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Downtown Chandler is set to brim with Bavarian charm as Oktoberfest 2023 makes its grand return. Celebrators can look forward to clinking steins, toe-tapping music, and the rich aroma of German delicacies filling the air on September 30 through October 1 at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park.

The festival, which historically originates from Munich, Germany, will kick off at 1 p.m. on both days, but the events and highlights differ, promising two uniquely festive experiences. For early birds, purchasing presale tickets online will net a $5 discount, and children under the age of 6 can join the festivities for free.

Two local brewing powerhouses, SanTan Brewing Co. and Pedal Haus Brewery, have joined forces to ensure that beer enthusiasts get a genuine taste of Oktoberfest. Apart from their beer offerings, SanTan Spirits will also provide canned cocktails for those seeking a different kind of buzz.

While beer remains the heart and soul of Oktoberfest, the food is its backbone. Visitors can look forward to traditional German fare that promises to be both authentic and hearty. From bratwursts to pretzels, the culinary offerings will ensure that everyone’s palate is entertained.

But Oktoberfest isn’t just about food and drink. The festival has lined up a series of bands to keep the atmosphere lively and attendees dancing. On September 30, festivalgoers can groove to the tunes of People Who Could Fly at 1:15 p.m., followed by Rock Lobster at 4 p.m., and finally, Super Hero takes the stage at 7:15 p.m. The musical fiesta continues on October 1 with the Corey Golden Band playing at 1:15 p.m., Rio Grande at 3:15 p.m., and Metalhead wrapping up the festivities at 5:15 p.m.

For families attending with kids, the event has ensured there’s plenty to keep the little ones engaged. A dedicated family fun zone, replete with games and activities, promises to be a hub of excitement for younger attendees.

With Oktoberfest 2023 in Downtown Chandler just around the corner, the anticipation is building. Donning dirndls and lederhosen is encouraged but not mandatory. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park is located at 3 S. Arizona Ave. For more information, visit