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 17-2: 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?

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: 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: 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: 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.

7-9: 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.

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: 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: 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.