Oktoberfest 2022: Stein holding contests, lederhosen & lots of beer

September 9, 2022
By Addie Ibarra
By Addie Ibarra

Willkommen to a beer-y good time of year: Oktoberfest.

You don’t have to travel more than 5,000 miles to enjoy the beer and bratwurst-laden festivities this year. As a matter of fact, many breweries around town are bringing the Bavarian culture to Tucson along with flowing pints of beer and fun.

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It’s definitely not the wurst way to spend a Saturday unless you’re planning on downing some brats. This round-up will have you enjoying the beer necessities in no time.

We’ll update this list as events continue to pop up make sure to pay attention to the dates (some of these are happening sooner than others). Also, don’t forget to check our Events Directory for more events.

Casa Marana

8225 N. Courtney Page Way #191
Saturday, September 17
Image provided by Casa Marana

Join Casa Marana for the first official day of Oktoberfest on Saturday, September,17. The Haus of Brats food truck will be onsite slinging authentic German food. Plus, shop at their Oktoberfest Market, and show off your skills during their annual stein-holding contest.


  • 2 – 9 p.m. – Haus of Brat’s food truck from
  • 2 – 6 p.m. – Oktoberfest Market with local vendors from
  • 5 – 7 p.m. – Stein Holding Contest from

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Catalina Brewing Company

6918 N. Camino Martin
Saturday, September 17
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The Marana Brewery Club is celebrating its five-year anniversary this month — five years of supporting local businesses while bringing people together over drinks, live music, and charity events. On Saturday, September 17, join them at Catalina Brewing for a day full of food, fun, games, prizes, music, and most importantly, the release of the Marana Brewery Club Five-Year Anniversary Oktoberfest beer.

Charly’s BBQ and Grill will be onsite serving up tasty food. There will be $1 Jell-O shots, $2 Watermelon Kamikazes, and a beer tub.

Oktoberfest Line Up:

  • 4 p.m. – Oktoberfest Kick Off with $5 pints
  • 4 p.m. – Optional paint party with Tipsy Picassos
  • 4:30 p.m. –  Raffle Drawing #1
  • 5 p.m. – Raffle Drawing #2
  • 5 p.m. – VIP members enjoy free appetizers in the bonus room *while food lasts
  • 5:30 p.m. – Raffle Drawing #3
  • 6 p.m. – Raffle Drawing #4
  • 6 p.m. – Stein Holding Contest
  • 6 p.m. – $2 Domestic Bottles
  • 6:30 p.m. – Raffle Drawing #5
  • 7 p.m. – Live music by The Unwound Band

Raffles include prizes from Barn Fire, The Station Pub and Grill, Nana’s Authentic Mexican Kitchen, Catalina Brewing Company, and Arizona Beer House.

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Oktoberfest Fourth Avenue Pub Crawl

Multiple Locations
Saturday, September 17
Image provided by Lindy’s.

Maybe skip the dirndl and lederhosen since it’s technically supposed to be 101 degrees this day (thank you Weather.com), but make your way down to Fourth Ave for this pub crawl featuring Dragoon Brewing Company’s Goonfest (Marzen).

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Oktoberfest 2022 at Ski Valley

10300 Ski Run Rd.
Weekends in September
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Oktoberfest 2022 is right around the corner. This fabulous event runs weekends only beginning the weekend of September 17th and ending the weekend of October 9th. Make the small trek for fabulous German food, authentic German music performed by the John Prokop Band and, as always, fun games for the kids. The band plays from 12:00 noon until 4:30pm.

Weekend dates are:

  • September 17-18, 2022
  • September 24-25, 2022
  • October 1-2, 2022
  • October 8-9, 2022

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1015 S. Park Ave.
Saturday, September 24
Image provided by MotoSonora Brewing Company.

This year, the Moto Beer Garden at MotoSonora will be lively with Oktoberfest festivities. Tickets are $35 and get you a half liter of great German beer in a glass boot, a bratwurst, music, fun, and games.

Gertie and the T.O. Boyz will bring Tohono O’Odham Waila music (aka Chickenscratch) and its Native American, European-folk, and polka-influenced traditions to this Oktoberfest making it a truly Sonoran-style beer party.


  • 2 – 5 p.m. – Gertie and the T.O. Boyz
  • 7 – 9 p.m. – Roth D’Lux will be on with their weekly Saturday night music

Tickets are available on Eventbrite. Purchase yours now because they tend to sell out rather quickly.

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1912 Brewing Company

2045 N. Forbes Blvd. #105
Saturday, September 24
Image provided by 1912 Brewing Co.

1912 Brewing Company will be releasing a crowd favorite of the Oktoberfest brews, the Metiche Märzen. It’s a perfect pairing with 1912 Brewing’s XL Bavarian Pretzel with Beer Cheese. Also, Daniela’s Cooking Food Truck will be joining with some German specials.

Don’t miss out on the stein holding contest at 5 p.m. for your chance to win a 1912 gift card!

