest, and more. Proceeds benefit Tu Nidito.
Location: Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Fountain Hills Oktoberfest – Fountain Hills, AZ – September 25-26, 2015
This Oktoberfest at Fountain Park is hosted by the Southwest German Society, AMVETS Post 7, Fountain Hills Elks Lodge #2846 and the Town of Fountain Hills. German music, food and beer.
Sierra Vista Oktoberfest – Sierra Vista, AZ – September 11-12, 2015
The Sierra Vista Oktoberfest returned to Veterans’ Memorial Park in 2012 after a two year hiatus. Beer garden, german cuisine via food vendors, live entertainment from the Hamptons, kid’s carnival and arts & craft vendors.
Location: 3105 E. Fry Boulevard, Sierra Vista, AZ.
Red Rocks Oktoberfest – Sedona, AZ – October 3, 2015
This Sedona Oktoberfest happens 5-9 PM on Saturday night. Local Arizona craft brewers will bring Oktoberfest beers. German style bratwurst, potato salad, and big pretzels! Music by Big Willie and the Polka Meisters. Entry is $25 and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Rotary Club of Sedona Rocks and the STEM program at Sedona Oak Creek School District.
Location: Los Abrigados Resort, 160 Portal Lane, Sedona, AZ 86336
SanTan Oktoberfest – Chandler, AZ – October 3, 2015
2015 will be the eight annual Oktoberfest for San Tan Brewing and Downtown Chandler. 3 PM to 11 PM. The event typically includes stein races, keg rolling, tricycle races, keg contest, bratwurst eating contests and a beer pong tournament. Iration and Reel Big Fish will lead the entertainment lineup. $12 admission (kids 12 and under are free). Presale tickets go on sale for $10 on September 1. Attendance is approximately 10,000 according to their sponsorship packet.
Location: 3 South San Marcos Place, Chandler, AZ
Old World Oktoberfest – Peoria, AZ – October 3, 2015
Ales on the Rails – Clarkdale, AZ – October 2015
Verde Canyon Railroad celebrates Oktoberfest with a four hour round trip to Perkinsville Ranch while guests enjoy beer from local breweries. German food and polka dancing on this trip as well. Thursdays through Sundays in October.
Litchfield Park Oktoberfest – Litchfield Park, AZ – September 19, 2015
The Wigwam Resort hosts an annual Arizona Oktoberfest on its front lawn with a costume contest, dance demonstrations, live music by Denny and the Polka Dots, and more. Gates open at 5:30 PM. Admission: $10 for 12 and over. Food and drink are extra.
The Wigwam Resort is located at 300 East Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park, Arizona 85340.
Marana Oktoberfest – Marana, AZ – Sept 25-27, 2015
Beer tasting tent, Bavarian music, games and arts & crafts. German food offered includes brats, Bavarian pretzels and sausages. Water slides and the kiddie pool will be open at the park. Cost is $5 on Friday, Sunday and for kids on Saturday. Adults on Saturday are $7. Located northwest of Tucson.
Location: Breakers Water Park, 8555 E. Tangerine Rd, Marana, AZ
ASH Oktoberfest – Chandler, AZ – November 8, 2015
The Arizona Society of Homebrewers annual Oktoberfest.
Location: Kiwanis Park, 6111 S All American Way, Tempe AZ
Haus Murphy’s Oktoberfest – Glendale, AZ – October 16-17 & 23-24, 2015
German restaurant Haus Murphy’s in Glendale hosts an Oktoberfest celebration for two weekends in October. $40 for two 16 oz German draft beers, a food ticket for one German meal (choice of braised pork shank, German sausage, grillfleish or half chicken) and one German dessert (apple strudel or chocolate sauerkraut cake). Die Guggenbach Buam flies in from Germany for entertainment. Bierstein holding and alpenhorn blowing contest.
Location: 5739 W Glendale Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301
German Fest at Westside Lilo’s Cafe – Seligman, AZ – October 3, 2015
They’ll be serving brats, leberkase and pretzels, as well as Oktoberfest Bier from Hofbrau Munchen! They are along Scenic Route 66 (I-40) so make a day of it.
Location: 22855 W Route 66, Seligman, Arizona 86337
Marine Corps League Auxiliary for Oktoberfest – Lake Havasu City, AZ – not happening in 2015.
Campbell Ranch hosts this fundraiser with German food, polka contest and more.
Location: 4066 Chemehuevi Blvd, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406
We hope you enjoy these festivals for Oktoberfest. Arizona residents: please inform us which one you liked the best!
Please confirm dates, locations and activities available at the Oktoberfest before going. That’s one reason that we provide a website address when we find one. We attempt to ensure that the information for each Oktoberfest is accurate but there are bound to be a few errors. If you let us know when you find one, we will fix it. In some cases, we may link to the 2014 event when information for 2015 is not available. Do not be fooled.
The festivals listed range in size. Some events may have hundreds of thousands of attendees. Others may have only a handful. We’re sorry that we don’t have more information about attendance numbers at the moment. We will do our best to add this information as time goes on.
Professionalism varies as well. Some Oktoberfests are professional operations with large budgets. Others are local operations run by volunteers. Do your due diligence before making plans to attend so that you know what to expect. We will happily publish information about your experience with any Oktoberfest so that our visitors will be better informed in the future.
Some Oktoberfests are more family friendly than others. If you have small children, look for an Oktoberfest that has activities for kids. Other events start out with family friendly activities and become more adult oriented as it becomes later in the evening.
Not all Oktoberfest celebrations will be authentic German festival experiences. Some may simply be an excuse to drink rather than celebrate German heritage. Some may call themselves Oktoberfest but provide local or seasonal beer rather than authentic German Oktoberfest beer. Be sure to consider the type of celebration that you are looking to attend when you pick your Oktoberfest.
Activities offered at each Oktoberfest varies. Some activities that you may find are parades, keg tapping ceremony, beer gardens, Miss Oktoberfest or costume contests, stein holding contests, bratwurst eating contest, chicken dance, wiener races, keg toss, live German bands and local entertainment, polka dancing and fairground games. Some Oktoberfest events will just have beer and brats.
Please don’t drink and drive. We want everyone to get home safe. Use a designated driver or take public transportation.
Do you run one of the Oktoberfests listed? Feel free to send us additional information and we will add it. We apologize for any errors: send us corrections when you find them!
Once you have exhausted this list of Oktoberfest festivals, why don’t you try some of the other large United States festivals for Oktoberfest or the celebrations in nearby states of California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.
We’ve got some other resources that would help you prepare for Oktoberfest as well. Read about the history of Oktoberfest. Learn about Oktoberfest beer. Find the words to Oktoberfest music. Plan your Oktoberfest outfit. And try cooking some of these Oktoberfest recipes.
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