October 2012 Events

August 4-October 28 (Saturdays and Sundays, plus Labor Day): Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, Manheim, PA

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I, presents the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, which will take place in Manheim. Microbrewed beer, period foods, and a variety of wines will be available at 23 Royal Kitchens and from scores of Renaissance merchants. The festival grounds are an re-creation of a 16th century English village, with dozens of authentic Tudor buildings. More than 90 acts, including musical performances, magic acts, fire-breathing stunts, puppet shows, Shakespearean plays and, comical mud beggars will be presented on 12 stages.

Sept. 7- Oct. 28 (Friday through Sunday): Alpine Village Oktoberfest, Torrance, CA

Alpine Village will host the 45th annual Oktoberfest. The celebration, which has been described as "Southern California's oldest and largest Oktoberfest-style celebration," will take place Friday through Sunday under a massive tent. There will be German beer and food, along with oom-pah bands flown in direct from Germany. Sundays are family days with kiddie jumpers, sweet treats and games.

Sept. 13-Oct. 28: Helen Oktoberfest, Helen, GA

The Greater Helen Chamber of Commerce presents the 42nd annual Helen Oktoberfest, which will take place in Alpine Helen, a Bavarian-style mountain village. Billed as "America's longest-running Oktoberfest," it will take place September 13-16 and daily from September 20 through October 28. The festival venue is the Helen Festhalle, with German bands from the United States and Europe, German beer and food, and dancing.

Sept. 15-Oct. 27 (weekends): Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest, Big Bear Lake, CA

Big Bear Lake will host its 42nd annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest, which will be held at the resort's Convention Center. This Oktoberfest-style celebration features America's highest elevation biergarten (expanded this year), with sporting events on television; authentic German food, music, and dance groups; activities, including log-sawing and stein-holding contests; and a fun zone for children and families.

Sept. 22- Oct. 7: Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany

Oktoberfest is the world's largest and most famous beer festival. Need we say more?

Sept. 27-29 and Oct. 4-6: Stockholm Beer and Whisky Fest, Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholms Ol & Vin AB presents the 2012 Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival, which will take place at the Nacka Strand Factory in Stockholm. Recent editions of this two-weekend event have featured more than 1,300 beers, wines, whiskies, and other beverages. The festival website is in Swedish; an English-language version is under construction.

Sept. 28-Oct. 14: Cannstatt Beer Festival, Stuttgart, Germany

The Cannstatt Beer Festival, billed 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. The festivities also include beer tents, The Black Forest Experience, amusement rides, merchandise for sale, and fireworks and laser shows. The festival website is entirely in German.

Sept. 28-Oct. 7: National Cask Ale Week, throughout the UK

Cask Marque and the Campaign for Real present the 2012 National Cask Ale Week. The purpose of Cask Ale Week, whose theme is "Try Before You Buy," is to educate pub owners and bar staff about cask ale, encourage new drinkers to try it, and introduce drinkers to a variety of beer styles.

Sept. 29-1: Steel City Beer & Cider Festival, Sheffield, England

The Sheffield Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 37th annual Steel City Beer & Cider Festival, which will take place at a new, mud-free venue, the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield. Organizers expect to have 200 cask-conditioned ales, including hard-to-find and locally brewed selections, along with traditional ciders and perries and foreign bottled beers. Food will be available, there will be live music every night, and the festivities will also include games, a hat day, and a pub quiz.

3-6: Bedford Beer & Cider Festival, Bedford, England

The North Bedfordshire Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents 35th annual Bedford Beer & Cider Festival, which will take place at the Corn Exchange, St Paul's Square. More than 110 Real Ales will be available, along with 40 Real Ciders and perries and a wide range of foreign draft and bottled beers. There will also be live entertainment Saturday evening, hot and cold food, a CAMRA shop, a tombola, and an engraver on hand.

3-6: Steel City Beer & Cider Festival, Sheffield, England

The Sheffield Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 38th annual Steel City Beer & Cider Festival, which returns to Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield. More than 150 beers and ciders will be available; and the festivities will also include live entertainment, food, and traditional pub games.

4: The Art of Beer, Beaumont, TX

The Art Museum of Southeast Texas presents The Art of Beer 2012, which will take place in downtown Beaumont. This Thursday evening event, which is the museum's fall fund-raiser, will feature domestic and imported specialty and seasonal beers, paired with food, beer floats, and a cheese bar; an appearance by country music star Tracy Byrd; and specialty baskets provided by Debb's Liquor, Spec's Liquors, Millers Liquors and Winestyles Beaumont.

4-6: Burton Bridge Inn Beer & Bangers Festival, Burton-on-Trent, England

The Burton Bridge Inn, a public house owned by Burton-on-Trent's Bridge Brewery, will host its seventh Beer & Bangers Festival. This three-day event will feature UK-brewed Real Ales, ciders, and perries, along with a selection of locally-sourced sausages.

4-6: Eastbourne Beer Festival, Eastbourne, England

The Eastbourne Village Council presents the 2012 Eastbourne Beer Festival, which will take place at the Winter Garden. Organizers expect to have more than 150 Real Ales chosen by local CAMRA members, along with international bottled beers, ciders, and perries. Hot and cold meals and traditional pub grub will be served, and there will be live music and games.

4-6: Huddersfield Oktoberfest Beer & Cider Festival, Huddersfield, England

The Huddersfield Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 2012 Huddersfield Oktoberfest Beer & Cider Festival, which will take place at the Sikh Leisure Centre. Organizers expect to have 90 Real Ales from local, regional, and new microbreweries, along with a cider and perry bar and a bottled beer bar. Hot food will be available, and there will be breweriana and product stalls.

4-6: Loughborough Oktoberfest, Sunderland, England

The Sunderland and South Tyneside Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 2012 Loughborough Oktoberfest, which will take place at The Bonded Warehouse in Sunderland. Organizers expect to have more around 30 Real Ales, along with ciders and perries. CAMRA members and students will be admitted free.

4-6: Lytham Beer Festival, Lytham, England

The Blackpool, Fylde & Ware Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale and the Fylde Borough Council present the sixth annual Lytham Beer Festival, which will take place at Lowther Pavilion. Organizers expect to have around 90 British Real Ales, along with a selection of world beers, ciders, and perries. Light refreshments will be available at all sessions, and there will be a family room.

4-6: North Manchester Ale Festival, Manchester, England

The second annual North Manchester Ale Festival will be held at the Radcliffe Civic Suite in Manchester. Organizers expect to have 60 Real Ales, along with a selection of ciders and wines. There will also be live music and a buffet. The festival is a benefit for a local Scout group and junior football team.

4-6: Sunderland Oktoberfest, Sunderland, England

The Sunderland and South Tyneside Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the fourth annual Sunderland Oktoberfest, which will take place at The Bonded Warehouse. More than 30 Real Ales, ciders, and perries will be available. CAMRA members and students will be admitted free.

4: Zoo Brew, Cincinnati, OH

The Cincinnati Zoo will host its sixth annual Zoo Brew, which will take place in the Safari Camp area. This Thursday evening event will feature a wide range of beers, including seasonals; food-by-the-bite from local restaurants; live music; and up-close animal encounters.

5-7: African Shebeen, Johannesburg, South Africa

The 2012 African Shebeen (Beer Festival) will be held at Innesfree Park in Johannesburg. This three-evening event will feature national and micro-brewed beers from all over the world. The festivities will also include appearances by beer experts; live performances; entertainment, including competitions, cheerleaders and dancers, and a quiz; and food.

5-6: Ale-ing Fest Beer Festival, Hayling Island, England

The 2012 Ale-ing Fest Beer Festival will be held at the Hayling Community Centre in Hayling Island. This two-day, three-session event will feature 28 Real Ales, plus a selection of ciders. Live bands will perform on Friday and Saturday evening (there will be background music Saturday afternoon), and food will be available.

5-6: Anacortes Oktoberfest, Anacortes, WA

The third annual Anacortes Oktoberfest, also known as "Beer on the Pier," will be held at the historic Port of Anacortes Warehouse Building. This event will feature beer from 30 breweries; Barvarian- and German-inspired fare, with festival-style seating; and musical entertainment.

5-6: Ascot Racecourse Beer Festival, Ascot, England

Ascot Racecourse, in association with Fuller's and the Berkshire South East Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, presents the sixth annual Ascot Racecourse Beer Festival, which will be held in the grandstand. More than 200 beers, ciders, and perries, most of them from local craft breweries, will be available; and festival-goers are invited to vote for the champion ale of the festival. Saturday's racing program will feature three Group 3 horse races.

5-6: "Bier on the Pier," Anacortes' Oktoberfest, Anacortes, WA

The Anacortes Chamber of Commerce presents he third annual "Bier on the Pier," Anacortes' Oktoberfest, which will take place at the Port Warehouse (1st and Commercial Avenue) overlooking the Guemes channel in Anacortes. This two-day festival will feature beer from 30 breweries, fstival-style seating, live music, and food vendors on the grounds. Prizes will be given both days for best German costume.

5: BontebOktoberfest, Battle Creek, MI

Binder Park Zoo, located in Battle Creek, will host the second annual BontebOktoberfest. This evening event will feature Michigan-brewed craft beer, live music, food off the grill, and animal presentations. Attendees will also receive a 22-ounce bottle of a special Binder Park Zoo beer made by Battle Creek's own Arcadia Ales.

