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  • Writer's pictureDiana Brandt

Event: Gilbert Oktoberfest

Event promotion company Forty8 Live! is kicking off autumn with Gilbert Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Gilbert Regional Park (3005 E Queen Creek Rd.) From 2 to 9 p.m., attendees will enjoy an authentic, immersive Volksfest experience that will transport desert dwellers to the streets of Munich. Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime will be headlining the stage with their Sublime covers playing all of their biggest hits, incorporating modern day reggae, ska, hip-hop and rock cool vibes to Oktoberfest with a live performance, accompanied by Manuela Horn, known as the ‘Queen of Oktoberfest’, and her band “The Oktoburlesques.” Guests will also be greeted at the entrance by an Oompah band, a German brass musical ensemble named for its characteristic rhythmical sound.

“In anticipation of increased attendance, we’re bringing back Gilbert Oktoberfest with more cooling amenities, authentic German beer and food catering, and activities for guests of all ages to enjoy”, said David Horen, director of events at Forty8 Live! “Lace up your dirndl, throw on your lenderhosen, grab a stein and let the good times roll.”

Local breweries OHSO, Uncle Bears, Desert Monks, 12 West, 4 Silos and Flying Bassett will serve Bavarian beers all day long, with German vendors providing bratwurst, pretzels and fresh catered meals to pair. Attendees seeking to prove the might of their guns and guts can participate in a stein holding and sausage eating competition. Children will have access to a free kid’s entertainment zone, as well as yard games like cornhole, Giant Jenga and Kong Pong.

“If it’s perfectly spiced sausages, streusel and high-quality brews you’re craving, Gilbert Oktoberfest is the perfect place to stay close to home and get your fix,” said Mike O’Donnell, director of partnerships at Forty8 Live!, “We’re excited to support local businesses in the community while still providing the Valley with flavors from across the world!”

Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime channels the energy and unique sound of ska band Sublime with its own unique flavor. Manuela Horn, known by her stage name as the ‘Queen of Oktoberfest’, and her band “The Oktoberlesques” will perform humorous, ‘beer-centric’ covers of top 40 hits to set a lighthearted mood.

Ticket pricing will start at $18 plus fees for general admission. To purchase tickets, visit

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