October 2016 Events

September 8-October 30: Helen Oktoberfest, Helen, GA

The Greater Helen Chamber of Commerce presents the 46th annual Helen Oktoberfest, which will take place in Alpine Helen, a Bavarian-style mountain village. Called "America's longest-running Oktoberfest" by organizers, it will take place the weekends of September 8-11 and 15-18 and daily from September 22 through October 30. The festival venue is the Helen Festhalle, with bands from the United States and Europe, German beer and food, and dancing.

September 17-October 2: Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany

The 183rd Oktoberfest will be held on Theresienwiese in the center of Munich. This is the original Oktoberfest, and the world's largest and most famous beer festival. Need we say more?

September 10-October 29 (weekends): Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest, Big Bear Lake, CA

Big Bear Lake will host its 46th annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest, which will be held at the resort's Convention Center. This Oktoberfest-style celebration will feature America's highest-elevation biergarten; authentic German food; renown musical acts and dance groups; activities, including log-sawing and stein-holding contests; sports on television; and a fun zone for children and families.

September 22-October 2: National Cask Ale Week, throughout the UK

Cask Marque and the Campaign for Real present National Cask Ale Week 2016, which will be observed at pubs throughout the United Kingdom. Events during this 11-day celebration of Britain’s national drink include beer festivals, beer and food pairings, tutored tastings, competitions, quizzes, and "Introduce a Friend" promotions.

September 23-October 9: Cannstatt Beer Festival, Stuttgart, Germany

The Cannstatt Beer Festival, described as the "world's largest folk festival," will be held at Canstatt Wasen, Stuttgart's festival grounds. The festival, which dates back to 1818, begins with the ceremonial keg tapping and folkloric entertainment. Other events at this 17-day celebration include beer tents, The Black Forest Experience, amusement rides, merchandise for sale, and fireworks and laser shows.

September 23-25 and 30-October 2: Oktoberfest Denver, Denver, CO

Human Movement, LLC, presents the 47th annual Oktoberfest Denver, which will take place in the city's Ballpark Neighborhood, on Larimer Street between 20th and 22nd Streets. This two-weekend event will feature beer, traditional German food, live music, carnival rides and midway games, and games and contests. Admission is free.

September 28-October 1: St Albans Beer Festival, St Albans, England

The South Hertfordshire Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 21st annual St Albans Beer Festival, which will take place at the Alban Arena. This four-day event will feature hundreds of Real Ales, along with Real Ciders, perries, and foreign and bottle-conditioned beers. There will also be tutored tastings, live music, games, a tombola, and breweriana auctions.

September 29-October 2: Scunthorpe Beer Festival, Scunthorpe, England

The Scunthorpe & District Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 19th annual Scunthorpe Beer Festival, which will take place at the Royal Hotel in the town center. This four-day event will feature more than 30 beers and ciders, mostly from Manchester and the Northwest. There will also be food for purchase, a tombola, and a CAMRA stand.

September 29-October 1 and October 6-8: Stockholm Beer and Whisky Fest, Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholms Ol & Vin AB presents the 25th annual Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival, which will take place at the Nacka Strand Factory in Stockholm. This two-weekend event will feature more than 1,000 beers, wines, whiskeys, and other beverages. There will also be master classes led by beverage experts, and food will be available for purchase.

1: Bacon and Beer Classic, Chicago, IL

Cannonball Productions presents the Chicago edition of the Bacon and Beer Classic, a festival series held in America’s stadiums. It will take place at Soldier Field, the home of the Chicago Bears. There will be afternoon and evening sessions, each with more than 80 craft beers, bacon-inspired food from over 30 local restaurants, and live music and other entertainment. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers and food, are available.

1: Cape Cod Brew Fest, East Falmouth, MA

The fifth annual Cape Cod Brew Fest will be held at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds in East Falmouth. This late-afternoon event will feature more than 250 beers from over 75 breweries. There will also be live music, and food vendors and food trucks will be at the festival site. Part of the proceeds will go to the Barnstable County Agricultural Society.

