When Oktoberfest comes around, and you get that urge for donning your lederhosen, dancing the polka and eating wienerschnitzel, here are the best places around town where you can join in the fun.
These Oktoberfest events are listed in date order. Keep checking back -- I add events as the details become available.
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Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Family-friendly.
Live Oktoberfest music by Bob Doszak Band. Authentic German entrees and beer will be available for purchase. Dancing, singing, games and activities. Children's play area. Purchase advance tickets at the Litchfield Park Recreation Center, 100 S. Old Litchfield Road or at the gate. Admission is $10 per person; children under 12 are admitted free. Proceeds from sales of admission tickets and Oktoberfest souvenirs benefit the Litchfield Park Recreation Department. Admission prices do not include food and beverages. Location: front lawn of the Wigwam in Litchfield Park.
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Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 4 p.m. to close. Beer garden games, DJ, lederhosen contest, dirndl contest, badass beard contest, brat eating, stein holding. Benefiting Honor Flight of Arizona, presale general admission is $8 if purchased at Brat Haus and day of admission will be $10 at the door. Free admission for anyone wearing lederhosen or a dirndl. 21+ only. 3622 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
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Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 10 a.m. to noon. Watch the Top 32 Racing Wieners compete over a 50 yard race track for bragging rights and prizes. $2 admission, kids free. Food, beverages, vendors. Papago Park Softball Field, 1300 N College, Tempe.
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Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. A celebration with Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers and local favorite acts, beer pong tournament, bag toss, the buddy carry, stein holding, keg stacking and tricycle races. Pre-sale admission tickets are on sale for $12 at SanTan Brewing Company or online. Kids 12 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. A limited number of VIP tickets (21+ only) will be available. Starting September 1 pre-sale tickets will be available for $10 at all valley Bashas’ locations. Day of admission will be $15 per person. A portion of the proceeds from the SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest benefit St. Joseph the Worker. Festival location: Dr. AJ Chandler Park, Chandler.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October 2016, starting at 11 a.m. Take a day trip to Clarkdale and enjoy a lunch of German sausages, sauerkraut, potato salad, pretzels and strudel, with polka music in the background, on the patio. Then, all aboard for the scenic train ride. During the month of October the "Ales on Rails" train rides offer a $10 logo beer glass that comes with five beer tastings.
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October 7 - 9, 2016. This annual celebration of Oktoberfest brings a bit of Germany to downtown Tempe at Tempe Beach Park, accessible by Valley Metro Rail. Several stages of entertainment feature Whiskey’s Quicker, Jared and the Mill, DJ Munition, Mogollon, and the Das Aubachtal Sextette, Lil Jon and others. Beer gardens plus wines and spirits, polka, dachshund races, local bands, carnival and activities for every age. No pets.
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Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Celebrate German heritage and culture at a traditional German “Volksfest” in Peoria. Bavarian brews, Bavarian bands playing music and leading sing-alongs, Bavarian dancing, rides and kids activities at this authentic old-world family event. Contests. Sample traditional German foods and drinks, enjoy the music, and shop from a variety of authentic German products. $5 admission, ages 20 and younger free. Centennial Plaza, near the Main Peoria Public Library.
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Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The High Street block party celebration features live music, brats, craft ales, and raffle prizes. Admission is $20 per person online in advance, $30 after October 1 and $40 day of the event. People with Parkinson’s and their care partner is $20 per person online or at the event. Admission includes a gourmet German brat on a pretzel bun, side salads, dessert and one drink ticket for a beer or wine or a nonalcoholic beverage. VIP admission (21+ only) is $75. Proceeds help fund scientific research to find better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s and support local organizations that guide and serve people with Parkinson’s, their care partners and families. Map to High Street.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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The Chardon Polka Band entertains in Peoria at Arizona Broadway Theatre. Two shows. Tickets start at $25 per person and include dinner. A limited number of show-only seats are available, but a minimum two item purchase is required.
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Saturday, October 22 starting at 4 p.m. If you are thinking of traveling to cooler points north for Oktoberfest, Sedona might be the perfect spot, and you have time to drive up the same morning! Food vendors, beer vendors, polka music and a rock band (evening). $25 admission in advance, $30 day of event incluides beer stein and 1/2 liter beer. All money raised goes towards scholarships for Sedona High School Seniors and other local projects. Posse Grounds Park, West Sedona.