5-7: Chesham British Legion Real Ale Festival, Chesham, England

The Chesham British Legion presents the tenth annual Real Ale Festival, which will take place at a new venue, the Douglas McMinn Centre in Chesham. This event will feature 12 Real Ales from small independent breweries, plus a selection of ciders and perries. Hot food will be available on Saturday and Sunday, and there will be a friendly quiz Friday evening. Families are welcome. All proceeds will go to the club rebuild fund.

5-7: Fredericksburg Oktoberfest, Fredericksburg, TX

Fredericksburg, Texas, celebrates its German heritage at the 32nd annual Oktoberfest. Recent editions of this festival have been three-day celebration, sponsored by the Perdenales Creative Arts Alliance, have included a beer tent with 30 varieties of domestic and imported beer, continuous music performed by 30 groups on three stages, German and Mexican food, arts and crafts, and children's activities.

5: Great Lakes Bay Brew Fest, Midland, MI

Eastman Party Store and Cumulus Media present the third annual Great Lakes Bay Brew Fest, which will take place at the Dow Diamond in Midland. This evening event will feature more than 30 Michigan-brewed beers, including one-time special releases; food to pair with the beer; and prize giveaways.

5-13: Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, Kitchener and Waterloo, ON, Canada

The 43nd annual Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest which will take place at various locations in Kitchener and Waterloo. The festivities, described as "the largest Oktoberfest celebration outside Germany," include traditional German food and entertainment at more than 15 festhallen; and with more than 40 family and cultural events, including a parade to celebrate Canada's Thanksgiving Day.

5: Modesto Oktoberfest, Modesto, CA

The Modesto Chamber of Commerce presents the 29th annual Modesto Oktoberfest, which will take place at John Thurman Field. This evening celebration will feature microbrews from throughout the West Coast, along with California wine and non-alcoholic drinks; German food; live entertainment; midway games; and vendor booths.

5-6: Northside Oktoberfest, Iowa City, IA

The 17th annual Northside Oktoberfest will be held between Bloomington and Jefferson Streets, and between Linn and Gilbert Streets in in Northside Iowa City. This two-day event will feature more than 500 domestic and imported beers. The festivities will also include live music, games for kids and adults, and 14 local food vendors. Brewmaster tickets, with early admission and access to hard-to-find beers, are available. Proceeds will go to the American Heart Association and the Horace Mann Elementary Smartboard Program.

5: Oktoberfest at the Beach, New London, CT

The New London Rotary Club presents the 32nd annual Brewfest at the Beach, which will take place at Ocean Beach Park. This evening event will feature more than 150 domestic and international beers, with brewery representatives on hand; unlimited food samples; live music; games; and cigars and breweriana for purchase. All proceeds will benefit New London Rotary Foundation projects.

5-6: Old Town Oktoberfest, Lansing, MI

The Old Town Commercial Association presents the 2012 Old Town Oktoberfest, which will take place in Lansing's Old Town. This two-day celebration, which is a fund-raiser for the association, will feature world-renowned German-style beer, authentic German food, live polka music, and dancing.

5: Pilsner Urquell 170th Anniversary Celebration, Pilsen, Czech Republic

The Pilsner Urquell brewery will celebrate its 170th anniversary with a beer festival to be held in the town square of Pilsen, the traditional capital of Pilsener-style beer. This event will feature Pilsner Urquell beer, poured from ten specially-designed 170-liter barrels; musical performances, headlined by the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra; a theatrical depiction of the brewery's history; and appearances by Czech celebrities and speakers. Admission is free.

5-6: Phoenix Old World Oktoberfest, Phoenix, AZ

The Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures presents Phoenix Old World Oktoberfest, which will take place at Margaret T. Hance Park. This event will feature a large Biergarten with German beer, food, music, and dancing; merchandise vendors; a Children's Village with a variety of activities; Alpenhorn blowing and stein-holding competitions. This event will support Grace Lutheran Church's community outreach programs.

5-7: Red River Oktoberfest, Red River, NM

The mountain town of Red River will host its annual Oktoberfest, which will take place at Brandenberg Park in the center of the Red River. Microbreweries from around the region take part in this celebration, which also offers traditional German music, food, a Ms. Oktoberfest contest, stein holding, brat eating contests, a "Keg Krawl," and art and crafts vendors. Friday is "Beer Judging" day, with voting by festival-goers for Best Lager, Best Amber, and People's Choice. Saturday is "College Day", and Sunday is the "Last Call for Fall".

5-6: Solihull Beer Festival, Solihull, England

The Solihull Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 14th annual Solihull Beer Festival, which will take place at Solihull Royal British Legion. In addition to a range of 35 ales, there will be live music from the Warwick University Wind and Brass Band and the comedy ukelele band The Strumtroopers, a homebrew competition on Saturday afternoon, hot and cold food, and a Real Ale display.

5: SBN's Local Craft Brewfest, Boston, MA

The Sustainable Business Network's third annual Local Craft Brewfest will be held at the Moakley U.S. Courthouse at Fort Point on Boston's waterfront. This evening event, which is a prelude to Boston Area Local Food Festival, will feature the products of more than 20 breweries, meaderies, and cider producers. The festivities will also include live music and locally-produced food.

5-6: Twin Cities Oktoberfest, St. Paul, MN

The 2012 Twin Cities Oktoberfest will be held at the Progress Center on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul. This two-day event will feature Oktoberfest and other beers from Summit Brewing Company, Pedroncelli wines, traditional German food, four live bands, and other entertainers. Plenty of free parking is available.

6: Acadia's Oktoberfest, Southwest Harbor, ME

The Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber of Commerce presents the 17th annual Acadia's Oktoberfest, which will take place at Smuggler's Den Campground on "the quiet side" of Maine's Mount Desert island. This afternoon, rain-or-whine event will feature nearly 90 Maine-brewed beers and wines; music by The Mainely Country Band and Mark Kanter and the Bluesboy Review; a wide variety of food; and Maine gift and craft items.

6: B.A.M. Festival, Santa Monica, CA

The 18th Street Art Center, located in the heart of Santa Monica, will host the 2012 B.A.M (Beer, Art & Music) Festival. This afternoon event, which is a benefit for the Art Center, will feature beer from 35 breweries, music by four bands, admission to three galleries, open artists' studios, and gourmet food trucks.

6: Augusta Bottoms Beer Festival, Augusta, MO

The tenth annual Augusta Bottoms Beer Festival will be held near the Katy Trailhead in Augusta. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 25 breweries, most of them from Missouri; live music from two bands; and food from Augusta Brewing Company. The festival is a fund-raiser for Leaps of Love, which assists childhood cancer families.

6: Belgravia Beer and Wine Festival, Edinburg, VA

Earth Korps, Inc., presents the 2012 Belgravia Beer and Wine Festival, which will take place at the historic Belgravia Manor in Edinburg. This afternoon event will feature beer from a wide variety of craft beer vendors, along with live music and food vendors. All proceeds will support Earth Korps' continuing effort to clean the Shenandoah River.

6: Big Beers and Barley Wines Beerfest, Dayton, OH

The 2012 Big Beers and Barley Wines Beerfest will be held inside the Roundhouse at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Dayton. Recent editions of this late-afternoon event have featured more than 100 beers, with an emphasis on high-gravity and barleywine-style ales and a selection of rare beers; live music; and a drawing for door prizes. All proceeds will go to the Resident Home Association of Greater Dayton.

6: Bramwell Oktoberfest, Bramwell, WV

George and Lara Sitler will host 17th annual Bramwell Oktoberfest. This afternoon/evening event will feature the Bramwell Cup microbrew and homebrew competition (celebrity judges TBA); outdoor tours of Bramwell's Millionaire Row Historic District; and folk, blues, bluegrass, and alternative artists.

6: Brews and Boogie, Ashland, OR

ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum, located in Ashland, will host its eighth annual Brews & Boogie. This evening event, which is sponsored by Summit Beverage, will feature beer from more than ten regional breweries, live music from area musicians, access to the museum’s hands-on exhibits, carnival games and raffle prizes. Proceeds from the festival will support ScienceWorks' educational programs.

6: Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival, Brooklyn, NY

The Village Voice presents the 2012 Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival, which will take place at Skylight One Hanson in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with more than 100 craft-brewed beers "from Brooklyn and beyond," along with food and live entertainment. VIP tickets, with complimentary food and an exclusive selection of beers, are available.

6: California Beer Festival-San Dimas, San Dimas, CA

The California Beer Festival returns to the Inland Empire with a stop at Frank G. Bonelli Park in San Dimas. This afternoon event will feature more than 70 craft-brewed beers, live music, and food and merchandise vendors. VIP tickets, with early admission, a special selection of beers, and brewers in attendance, are available. Proceeds will benefit the Gen Giammanco Foundation.

6: Cincinnati's Craft Beer Only Oktoberfest Celebration, Cincinnati, OH

The Listermann Brewing Company will host the inaugural Cincinnati's Craft Beer Only Oktoberfest Celebration. This all-day event will feature beer from Cincinnati-area craft breweries, served in an Oktoberfest-type atmosphere, with Listermann providing an Oktoberfest-style beer. There will also be live music; and food, including sausages, sauerkraut, and pretzels.

