Check out these festivals Oktoberfest 2017 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:
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Oktoberfest @ Tempe Town Lake - Tempe, AZ - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2017
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.
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Sierra Vista Oktoberfest - Sierra Vista, AZ - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2016
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.
Brat Haus Oktoberfest - Scottsdale, AZ - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Brat Haus is your full Oktoberfest headquarters! As Arizona’s premiere artisan sausage makers we offer a variety of different Bratwursts and European inspired food. Our Haus made pretzels are definitely the best in town! Whether you want to celebrate in our Beer Garden located in Old Town Scottsdale or have our catering team bring the Oktoberfest party to you, Your guaranteed to have one of the best Oktoberfest parties ever! We always kick off Oktoberfest at our place with a huge party, complete with stein holding contests, live polka bands, dancing and lots of other games and activities! All throughout Oktoberfest we will offer food and drink specials including traditional German Festival Foods and all the great German Beers you can handle!
Lumberyard Brewery Oktoberfest - Flagstaff, AZ - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Litchfield Park Oktoberfest - Litchfield Park, AZ - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
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.
Heber/Overgaard Oktoberfest - Heber-Overgaard, AZ - Sep 17 to Sep 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.
Fountain Hills Oktoberfest - Fountain Hills, AZ - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2016
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.
Flagstaff Oktoberfest - Flagstaff, AZ - Oct 1 to Oct 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.
SanTan Oktoberfest - Chandler, AZ - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
2016 will be the ninth 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. $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.
German Fest at Westside Lilo’s Cafe - Seligman, AZ - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
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.
Desert Rose Octoberfest - Glendale, AZ - Oct 1 to Oct 15, 2016
October 1, 8 and 15 only.
Ales on the Rails - Clarkdale, AZ - Oct 6 to Oct 30, 2016
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October
Brew and Brats Oktoberfest - Kingman, AZ - Oct 7 to Oct 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.
Oktoberfest for Parkinson’s - Phoenix, AZ - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
Old World Oktoberfest - Peoria, AZ - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
St. Rose Oktoberfest - Anthem, AZ - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2016
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.
Haus Murphy’s Oktoberfest - Glendale, AZ - Oct 14 to Oct 22, 2016
Saturday and Sunday only. German restaurant Haus Murphy’s in Glendale hosts an Oktoberfest celebration for two weekends in October. Last year: $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.
Red Rocks Oktoberfest - Sedona, AZ - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016
This Sedona Oktoberfest happens 4-9 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.
Oktoberfest Goodyear - Goodyear, AZ - Oct 29 to Oct 29, 2016
ASH Oktoberfest - Chandler, AZ - Nov 6 to Nov 6, 2016
The Arizona Society of Homebrewers annual Oktoberfest.
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.
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
Marana Oktoberfest – Marana, AZ – Not happening in 2016
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
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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