Posted on: October 2, 2014
I love the month of October. Fall colors, pumpkins, candy corn and cooler weather. It’s the best month of the year.
For those of us that live around Tempe, this month is special for one other reason – Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake. That glorious weekend of beer, bands, food, beer, games, fun, beer and lederhosen is upon us again. From October 9 – October 11, 2015, thousands will flock to Tempe Town Lake and listen to great music and sample great beer. In addition to live music, there are rides, games and lot of food. If you can, try and get there early Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday.
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 their Kilt Lifter Tap Room, consisting of a variety of beers, TVs playing college football, NFL games and MLB playoffs.
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 at Tempe Town Lake 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. I can’t forget to mention Wiener Mania (schedule is TBA). It’s your chance to see 32 Pure-bred German dachshunds race each other in eight four-dog heats. The grand finale will have the top-4 dogs.
This year, relax and find your at Yoga in the Park Sunday at the Polka Stage. Led by Lululemon, on Sunday, October 11 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., the free event will help you find your zen – with a bit of a twist. Then, from 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., enjoy a free Zumbaton at the Polka Stage.
Ultimately, for me anyway, the best part of Oktoberfest is the beer and the food. Beer gardens will have tons of different local and international beers to choose from, including wide array of 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. Von Hanson’s Meats & Spirits will be serving brats and sauerkraut. A definite must try. You’ll also find turkey legs, corn dogs, nachos and funnel cakes.
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 the Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake benefit international student exchange programs from the Tempe Sister Cities. You can read more about this organization here.
To learn more about upcoming Tempe events, be sure to visit our website or give us a call at 480-894-8158.
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