6: Crystal City Brew Festival, Painted Post, NY

The third annual Crystal City Brew Festival will be held at American Twin Harley-Davidson in Painted Post. This evening event will feature more than 40 beers, live music, and food to sample. VIP tickets, with a special selection of beers and a gaming area, are available.

6: Firestone Walker Oaktoberfest, Avila Beach, CA

Firestone Walker Brewery presents the 2012 Oaktoberfest, which will take place at the Avila Beach Golf Resort. This afternoon celebration will feature Firestone Walker ales, German beer, and local wine served in the Firestone Beer Garden; German-inspired cuisine; live music; and the "Beer Olympics." Part of the proceeds will benefit the Woods Humane Society.

6: Forgotten Harvest Wine & Beer Tasting Event, Livonia, MI

Busch's Fresh Food Market presents a Wine & Beer Tasting Event, which will take place at the VisTaTech Center at Schoolcraft College in Livonia. This evening event, which provides financial support to Forgotten Harvest, will feature more than 60 beers and wines, along with hors d'oeuvres, breads and cheeses, and an assortment of other food prepared by the VisTaTech culinary staff.

6: Franktoberfest, Nashua, NH

Frank 106.3 FM, the City of Nashua, the Merrimack Valley Food Bank, and the Police Athletic League present Franktoberfest 2012, which will take place at Holman Stadium. This afternoon event will feature beer and wine from New England; local musicians; local eateries competing for "Best Chicken Wings"; and bouncy houses for children.

6: Fresh Hop Ale Festival, Yakima, WA

The tenth annual Fresh Hop Ale Festival will be held at the Millennium Arts Plaza in downtown Yakima. The evening event, which celebrates the area's hop harvest (the Yakima Valley provides 77 percent of the nation's hops), will feature fresh-hop beer from invited breweries and a judged fresh-hop beer competition. Food and wine will also be available, and the festivities will include homebrew demonstrations, a cigar tent, and two live bands. VIP tickets, with early admission and hors d'oeuvres, are available. All proceeds will benefit Allied Arts of Yakima Valley.

6: Germantown Oktoberfest, Clarksburg, MD

The 30th annual Germantown Oktoberfest will be held at a new venue, High Point Farm in Clarksburg. This afternoon event will feature a biergarten with German and American beers; wine tasting; live music, dancers, and other entertainment; German and American food; children's games and inflatables; and exhibits by local crafters, artisans, and businesses. Admission is free. This year's charity is the Wounded Warriors Project.

6: Great Alaska Beer Train, Anchorage, AK

The Alaska Railroad, "the world's best designated driver," presents the Great Alaska Beer Train. This rolling Oktoberfest-style celebration will take passengers on an 80-mile scenic journey along Turnagain Arm with an assortment of local microbrews and an array of hors d'oeuvres.

6: Great Lakes Bay Brew Fest, Midland, MI

Eastman Party Store and Cumulus Media present the third annual Great Lakes Bay Brew Fest, which will take place at the Dow Diamond in Midland. This evening event will feature more than 30 Michigan-brewed beers, including one-time releases, along with food sampling and prize giveaways.

6: Great Tucson Beer Festival, Tucson, AZ

AZBeer.com and Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment present the 26th annual Great Tucson Beer Festival, which will take place at Hi Corbett Field. This evening event will feature hundreds of beers "from around the Southwest and around the world"; live music; food from local restaurants; and games, including horseshoes and "steer" roping. VIP tickets, with early admission and a specially catered dinner, are available. Proceeds will go to SunSounds of Arizona.

6: Hops for Hospice Beer Festival, Clearwater, FL

Clearwater Threshers and Frenchy's present the fourth annual Hops for Hospice Beer Festival, which will take place at Bright House Field in Clearwater. This afternoon/evening event, which is a fund-raiser for the Suncoast Hospice Foundation, will feature more than 100 beers from several local distributors, along with a selection of wines. The festivities will also include a DJ, food for purchase, a putting contest, a photo booth, corn toss, and a homebrewing demonstration.

6: Hotoberfest, Atlanta, GA

The 2012 Hotoberfest will be held in Atlanta's historic Fourth Ward Park. This afternoon event, the primary focus of which is a sustainable Earth, will feature more than 200 craft-brewed beers, including one-off and cellared beers; a consumer-judged competition in two categories, craft and cask beers; live music; and family activities. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available. This year's festival charities are Trees Atlanta and Legacy World Missions.

6: Knoxville Brewers' Jam, Knoxville, TN

The 16th annual Knoxville Brewers' Jam will be held on the Performance Lawn at World's Fair Park in Knoxville. This daytime event will feature beer from more than 50 American breweries, along with music from three live bands and food and merchandise vendors. The festival is a fund-raiser for Community Shares of Tennessee.

6-7: Lake Elsinore Oktoberfest, Lake Elsinore, CA

The Rotary Club of Lake Elsinore presents the 2012 Oktoberfest, which will take place at Storm Stadium. This two-day celebration will feature beer and wine gardens; authentic German food; live music, including an oom-pah band; merchandise vendors; and children's activities.

6: Lincoln Lager Barleyfest, Merrill, WI

The City of Merrill Parks & Recreation Department presents the fifth annual Lincoln Lager Barleyfest, which will take place at the Merrill Area Recreation Center (Smith Center). This afternoon event will feature beer from 30 craft breweries, most of them from Wisconsin. Food will be available, and there will be live music. Proceeds will benefit local charities.

6: Main Street Blues and Brews, Gloucester, VA

The Gloucester Main Street Association presents the third annual Main Street Blues and Brews, which will be held at 6596 Main Street. This daytime event will feature a variety of microbrews, live music by five blues bands, and food from Main Street restaurants.

6: Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest, Arlington, VA

The Capitol City Brewing Company presents the 13th annual Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest, which will take place at its location at The Village at Shirlington in Arlington. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 50 breweries, an authentic German band, food from local vendors, and traditional Oktoberfest-style food.

6: Monsters Oktoberfest, Winter Park, FL

FloridaBeerFestivals.com presents the 2012 Monsters Oktoberfest, which will take place at a new venue, Winter Park Village in Winter Park. This late-afternoon event will feature a selection of what organizers describe as "the world's greatest beers"; free food samples from area restaurants; and entertainment and live music.

6: Montana Brewers Festival, Missoula, MT

The Montana Brewers Association presents the fourth annual Montana Brewers Festival, which will take place at a new venue, Caras Park in Missoula. This daytime event will feature more than 70 beers, some of them first-time releases, from over 20 Montana breweries. Three live bands are scheduled to perform, and food trucks will be on hand. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.

6: Nashville Beer Festival, Nashville, TN

Frugal MacDoogal presents the second annual Nashville Beer Festival, which will take place at Public Square Park, located downtown at Third and Deaderick, This afternoon event will feature more than 80 craft-brewed beers, a beer education program, food, games, and cigars. The festival will benefit the Nashville Humane Association.

6: New Hampshire Brew Fest, Portsmouth, NH

The Prescott Park Arts Festival, in partnership with Master Brewers Association of America and WHEB's The Morning Buzz, present the fourth annual New Hampshire Brew Fest, which will take place on the grounds of the Redhook Ale Brewery in Portsmouth. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with more than 100 beers from over 35 breweries; food; and live music and entertainment. VIP tickets, with early admission to the afternoon session, are available. This event helps support the Arts Festival. This event sold out in advance last year.

6: New Mexico Brew Fest & Music Showcase, Albuquerque, NM

Local iQ magazine presents the third annual New Mexico Brew Fest & Music Showcase, which will take place at Villa Hispana on the New Mexico State Fairgrounds. This afternoon Oktobefest-style event will feature beer from more than 20 New Mexico breweries, served in a family-friendly picnic setting; a lineup of local and regional musical acts; and food vendors. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of small-batch beers, are available.

6: Oaktoberfest in the Diamond, Oakland, CA

The fifth annual Oaktoberfest in the Diamond will be held at the intersection of Fruitvale Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland's Diamond District. This family-friendly afternoon event will feature a Craft Beer Hall, with beer from 20 California breweries, along with a selection of wines; a homebrew competition and Homebrewers Alley; German and other regional foods; live music on the streets, stages, and in the Biergarten; an Eco-Fair; and a Kid's Alley.

6: Oregon Bounty Fresh Hop Tastival, Portland, OR

The 2012 Oregon Bounty Fresh Hop Tastival will be held at Oaks Amusement Park in Portland. Recent editions of this daytime event have featured around 50 fresh-hop beers from local breweries, brewer DJs and live music, homebrewing demonstrations, and free root beer for children. There will also be a Preview Party at the same location the evening before the Tastival itself.

6-7: Riverside Blues & BBQ Festival, Greenfield, MA

The Franklin County Rotary Club and the Greenfield Recreation Department present the second annual Riverside Blues & BBQ Festival, which will take place at Beacon Field in Greenfield. This weekend event will feature beer sampling on Saturday and Sunday, with more than 20 local and national breweries; a professionally-judged state barbecue championship; live blues music; crafters and vendors; and children's activities.

