The 2017 California Craft Beer Summit will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center. This is a two-day trade show and educational and networking event. Speakers include many of the leading figures in California’s craft-brewing community. There will also be culinary demonstrations; tastings, hosted by regional craft beer guilds; a homebrewing demonstration; and interactive hands-on displays.
9: California Craft Beer Summit Beer Festival, Sacramento, CA
The 2017 California Craft Beer Summit will be held on the Capitol Mall in Sacramento. This afternoon event, which organizers describe as the West Coast’s largest beer festival, closes the California Craft Beer Summit. It will feature more than 450 beers from over 160 California craft breweries. There will also be live music, and food vendors will be in attendance. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available.
9: Gold Beach Brew & Art Festival, Gold Beach, OR
The tenth annual Gold Beach Brew & Art Festival will be held at the Event Center on the Beach. This all-day event will feature beer and cider from more than a dozen breweries from the Northwest, along with a selection of hard ciders and wines. There will also be live music on two stages, a classic car show, food from local restaurants, and craft items and artwork for purchase.
9: Pints in the Square, Newtown Square, PA
Newtown Square Neighbors presents the second annual Pints in the Square Craft Brew Fest and 5-K, which will take place at the Ellis Preserve in Newtown Square. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 30 local and regional breweries. There will also be live music, and food will be available for purchase. The 5-K run, open to all ages, will be held before the festival itself.
14-17: Mt. Angel Oktoberfest, Mt. Angel, OR
The 52nd annual Mt. Angel Oktoberfest will be held in the village of Mt. Angel, a community settled by German pioneers. The four-day celebration, described as "Oregon's largest folk festival," will feature a traditional Biergarten along with a Weingarten and an Alpinegarten. There will also be continuous live music on four stages, with more than 30 acts; over 50 Alpine food chalets, serving a variety of ethnic foods; street dancing on Friday and Saturday night; a free Kindergarten with rides and shows; and arts and crafts and "Cruz-n-Car" shows.
15-17: Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, Cincinnati, OH
The 41st annual Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, America's largest event of its kind, will be held in downtown Cincinnati. In addition to German beer, food, and music, there will be a ceremonial keg tapping and parade; the Gemutlichkeit Games and the Running of the Wieners; and offbeat family events, headlined by the world's largest Chicken Dance and the world’s largest kazoo band led by a celebrity Grand Marshal. Admission is free.
16: GnawBrew Beer Art and Music Festival, Nashville, IN
The eighth annual GnawBrew Beer Art and Music Festival will be held at eXplore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat. Saturday’s all-day outdoor event will feature commercially- and and home-brewed beer from Indiana, along with local wines. Brewery representatives will be in attendance. Indiana musicians will perform, local artists will exhibit their works; there will also be a homebrew competition, a bottle exchange, games, and activities. Hiking, fishing, and primitive tent camping are available at the festival site. A VIP session will be held on Friday evening; ticket holders for this session will be given first choice of campsites as well as early admission to Saturday’s event.
16-October 3: Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany
The 184th 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?
18: Stone 21st Anniversary Brewers Reception, San Marcos, CA
Stone Brewing Company presents the 21st Anniversary Brewers Reception, which will be held at Cal State University-San Marcos. This Friday evening event, which takes place the evening before the Stone Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival itself, will feature more than 40 beers. The price of admission includes complimentary gourmet food from Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens. There will also be live music and a cigar lounge. All proceeds will go to charity.
19: Stone 21st Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival, San Marcos, CA
Stone Brewing Company presents the Stone 21st Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival, which will take place on the campus of Cal State University-San Marcos. This event is the brewery’s biggest charity fund-raiser of the year. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with more than 100 beers from over 50 guest breweries. There will also be live music, food for purchase, and a cigar lounge. "All-Access" passes, with admission to both sessions, a special selection of beers, and complimentary gourmet food, are available.
22-24: Fremont Oktoberfest, Seattle, WA
The 2017 Fremont Oktoberfest will be held at Phinney Avenue North and North 35th Street in Seattle’s Fremont Neighborhood. Organizers describe this three-day non-traditional event as Washington’s largest beer festival. It will feature more than 80 craft beers, most of them from the Pacific Northwest. There will also be live music on the main stage; food for purchase; and activities, including Dogtoberfest, chainsaw pumpkin carving, games, and contests. Fremont Oktoberfest is a fund-raiser for the local Chamber of Commerce.
23: Beer Meets Wood, Portland, ME
BeerAdvocate.com presents the 2017 edition of Beer Meets Wood, which will take place at the Portland Company Complex. This event is sponsored by Allagash Brewing Company. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with more than 200 wood-aged beers from over 50 breweries. Brewery representatives will be on hand, and food will be available for purchase.