Tempe Oktoberfest is finally here, just in time for mother nature to send us some perfect beer drinking weather. Yep, the festivities at Tempe Beach Park begin today October 7th and continue the 8th and 9th. Don’t miss the amazing food, fun, BEER and… Wiener Dog races. The wieners will be out on Sunday afternoon from 2-4pm, running 11 races for all to enjoy.
The annual Tempe Oktoberfest is three action-packed days of music, food and family fun that people look forward to all year long.
As always, there will be live music with 20 bands on multiple stages, along with more food and drink than you can shake a beer stein at.
I mentioned the beer, right? 22 German beers, craft beers, beers of the world, AND $3.00 Budweiser’s all weekend long.
Admission to Tempe Oktoberfest is FREE for all:
Friday October 7th: 5 pm to Midnight
Saturday October 8th: 10 am to Midnight
Sunday October 9th: 10 am to 6 pm
For the kids, there will be a craft zone, awesome rides and cool games. You know, bouncy things and cool kid stuff. There is “Family Pricing” available on Friday from 5-7PM, Saturday 10AM-6PM and Sunday 10AM-6PM that gets you 25 tickets for $20. Tempe Oktoberfest “tickets are $1.00 each when purchasing less than 25 tickets or when purchased after the family pricing period.” Admission to Tempe Oktoberfest is FREE. For the “big kids” there will also be a Ferris Wheel, Tilt-A-Whirl and more. Yes, even the Wiener Dog races on Sunday afternoon are free to attend.
2011 Tempe Oktoberfest – Getting There:
Of course, the easiest way to get to Tempe Beach Park is to ride the light rail. Just grab yourself a light rail pass, ( kids 5 and under ride free ) leave your car at a park and ride lot and head to Mill Avenue. Tempe Beach Park is just a short walk from the light rail station at 3rd Street and Mill Avenue.
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The Tempe Oktoberfest Facebook page and the Tempe Oktoberfest Twitter page are great ways to get information about things happening this year. Of course, their web site has all of the scoop, as well.
If you come to Oktoberfest Saturday evening, don’t forget to visit the “beers of the world” tent where I will personally be serving up some of the best brew around. Just look for the guy with the Rail Life hat. 🙂
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