6: Shabam Beer, Art and Music Festival, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Sherbrooke presents the third annual Shabam Beer, Art and Music Festival, which will take place at the Mayfield Trade Centre in Edmonton. This evening charity event will feature more than 50 craft-brewed beers. Guests will have the opportunity to buy works of art from local artists, listen to live music, and buy locally-grown and locally-epared food. Proceeds will go to the Northern Alberta and The Territories Branch of the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

6: Skitoberfest, Boyne Falls, MI

Boyne Mountain Ski Resort will host the fourth annual Skitoberfest. This daytime, Oktoberfest-style event will feature more than 60 Michigan-brewed beers; Michigan wines and spirits; live music and dancing; food from local restaurants, farms, and markets; a variety of live entertainers; activities, including horse-drawn hayrides and bonfire sing-alongs; and a Snowsports Summit hosted by Cary Adgate. A beer tent will be open after the festival itself closes at 8 pm.

6: Smoke in the Valley, Seymour, CT

Smoke in the Valley, a craft beer and chili festival, will be held at a new venue, the Seymour Community Center. This afternoon event will feature beer from at least 25 breweries, mostly from New England and the Northeast. The festivities will also include a homebrew competition, a chili cook-off, live music all day, and food vendors. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. Proceeds will benefit local youth sports and Seymour's emergency services.

6: Texas Craft Brewers Festival, Austin, TX

The Young Men's Business League presents the 2012 Texas Craft Brewers Festival, which will take place at the Fiesta Gardens complex in East Austin. This afternoon/evening event, which organizers describe as "the largest annual celebration of Texas craft beer," will feature more than 75 beers from more than 20 Texas craft breweries, along with live music, local food vendors, and beer educational sessions. The festival is a benefit for Austin Sunshine Camps.

6: Top of the Hops Beer Festival-Green Bay, Green Bay, WI

Festival Foods presents the inaugural Green Bay edition of the Top of the Hops Beer Festival, which will take place at Shopko Hall. The evening event will feature unlimited sampling of more than 150 craft beers; the Samuel Adams Brew University Education Area with presentations on cooking with beer, food pairings, and "Brewing 101"; live entertainment; and games. VIP tickets, with early admission, a special selection of beers, and complimentary catered food, are available.

6: Waffles & Puppets, Cooperstown, NY

Brewery Ommegang celebrates its 15th birthday by hosting Waffles & Puppets. This afternoon celebration will feature Ommegang beer; circus acts, a puppet show, live music, and other "whimsical amusements to catch the eye"; and authentic Belgian sugar waffles.

6: The Wedge, Portland, OR

The Wedge: Portland Celebrates Cheese Festival will take place at the Green Dragon pub. This daytime event will feature a beer garden, hosted by Green Dragon and Buckman Botanical Brewery; a farmers' market with products from more than 30 of the nation's top creameries and other Oregon artisan food creators; an artisan grilled cheese bar presented by Rogue Ales & Spirits; seminars in beer, spirits, and cheese pairings; and games and kid-friendly activities.

6: Witchtoberfest, Salem, MA

The third annual Witchtoberfest will be held at Old Town Hall in Salem. This evening event will feature beer from more than 15 New England breweries, along with live music and food from local restaurants. A "Witchtober Beer Run" will also be part of the festivities. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem.

6: World Beer Festival-Durham, Durham, NC

All About Beer magazine presents the 2012 Durham edition of the World Beer Festival, which will take place at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. There will be two tasting sessions, each with beer from more than 150 world-class breweries, including a cask and barrel tent. The festivities will also include tastings led by leading members of the craft beer community, food from local restaurants, live music, and children's entertainment. The proceeds will go to local charities.

7: Battleship Brewfest, Fall River, MA

Battleship Cove, a historical site in Fall River, presents the inaugural Battleship Brewfest. This Sunday afternoon event will take place aboard the USS Massachusetts, a World War II battleship. There will be more than 50 beers from over 20 craft and import breweries, many of them from New England, along with live music and food for purchase. Proceeds will go toward maintaining Battleship Cove's ships.

7: Michigan Brewers Oktoberfest, Lake Orion, MI

CBS Radio Detroit presents the Michigan Brewers Oktoberfest, which will take place at Canterbury Village in Lake Orion. This afternoon event will feature more than 60 different craft beers and ciders, including some special-edition beers, and brewers will be on hand to answer questions and give demonstrations. Kroger will be on site, offering food samples. 

7: Nationale Bokbierdag, Zutphen, The Netherlands

National Bokbierdag (Bokbier Day) will be celebrated in the center of the Dutch city of Zutphen. Admission to the event is free, and 20 different bokbiers will be on tap. (Bokbier is a variation of German bock beer, which is served in the fall rather than the spring.) The festival website is entirely in Dutch.

7: Pour it Black, Escondido, CA

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, located in Escondido, will host Pour it Black 2012. This afternoon outdoor event will feature more than 100 dark beers, including imperial stouts, porters, black IPAs, chosen by Stone's "Dr." Bill Sysak.

7, 14, 21, and 28: Stoudt's Oktoberfest, Adamstown, PA

Stoudt's Brewing Company will host its annual Oktoberfest, which will take in the brewery's Gemutlichkeit Bier Garden. The opening weekend will feature German music by Alex Meixner along with beer and German food, Schuhplatter dancers, the Parade of the Pig, and women's and men's Cleevagheevin finals. Oktoberfest will also take place every Sunday afternoon in October with beer, food, music, and dancing.

10-13: Nottingham Robin Hood Beer Festival, Nottingham, England

The Nottingham Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 2012 Nottingham Robin Hood Beer Festival, which will take place on the grounds of Nottingham Castle. Organizers expect to have 1,000 beers, along with ciders (previous editions of this festival have set a world record for most beers); hot and cold food will be available; and entertainers will perform on a Victorian bandstand. Wednesday evening's Preview Session is an advance-ticket-only event. In addition to the beer festival, a Festival Fringe Fortnight will be celebrated at a number of pubs in Nottingham.

11-15: Ale & Food Festival, Kingsdown, England

The Green Man, a public house in KIngsdown, will host an Ale & Food Festival. There will be 25 Real Ales and ciders, along with "real food" featuring fresh meat.

11-13: Ayrshire Real Ale Festival, Troon, Scotland

The 13th annual Ayrshire Real Ale Festival will be held at Troon Concert Hall. The festival, which commemorates the 200th anniversary of the region's first steam train, will feature more than 120 Real Ales and Real Ciders, along with a selection of wine and soft drinks. There will be tutored tasting sessions, as well as live entertainment Friday evening and at both Saturday sessions.

11-13: Croydon & Sutton Beer & Cider Festival, Wallington, England

The Croydon & Sutton Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 19th annual Croydon & Sutton Beer & Cider Festival, which will take place at Wallington Hall. Organizers expect to have around 60 cask ales, all of them brewed within 100 miles of the festival venue; more than 15 UK-produced ciders and perries; and a selection of international bottled beers. Proceeds will be donated to the Charity of the Festival.

11-13: Eastbourne Beer Festival, Eastbourne, England

The Eastbourne Village Council presents the 2012 Eastbourne Beer Festival, which will take place at the Winter Garden. This festival will feature more than 150 Real Ales, along with international bottled beers, ciders, and perries.

11-13: Great American Beer Festival, Denver, CO

The Brewers Association presents the 30th 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 more than 2,400 beers from over 450 breweries from throughout the country. The festivities will also include "farm to table" and "brewer's studio" pavilions, cooking demonstrations, homebrewing demonstrations, an educational program, and appearances by beer writers. The judged competition attracts some 4,000 beers from over 500 breweries, competing for gold, silver, and bronze medals in more than 80 style categories. This event is expected to sell out.

11-13: Oxford Beer Festival, Oxford, England

The Oxford Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 15th annual Oxford Beer Festival, which will take place at Town Hall. Organizers expect to have 160 Real Ales, along with a range of Real Cider and Perry. Hot and cold food will be served at all sessions. This year's festival charity is Sobell House Hospice.

11-13: Warrington Rotary Beer Festival, Warrington, England

The Rotary Club of Warrington presents the16th annual Warrington Rotary Beer Festival, which will take place at Parr Hall in Palmyra Square. This three-day event will feature more than 70 cask beers from across the UK, along with a selection of bottled ales. There will be live music every evening, and hot food will be served. The festival is a fund-raiser for charity.

12-14 and 19-21: Brisbane Oktoberfest, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

The 2012 Brisbane Oktoberfest will be held at the RNA Showgrounds. The event, which organizers describe as "Queensland's biggest and most authentic Oktoberfest," will feature a biergarten, with German beer and food; oom-pah bands; entertainment, including costumed dancers and cowbell ringers; an auto show; competitions; rides; and children's activities.

12-13: Cambridge Oktoberfest, Cambridge, England

The Cambridge & District Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the sixth annual Cambridge Oktoberfest, which will take place at the University Social Club. Organizers expect to have beer from all six breweries represented at Munich's Oktoberfest, along with "a good supporting cast of German beers" and around 30 locally-brewed Real Ales and ciders.

12-13: Crossville Oktoberfest, Crossville, TN

The Crossville Knights of Columbus present the 22nd annual Crossville Oktoberfest, which will take place at the K of C grounds three miles east of town. This two-evening event, which has been rated one of the area's most authentic Oktoberfests, will feature German food and beverages, along with dancing and listening music from German and polka bands.

12: Denver Rare Beer Tasting IV, Denver, CO

All About Beer magazine presents the Denver Rare Beer Tasting IV, which will take place at the Wynkoop Brewery in Denver. This Friday afternoon event will feature rare, exotic, and vintage beers from 32 American craft breweries, with brewers in attendance. A buffet lunch is included in the ticket price, and attendees are invited to take part in a silent auction for breweriana and beer experiences. This event is expected to sell out.

