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Oktoberfest in Phoenix - 2013

Polkas, Brats, Beer and Fun


When Oktoberfest comes around, and you get that urge for donning your lederhosen, dancing the polka and eating wienerschnitzel, here are the best places around town where you can join in the fun.

These Oktoberfest events are listed in date order. You can see pictures of past celebrations in the Oktoberfest Picture Gallery.

Oktoberfest at Tonto Bar & Grill

Oktoberfest at Tonto Bar & Grill in Cave Creek
© Tonto Bar & Grill
All day Tuesdays through Thursdays, September 17 through October 24, 2013
Traditional German dishes and imported beers. Chef Ryan Peters researched Bavarian specialties and Old World favorites from restaurants in Germany to create more than a month of three-course a la carte specials on our Oktoberfest special menu. Pair these with a trio of imported German beers: Reutberger Export Dunkle, Hopf Helle Weisse and Schönramer Gold. 5736 E. Rancho Mañana Blvd., Cave Creek.

Brat Haus

Oktoberfest at Brat Haus
Brat Haus
Starts September 21, 2013 and lasts 16 days.
Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane does the traditional keg tap at noon on September 21st. Come witness the celebration and grab one of the first 100 beers from the keg on the Haüs. Complementing Brat Haüs’ authentic German bratwurst and pretzels, Oktoberfest will feature Krombacher and Jaeger. Every Saturday and Sunday throughout Oktoberfest there will be a pig roast. You can also enjoy Wiener Schnitzel, Kasseler Rippchen (smoked, brined pork chops), Spatzle and Sauerbraten. Every Friday and Saturday during Oktoberfest from 6-9 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m. on Sundays there will be live music and entertainment. Ping Pong Tournament. The Longest Brat Contest will take place on September 26th at 5 p.m. to benefit a prostate cancer charity. On Sunday, September 29th come to the Dachshund Fashion Show; start preparing your dachshund-sized lederhosen. An authentic Beer Dinner will be hosted at 7 p.m. on October 2nd and on October 6th it's the Brat Eating Contest.

Oktoberfest Pub Crawl at CityScape Phoenix

Friday, September 27, 2013 starting at 4 p.m.
German beers, food specials, games and Bavarian entertainment. Commemorative steins are available for purchase for $5 in Patriots Square. Pub crawlers can expect activities such as stein holding competitions, best mustache contest, polka music and yodeling. Wear your finest German garb to take part in the best dressed contest. Expected to participate: Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails (Grilled Currywurst with Doppelbock Mustard Spätzle paired with Franziskaner Weissbier. Blue Hound will also host a Best Mustache competition later in the evening; Tilted Kilt (sausage trio of Polish sausage, bratwurst and chicken sausage); LUSTRE Rooftop Garden (German Potato Salad and Lumberyard Pilsner); Copper Blues (Oktoberfest suspenders and Oktoberfest button, German Beer Brats, Doppel Sticke Altbier beer); The Arrogant Butcher (Pretzels & Fondue, SanTan Hefeweizen); Lucky Strike; Gypsy Bar. Map and directions to CityScape.

Fountain Hills Oktoberfest

Fountain Hills Oktoberfest
September 27 and 28, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Celebrating the traditional Oktoberfest in Fountain Park. German music, food, beer, contests and a designated children’s area.

See pictures of a previous Fountain Hills Oktoberfest celebration!

Feiern Sie Oktoberfest in Litchfield Park

Litchfield Park Oktoberfest
Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Live Oktoberfest music by Denny and The Polka Dots. Authentic German entrees and beer will be available for purchase. Games and activities, a costume contest, prizes. Purchase advance tickets beginning September 1, 2013 at the Litchfield Park Recreation Center, 100 S. Old Litchfield Road. Admission is $10 per person; children under 12 are admitted free. Admission prices do not include food and beverages. Location: front lawn of the Wigwam in Litchfield Park.

See a picture of a previous Litchfield Park Oktoberfest celebration!

Ales on Rails on the Verde Canyon Railroad

Oktoberfest on the Verde Canyon Railroad
October 3 - 31, 2013
Take a day trip to Clarkdale for a scenic train ride. During the month of October the "Ales on Rails" train rides on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday feature specialty beers, brats and other Oktoberfest-style fare.

See pictures of the Ales on Rails Oktoberfest celebration!

Friday Night Unwind at MIM

Courtesy MIM
Friday, October 4, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Guests of all ages are invited to “unwind” during extended museum hours at MIM. October’s theme is Oktoberfest. Activities will include a performance by Bad Cactus Brass Band, a biergarten with local brews available for purchase, cocktails and a discussion of German music with Dr. Kathleen Wiens, MIM’s Europe curator, and a drop-in workshop on how to make an Edelweiss hat. Activities included with paid museum admission. Location: Musical Instrument Museum.
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Old World Phoenix Oktoberfest

Phoenix Oktoberfest
October 5, 2013 from noon to 9 p.m.
Celebrate German heritage and culture at a traditional German “Volksfest” in the heart of Phoenix. A giant “Bier Garten” with Bavarian brews, Bavarian bands playing music and leading sing-alongs of old time drinking songs, Bavarian dancing, kids activities at this authentic old-world family event. Contests: Alphorn blowing contest, Polka contest and Warsteiner bier stein holding competition for both men and women. Sample traditional German foods and drinks, enjoy the music, and shop from a variety of authentic German products. Margaret T. Hance Park. Admission: $5, free for children under 12.

See pictures of the Old World Phoenix Oktoberfest celebration!

SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest

Chandler Oktoberfest
SanTan Oktoberfest
October 5, 2013 from 4 p.m. to midnight
Featuring a Bavarian-style beer garden where patrons will enjoy SanTan’s Oktoberfest brew, a traditional German Lager boasting a toasty strong malt profile with a clean and crisp lager flavor, ABV 5.5%. SanTan’s core beers and a variety of seasonal beers will also be available. Leading the entertainment lineup is the nationally recognized Expendables following local favorite acts. Beer games, Von Hanson's brat eating contest, and family zone. Pre-sale admission tickets are $10 at SanTan Brewing Company or online. Pre-sale tickets will be available for $8 at all valley Bashas’ locations. A portion of the proceeds from the SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest benefit St. Joseph the Worker, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to assisting the homeless, low income and other disadvantaged individuals in their efforts to become self-sufficient through quality employment. Festival location: Dr. AJ Chandler Park, Chandler.

See pictures of a previous Chandler Oktoberfest celebration!

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