Take a deep breath. Do you smell that? It’s the wonderful, sweet smell of beer and pretzels in the air. Yep, It’s Oktoberfest season! Get your craft beer on at any of these Valley celebrations. Prost!
San Tan Oktoberfest
Featuring brews by Valley favorite SanTan Brewing Company, this festival will have plenty of beer games, eating contests and even wiener dog races. Live entertainment will include Iration, an alternative reggae band, and Reel Big Fish, a Huntington Beach-based ska band.
AJ Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, 480.234.4232, santanoktoberfest.com
OCTOBER 3 AND 4
This time, the cracks at Rawhide
will be from beer cans—not a whip. Grab a brat and sink into 20 different beers, food trucks, bourbon tastings, a street fair, and of course, a kids’ corner. Bring the whole family on down to the Wild West town, which will go German for a day.
Rawhide, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler, 480.502.5600, rawhide.com
Hosted by the Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures, this festival is sure to be authentic—starting with the libations. Brews from Warsteiner will help wash down the traditional cuisine, including foot-long brats, sauerkraut, frankfurters and pretzels. Don’t forget your lederhosen! A best dressed competition and parade is slated for the evening.
Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, 480.947.7490, phoenixoktoberfest.com
Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake
OCTOBER 10 THROUGH OCTOBER 12
Admission is free at this weekend- long festival. Beer gardens (and even wine gardens!) will be sprinkled throughout the event, including brews from Four Peaks, Widmer, Beck’s, Firestone and plenty of imported beers from around the world. And don’t worry, the Kinderfest means the kiddos are welcome too!
Tempe Town Lake, 54 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, tempeoktoberfest.com
Octoberfest at Salt River Fields
Come to this fest thirsty and ready
to compete. Cash and prizes will be awarded in competitions such as the Octoberfest Cornhole Tournament. Need to refuel after your match? Try any of their 50 different beverages and their sausage and pretzel assortments, as well!
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, 480.270- 5000, saltriverfields.com