12-13: Diss Corn Hall Beer Festival, Diss, England

Corn Hall will host its fourth annual Beer Festival. The festival, held in association with Buffy's Brewery, will feature more than 30 cask-conditioned Real Ales and ciders, from traditional breweries "near and far." There will also be hot and cold food, live music, a Beerfest Quiz with prizes each day, and free soft drinks for designated drivers.

12-13: Hartlepool Round Table Beer Festival, Headland, England

The Hartlepool Round Table presents the 2012 Hartlepool Round Table Beer Festival, which will take place at Hartlepool Borough Hall in Headland. Organizers expect to have more than 50 Real Ales on tap, along with bottled beer, soft drinks, and wine. There will be live entertainment both days. All proceeds will go to local charities.

12-14: Hickory Oktoberfest, Hickory, NC

The Hickory Downtown Development Association presents the 2012 Hickory Oktoberfest, which will take place downtown. This three-day outdoor event will feature two beer gardens, non-stop entertainment, ranging from polka to rock and roll, on three stages; amusement rides and carnival games; 70 kinds of food; a juried arts and crafts show; children's activities; and merchandise vendors.

12-14: Oktoberfest Tampa, Tampa, FL

Oktoberfest Tampa 2012 will be held at a new venue, Curtis Hixon Park, located on the Hillsborough River. The three-day celebration will feature Gordon Biersch's Marzen-style beer; a keg-tapping ceremony; games; and food, music, and dancing.

12-14: Richmond Beer Festival, Richmond, England

The North West Yorkshire Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the tenth annual Richmond Beer Festival, which will take place at Market Place in Richmond. The festival, to be held in a Victorian market next to Richmond's medieval castle, will feature around 35 Real Ales, ciders, and fruit wines; pub games; and live music.

12-14: Soulard Oktoberfest, St. Louis, MO

The 2012 Soulard Oktoberfest will be held at Third Street and Lafayette Avenue in St. Louis. This Oktoberfest-style celebration will feature a variety of German and American beer, along with spirits and wine; performances by 14 bands; food, including bratwurst, potato salad, and sauerkraut; and appearances by guest celebrities. VIP tickets are available.

12-13: Weymouth Octoberfest, Weymouth, England

The Dorset Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 2012 Weymouth Octoberfest, which will take place at Weymouth Pavilion. This two-day, four-session event will feature more than 70 Real Ales and ciders from the south of England. Food will be available at all sessions, and there will be live entertainment Saturday evening. Last year's festival sold out.

12-13: Woolston Beer Festival, Woolston, England

The third annual Woolston Beer Festival will be held at Pear Tree Church Hall. Organizers expect to have 19 Real Ales, along with ciders and bottled beers. Hot food will be served. There will be live entertainment both evenings.

13: Brewing Up A Cure, Pittsburgh, PA

The Three Rivers Underground Brewers present the sixth annual Brewing Up A Cure, which will take place at new larger venue, the PPG Wintergarten at PPG Place in downtown Pittsburgh. This evening event, which a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, will feature well over 75 different homebrewed beers made by club members, as well as beer from local microbreweries. The festivities will also include food from local eateries, live music, and auction items. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. This event sold out last year.

13: Brews, Brats & Bands, York, PA

York Young Professionals and York Jaycees present the fourth annual Brews, Brats & Bands, which will take place at Sovereign Bank Stadium. This afternoon event will feature more than 30 beers, including Oktoberfest beers from Germany; "Dunk the Brewer" for charity; food, including bratwurst, chicken, and burgers; and a biergarten. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beer and food, are available.

13: Connecticut Tigers Octoberfest and Chili Cook-Off, Norwich, CT

The third annual Connecticut Tigers Octoberfest and Chili Cook-Off will take place at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, the home of the Detroit Tigers' Class A affiliate. This afternoon event will feature craft beer from the Northeast, live music, and chili from local restaurants.

13: Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest, Memphis, TN

The third annual Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest will be held on the parking lot next to Lifelink Memphis. This afternoon event will feature beer from around 15 craft breweries, brewpubs, and homebrew clubs, all located within a day’s drive of Memphis. There will be a Beer Tent Revival, with brewers talking about beer and their craft; food from local restaurants; and Cooper-Young’s own Goner Records providing the music.

13: Flying Saucer Beerfeast, Fort Worth, TX

The Fort Worth location of the Flying Saucer Draught House presents the seventh annual Beerfeast, which will take place at Sundance Square. This afternoon outdoor event will feature 60 beers from more than 40 breweries, selected by Flying Saucer's resident beer gurus, with rare and limited-release beer tappings on the hour. Food trucks will be on hand. VIP tickets, with early admission, food vouchers, and VIP-only access to rare beer, are available. Part of the proceeds will be donated to charity.

13: Fort Wine & Stein, Fort Atkinson, WI

The Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce presents the fourth Annual Fort Wine & Stein, which will this year take place at a new venue, the Koshkonong Mounds Country Club. This afternoon event will feature new and seasonal craft beers from at least a dozen Wisconsin breweries and distributors, along with a variety of premium wines. A variety of hors d'oeuvres will be served.

13-14: The Good Beer Festival, Salisbury, MD

Wicomico Recreation, Parks and Tourism presents the third annual Good Beer Festival, which will take place in Salisbury's Pemberton Historical Park. This two-afternoon event will feature more than 50 beers from around the country along with live entertainment on two music stages, food from local restaurants, free tours of the Pemberton Plantation, craft and merchandise vendors, sports on television in the WBOC Sports Zone, and (new this year) the Hangover 5K race. VIP Meet the Brewers Packages, which include a weekend pass to the festival, are available.

13: Grovetoberfest, Miami, FL

The second annual Grovetoberfest will be held at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove in Miami. This afternoon event will feature an expanded selection of beers (there were 130 last year); "Fan Favorite" voting for best beers; a homebrew pavilion; a Kitchen Lab, with demonstrations from Miami-area chefs; a "Beer 101" Classroom; live entertainment on the Bougainvillea Stage; and food trucks. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available.

13-14: Hampshire's Oktoberfest, Basingstoke, England

Hampshire Museums and Galleries Trust presents the 2012 Hampshire's Oktoberfest, which will take place at the Milestones Museum Festival Site in Basingstoke. Organizers expect to have more than 80 Hampshire beers and ciders, along with a wine bar. The festivities will also include live local bands and other entertainment; 50 food and crafts stands; a Victorian fun fair (extra admission charge); and a variety of family activities including games, an animal farm, buskers, and storytellers.

13: Hunter Mountain Microbrew & Wine Fest, Hunter, NY

The Hunter Mountain Microbrew & Wine Fest returns to the Hunter Mountain Ski Lodge, This indoor, rain-or-shine event will feature microbrews and wines of the Hudson Valley, New York State, and beyond. The Skyride will be operating during the day and the zipline tours will be running. The festivities will also include live entertainment, a farmer's market, specialty foods, and arts and crafts for sale.

13: Lancaster OktoberFest, Lancaster, TX

The seventh annual OktoberFest will be held at the MKT Depot and Rose Garden. The festivities will begin Friday evening with an opening procession and keg-tapping ceremony, a fully catered German dinner, live music, and a wine and beer auction. Saturday's festivities (admission is free) will include an opening parade to the festival site, German food and beer, live music and Alpine dancers, arts and crafts vendors, a pet parade, a petting zoo, and children's activities.

13: Maryland Brewer's Oktoberfest, Timonium, MD

Trigger Agency, LLC, presents the 11th annual Maryland Brewer's Oktoberfest, which will take place at the State Fairgrounds in Timonium. The all-day event will feature more than 80 beers from 15 Maryland breweries; a homebrew competition; food, including German dishes and bratwurst; oom-pah bands and roots music; beer seminars in the tasting theater; and games and contests. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.

13: Nashville Oktoberfest, Nashville, TN

The Church of the Assumption and Monroe Street United Methodist Church will host the 33th annual Nashville Oktoberfest, which will take place in the city's Germantown area. The festival, which is Nashville's oldest cultural event, will feature a large biergarten with German beer and food. The festivities will also include live entertainment on four stages, polka dancing, street performers, arts and crafts, a kid's area, and tours of Germantown's historic churches. Proceeds will go toward the upkeep of the churches and to the needy.

13: Nordeast Big River Brew Fest, Minneapolis, MN

The second annual Nordeast Big River Brew Fest will take place at the historic Grain Belt Bottling House in northeast Minneapolis. This afternoon event, which will be held outdoors to accommodate a larger crowd, will feature more than 200 domestic and imported beers, including locally-brewed craft beers. Food will be available for purchase. All proceeds will go to East Side Neighborhood Services.

13: Rocktoberfest & Rockin' Best Brewfest, Farmington, PA

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort presents its inaugural Rocktoberfest & Rockin' Best Brewfest, which will take place on the resort's airstrip. The Brewfest, to be held Saturday afternoon, will feature local craft-brewed beers. It is part of a weekend-long program of events that include a Friday evening mixology class; chair massages, a sumo wrestling tournament, and games and family activities on Saturday; and live bands on Sunday afternoon.

