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Prost! 2018 Valley Oktoberfest Guide

Posted on: September 18th, 2018 by Shoshana Leon No Comments

There are a variety of ways to celebrate Oktoberfest across the Valley, from beer dinners and live music to traditional Bavarian fare and the best German beers. With so many opportunities to fill your stein and put on your lederhosen celebrations we’ve put together a 2018 Valley Oktoberfest Guide to make your decision making easier.

2018 Valley Oktoberfest Guide

Oktoberfest Beer and Food Pairing
Fry’s Fresh Attractions Cooking School

Oktoberfest Beer and Food Pairing
Fry’s Fresh Attractions Cooking School
4707 E. Shea Blvd. | Phoenix | 85028 | 480.367.3940

Date | September 21 at 6pm
Cost | $50
Tickets | Call 480.367.3940 for reservations.
Guests will enjoy a four-course Oktoberfest beer and food pairing featuring SanTan craft brews, SanTan giveaways and a chance to win tickets to SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest. The menu includes Hofbrau coleslaw paired with Mr. Pineapple and spatzle with caramelized mushrooms paired with HefeWeizen.

Oktoberfest Beer Dinner
SunUp Brewing Company

Oktoberfest Beer Dinner
SunUp Brewing Company
322 E. Camelback Road | Phoenix | 85012 | 602.279.8909

Date | September 21 at 6pm
Cost | $55 per person, $100 per couple
Tickets | Can be purchased online
SunUp Brewing is hosting an Oktoberfest beer dinner, pairing four courses from Chef Joshua Pace with seasonal beers from Brewmeister Uwe Boer. The menu includes pot roast with traditional obatzda (German cheese and beer spread) and Fleischkäse (traditional German meatloaf) with Kartoffelpuffer (German potato cake). A vegetarian option is available.

Oktoberfest Kickoff
Brat Haus

Oktoberfest Kickoff
Brat Haus
3622 N. Scottsdale Road | Scottsdale | 85281 | 480.947.4006

Date | September 22 at 4:00pm
Cost | $10 in advance, $12 at the door (free entry to those wearing lederhosen or dirndl)
Tickets | Can be purchased online
Kick off Oktoberfest at Brat Haus in Old Town Scottsdale with German fare, a wide selection of beers, live music, contests and a special tapping of San Tan Brewing’s Firkin with Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane. Proceeds from the event benefit Honor Flight Arizona, which takes World War II and Korean War veterans to see their memorials in Washington, D.C.

Pedal Haus Brewery Oktoberfest Kickoff Party

Oktoberfest Kickoff Party
Pedal Haus Brewery
730 S. Mill Ave. | Tempe | 85281 | 480.314.2337

Date | September 22 from 5pm until 10pm
Cost | Free
Tickets | Reserve your spot and get a discounted price on a commemorative stein online
Enjoy a wide selection of beers, a polka band, themed competitions and a commemorative stein (dress in Oktoberfest attire to get steins at half-price) to kick off Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest at the Fountain

11th Annual Oktoberfest at the Fountain
Fountain Park
12925 N. Saguaro Blvd. | Fountain Hills | 85268

Date | September 28- 29 at 5pm
Cost | $5 entrance fee (waived for those wearing dirndl or lederhosen)
Tickets | Available at the door
The event kicks off on September 28 with the official keg tapping ceremony at 6:00pm. The celebration includes a band flown in from Germany, German food and beer, children’s activities and vendors. Attendees can compete for prizes in beer stein holding, best German attire and alphorn blowing contests. Proceeds from the event benefit local charities for veterans and students.

SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest

11th Annual SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest
Dr. AJ Chandler Park
178 E. Commonwealth Ave. | Chandler | 85225

Date | September 29 from 3pm until 11pm
Cost | $12 in advance, $15 at the door (kids 12 and under are free) for general admission; $125 for VIP admission which include six alcoholic beverages, catered food and preferred seating.
Tickets | Available for purchase online The event features polka music, brat eating and stein holding competitions, tricycle and wiener dog races, and a performance by Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers. Proceeds benefit St. Joseph the Worker which assists homeless, low-income and other disadvantaged individuals in their efforts to become self-sufficient through quality employment.

Centennial Plaza Park Oktoberfest

13th Annual Old World Oktoberfest
Centennial Plaza Park
9875 N. 85th Ave. | Peoria | 85345 | 480.947.7490

Date | October 5-6 from 5pm until 10pm
Cost | $5 entry fee for guests 21 and over Old World Oktoberfest is hosted by the Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures in partnership with the City of Peoria. The menu will feature German favorites, including bratwurst, sauerkraut, apple strudel, homemade potato pancakes, hand-rolled pretzels and several varieties of imported German beer. The musical entertainment flown in from Germany will lead traditional Oktoberfest sing-a-longs and polka dances. The event will also feature contests and children’s activities.

Downtown Phoenix Oktoberfest

Downtown Phoenix Oktoberfest
CityScape
1 E. Washington St. | Phoenix | 85004

Date | October 6 from 4pm until 10pm
Cost | Single admission is $10 in advance or $15 at the door or admission for four for $30 with advance purchase.
Tickets | Available for purchase online This 21 and over event features German beer and food, live polka music and Oktoberfest competitions including stein hold, brat and pretzel eating, and a beer maid costume contest. Proceeds benefit Downtown Phoenix Inc. which promotes the revitalization of downtown Phoenix.

Litchfield Park Oktoberfest

Litchfield Park Oktoberfest
The Wigwam
300 E. Wigwam Blvd. | Litchfield Park | 85340 | 623.935.9040

Date | October 6 from 6pm until 9pm
Cost | $10 admission, free for those 12 and under
Tickets | Available for purchase online
The City of Litchfield Park and The Wigwam are hosting a family-friendly Oktoberfest featuring games, activities, festive food and drink, and music from the Phoenix Polka Band. Proceeds benefit the Litchfield Park Recreation Department.

46th Annual Four Peaks Oktoberfest

46th Annual Four Peaks Oktoberfest
Tempe Town Lake
80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. | Tempe | 85281

Date | October 12-14
Cost | Free The free event is open to all ages and features live German music, carnival rides, food, games, dancing, and soccer and kickball tournaments. Food and beverage includes traditional Bavarian favorites, 12 varieties of German beer, and gluten-free vegan and vegetarian options. A Weltenburger VIP Experience and carnival passes are available. The annual fundraiser benefits Tempe Sister Cities and proceeds will be used to send Tempe high school students to 10 of Tempe’s sister cities.

oktoberfest goodyear

Oktoberfest Goodyear
Goodyear Airport
1658 S. Litchfield Road | Goodyear | 85338 | 575.404.2294

Date | October 27 from 5pm until 12am
Cost | $69 all-inclusive
Tickets | Call 575.404.2294 or email oktoberfestgoodyear@gmail.com
For $69 per person, guests will enjoy two German beers (more available for purchase), live music from a band from Munich, German fare and souvenirs. Proceeds benefit the New Life Center which helps protect families against domestic violence.

About the Author - Shoshana Leon

Shoshana Leon is a graduate of the University of Arizona and has lived in Phoenix for more than a decade. She has worked in corporate communications for more than 15 years. Her passions are food, wine and happy hour across the state or wherever she travels for work or fun. You can follow her on twitter @shoshana823.

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