Fall is back and along with football, North Face jackets, flannel shirts, and pumpkin flavored everything, it’s time for Oktoberfest. Whether you’re German or not, everyone loves a good time full of carb-heavy foods and beer while wearing overall shorts. For those who want to make the most of their fall and pretend their in Munich or Bavaria, here are the top 5 Oktoberfests hitting the Valley this fall:
Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town and Lake
Styled after the Bavarian Oktoberfest in Germany, Four Peaks is one of the biggest and most raucous beer celebrations in the entire Valley. While others on this list are modeled after Munich’s Oktoberfest, Four Peaks turns it all the way up to an 11 with its Bavaria theme. With rides, contests, a kickball tournament, dachshund races. With 3 different live music stages each night, Four Peaks Oktoberfest is the Coachella of Oktoberfests.
WHEN: October 11, 2019 to October 13, 2019
Friday: 5pm to Midnight
Saturday: 10am to Midnight
Sunday: 10am to 6pm
WHERE: 80 W Rio Salado Pkwy. Teme, AZ
ADMISSION: Entrance is free but all day carnival passes for rides is $30
Tucked away inside the heart Old Town Scottsdale, Braut Haus offers one of the best Oktoberfest celebrations in the Valley. Tapping the first keg is none other than Scottsdale mayor Jim Lane with the first 100 beers from the keg all on the house. Giveaways will take place throughout the whole day from t-shirts to gift cards and glassware. Enjoy competitions, traditional German food,
Live performance by renowned local band Outside the Line from 3-7pm.
WHEN: Event kickoff on Saturday, September 21st at 12pm
WHERE: Brat Haus, 3622 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale
Chandler’s SanTan Oktoberfest easily has the best music lineup featuring Tempe’s own, The Gin Blossoms–perfect for all the dads born in the 70s in the crowd. This year’s festivities include a keg stacking competition, a brat eating contest, and more all accompanied by live music throughout, making SanTan’s Oktoberfest the perfect place to throw back a few steins.
WHEN: Friday September 27th & Saturday the 28th
WHERE: Dr AJ Chandler Park – 178 E Commonwealth Ave Chandler AZ
ADMISSION: General admission for adults (12+) on Friday is $10, children under 12 get in free.
VIP admission for Friday is $50 for adults and $30 for children.
Saturday admission is $15 for adults and VIP admission is $85 for adults and $30 for children.
Fountain Hills Oktoberfest
If you’re looking for something a bit folksier, you can’t go wrong with Fountain Hills Oktoberfest. Attendees can enjoy footlog brats, authentic sauerkraut, and lots and lots of beer, plus a band flown in from Germany just for the occasion. Unlike some Oktoberfests, this one promises to actually be family friendly and includes a bouncy house for the youngins. The event is also fittingly adjacently located near the 4th tallest fountain in the county.
WHEN: September 27th — September 28th
WHERE: 12925 N Saguaro Blvd, Fountain Hills, AZ
ADMISSION: Tickets are $5 BUT admission is free to anyone who comes in lederhosen or a dirndl.
The Downtown Phoenix Oktoberfest boasts one of the most authentic German celebrations in the Valley, “with traditional fare and das boot to spare.” Contest include; stein holding, pretzel and brat eating, and a beer maid costume contest. Attendees can also enjoy the Bavarian dance floor with live polka music.
WHEN: Saturday September 27th from 3pm to 9pm
WHERE: Civic Space Park 424 N Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ
ADMISSION: Tickets cost $10 online or group tickets for 4 people for $30. Tickets are sold exclusively online. Downtown Phoenix is a 21+ event only.