13: Santa Cruz County Fair Heritage Foundation Brew Fest. Watsonville, CA

The inaugural Santa Cruz County Fair Heritage Foundation Brew Fest will be held at the County Fairgrounds in Watsonville. This afternoon event will feature more than 50 beers, live music by Vent and Jake Nielsen's Triple Threat, and food. The festival is a fund-raiser for the Foundation.

13: Snallygaster, The Monolithic Beer Jamboree, Washington, DC

Snallygaster, The Monolithic Beer Jamboree, will be held at The Yards Park in Washington. This afternoon event, which is named for a legendary beast that terrorize the region a century ago, will feature 100 beers chosen by Greg Engert of the Church Key beer bar; food prepared by local chefs, live music and entertainment, and family fun.

13: Stoudt's Microbrew Festival, Adamstown, PA

Stoudt's Brewing Company, located in Adamstown, hosts its 21st annual Microbrew Festival, which will take place in the BIergarten. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each more than 40 American microbrews; food, including barbecue and vegetarian and German dishes prepared by Chef Jim Carr; and live entertainment. A free shuttle will run between the brewery and select local hotels.

13: Tennessee Beer Festival, Nashville, TN

The third annual Tennessee Beer Festival will be held at the Two Rivers Mansion in Nashville. Recent editions of this afternoon event have featured nearly 100 beers from over 25 breweries, including beer not normally available in the area; live music; educational programs about beer; artisans' booths; the opportunity to tour the grounds of the mansion; and free parking. An after-party will take place at Scoreboard Sports Bar and Grill.

13: UPtoberfest, Escanaba, MI

Bay de Noc Brewers presents the seventh annual UPtoberfest, which will take place behind the Hereford & Hops restaurant and brewpub in Escanaba. This afternoon event, to be held under a tent, will feature local beer and wine, spit-roasted chicken, brewing demonstrations, and free hors d'ouevres by Bobaloon's. All proceeds will benefit The United Way.

13: Wisconsin Dells on Tap, Wisconsin Dells, WI

The 2012 Wisconsin Dells on Tap will be held at the Festival Grounds in Wisconsin Dells. This afternoon event will feature a "full spectrum of beer" (more than 20 Wisconsin breweries were represented last year), and brewery representatives will be in attendance. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. The beer festival is part of the annual Harvest Fest, a two-day celebration with a variety of family activities.

17-20: Milton Keynes "Concrete Pint" Festival, Milton Keynes, England

The Milton Keynes and North Bucks Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale present the 2012 Milton Keynes "Concrete Pint" Festival, which will take place at the Buszy. Organizers expect to have more than 90 Real Ales, ciders, and perries; live music Saturday evening; and hot and cold food at all sessions.

18-28: Detroit Beer Week, Detroit area, MI

Detroit Liquid Culture presents Detroit Beer Week 2012, which will take place at various locations in the Detroit area. Last year's festivities kicked off with a ceremonial keg tapping of "313ale," the official Beer Week beer, at Fountain Bistro, and culminated with the Michigan Brewers Guild Detroit Fall Beer Festival (separately listed on the calendar). Other events will include beer dinners, food and beer pairings, tastings and releases, pub crawls, and tours.

18-21: Gainsborough Beer Festival, Gainsborough, England

The Gainsborough Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the fourth annual Gainsborough Beer Festival, which will take place at The Old Hall, a 15th century medieval manor house. This year's theme is "War of the Roses," with 12 beers from each of Lancashire and Yorkshire, plus six beers from the local Grafters Brewery, and "some returning favorites." There will also be ciders and perries and, for the first time, white and rose wine.

18-22: Hopfest!, Clifton Village, England

The Portcullis, a public house in Clifton Village, will host Hopfest! There will be 25 beers from microbreweries across the country, including exclusive brews from Dawkins Ales. There will be a late license on Friday and Saturday nights.

18: Rocktoberfest, Fort Lauderdale, FL

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Riverwalk Trust present the fifth annual Rocktoberfest, which will take place at Esplanade Park in Fort Lauderdale. This Thursday evening event, which is a benefit for CFF and the Trust, will feature craft beer from 30 vendors, bars, and restaurants; live music from four bands; and food trucks at the festival venue. VIP Experience tickets, with a special selection of cocktails and appetizers, are available.

18-20: Stoke Beer Festival, Stoke, England

The Potteries Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 32nd annual Stoke Beer Festival, which will take place at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex. Recent editions of this festival have featured more than 250 beers along with ciders, perries, and wines; food; and live entertainment at most sessions.

18-20: Twickenham Beer & Cider Festival, Twickenham, England

The Richmond and Hounslow Branch of the Campaign For Real Ale presents the 12th Twickenham Beer & Cider Festival, which will take place in the Hyde Room at York House. Organizers expect to have around 70 cask beers, many from local micros, along with 25 ciders and perries. Food will be available at all sessions.

19-28: Baltimore Beer Week, Baltimore, MD

The fourth annual Baltimore Beer Week will take place at various locations in around Baltimore. "Celebrating All Things Beer in the Land of Pleasant Living" will begin with the Opening Tap, using the fabled "Star Spangled Banger", at Power Plant Live. More than 300 events are scheduled, including beer dinners, beer and food pairings, tastings, educational programs, special releases, and live entertainment.

19-20: Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival, Destin, FL

The fifth annual Baytowne Beer Festival will be held at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin. Organizers describe this event as the "Best Beer Fest on the Emerald Coast." Friday evening's session, at the Marlin Grill, will feature beer from the Southeast, barbecue and other food, and an appearance by author and beer expert John Holl. Saturday afternoon's session will be a craft beer tasting, with more than 200 domestic and international beers, including not-yet-released beers, from 40 craft breweries. Brewery representatives will be in attendance, and there will be live music all day. Festival and lodging packages are available.

19: Beervana Fest, Cranston, RI

The 2012 Beervana Fest will be held at historic Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston. This evening event will feature more than 150 world-class beers; food; and educational seminars led by Garrett Oliver from Brooklyn Brewery and Dann & Martha Paquette from Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold to this event.

19-20: Beverley Real Ale Festival, Beverley, England

The 2012 Beverley Real Ale Festival will be held at the historic St Marys Church in Beverly. This family-friendly event will feature some of the country's finest Real Ales and ciders, along with live entertainment and a hog roast. Admission is free on Saturday. The festival is a fund-raiser for the church.

19-20: Bisbee 1000 Craft Beer Festival, Bisbee, AZ

The 2012 Bisbee 1000 Craft Beer Festival will be held at the Copper Queen Plaza/ Convention Center. This two-day event, which is part of the festivities surrounding the Bisbee 1000 Stair Climb competition, will feature a variety of craft beers, with brewers in attendance; live music; and contests and prizes. Part of the proceeds will go to Verhelst Recovery House and the Bisbee Foundation.

19-21 and 26-28: Cape Coral Oktoberfest, Cape Coral, FL

The German American Social Club of Cape Coral Florida presents the 37th annual Cape Coral Oktoberfest, which will take place on the club's grounds. This two-weekend event, to be held under a huge tent, will feature hundreds of kegs of German and domestic beer, along with German wines and spirits; a large beer garden; seven bands performing on three stages; two dance floors; homemade German food, including sit-down dinners; a children's carnival area; and craft and merchandise vendors.

19-27: Cleveland Beer Week, Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, OH

The fourth annual Cleveland Beer Week, a nine-day celebration of craft beer, will take place at hundreds of bars, restaurants, and retailers throughout Cuyahoga County. Beer Week will begin with Collaboration Crawls" in five neighborhoods, and will conclude with "Brewzilla: A Monster of a Beer Tasting" (listed separately on the calendar. Other events will include a homebrew competition; "Ales on Rails" on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad; beer and food pairings, demonstrations, leisure activities, educational programs, and tastings.

19-20: St. Pete Oktoberfest, St. Petersburg, FL

The third annual St. Pete Oktoberfest will be held in the Grand Central District, just west of downtown St. Petersburg. This event, which has been expanded to two days is described as "the only street festival of its kind in St. Petersburg." It will feature beer from a variety of breweries (there were 20 last year), along with a selection of wines; live musical performances; and food and merchandise vendors.

19-21: Sheffield Cathedral Beer Festival, Sheffield, England

Sheffield Cathedral will host its inaugural Beer Festival in a large marquee located on the forecourt. This three-day, five-session event will feature more than 40 beers, perries, and ciders, with an emphasis on beers brewed in Yorkshire. There will also be live music on a stage within the marquee, locally-sourced food, and children's entertainment and activities. Proceeds will support the Cathedral's vision for the net two years.

19-20: Worthing Beer Festival, Worthing, England

The Arun & Adur Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 16th annual Worthing Beer Festival, which returns to St Pauls Centre. Organizers expect to have more than 70 Real Ales and Ciders from small independent breweries, along with ciders and perries. The featured region at this year's festival is London, Essex, and Buckinghamshire. Hot and cold food will be available, there will be a charity auction Friday evening, and live entertainment is scheduled for Saturday evening.

20: Annie Bailey's Irish Pub First Annual Firkin Fest, Lancaster, PA

Annie Bailey's Irish Pub, a Victorian-style pub in Lancaster, will host its inaugural Firkin Fest. This afternoon event will feature beer from nine breweries, including the Lancaster Brewing Company, with brewery representatives on hand; grilled food prepared by Chef Tyler; and live music from Dennis McCaughy.

