Once again, it’s that time of the year for the beer-guzzling and merry-making festival, Oktoberfest, where millions of people around the world celebrate beer in all of its glory. In Arizona, it’s never too late to celebrate and join in the festivities.
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Why We Celebrate Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest was originally celebrated in Munich, Germany as an annual festival in celebration of a royal wedding held in October of 1810. However, records show that it wasn’t until the 20th century where Munich brewers stepped up the festivities by setting up temporary structures with bar counters and beer kegs along their balconies and bandstands.
As the festival gets adopted in countries all around the world, more and more people join in the fun with their own versions of Oktoberfest. Some celebrate with a huge parade of beer wagons and floats, while others incorporate other forms of entertainment including games, dancing, amusement rides, and lots of music.
Oktoberfest in Arizona
According to the Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures, Oktoberfest is widely acknowledged in the state, as at least 24% of Americans residing here are of Germanic descent. There’s also a huge number of German speaking communities in Arizona, which also explains why we have so many Germanic delis, clubs, restaurants, beer pubs, and specialty stores.
Four Peaks Oktoberfest
October 7 to October 9
Tempe Town Lake
Experience a bavarian-style celebration filled with music, fun activities, bratwurst, and brews! Oktoberfest in Tempe Town Lake is family friendly, with free admission on Sunday and more features that even the kids will enjoy! Admission fee to Friday’s and Saturday’s festivities is $20.
Haus Murphy’s Oktoberfest
October 14–15, 21–22, and 28–29
5 PM – 9 PM
5739 W Glendale Ave
If you’ve been looking for weekends of fun and excitement with the whole crew, this Oktoberfest hosted by the infamous Haus Murphy’s will give you just what you need. Enjoy beautiful live music in their beirgarden, seasonal German beer, and most of all, authentic German food.
Their number one Oktoberfest rule is to never go on a pub crawl with an empty stomach!
Ash Oktoberfest and Fall Festival
October 15, 2022
Arizona Society of Homebrewers Clubhouse
1301 W 21st St,
When it comes to getting the best brews, it’s difficult to find anything that compares to the Arizona Society of Homebrewer’s Annual Oktoberfest. It features the best local breweries and gives you a wide variety of beer options to choose from, making it the perfect destination for groups looking for some action. The event is lederhosen-optional, but why wouldn’t you wear them?
Don’t Drink and Drive
No one really enjoys Oktoberfest without getting drunk. But you should never sacrifice your safety for fun.
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