Oktoberfest (Photo courtesy of Casa Marana)

Oktoberfest 2023: Beer, Brats, Lederhosen & More in Tucson

September 13, 2023
By Matt Sterner

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. It’s definitely not the wurst way to spend a day 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 out Things To Do for more events.

Oktoberfest in Tucson (listed in chronological order)

Tucson Hop Shop

3230 N. Dodge Blvd., Unit H
Friday, September 15

From noon – 11 p.m., everyone’s favorite Hop Shop is hosting a stein-holding contest, food from Haus of Brats, and even more food from Ciao Down Pizza.

For more information, follow Tucson Hop Shop on Instagram.

Casa Marana

8225 N. Courtney Page Way #191
Saturday, September 16

Casa Marana is throwing a party for the first official day of Oktoberfest on Saturday, September,16 from 2 p.m. – 2 a.m. (that’s 12 hours of partyin’ in your lederhosen). The Haus of Brats food truck will be serving food in the parking lot from 2 – 9 p.m., there’s going to be an Oktoberfest Market on site from 2 – 6 p.m., and an annual stein-holding contest from 5 – 7 p.m.

For more information, follow Casa Marana on Facebook.

Dragoon Brewing Company

1859 W. Grant Rd. #111
Saturday, September 16

The brewery is hosting its annual Goonfest/Oktoberfest event with new beers, food by Trident Grill, games, Dragoon Brewing steins, and prize(s) for best-dressed lederhosen.

For more information, follow Dragoon Brewing on Facebook.

Crooked Tooth Brewing Company

228 E. Sixth St.
Saturday, September 23

The brewery will be releasing this year’s Oktoberfest brews and specialty one-liter steins. Seasonal beers include their Oktoberfest Lager and By Association, Crooked Tooth’s Mug Club Member voted Bavarian Style Hefeweizen. Plus, Anello, just across the alley, will be baking Bavarian-style pretzels.

For more information, follow Crooked Tooth Brewing on Instagram.

The Forty Niner Country Club

12000 E. Tanque Verde Rd. 
Saturday, September 23

The big party kicks off at 3 p.m. and will feature plenty of beer from local breweries, live music, a stein-holding contest, and more. If you’ve got a pair of lederhosen, toss ’em on because there ought to be a good handful of others dressed for the occasion.

Admission to the event is $35 per person and includes two beer tickets and one food ticket.

For more information, visit eventbrite.com.

Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley’s Oktoberfest

10300 Ski Run Rd., Mt. Lemmon, AZ 
Saturday, September 23 – Sunday, October 15

Fun for the entire family! Enjoy German beer, authentic Oktoberfest food, live traditional German-style music and dancing on the large outdoor dance floor, children’s games, and beautiful views with fall colors at Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley. During the event, the sky ride usually runs and The Iron Door restaurant is open during regular hours.

This event runs on weekends only from Saturday, September 23 – Sunday, October 15. Dogs are not permitted during Oktoberfest.

For more information, head on over to visittucson.org.

Arizona Beer House

150 S. Kolb Rd.
Saturday, September 30

From noon – midnight, the east side taproom will have a “whole bunch of Oktoberfest-style beers on tap.” That’s music to our beer-loving ears! Also, the Haus of Brats food truck and Pies the Limit bakery will be on site.

Button Brew House

6800 N. Camino Martin #160
Saturday, September 30

The annual Oktoberfest event is one of the brewery’s biggest events of the year and proceeds benefit Project Insight — a non-profit organization that provides home care services to those with special needs.

On Saturday, September 30, more than 15 local and regional Arizona beverage producers will be on hand in Button Brew House’s parking lot, serving beer, wine, cider, and spirits. Plus, there’s food from 420 Taco and live music from Paul Opecenskty and Berggoetz Band.

General Admission Tickets are $40 per person and include a collectible Oktoberfest glass and four pours. VIP Tickets were $60 per person (they recently sold out) and included access to the VIP area beginning at noon, a pretzel necklace, three months of the Tucson Foodie Insider membership, and everything else included in General Admission.

For more information, visit eventbrite.com.

Voltron Brewing Taproom

330 S. Toole Ave. #200
Friday, October 6

There’s something in the works over at the downtown taproom. Once we get word on what it is, which will likely involve beer, we’ll update this listing.

For more information, follow Voltron Brewing on Facebook.

Union Public House

4340 N. Campbell Ave.
Saturday, September 24

They’ll be hosting live music from the Bouncing Czechs — Tucson’s Polka Band for 22 years! Also, German beer and German food will be taking over St. Philip’s Plaza. This is a free event so bring the whole family down from 7 – 10 p.m. (don’t forget your lederhosen).

For more information, visit uniontucson.com.

Trail Dust Town

6541 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Saturday, October 7

From 3 – 9 p.m., meet local and regional brewers Dragoon Brewing, Barrio Brewing, Crooked Tooth Brewing, Firetruck Brewing, Pueblo Vida Brewing Company, and Uncle Bear’s Brewery. Try a variety of beers, enjoy classic German food like brats and pretzels, and enjoy all that Trail Dust Town has to offer!

For more information, follow Trail Dust Town on Instagram.

The Hut Tucson

305 N. Fourth Ave.
Saturday, October 7

A little slice of Germany, right here in the Old Pueblo! This year they are partnering with the Autism Society of Southern Arizona, and all proceeds from this event will go toward supporting families of children who have received an Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis.

For more information, visit oktoberfestaz.com.

1912 Brewing Company

2045 N. Forbes Blvd. #105
Saturday, October 14

The brewery is releasing one of their favorite Oktoberfest brews — the Metiche Märzen! They claim it’s the perfect companion for their extra-large Bavarian pretzel with beer cheese. Plus, Daniela’s Cooking food truck will be joining the fun with German specials and beer brats.

Don’t miss out on their stein-holding contest at 4 p.m. because they’ll be giving a gift card to the winner.

For more information, follow 1912 Brewing on Facebook.

Events Happening Outside of Tucson

Oktoberfest in Sierra Vista

3105 E. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista, AZ
Saturday, September 15 & Sunday, September 16 (Two-Day Event)

Enjoy two days of family fun and entertainment. They’ll have a variety of food vendors, live entertainment at Der Biergarten, beer (of course), and the Sun Valley Rides Carnival. They have their full schedule listed online.

For more information, follow the City of Sierra Vista on Facebook.

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