20-28: Austin Beer Week, Austin, TX

The third annual Austin Beer Week will take place at more than 40 bars, brewpubs, restaurants, markets, and outdoor venues throughout Austin and the Hill Country. Events at this ten-day celebration will include beer dinners, food pairings, special tastings, daily tappings, happy hour deals, beer education, and movies.

20: Blues & Brews Festival, Adrian, MI

The inaugural Blues & Brews Festival will be held at Adrian's Downtown Farmer's Market. This afternoon/evening festival, to be held under a tent, will feature beer from more than 30 breweries, most from Michigan; local wines; three live rhythm and blues acts; and the Michigan-Michigan State football game on television. In addition to the festival itself, there will be food and beverage pairings ($10 a ticket) at the JoAnne Steele Carriage House.

20: California Beer & Wine Festival, Yuba City, CA

The 2012 California Beer & Wine Festival will be held in downtown Yuba City. This afternoon event will feature California beer and wine (there were about 40 beers from 15 breweries at recent editions of the festival), live entertainment, and vendors selling food and merchandise. There is no admission charge for the street fair itself.

20: Clean Water Fest, Irvine, CA

Orange County Coastkeeper presents the Clean Water Fest, which will take place at the Anthill Pub & Grille on the campus of the University of California-Irvine. This afternoon event, which celebrates the 40th anniversary of the federal Clean Water Act, will feature beer from regional microbreweries; appearances by Orange County environmental advocates, philanthropists, and business leaders; live music; food, including an outdoor barbecue; and raffles and giveaways. This event is a fund-raiser for Coastkeeper's water-conservation efforts.

20: Das Best Oktoberfest, National Harbor, MD

Trigger Agency, LLC, presents the New York edition of Das Best Oktoberfest, which will take place at la Venue in Manhattan. This two-day event will feature a beer hall atmosphere with more than 150 craft beers from around the world, along with a selection of wine and schnapps; stands selling bratwurst and other German-style food; oom-pah and polka bands; a variety of breweriana; and an outdoor cigar area.

20: Das Best Oktoberfest, New York, NY

Trigger Agency presents the New York City edition of Das Best Oktoberfest, which will take place at la. venue in Manhattan. This event will consist of afternoon and evening sessions in a beer hall atmosphere with more than 150 beers, along with wines and schnapps from around the world; several bratwurst stands and other German-style food; and oom-pah and polka bands. This event is expected to sell out.

20: Decatur Craft Beer Festival, Decatur, GA

The 2012 Decatur Craft Beer Festival will be held on the square in downtown Decatur. This afternoon event, which is sponsored by area distributors and Decatur's restaurants and pubs, will feature more than 100 local, national and imported beers; live music on the Community Bandstand; and food from local restaurants. No tickets will be sold at the gate.

20: Downtown Brew Festival, Las Vegas, NV

Motley Brews presents the 2012 Downtown Brew Festival, which will take place at the Clark County Amphitheater in Las Vegas. This afternoon event will feature more than 150 local and regional craft beers from over 40 breweries. Tribal Seeds and Kava Kreation are scheduled to perform, and there will be food from local restaurants and providers. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. Part of the proceeds will go to the boys and Girls Clubs of Las Vegas.

20: Exeter Powderkeg Beer and Chili Fest, Exeter, NH

Exeter Parks and Recreation, the Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce, and The Provident Bank present the inaugural Exeter Powderkeg Beer and Chili Fest, which will be held at Swasey Parkway. This afternoon event, which will take place alongside the 14th Annual Fall Festival, will beer from breweries from throughout the region; food, including chili from local restaurants; live music; and voting for favorite chili.

20: Hollywood On Tap, Hollywood, CA

The Blank Theatre, a non-profit arts organization, presents Hollywood On Tap, which will take place at Paramount Studios' "Streets of New York" backlot in Hollywood. This afternoon event, which is a fund-raiser for the Theater, will feature beer from more than 40 breweries, live entertainment on two stages, and ten food trucks. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. 

20: Laredo Oktoberfest, Laredo, TX

Border Beer Fest presents the inaugural Laredo Oktoberfest. This event, which celebrates "German culture with a Latin twist," will feature a large selection of beer and wine to sample, the appearance of major breweries, a home brewing contest and demonstration, food pairing workshops, a major lineup of entertainment.

20: Lighthouse Beer Festival, Wilmington, NC

Lighthouse Beer & Wine presents the 11th annual Lighthouse Beer Festival, which will take place at the festival grounds at 3400 Randall Parkway in Wilmington. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 90 breweries from around the world. Food vendors will be onsite, there will be live music, and free shuttle service will be available to the greater Wilmington area after the festival. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available. Part of the festival proceeds will benefit The Carousel Center.

20: Newtown Original Brewfest, Newtown, PA

The seventh annual Newtown Original Brewfest will be held at a new venue, the Newtown Athletic Club. This indoor-outdoor afternoon event will feature a variety of craft-brewed beers (there were as many as 175 at past editions of this festival), live music on two stages, and food. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available. Proceeds will be used to promote Newtown marketing and economic development.

20-21: Northern Virginia Brewfest, Centreville, VA

The sixth annual Northern Virginia Brewfest will be held at the Special Events Center at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville. This two-day event will feature beer from more than 40 domestic and breweries, food and crafts vendors, and music by local and regional bands.

20: Salem Harvest Fest, Salem, MA

Pamplemousse presents the sixth annual Salem Harvest Fest, which will take place at the Knight of Columbus. The festival, which is part of Salem's Haunted Happenings festivities, consists of afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with beer from around 20 New England breweries, along with mead and wine. The festivities will also include live music, complimentary appetizers, and an interactive photo booth.

20: Santa Barbara Beer Festival, Santa Barbara, CA

The 2012 Santa Barbara Beer Festival will be held at Elings Park, a venue with a view of both the city and the Pacific Ocean. This afternoon event will feature beer from a variety of California breweries (more than 30 were represented at recent editions of this festival). Food will be served, and live bands will perform. Proceeds will go to Elings Park and the Santa Barbara Rugby Association.

20: Umpqua Beer Fest, Roseburg, OR

Umpqua Watersheds presents "It's All About the Water," the third annual Umpqua Brew Fest, which will take place at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Roseburg. There will be dozens of craft beers from Pacific Northwest and beyond, along with a selection of wines; live music; beer-friendly food; a homebrewing competition, and information about the Umpqua River system and its importance.

20-21: Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival, Virginia Beach, VA

The 2012 Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival will be held at 24th Street Park. Last year's edition of this two-afternoon outdoor event featured more than 50 beers from over 25 craft breweries, along with live music.

21: Brews & Bites, Milwaukee, WI

The Beer Barons of Milwaukee Cooperative presents the inaugural Brews & Bites, which will take place at Discovery World on Milwaukee's lakefront. This evening event will bring together local craft beer and specially-paired beer samples prepared by Milwaukee brewmasters and chefs. Attendees are invited to vote for their favorite beer, small plate, and pairing. Proceeds will go to Discovery World and The Midwest Professional Brewers Scholarship Fund.

21: Delaware Wine and Beer Festival, Dover, DE

Kent County Tourism presents the third annual Delaware Wine and Beer Festival, which will take place at a new venue, the Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village in the heart of Dover. This afternoon event will feature the products of more than a dozen local breweries and wineries, along with food provided by several restaurants. The festivities will also include live music, keg-tossing and corn toss competitions, and beer and wine education.

24-25: Fed Square Microbreweries Showcase, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Federation Square presents the 2012 Microbreweries Showcase, which will take place at the Atrium. This two-evening event will feature around 20 craft-brewed beers from Melbourne and regional Victoria, and voting for the People's Choice Award.

25-27: Birmingham Beer Festival, Birmingham, England

The Birmingham Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 2012 Birmingham Beer Festival, which will take place at the Second City Suite. Organizers expect to have more than 220 beers, plus over 60 ciders and perries along with a foreign beer bar. An expanded selection of food vendors will be at the festival, and there will be live entertainment each day as well as a quiet area downstairs.

25-27: Booze on the Ouse, St Ives, England

The Huntingdonshire Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 39th "Booze on the Ouse" Beer Festival. This event, also known as the St Ives Beer Festival, will take place at Burgess Hall, St Ivo Centre, in St Ives. Organizers expect to offer at least 55 Real Ales over the duration of the festival, along with ciders and foreign bottled beers. Food will be available, and there will be a CAMRA stand and an "Every One's A Winner" tombola.

25-28: Mini Mansfield Beer & Cider Festival, Mansfield, England

The Mansfield & Ashfield Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 2012 Mini Mansfield Beer & Cider Festival, which will take place at The Rufford Arms. Organizers expect to have around 30 beers and ciders, along with entertainment on Saturday evening. Admission is free.

25-27: Oktober Bierfest, Chorley, England

The Rotary Club of Chorley Astley presents the third annual Oktober Bierfest, which will take place at Territorial Army Drill Hall in Chorley. Organizers expect to have 60 Real Ales, along with lagers and ciders; and food will be available at all sessions. Proceeds will go to Rotary-supported charities.

25-27: Sandgrounder Beer Festival, Southport, England

The Southport and West Lancaster Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 13th annual Sandgrounder Beer Festival, which will take place at a new venue, St John's Hall in Southport. Organizers expect to have around 50 beers, along with ciders, perries, and fruit wines.

