Check out these festivals for Oktoberfest 2013 in Arizona. 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:
Oktoberfest @ Tempe Town Lake – Tempe, AZ – October 11-13, 2013
Tempe Sister City holds the 41st 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 18-19, 2013
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.
Oktoberfest at the Cellar Door - Kingman, AZ – October 12, 2013
The Cellar Door’s third annual Oktoberfest street party from 5 pm to midnight with German beer, food, polka, contests and games. 21+ inside the biergarten.
Located at The Cellar Door Wine Bar, 414 E. Beale Street, Kingman, AZ.
Phoenix Oktoberfest – Phoenix, AZ – October 5, 2013
The Old World Phoenix Oktoberfest is hosted by the Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures. It has a number of contests celebrating German traditions, including a Alphorn blowing contest, polka contest and beer stein holding competition. Free kids Kinder village area and German cooking demonstrations. Festivities start at noon. Keg is tapped at 1 PM. Admission is $5 but kids under 12 get in free.
Location: Margaret T. Hance Park, 200 East Moreland, Phoenix AZ
Flagstaff Oktoberfest – Flagstaff, AZ – October 5, 2013
Flagstaff will see its 5th annual Arizona Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 5th 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
Fountain Hills Oktoberfest – Fountain Hills, AZ - September 27-28, 2013
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.
Ales on the Rails – Clarkdale, AZ – October 2013
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.
Marine Corps League Auxiliary for Oktoberfest – Lake Havasu City, AZ
Campbell Ranch hosts this fundraiser with German food, polka contest and more. We believe this event is scheduled for October 5th based on this link.
Location: 4066 Chemehuevi Blvd, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406
Downtown Chandler Oktoberfest – Chandler, AZ – October 5, 2013
2013 will be the sixth annual Oktoberfest for San Tan Brewing and Downtown Chandler. 4 PM to Midnight. The event typically includes stein races, keg rolling, tricycle races, keg contest, bratwurst eating contests and a beer pong tournament. The Expendables will lead the entertainment lineup. $10 admission (kids 12 and under are free). Attendance is approximately 10,000 according to their sponsorship packet.
Location: 3 South San Marcos Place, Chandler, AZ
Litchfield Park Oktoberfest – Litchfield Park, AZ – September 28, 2013
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.
Deaf Seniors Oktoberfest 2013 – Tempe, AZ – October 19, 2013
Apache ASL – 2428 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ.
Haus Murphy’s Oktoberfest – Glendale, AZ – October 11-13 & 18-20, 2013
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
ASH Oktoberfest – Chandler, AZ – October 19, 2013
The Arizona Society of Homebrewers annual Oktoberfest.
Location: Kiwanis Park, 6111 S All American Way, Tempe AZ
Heber/Overgaard Oktoberfest – Heber-Overgaard, AZ – September 14-15, 2013
2013 will be the 26th annual Oktoberfest in the Pines held at Tall Timbers County Park. We expect that the classic car show will be back for its fifth year at this event although we don’t see it on the flier. On the flier: 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.
Sierra Vista Oktoberfest – Sierra Vista, AZ – September 13-14, 2013
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.
Tucson Oktoberfest – Tucson, AZ -2013 DATES CANCELLED
Saw an article in the Arizona Daily Star indicating the 2013 Oktoberfest has been cancelled. It’s normally a four day family festival celebrating German food, beer and more at Rillito Downs.
Location: 4502 North First Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85718-5607
Oktoberfest on Mt. Lemmon – Summerhaven, AZ - Weekends from September 21 – October 13th, 2013
German beer, food and music is available at this annual weekend Oktoberfest at Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley near Summerhaven. Last two weekends in September, first two weekends in October. There’s apparently a three beer limit unless you have a designated driver. Free admission but $5 parking.
Location: 10300 E Ski Run Rd, Mt Lemmon, Arizona 85619
Brew and Brats Oktoberfest – Kingman, AZ – October 4-5, 2013
3500 visitors are expected to attend this sixth 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
Muller Kuhrs Oktoberfest – Scottsdale, AZ – October 12, 2013
Festival visitors will find a polka band, homebrew competition, and cornhole tournament. Volleyball tournament and WODtoberfest fitness competition on Saturday. 50+ Beverages available starting at $4. Kids 12 and under are free.
Location: 7555 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Red Rocks Oktoberfest – Sedona, AZ – October 19, 2013
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 $15 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
We hope you enjoy these festivals for Oktoberfest. Arizona residents: please inform us which one you liked the best!
We have just added these maps with the locations of each Oktoberfest. We may not have had the exact location for each Oktoberfest so in some instances we have placed the marker in the general vicinity of the Oktoberfest. Be sure to get specific directions from another source and do not solely rely on our map at the moment. We have also noticed that the markers may not show up on some mobile browsers. We will work to sort out this bug in the future.
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 2012 event when information for 2013 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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