Phoenix OktoberfestGuttentag! Who’s ready for lederhosen and beer steins as big as your head? The great news is that this time of the year, you don’t have to go to Germany or even Busch Gardens to find it. It’s right here in Phoenix! Here are some Oktoberfest activities that are happening right here in Phoenix:

Fountain Hills Oktoberfest: This event is the one that kicks it all off this weekend, September 24 and September 25. Admission is free but you’ll want to indulge and buy a beer as the proceeds go to local charity. There is music throughout the weekend and there will be contests for best dressed, polka dancing and beer stein holding.

Chandler Oktoberfest: Head down to the SanTan Brewing Company September 25 for a huge Oktoberfest event. Aside from being able to drink your face off (only with a designated driver, please) you can participate in a beer pong tournament, beer Olympics, bratwurst eating contest and the strongest man competition. There are also plenty of non alcoholic kids activities and contests as well.

Old World Phoenix Oktoberfest: This is the one that the traditionalists go to. For a paltry $5 admission (kids under five get in for free), enjoy this “Volksfest” complete with Bavarian music and dancing. An extensive beer garden will also be present as well as traditional food from strudel to sauerkraut. The event starts at 10am on October 9th.

Oktoberfest At Cityscape: Several German breweries will be present for this on October 22nd and October 23rd so get your steins ready. Top area chefs will also be preparing all your traditional German favorites. Ten bucks will get you in but look for local establistments who are giving them away for free over the coming weeks.

Oktoberfest on the Verde Canyon Road: This is a truly unique Oktoberfest experience. Every weekend in October, ride the rails to Clarkdale and enjoy a variety of beer and traditional German fare.

If you’re not in the area, there’s still time to take rent a Scottsdale vacation home (and get a great deal while you’re at it) during the month of October.