Arizona's Statewide Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest in Phoenix, Arizona is a wedding party gone wild. The wedding party celebrates the wedding that took place on 1810! Crowned Prince Ludwig I and Princess Therese were married long ago in Munich. Every year the celebration increases in size, and this year is no different! Oktoberfest is the oldest and largest secular celebration that occurs around the world. For the Germanic culture, it is on the same caliber as Christmas, but it does not revolve around a religious theme. The party in Munich has no equal yet, but the one in Arizona is catching up!
Arizona has over 1 million residents who report a German heritage, and it is no wonder that the state gets involved in the Oktoberfest atmosphere! Chandler, Arizona is hosting the Ales on the Rails. Verde Canyon Railroad hosts a 4-hour round trip celebration every Thursday through Sunday during October. The Ales on the Rails features polka dancing, and beer sampling. You will definitely find a party atmosphere here!
Anthem, Arizona hosts the St. Rose Oktoberfest on October 17-18, 2014. It is organized by the local Catholic Church. A spectacular fireworks show is one of the event’s main features! The Red Rocks Oktoberfest in Sedona, Arizona is another event to experience. Food, drink, and polka are the stars of this festival. You won’t want to miss the bratwurst and the potato salad! There will be a car show and family fun!
Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tucson, Arizona will be transformed into Oktoberfest on October 18, 2014! Food trucks, a brat eating contest, and beers brewed from more than 50 local breweries will be on hand for sampling. Nothing can compare to the food during an Oktoberfest celebration! That is definitely true at the Tucson location.
Next year be sure to experience Oktoberfest in its entirety. It begins in late September and lasts through October. If you sample it this year, you will want to come back for more!
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