Not many organizations in Tempe can say they have been running successfully for 43 years. Many of us can’t even say we’ve been breathing for 43 years let alone running anything successfully for that duration.
Dick Neuheisel, President of Tempe Sister Cities, can say that. Forty-some years ago, on their way to Skopje, Macedonia, the first Sister City, Dick and his wife stopped in Vienna and they were admiring some dirndls. Dick committed to his wife that he’d bring an Oktoberfest to Tempe for her to don her dirndl to support the Tempe Sister Cities and in 1973, he did just that.
Forty-three years and nine more Sister Cities later, the Tempe tradition lives on. It may have a new name, Four Peaks Oktoberfest, but the heart and soul of the operation remain the same: maintain the monetary lifeline of Tempe Sister Cities. Sister Cities is an organization that provides vital programs for Tempe residents, students, and educators. This non-profit organization is “in the business of making friends – globally.”
“Tempe Sister City Corporation, (TSC), is in the business of making friends – globally.” ~Four Peaks Oktoberfest webpage “FAQ” page
Here are eight reasons why you need to clear your calendar and join us for the 43rd Annual Four Peaks Oktoberfest on October 9 – 11, 2015:
1. Admission is FREE!
Much like the best things in life. Save those bones for beer.
Speaking of beer…
2. Copious amounts of Beer.
Taps will be flowing with this sweet nectar that will include (but not limited to) Four Peaks Pumpkin Porter, and Paulenar Oktoberfest. Paulenar is one of the only six official beers allowed to be poured for Oktoberfest in Munich. Make no mistake about it, though, there will be a brew for all beer lovers enjoy!
3. Bountiful brats.
One of the reasons why Four Peaks was so happy to be a part of this celebration was Tempe Sister Cities’ commitment to local. The brats that are served at Four Peaks Oktoberfest are from none other than Arizona’s own Von Hansen’s Meats and Spirits. It is estimated that 25,000 brats will be consumed over the three-day event with 750 kegs of beer to wash those delicious brats down and, folks, it doesn’t get any fresher than brats from Chandler, AZ.
4. Rockin’ jams.
Not just any old jam session. Live music will be played on three stages for three days and it starts with Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row Experience Friday night. There are too many to list, so I suggest you check out the Four Peaks Oktoberfest website to plan your visit.
5. Exhilarating exercise.
Are you a runner? Come down bright and early on Saturday at 8 a.m. for the Frank Kush das Foot Race at the Tempe Center for the Arts for a 5K, 10K, and 1-mile scenic jaunt around Tempe Town Lake. Then replenish the carbs with a beer! (After adequate hydration, of course!)
Fans of yoga will find their moment of zen with the Yoga in the Park. And there will even be a Zumbathon for Zumba enthusiasts!
6. No babysitter required.
Four Peaks Oktoberfest is a family-friendly event! Bring the kiddos with you to experience rides, carnival food, and a splash pad to keep cool! (Service animals are permitted however pets are asked to sit this event out.)
7. Sunday Funday.
This Sunday lineup includes a laundry list of family-friendly FREE events! Events incluse the Kinderfest presented by Landings Credit Union, Yoga in the Park and Zumbathon, Wiener dog races, a brat eating contest, carnival and splash park! Additionally, Sunday will offer a special where guests can get two beers, one brat and one stein for $20! Put THAT in your lederhosen and polka!
8. Be a part of Four Peaks Oktoberfest history!
This year’s Four Peaks Oktoberfest is kicking it up a notch and taking this party GLOBAL. That’s right. GLOBAL. Four Peaks Brewing Company (@FourPeaksBrew) will be scoping the opening ceremonies via Periscope! We are inviting Tempe’s ten Sister Cities from Regensburg, Germany to Lower Hutt, New Zealand and Timbuktu, Mali to watch Tempe, Arizona kick off this celebrated event!
So get out those smartphones and save these dates! The Four Peaks Oktoberfest will be heald from Friday, October 9 until Sunday, October 11 at the Tempe Town Beach Park. Visit www.FourPeaksOktoberfest.com for a listing of all the events and the times to plan for your best experience!