1: Charlotte Oktoberfest Beer Festival, Charlotte, NC

The Carolina BrewMasters present the 18th annual Charlotte Oktoberfest Beer Festival, which will take place at the North Carolina Music Factory. This afternoon outdoor event will feature beer from more than 90 breweries, many of them from North Carolina and the Southeast. There will also be live music, and food and merchandise vendors will be at the festival site. Premium tickets, with early admission and an opportunity to meet the brewers, are available. Proceeds will go to local charities.

1: Das Best Oktoberfest, Atlanta, GA

Trigger Agency, LLC, presents the second annual Atlanta edition of Das Best Oktoberfest, which will take place at Atlantic Station. This Oktoberfest-style event will feature more than 150 beers, wines, and schnapps. There will also be German food; live music on the Main Stage; oom-pah bands, along with other entertainment; carnival games; contests; and arts and crafts items. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available.

1: Flying Saucer BeerFeast 2016, Sugar Land, TX

The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium’s Sugar Land presents its fifth annual BeerFeast, which will take place at Sugar Land Town Square. This is an afternoon event. Flying Saucer’s beer experts have selected beers from more than 60 craft breweries, and the selection includes rare beers. Town Square restaurants will offer food for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission, a special selection of rare beers, and a food voucher, are available.

1: Madonna Inn Oktoberfest, San Luis Obispo, CA

The Madonna Inn, a resort hotel in San Luis Obispo, will host its third annual Oktoberfest. This evening event, which organizers described as “the biggest Oktoberfest on California’s Central Coast”, will feature Firestone Walker beers and traditional German food. There will also be with live polka and rock music, a costume contest, and a photo booth.

1: Moorpark Beer Festival, Moorpark, CA

Moorpark Morning Rotary Club and Enegren Brewing Company present the seventh annual Moorpark Beer Festival. It will take place at a new location, High Street in downtown Moorpark. This evening event will feature beer from around 20 breweries from Ventura County and surrounding areas. There will also be a homebrew competition, live entertainment, and food for purchase. All proceeds will benefit local school and other community nonprofit organizations.

1: Piketoberfest, Seattle, WA

Pike Brewing Company, in Seattle, will host Piketoberfest 2016. This afternoon event, which the brewery describes as a “beer, charcuterie and harvest festival”, will feature locally-brewed beers from Pike and five other local breweries, German beers selected by Merchant du Vin and Click, meads and ciders, and wines and spirits. The food selection includes local meats, sauerkrauts, and cheeses. There will also be live music. The festival is a benefit for the Pike Place Market Foundation.

1: Tennessee Oktoberfest, Kingsport, TN

Superfly Fabulous Events presents the sixth annual Kingsport Oktoberfest, which will take place in downtown Kingsport. This all-day event will feature more than 150 beers, including rare and cask-conditioned beers, along with two roaming beer infuser lines. There will also be a Black Forest Brew Off; German, American, and bluegrass music all day; a College Football Bier Hall; games and contests; and children's activities. “First Pour” tickets, with early admission, a special selection of beers, and complimentary appetizers, are available. The festival charities are Chamber Foundations and Keep Kingsport Beautiful.

1: "The Wedge" Cheese Festival, Portland, OR

Rogue Ales and Spirits and The Oregon Cheese Guild present the 2016 edition of The Wedge!, which will take place in Portland at the Green Dragon Pub and Bistro. This afternoon, farmers’ market-style event will feature the products of more than 20 artisan, specialty, and farmstead cheese makers, along with an assortment of beers and spirits. There will also be an educational program; and cheese and other artisan food will be on sale. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. The event is a benefit for the Cheese Guild.

1: Zoo Brew, South Bend, IN

The Potawatomi Zoo, in South Bend, will host the eighth annual Zoo Brew. This evening event will feature a selection of beers from the area’s craft breweries and distributors, along with food from local restaurants. Festival-goers are invited to view the Zoo’s animal exhibits. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers and food, are available. Proceeds will benefit the Zoo’s wildlife conservation and education program and its new naturalistic exhibits.

