Tempe Way Out West Oktoberfest
This ain't no typical Oktoberfest. That's why it's called the "Way Out West Oktoberfest." Tempe, Arizona style. Held annually at Tempe Beach Park, this event attracts about 200,000 visitors each year during early October. This Tempe tradition began in 1972 and people keep coming back again and again because it is so much fun for the entire family.
It takes over 2,000 volunteers to stage this three-day celebration that includes live bands, carnival rides, a Bavarian beer garden, rock climbing, interactive stage shows, non-stop polka, arts and crafts, splash playground, a "Kinderfest" for the real little ones, a parade of flags, face painting, clowns, magic shows and lots of food.
Local and German Polka Bands play throughout the three days with Bavarian music typically provided by Regensburg, Germany, the German Sister-City of Tempe. A highlight of Tempe's Oktoberfest is the Parade of Flags when throngs of Tempe middle school students carry almost 200 flags down Mill Avenue representing every country recognized by the United Nations.
The Oktoberfest celebration raises funds to support Tempe's Sister-City programs which include student exchanges, teacher exchanges and other humanitarian efforts. Since the inception of Tempe Oktoberfest, these programs have benefited over 600 students and 160 teachers by introducing them to different cultures.
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