25-27: SIBA Great Northern Beer Festival, Manchester, England

The Society of Independent Brewers and the Greater Manchester Branches of the Campaign for Real Ale present the 2012 SIBA Great Northern Beer Festival, which will take place at a new venue, the Mercure Hotel in Manchester. More than 250 cask ales and 100 bottled beers, all from the North, will be available.

25-27: Swindon Beer Festival, Swindon, England

The Swindon Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 26th Swindon Beer Festival, which will take place at the STEAM Museum. Recent editions of this three-day, four-session festival have featured more than 100 Real Ales, including a section for local beers, along with ciders and perries, as well as food and live music.

25: Zoo Brew, Milwaukee, WI

The Milwaukee Zoological Society will host Zoo Brew, which will take place at the U.S. Bank Gathering Place, Peck Welcome Center, and Florence Mila Borchert Big Cat Country. This Thursday evening event will feature beer from 25 breweries and providers, food from area restaurants and caterers, an opportunity to meet with beer experts, and animal sightings in Big Cat Country.

26-27: Chester Beer Festival, Chester, England

The Chester Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 2012 Chester Beer Festival, which will take place at the Guildhall, a Grade II historic building in Chester. Organizers expect to have more than 50 ales, ciders, and perries. The festivities will also include live music; food at all sessions; and pub games, including a full-size skittles alley.

26-27: Crosstoberfest Idaho, Hailey, ID

The eighth annual Crosstoberfest Idaho will be held at Old Cutters Park in Hailey. This two-day event, which promotes the cyclocross revolution in the Wood River Valley, will feature more than 90 domestic and imported beers, including seasonal and specialty beers; Bavarian-style food; live music, a DJ, and outdoor entertainment; cyclocross racing in the men's, women's, and youth divisions; and prize drawings.

26-27: Detroit Fall Beer Festival, Detroit, MI

The Michigan Brewers Guild presents the fourth annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival, which will take place at Detroit's Eastern Market, one of America's oldest farm markets. This event, which has been expanded to two days, will feature more than 300 beers from over 50 Michigan microbreweries and brewpubs. Local bands will perform, and food from area restaurants will be available.

26-27: Firkinfest IV, Grayshott, England

Firkinfest IV will be held at Grayshott Village Hall. This two-day, three-session event will feature 18 ales, along with eight ciders and a selection of wines and soft drinks. There will be barbecue from The Smoke Shack; and the entertainment lineup includes Joe Jammer Friday evening, Binkie's Dixie Demons Saturday afternoon, and UK Bee Gees and Abba Illusion Saturday evening. Single-session and all-session tickets are available.

26-27: Harrison Beer Festival and Oktoberfest Dance, Harrison Hot Springs, BC, Canada

The inaugural Harrison Beer Festival & Oktoberfest Dance will be held at St. Alice Hall at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa. This event, which organizers describe as the first of its kind in the Upper Fraser Valley, will consist of a Friday evening Cask Night, with a British-pub theme; a Saturday afternoon tasting session with 15 breweries from around the province; and a Saturday evening Oktoberfest Dance. Food will be available at all events.

26-28: Oktoberfest Colonia Tovar, Colonia Tovar, Venezuela

Colonia Tovar, a Venezuelan town settled by Germans more than 150 years ago, will celebrate Oktoberfest This event, which dates back to 1978, is an authentic Bavarian-style celebration. The festivities, held under a large beer tent, will include local beer, traditional German entertainment with costumed performers, German food, and games and competitions. The festival website is entirely in Spanish.

26-28: PINT Bokbierfestival, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

PINT, the Dutch beer aficionados' organization, presents the 35th annual PINT Bokbierfestival, which will take place at Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. This event, which is the Netherlands' largest beer festival, will feature more than 50 varieties of bokbier, a style similar to German doppelbock, along with live music. The festival website is entirely in Dutch.

27: Annapolis Craft Beer & Music Festival, Annapolis, MD

The inaugural Annapolis Craft Beer & Music Festival will be held at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium. This afternoon event will feature craft beer from 20 regional and national craft breweries; live music under two Music Pavilion tents; food, including crab cakes, oysters, and barbecue; and gift items on sale at The Shops Village.

27-28: Australian Beer Festival, Sydney, NSW, Australia

The Australian Heritage Hotel in Sydney will host the seventh Annual Australian Beer Festival. Recent editions of this festival featured more than 100 Australian beers, along with an increased number of ciders; live entertainment, meet-the-brewer sessions, a barbecue stall and gourmet pizzas, and the homebrew championship winners.

27: Brenner's On The Bayou Fall Beer Festival, Houston TX

Brenner's Steakhouse on the Bayou, a restaurant in Houston, will host its 2012 Fall Beer Festival. This late-afternoon outdoor event will feature more than 40 Texas craft beers, paired with dishes prepared by a number of local chefs. There will also be a homebrew demonstration and live entertainment by Molly & the Ringwalds. VIP tickets, with a special selection of beers from Houston's St. Arnold Brewery, are available.

27: Brew-Ha-Ha Craft Beer Festival, Naples, FL

The 2012 Brew-Ha-Ha Craft Beer Festival will take place at Mercato in Naples. This afternoon event will feature more than 30 craft beers, live music by the Wholetones, and food from a number of local restaurants. The festival is a benefit for Africa 6000.

27: Brewza Palooza, Danville, PA

The Montour Area Recreation Commission presents the inaugural Brewza Palooza, which will take place in the ballroom of the Borough Building. This evening event will feature beer from more than a dozen Pennsylvania breweries, live entertainment, and complimentary food from local restaurants. Proceeds will go to the Montour Area Recreation Commission and other local non-profits.

27: Brewzilla: A Monster of a Beer Tasting, Cleveland, OH

Brewzilla: A Monster of a Beer Tasting will be held at the Galleria at Erieview in Cleveland. This evening event, which is the flagship event of Cleveland Beer Week, will feature beer from more than 80 breweries, including a special "Ohio Brewery" area with local beers; and complimentary appetizers provided by the Winking Lizard Tavern. Brewer's Circle tickets, with an exclusive selection of beer and food, are available. All proceeds will benefit the Malone Scholarship Fund.

27: Flying Saucer Beerfeast, Sugar Land, TX

The Sugar Land location of the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium will host its inaugural Beerfeast. This outdoor afternoon event will feature 60 beers from more than 40 breweries, selected by Flying Saucer's resident beer gurus, with rare and limited-release tappings on the hour. Food trucks will be on hand. VIP tickets, with early admission, VIP-only access to rare beers, and food vouchers, are available.

27: Hoptoberfest, San Clemente, CA

Pizza Port's San Clemente location will host Hoptoberfest 2012. This all-day celebration, to take place on the rooftop, will feature around 40 wet-hop beers, India pale ales, Imperial IPAs, and maybe a strong pale ale or two.

27: Inman Park Beer Chase, Atlanta, GA

The 2012 Inman Park Beer Chase will be held on Elizabeth Street, between North Highland Avenue and Lake Avenue, in Atlanta. This afternoon event, which is part of Atlanta Beer Week, will be preceded by a 5-K run. More than 100 craft-brewed beers, including some "witches' brews," will be available, along with food from neighborhood bars and restaurants. Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes. The festival is a fund-raiser for the Inman Park Security Patrol.

27: Lake Geneva Beer & Spirits, Lake Geneva, WI

At The Lake magazine presents Lake Geneva Beer & Spirits, which will take place at a new venue, the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa. This afternoon event will feature beer from two dozen Midwestern microbreweries, along with liquor to sample; food tasting; live entertainment; and a raffle, the proceeds of which will benefit the Water Safety Patrol.

27: Tennessee Cigar and Brew Fest, Jackson, TN

Fredcat Productions presents the fourth annual Tennessee Cigar and Brew Fest, which will take place in the pavilion on the Jackson Fairgrounds. This afternoon event will feature beer from around 30 breweries; a homebrewing stand, with beers to sample; food; and cigars, with live rolling by Guillermo "Willy" Carrazana.

27: Treasure Coast Beer Fest, Fort Pierce, FL

BeerWorks Charitable Foundation presents the 2012 Treasure Coast Beer Fest, which will take place at Fort Pierce City Hall. This afternoon event will feature more than 150 craft beers, along with food from local restaurants. Proceeds will be donated to several charities.

29-30: Australian Beer Festival, Sydney, NSW, Australia

The Australian Heritage Hotel in Sydney will host the seventh Annual Australian Beer Festival. Organizers expect to have more than 100 beers from two dozen Australian breweries. The festivities will also include live entertainment, a beer education program, meet-the-brewer sessions, voting for "People's Choice" awards.

29-November 3: Norwich Beer Festival, Norwich, England

The Norwich & Norfolk Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 35th annual Norwich Beer Festival, which will take place at St. Andrew's and Blackfriars' Halls. More than 200 cask-conditioned Real Ales from Britain's independent brewers will be available, along with draft and bottled beers from continental Europe. The festivities will also include live music and voting for "Beer of the Festival."

31-November 5: Halloween Beer Festival, Clifton, England

The Victoria, a public house in Clifton, will host the fourth annual Halloween Beer Festival. This spookily-themed event will feature more than 20 Real Ales and ciders, along with Paul's chili made from his "special stuff."