6-8: Great American Beer Festival, Denver, CO

The Brewers Association presents the 34th annual Great American Beer Festival, which will take place at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. This three-day event, which is the nation's beer premier festival and competition, will feature the products of some 750 breweries from throughout the country. In addition to beer sampling, the festival will include “paired” (aka farm to table) and "brewer's studio" pavilions, cooking and homebrewing demonstrations, an educational program, and appearances by beer writers. The festival includes a judged competition that attracts more than 5,000 entries, with gold, silver, and bronze medals awarded in more than 135 categories.

7-8: Ale-ing Fest 2016, Hayling Island, England

Ale-ing Fest 2016 will be held at the Hayling Community Centre in Hayling Island. This two-day, three session event will feature 30 Real Ales and 12 ciders. There will be live music at both evening sessions, and food will be available for purchase.

7-9: Nashville Oktoberfest, Nashville, TN

The 37th annual Nashville Oktoberfest will be held in the city’s historic Germantown area. This three-day celebration will feature a selection of domestic and imported German beers. There will also be contemporary and oom-pah music, performed on three stages; food from local restaurants and food trucks; arts and crafts vendors; wiener dog races, a 5-K run, and children’s activities. General admission is free. VIP tickets, with complimentary beer, food, and a one-liter stein, are available. There will be a Launch Party hosted by Christie Cookies on Friday afternoon before Oktoberfest itself, and a parade on Friday evening.

7-14: Ypsi-Arbor Beer Week, Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor, MI

The second annual Ypsi-Arbor Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor. There will be a number of events such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, hard-to-find beers, and specially-priced drinks.

8: Das Best Oktoberfest, Baltimore, MD

Trigger Agency, LLC, presents the Baltimore edition of Das Best Oktoberfest, which will take place in the parking lots at M&T Stadium. This Oktoberfest-style event will feature more than 150 beers, wines, and schnapps. There will also be German food; live music on the Main Stage; oom-pah bands, along with other entertainment; carnival games; contests; and arts and crafts items. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available.

8: Flying Saucer BeerFeast, Fort Worth, TX

The Fort Worth location of the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium presents its 11th annual BeerFeast, which will take place at Fort Worth’s Sundance Square. This is an afternoon event. Flying Saucer’s beer experts have selected more than 100 beers from over 60 breweries, and the selection includes rare beers. There will be live music, and food will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission, a special selection of rare beers, and a food voucher, are available.

8: Hops & Harvest Festival, Columbia, MD

CoFestCo, The Downtown Columbia Partnership, and the Brewers Association of Maryland present the inaugural Hops & Harvest Festival, which will take place at the Columbia Lakefront. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with beverages from more than 25 Maryland breweries and cideries, live entertainment, fresh local food, 25 Maryland artisans and crafters, and games.

14-23: Cleveland Beer Week, Cleveland, OH

The eighth annual Cleveland Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues throughout greater Cleveland. This ten-day celebration opens with Collaboration Kickoffs, and the headline event will be Brewzilla: A Monster of a Beer Tasting. There will be more than 350 other events, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks. Proceeds from flagship events will benefit the Malone Scholarship Fund.

14-15: Long Beach Craft Beer Festival, Long Beach, CA

The Forty-Niner Shops at California State University Long Beach present the inaugural Long Beach Craft Beer Festival, which will take place on the CSULB campus. The main festival, on Saturday afternoon, will take place at the Jack Rose Track Stadium. It will feature hundreds of domestic and foreign craft beers, many of them from the Los Angeles area. There will also be live music and other entertainment, food for purchase, and craft beer activities. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. On Friday night before the festival itself, there will be a Hoppy Hour and Brewers’ Reception at the Nugget Pub and a Craft Beer Pairing event at the Chartroom Restaurant. Proceeds will benefit the CSULB Hospitality Department.

