- $17 for admission to Oktoberfest Arizona on October 3 or 4 ($30 value)
The festival takes place 5 p.m.–10 p.m. on October 3 and noon–10 p.m. on October 4. Guests receive 20 beer samples and a sponsor goodie bag.
Forty arts and crafts vendors, 10 food trucks, and a legion of beer kegs join forces at Rawhide for Oktoberfest Arizona, a two-day celebration of all things German. Throughout the weekend, vendors freely dole out beer, bratwurst, and bourbon, but will make exceptions for goodies that don’t start with the letter B as well. The onsite food trucks help visitors to develop a love for German cuisine, while also adding a protective layer to their bellies for soaking up suds. All the festivities are backed by a soundtrack from live bands, and each visitor goes home with a lavish sponsor gift bag, which includes a two-night stay in Las Vegas and other unexpected treats.
Tim Flanigan created the event-planning company that bears his name in order to quench beer enthusiasts' thirst while supporting worthy causes. His Beat the Heat WinterFest brings a much-needed frosty edge to summertime in Arizona, and the Spring Swing Beer Bash kicks off baseball season with cold glassfuls of hoppy, wheaty, and malty goodness. The festivals showcase local and internationally renowned breweries, from Phoenix's own Old World Brewery and Phoenix Ale Brewery to Stella Artois and Hoegaarden Brewery.
Past events, which have benefitted children's charities, have been held at the 30,000-square-foot Arizona Event Center and The Venue Scottsdale, whose stone walls, chandeliers, and retractable roof resemble the medieval football stadiums of yore.