Oktoberfest in Arizona

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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2017 Events

Sierra Vista Oktoberfest - Sierra Vista, AZ - Sep 8, 2017
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.

Lumberyard Brewery Oktoberfest - Flagstaff, AZ - Sep 16, 2017

Heber/Overgaard Oktoberfest - Heber-Overgaard, AZ - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2017
Annual Oktoberfest in the Pines held at Tall Timbers County Park. Classic car show, beer garden, anvil shoots, hay rides, and kids inflatables. There will also be over 60 arts and crafts vendors.

Old World Oktoberfest - Peoria, AZ - Sep 22 to Sep 23, 2017
Authentic German entertainment and meals, competitions with prizes, and amusements/rides for all ages. $5 Admission. 20 years and under FREE. FREE Parking.

German Fest at Westside Lilo’s Cafe - Seligman, AZ - Sep 23, 2017
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.

Fountain Hills Oktoberfest - Fountain Hills, AZ - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2017
Fountain Hills Oktoberfest celebrates its 10th anniversary adjacent to the Nations 4th tallest fountain on September 29 and 30 from 5 to ten pm. There will be a band flown in from Germany, German food including footlong Brats, Sauerkraut and potato salad and of course German Beer. Kids can enjoy a play area with bounce houses FREE of charge. $5, 12 and under are FREE. Wear your Dirndl and Lederhosen for FREE entrance.

SanTan Oktoberfest - Chandler, AZ - Sep 30, 2017
Runs from 3 PM to 11 PM. Typically includes beer, brats, live music/polka, stein races, keg rolling, tricycle races, keg contest, bratwurst eating contests and a beer pong tournament. $12 admission (kids 12 and under are free). Attendance is approximately 10,000 according to their sponsorship packet. Held at Dr AJ Chandler Park.

Ales on the Rails - Clarkdale, AZ - Oct 5, 2017
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October. The Oktoberfest-style brews are produced in Arizona breweries. Beers may then be purchased during the railroad’s Fall Colors Tour, along with Verde Canyon Railroad’s own private-label beers from Sedona’s Oak Creek Brewing Company. $10 logo beer glass comes with five beer tastings. An optional lunch for $11 of grilled sausages, special-recipe potato salad and hot pretzels served with a variety of gourmet cheeses perfect for dipping.

Brew and Brats Oktoberfest - Kingman, AZ - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2017
Two day Oktoberfest hosted at Locomotive Park by the Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club. Local craft beer, German food, kids games and live bands. Held at Metcalfe Park (315 W. Beale St.) in Downtown Kingman. Hours are Friday at 3:00pm until 10:00pm and Saturday 10:00am until 10:00pm. Admission is free.

Flagstaff Oktoberfest - Flagstaff, AZ - Oct 7, 2017
Flagstaff will see its 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.

Oktoberfest @ Tempe Town Lake - Tempe, AZ - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2017
Tempe Sister City holds its 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. samples 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.

Oktoberfest for Parkinson’s - Phoenix, AZ - Oct 21, 2017

Oktoberfest Goodyear - Goodyear, AZ - Oct 28, 2017
Bavarian Oktoberfest beer (first two included with ticket), all you can eat German food, soft drinks, live music, beer mug and T-Shirt to keep. Tickers are $65.

ASH Oktoberfest - Chandler, AZ - Nov 11, 2017
The Arizona Society of Homebrewers annual Oktoberfest.

 

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2016 Events

Brat Haus Oktoberfest - Scottsdale, AZ - 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!

Litchfield Park Oktoberfest - Litchfield Park, AZ - 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.

Desert Rose Octoberfest - Glendale, AZ - Oct 1 to Oct 15, 2016
October 1, 8 and 15 only.

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, 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.

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 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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4 thoughts on “Oktoberfest in Arizona

  1. Rick Wesselhoff says:

    Hello… Thanks for including us in your writeup on local Oktoberfests – but you’ve got our price at $15 and it’s really $25. I don’t want anybody to be unhappy when they arrive – so if you have time to edit I’d be very appreciative! Thanks and PROST!

  2. christine Colley says:

    The 2015 Fountain Hills Oktoberfest is on October 25 and 26 from 5 to 10pm. Located by the world’s 5th tallest fountain in fountain park. The event is family friendly and celebrates the 200+ year traditions of Oktoberfest in style with a band flown in from Germany, delicious foot-long Brats with homemade Sauerkraut and German potato salad, Pretzels and mouthwatering apple strudel. Audience participation in contests with prizes and complimentary bounce houses in the kids area.

  3. Wolfgang Klien says:

    The Old World Phoenix Oktoberfest has moved to Peoria! The construction of the Margret T. Hance Park closes the park for a year and the City of Peoria has invited us with open arms. It will be our tenth anniversary for the most original Oktoberfest at the Centennial Park in Peoria

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