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Arizona Beer House

150 S. Kolb Rd.
Saturday, September 24
Image provided by AZ Beer House

Arizona Beer House will have a limited number of ceramic Oktoberfest mugs available to purchase at the door, plus food from Haus of Brats, West Coast Trolley, and Cookie Addicts.

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Union Public House

4340 N. Campbell Ave.
Saturday, September 24
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Oktoberfest at Union Public House is presented by Samuel Adams’ Oktoberfest beer and a bunch of radio stations, including KiiM-FM, K-HIT, The Vibe, Wildcats Radio 1290, and 1400 KTUC. There will be specials on Oktoberfest beers, $6 brats, contests with great prizes, and more.


  • 5 – 7 p.m. – Big Brother Beats
  • 7 – 10 p.m. – The Dirt:
  • 6 p.m. – Stein Hoisting Contest
  • 8:30 p.m. – Brat Eating Contest

Sign up for the contests at uniontucson.com.

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Dillinger Brewing Company

3895 N. Oracle Rd. • 402 E. Ninth St.
Friday, September 30 – Sunday, October 2
Dillinger Brewing Company
Photo courtesy of Dillinger Brewing Company on Facebook

Dillinger’s fifth annual Oktoberfest is back and will take place at both taproom locations! This will be a weekend-long event.

They’ll have all the goods including:

  • Beer cheese and pretzels
  • Brats from 4th Ave Deli
  • Their yearly stein deal
  • Mug club signups
  • and much more

Keep up with the latest by following their Facebook event page for upcoming details.

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The Hut Tucson

305 N. Fourth Ave.
Saturday, October 1
Image provided by The Hut Tucson

The Active 20-30 Club of Tucson welcomes you to Oktoberfest — a little slice of Germany right here in the Old Pueblo. This year, they’re partnering with More Than a Bed for the event as the selected beneficiary. All proceeds from this event will go towards supporting children in foster, kinship, and adoptive families, so you can feel good while having a great time.

Tickets Include:

  • Entry to the event space
  • Access to exclusive food vendors
  • Live musical entertainment from Gift Horse
  • A commemorative stein
  • 1.5 liters of beer (with more available to purchase)
  • Stein holding and pie eating contests
  • Prizes for best dressed and most spirited

Purchase your tickets at oktoberfestaz.com.

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Oktoberfest 2022 at Trail Dust Town

6541 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Saturday, October 1
Image provided by Trail Dust Town

Join Trail Dust Town and Southern Arizona brewers for an Oktoberfest celebration.

After a two year hiatus, see for yourself why this event is a Tucson favorite! Meet local brewers from Dragoon Brewing, Barrio Brewing, Crooked Tooth Brewing, Firetruck Brewing, Uncle Bear’s Brewery, and Bawker Bawker Cider. Try a variety of beers, enjoy classic German food like brats and pretzels, and enjoy all that Trail Dust Town has to offer!

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Donut Bar

33 N. Sixth Ave.
 Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1
Image provided by Donut Bar

Wilkommen to Donut Bar Tucson’s 3rd Annual Oktoberfest celebration!

There will be beer specials, pretzel donuts, bratwurst donut sandwiches (assorted sausages & sauerkraut ON donut buns), an outfit contest, chicken dancing and beer stein holding!

Go in anytime from Friday evening through Saturday to take your turn at the Beer Stein hold and compete for a chance to win Donut Bar gift cards and other prizes! The final Stein Hold will happen Saturday at 9pm.

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Button Brew House

6800 N. Camino Martin #160
Saturday, October 8
Image provided by Button Brewhouse

End Oktoberfest on a high note with Button Brewhouse. Haus of Brats will be serving up their authentic German food, there will be music all day long, and several other Arizona breweries will be pouring your favorite beers.

Participating Breweries:

  • 12 West Brewing
  • Barrio Brewing Company
  • Bawker Bawker Cider House
  • BlackRock Brewers
  • Bone Haus Brewing Company
  • Borderlands Brewing Company
  • Catalina Brewing Company
  • Copper Mine Brewing Company
  • Electric Brewing
  • Harbottle Brewing Company
  • Ranch Hand Brewing Company

Plus, more to be announced in the coming weeks. Your ticket comes with a half-liter glass stein and three half-liter beer fills.

Music schedule:

  • 12 – 2 p.m. – Back That Jazz Up
  • 2:30 – 430 p.m. – Leila Lopez
  • 5 – 7 p.m. – Deanna Cross

Prizes schedule:

  • 2 p.m. – Stein Holding Contest
  • 4:30 p.m. – Costume Contest Winners Announced

Cost: $39 for early birds.

For more information and to get your tickets, visit eventbrite.com.

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Addie Ibarra, native Tucsonan, is a fierce lover of adventure, travels, and food. Addie has her Masters in Legal Studies and hopes to one day apply that towards helping people (and animals) around the globe, while traveling and tasting along...

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