You don’t have to travel all the way to Germany to experience Oktoberfest. The Mesa Arts Center is throwing its own “MACtoberfest” tomorrow, Oct. 15.
The MAC reached out to Michelle Donovan of Upstage Labor to create the event. With only a month to prepare Donovan and her crack team put together an evening of German entertainment to delight all ages and all the senses.
“We have a live polka band with polka instructors,” Donovan said. “And we have a yodeling competition.”
She said there will also be keg rolling and stein racing competitions as well. Stuff your belly with an assortment of traditional German foods and drink. And what would an Oktoberfest be without beer? For the discerning palate, there will be beer tasting and plenty of chances to lift your stein and say: “Prost!”
“We did hand select some German beers,” Donovan said.
This is MAC’s first Oktoberfest. Donovan said if it goes well, they’ll do it again next year. MACtoberfest is kicking off an eight-month series of spark! After Dark events.
Director Casey Blake with the Mesa Arts Center said the monthly festival will take place outside the MAC every third Saturday, now until June 2017.
Blake said the whole idea behind spark! is to give Mesa a fun, creative experience that celebrates the creative spark in everyone.
“The city of Mesa management was really interested in Mesa Arts Center offering something that is ongoing, that appeals to a different demographic than what you might usually see…at the art center,” Blake said. “(It’s) kind of another entry point for a younger demographic.”
All spark! events are free, including MACtoberfest. So grab your family and lederhosen and head over to downtown Mesa for an evening you won’t forget.
MACtoberfest is Saturday, Oct. 15, from 8 to 11 p.m. Find out more online at MesaArtsCenter.com.
– Mesa resident Kaely Monahan is an avid connoisseur of art and entertainment. In addition to writing for MyNewsMesa.com, she anchors and reports for KTAR News.