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Check out these Oktoberfests around metro Phoenix

It’s that time of year when events featuring polka music, beer steins, bratwurst, and lederhosen take center stage.

Our list of events will help you get your German on, from Tempe to Phoenix and beyond.

Yes, beer, lots of beer, comes to mind when you say “Oktoberfest,” but events around the Valley and state have so much more.

Here’s a list of events.

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9/17: Brat Haus Oktoberfest

A smorgasbord of artisan sausage, craft beer, Belgian fries and other traditional Bavarian items highlight this year’s Brat Haus Oktoberfest in Scottsdale. Festivities are geared for the 21-and-older crowd and include musical entertainment as well as beer garden games and brat eating, stein holding and of course, beard contests. Get ready to sink your teeth into succulent schnitzels, and have your steins filled to the brim. Wear your best lederhosen or dirndl and enjoy free admission.

Details: 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept 17. Brat Haus, 3622 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. $8. 480-947-4006, brathausaz.com.

9/17: Litchfield Park Oktoberfest

Cooler temperatures and pumpkin spice lattes are on the horizon, but September also marks Oktoberfest season. The city of Litchfield Park and the Wigwam observe the German celebration with authentic Bavarian cuisine, German-inspired music, dancing, games, and beer. The festival is open to all ages and children under 12 are free.

Details: 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept 17. The Wigwam, 300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. $10. 623-935-9040, litchfield-park.org.

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9/17: Two Brothers Tap House & Brewery

German-style beer, including a special release of a traditional Berliner Weisse, appropriately dubbed Weissecracker, and a specially crafted menu will be the centerpiece of this Oktoberfest celebration in Scottsdale. Contests, games and music performances round out the evening.

Details: 12-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17.  4321 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Free admission. 480-378–3001, www.twobrothersbrewing.com/scottsdale.


9/30-10/1: Fountain Hills Oktoberfest

In a nod to Bavarian culture, Linda Kavanagh, the mayor of Fountain Hills, will tap the first keg during the town’s upcoming Oktoberfests. The festive event promises lots of music, costumes, food and dancing. Feast on apple strudel and brats while tapping your toes to tunes played by a band that is visiting from Germany. Compete in fun contests including the Bier Stein holding competition.

Details: 5-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Fountain Park, 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills. 480-­235­-7134, experiencefountainhills.org.

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10/1: SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest

Fans of polka music, German food and craft beer are hereby encouraged to don their festive lederhosen and dirndls to gather in downtown Chandler for SanTan Brewing’s 9th annual Oktoberfest. Headlining artists include Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, Reel Big Fish and other local artists. This year’s fest will also feature beer games, Von Hanson’s brat eating contest and a family zone, which we’re assuming is not where the beer games will be held.

Details: 3-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. AJ Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave. $10 presale at Bashas’; $12 presale online; $15 day of event. 602-276-2499, santanoktoberfest.com.


10/1: Tour de Fat

New Belgium Brewery celebrates fat tires (both bikes and beer) in this festive bicycle parade through downtown Tempe. Riders start the day with a bike parade, then gather at Tempe Beach Park for live music, a fashion showdown, a game show and other performances, and of course, plenty of New Belgium beers. This year, Dr. Dog will headline the festival. Proceeds benefit local biking charities.

Details: 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Tempe Beach Park, Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway. $10. 480-350-4311, newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/tempe2016.


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10/6-9: City of Buckeye Oktoberfest at Bayless Park

Details: Bayless Park 300 East Highway 85 Buckeye AZ Pre-Sale tickets sold at Buckeye Feed Store, Buckeye Valley News, Calvert Shell and Carniceria Y Taqueria Durango

10/7-9: Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake

Bratwurst, beer and lederhosen still make up the annual Oktoberfest, but there are changes to note. This year, an admission will be charged and Uber is available – pre-paid or on-site. It’s still $6 per beer whether you choose a German-style option or a Four Peaks variety. VIPs get three beverages, a meal and lounge access. Mogollon, Jared and the Mill and Grammy award-winning DJ Lil Jon are among the entertainers. There also will be games and activities for kids.

Details: Oct. 7-9. 5 p.m-midnight Friday; noon-midnight Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Tempe Town Lake, corner of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway. $10; $12 three-day presale; $7 single-day presale; free for 12 or younger; $40 VIP; $80 three-day VIP; $32 single-day VIP. fourpeaksoktoberfest.com and facebook.com/tempeoktoberfest.

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10/8: Oktoberfest for Parkinson’s

Tasty brats and other yummy food, plenty of live music, fun games and a fine assortment of wines and ales combine for the Oktoberfest for Parkinson’s on High Street. The proceeds from the 12th annual event and block party go to help fund research to find treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s.

Details: 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. 5310 E. High St., Phoenix. $20 in advance until Oct. 1, $30 after, $40 at the event; people with Parkinson’s and their care partner are $20 per person. baehrchallenge.org/oktoberfest.

10/8: Old World Oktoberfest

The Old World Oktoberfest in Peoria has a full slate of Germanic-focused activities planned for their 11th annual event. Festivities begin with an official opening ceremony that features the tapping of the Warsteiner keg and music by original German Oktoberfest band Die echten Waldbuam, and continues throughout the day with authentic German garb, foods, competitions, and of course beer.

Details: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Peoria Centennial Plaza, 9875 N. 85th Ave., Peoria. $5; 20 years and under are Free. 480-947-7490, peoriaoktoberfest.com.



10/14-15, 10/21-22: Haus Murphy’s Oktoberfest

People who have a hankering to be in an Alpenhorn blowing contest are in luck—Haus Murphy’s Oktoberfest will feature the unique musical competition. The event also includes a special menu of German classic fare, giant pretzels, brats, beer and more. Die Guggenbach Buam in from Heidelberg, Germany is scheduled to perform.

Details: 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14-15, and Oct. 21-22. Haus Murphy, 5739 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale. 623-939-2480, hausmurphys.com.



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