September 11-November 2: Helen Oktoberfest, Helen, GA
The Greater Helen Chamber of Commerce presents the 44th 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 September 11-14 and daily from September 18 through November 2. The festival venue is the Helen Festhalle, with bands from the United States and Europe, German beer and food, and dancing.
September 12-2 (weekends): Alpine Village Oktoberfest, Torrance, CA
Alpine Village, in Torrance, will host the 47th annual Oktoberfest. The celebration, which has been described as "Southern California's oldest and largest Oktoberfest-style celebration," will take place on Friday and Saturday (and some Sundays) under a massive tent. There will be German beer and food, along with oom-pah bands from Germany. Sundays are family days with kiddie jumpers, sweet treats, and games.
October 29-1: Birmingham Beer & Cider Festival*, Birmingham, England
The Birmingham Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 2014 Birmingham Beer & Cider Festival, which will take place in expanded quarters at The New Bingley Hall. This four-day event will feature more than 300 Real Ales, including many festival specials, along with 100 ciders and perries and a large selection of foreign beers. There will also be a live entertainment, in an area separate from the main beer hall; a wide range of food vendors; and a games area with darts and long-alley skittles.
October 29-1: Steel City Beer & Cider Festival, Sheffield, England
The Sheffield Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 40th annual Steel City Beer & Cider Festival, which will take place at a new venue, the Kelham Island Industrial Museum. This four-day event will feature around 150 Real Ales. There will also be live music, food for purchase, pub games, and merchandise stalls.
1: Bluffton International and Craft Beer Festival, Bluffton, SC
Bear Foot Sports Festivals presents the fourth annual Bluffton International and Craft Beer Festival, which will take place at The Calhoun Street Promenade in downtown Bluffton. This afternoon event will feature more than 150 beers from over 60 domestic and foreign breweries. There will also be live music, a food court, and a vendor village. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Palmetto Animal League.
1: JCI Wisconsin Brew Bash, Appleton, WI
The 2014 JCI Wisconsin Brew Bash will be held at the Darboy Club in Appleton. This evening event will feature a variety of local, Wisconsin, and national craft beers. There will also be a prize drawing. Festival-goers are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items to the annual St. Joseph’s Food Program. The festival is a fund-raiser for a number of JCI charities.
1: Rio de Cerveza Brew Fest, Yuma, AZ
The Yuma Visitors Bureau will host the second annual Rio de Cerveza Brew Fest, which will take place at Desert Sun Stadium in Yuma. This event will feature a wide variety of craft beers from the Southwest. There will also be performances from local bands, and food vendors will also be on hand. VIP tickets, with early admission and complimentary food, are available. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Yuma Community Foundation’s Veterans Fund.
7-8: McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer Festival, Springfield, OR
The third annual McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer Festival will be held at the Willamalane Event Center in Springfield. This two-day event will feature beer and cider from more than 60 craft breweries and ciders. There will also be live entertainment, food for purchase from local restaurants, and a vendors' marketplace. The festival is a benefit for Bags of Love.
8: Lowcountry Hoedown, Charleston, SC
Gusto Group LLC presents the third annual Lowcountry Hoedown, which will take place at the Charleston Visitor Center Bus Shed. This evening event will feature beer from Charleston's Holy City Brewery; bourbon and moonshine from 30 distilleries; Southern food, including barbecue; and bluegrass music and dancing.
14: SBN's Local Craft Brewfest, Boston, MA
The Sustainable Business Network's fifth annual Local Craft Brewfest will be held at the Moakley U.S. Courthouse at Fort Point on Boston's waterfront. This evening event will feature more than 80 selections, including the products of breweries, meaderies, cideries, and food producers. Brewers will be in attendance, and there will be live music and entertainment. The Brewfest is affiliated with and is a major fundraiser for the Boston Local Food Festival.
15: Attack of the Big Beers, Charlotte, NC
The inaugural Attack of the Big Beers, Charlotte's High Gravity Beer Festival, will be held at NODA. There will be afternoon and evening sessions, each with a selection of more than 100 high-gravity beers, with an emphasis on Belgian- and North Carolina-brewed beers. Professional brewers will compete for the Brewzilla Cup; and every 45 minutes, a mobile infuser will partner with participating brewers. There will be live entertainment, including a DJ, aerial acrobatics, yoga, and hooping.
21-December 23: Denver Christkindl Market, Denver, CO
The German Cultural Foundation of the Rocky Mountains and the German American Chamber of Commerce–Colorado Chapter present the 13th annual Denver Christkindl Market. It will take place downtown at Skyline Park. This centuries-old traditional Christmas market will feature vendors selling high-quality gift items; German-style beer and warm Glühwein; food, including bratwurst, potato pancakes, goulash and apple strudel; and entertainment, featuring community and high school groups singers and performers.
21-22: Grand Tasting at Vancouver's Hopscotch Festival, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Foodconnect.com presents the 18th annual Vancouver's Hopscotch Festival. The festival's headline event, the two-day Grand Tasting, will be held at the PNE Forum. It will feature more than 400 products from over 125 exhibitors, including beer, wine, and spirits, along with food samples and full dinners from local restaurants. Satellite events will be held at venues in and around Vancouver during the week; in past years, they have included special tastings, brewery tours, and beer and whiskey dinners.
22: Great Brews Classic Beer Festival, Lake Harmony, PA
The Split Rock Resort and Golf Club, in Lake Harmony, will host the 24th annual Great Brews Classic Beer Festival. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with a variety of domestic craft beers (there were 30 in recent years), along with an educational program, live music, contests and prizes, and food and craft vendors. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.