15: Flying Saucer BeerFeast, Austin, TX

The Fort Worth location of the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium presents its ninth annual BeerFeast, which will take place at Triangle Park in Austin. This is an afternoon event. Flying Saucer’s beer experts have selected beers from more than 60 craft breweries, and the selection includes rare beers. There will be live music, and food will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission, a special selection of rare beers, and a food voucher, are available.

15: Hub City Brew Fest, Spartanburg SC

The second annual Hub City Brew Fest will be held at Spring and West Broad Streets in downtown Spartanburg. This event will feature beer from more than 25 craft breweries, all from South Carolina and North Carolina. There will also be continuous live music, and food will be available for purchase. All profits will go to charity.

15: Shenandoah Autumnfest, Woodstock, VA

The 2016 Shenandoah Autumnfest will be held at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds in Woodstock. This afternoon event will feature beer from six local breweries, a selection of whiskeys, and wine from two local wineries. There will also be live music, a Kansas City Barbecue Society competition and tasting, a wood-splitting contest, and food and arts and crafts items for purchase.

15: South East Craft Beer Fest, Columbia, MO

The fourth annual South East Craft Beer Fest will be held at the Logboat Brewery in Columbia. This event, which has been expanded to two days, will feature beer from more than 40 craft breweries, most of them from Southeastern Conference states. There will also be live local entertainment, and food and merchandise vendors will be on hand. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. This year’s festival charities are the American Red Cross and Unchained Melodies, a dog-rescue organization.

15: World Beer Festival-Durham, Durham, NC

All About Beer magazine presents the 21st annual World Beer Festival, which will take place at Durham Athletic Park. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with more than 250 craft beers from around the world. The selection includes North Carolina-brewed beers, cask-conditioned beers, and ciders. The program also includes a Belgian Beer Festival and Beer and Cheese Pairing events (extra admission charge). The Art of Beer Village will host an educational program, including tastings led by members of the craft beer community. There will also be live music, food from local restaurants, and children's entertainment. A Seasonal Beer Showcase will take place the evening before the festival itself. Proceeds will go to local charities.

16-18: Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest, Chippewa Falls, WI

The 14th annual Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest will be held at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds. This three-day traditional Oktoberfest-style celebration opens with the tapping of the Golden Keg, and includes German beer and food. It will feature more than 30 musical acts, family and children's activities, games, and a Sunday polka worship service.

21-22: Detroit Fall Beer Festival, Detroit, MI

The Michigan Brewers Guild presents the eighth annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival, which will take place at Detroit's Eastern Market, one of America's oldest farm markets. There will be Friday evening and Saturday afternoon tasting sessions, each with more than 700 beers from over 80 Michigan microbreweries and brewpubs. Local bands will perform, and food from Detroit-area restaurants will be available for purchase.

21: Hernando Untapped, Brooksville, FL

The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce presents the second annual Hernando Untapped Craft Beer & Wine Festival, which will take place at the American Aviation Flight Academy in Brooksville. This evening event will feature the products of more than 30 Tampa Bay craft breweries and wineries. There will also be live music, food trucks and merchandise vendors, and games.

22: Appalachian Craft Brew, Stew & Que Festival, Hiawassee, GA

The 2016 Appalachian Craft Brew, Stew & Que Festival will be held at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee. This daytime event will feature beer from 20 Georgia and North Carolina breweries. There will also be Appalachian and Americana music, food for purchase from area restaurants, works by regional artists, and a cornhole contest. The Fairgrounds also offers camping.

22: Pottstown Brew Fest, Pottstown, PA

The second annual Pottstown Brew Fest will be held at Manatawny Park. This afternoon event will feature more than 130 beers and ciders from over 65 breweries, many of them from Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic States. Celtic Spirit will perform, food and merchandise vendors will be at the festival site, and there will be games. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. 

23-24: Gulf Coast Oktoberfest, Sarasota, FL

The Gulf Coast Oktoberfest will be held in the south lot of Westfield Sarasota Square Mall. This two-day event, which is sponsored by Geier’s Sausage Kitchen, will feature German and American beer and food; authentic German entertainment, including a costumed fest band; games; and costume and dance contests.