Posted on: October 3, 2013
I love the month of October. I can find something I dislike about every other month of the year except for October. Fall colors, pumpkins, candy corn and cooler weather. What’s not to love? Seriously, it’s the best month of the year.
For those of us that live in or around Tempe, this month is special for one other reason – Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake. That glorious weekend of beer, bands, food, beer, games, fun, beer and lederhosen is upon us again. From October 11th to October 13th, thousands will flock to Tempe Town Lake and listen to great music and sample great beer. When it comes to Oktoberfest, I think there’s a misconception that you can only go and enjoy it if you drink – specifically drink beer. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. In addition to live music, there are rides, games and lot of food. Get there early on Friday and Sunday. The first 1,500 adults to arrive will receive a complimentary 1 liter stein. Admission to Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake is free.
Friday night is a great time to go because it’s a great way to kick off the weekend. Four Peaks Brewing Company, the title sponsor of this year’s event, will have a Kilt Lifter Tap Room, consisting of a variety of beers, TVs playing college football, NFL games and MLB playoffs. There’s also a Friday Date Night VIP special from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. For $20 you and your date get three $5 beers and two brats, frankfurters or chicken patties.
Saturday, there’ll be more people there, so plan your trip accordingly. One thing I’m really looking forward to is a full day of listening to polka music because nothing says Oktoberfest more than some great polka beats. There is a laundry list of bands playing Saturday as well – playing polka, cover songs, country, rock and alternative.
Oktoberfest isn’t just for adults. There are a lot of activities for kids to enjoy all weekend. Kinderfest runs from Friday through Sunday and will have all sorts of games, crafts and activities for kids. The amusement park rides are a big hit with visitors of all ages. Finally, I can’t forget to mention Wiener Mania on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. It’s your chance to see 32 Pure-bred German dachshunds race each other on a 50 yard course in 11 races.
Ultimately, for me anyway, the best part of Oktoberfest is the beer and the food. Beer gardens will have tons and tons of different local and international beers to choose from, including 15 German beers. Barefoot Wine and Bubbly will have some wine gardens set up as well, if you’re not much of a beer drinker. Finally, let’s talk a little bit about food. Patuxent Farms will have 100% Wisconsin brats on hand. They’re amazing and something that you must try. They’ll also have the turkey legs, corn dogs, nachos, as well as fresh squeezed lemonades and ice teas.
I hope I was able to give you a little glimpse into some of the fun and excitement you can expect this weekend. And, you’ll support a great cause. Proceeds from Tempe’s salute to its sister city in Regensburg, Germany support student and teachers exchange programs with seven of Tempe’s Sister Cities.
For other exciting Tempe events, be sure to visit the Tempe Tourism website or call 800-283-6734.
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