The weekend is upon us, and, if you’re still looking for something fun to do in the Valley, look no further than Four Peaks Oktoberfest, which is being held at Tempe Beach Park (80 W. Rio Salado Parkway) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11–13.
Yes, the beer is the primary attraction at this free-entry, Bavarian-inspired event, but there’s so much more to experience, with plenty of choices for the whole family. Here are a few:
1. Runnin’ for the Brats
Runnin’ for the Brats is a run/walk race on Saturday morning with one-mile, 5K and 10K options. Registration — $20 for the one-mile and $32 for the longer distances — includes a free beverage and brat, a T-shirt, a Munich replica stein mug and more. All ages are invited, including babies in strollers and dogs on leashes. Proceeds benefit local charities.
2. Live Music, Lots of Live Music
Each day of Oktoberfest features numerous free concerts — there are a whopping 30 acts scheduled over the course of the weekend. Headliners include:
Friday: 2 Tone Lizard Kings, Black Bottom Lighters, I’m with the Band Karaoke
Saturday: Instant Classics, Wyves, Crosstown Players
Sunday: Duane Moore & Mogollon, Banana Gun, Big Finish
3. Carnivals for All Sizes
Oktoberfest boasts classic carnival activities for kids and adults of all ages, with Kinderfest for the youngest among us, large Sandlot-style rides for those seeking serious thrills and plenty of in-between attractions like Dizzy Dragons and Fun Slide. An all-day carnival pass costs $30.
4. A Bevy of Beverages
Obviously, don’t sleep on the main event: the drinks. Oktoberfest offers 14 different beers from Tempe’s own Four Peaks Brewing Co., five German brews from Weltenburger Kloster, and four wine options from Bartles & Jaymes. Soft drinks are available as well.
The event runs 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free, and all ages are allowed in — of course, you have to be 21 to partake in the beer and wine.