November 2015 Events

September 10-November 2: Helen Oktoberfest, Helen, GA

The Greater Helen Chamber of Commerce presents the 45th annual Helen Oktoberfest, which will take place in Alpine Helen, a Bavarian-style mountain village. Called "America's longest-running Oktoberfest" by organizers, it will take place the weekend of September 10-13 and daily from September 17 through November 1. The festival venue is the Helen Festhalle, with bands from the United States and Europe, German beer and food, and dancing.

October 23-1: Austin Beer Week, Austin, TX

The tenth annual Ohio Beer Week will be celebrated at breweries, bars, restaurants, and other venues in and around Athens. More than 50 Ohio craft breweries, pouring over 200 beers, will be represented at this nine-day celebration, and brewers will be in attendance. This year’s keynote speaker is Patrick Conway, founder of the Great Lakes Brewing Company. There will be dozens of daily events such as beer dinners and brunches, educational programs, tap takeovers, releases and special tastings.

October 30-1: Knaphill Beer Festival, Knaphill, England

The Royal Oak, a 16th-century village pub, will host the inaugural Knaphill Beer Festival. This three-day event will feature 16 Real Ales, along with up to eight Real Ciders. There will be live music and food from the pub’s menu, and the Rugby World Cup final will be shown on Saturday.

1-7: Portland Beer Week, Portland, ME

The fourth annual Portland Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Portland. The celebration kicks off with the “Night of the Living Beers” the evening before Beer Week itself. There will be many other events, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks.

5-7: Carlisle Beer Festival, Carlisle, England

The Solway Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 25th annual Carlisle Beer Festival, which will take place in the ballroom of the Hallmark Hotel. This three-day event will feature more than 50 cask-conditioned ales and ciders, including a collaborative festival beer.

5-7: Great Welsh Beer & Cider Fest, Cardiff, Wales

The 2015 Great Welsh Beer & Cider Fest will be held at a new venue, The Depot in Cardiff. This three-day event will feature more than 120 Real Ales, along with 60 ciders and perries, from Wales and the rest of the UK. Street food will be available for purchase.

6: Autos and Ales, Hershey, PA

The AACA Museum, in Hershey, will host the the sixth annual Autos and Ales. This evening event, to be held among the museum's antique cars, trucks, and motorcycles, will feature beer from more than 25 breweries, many of them from the region, along with beer from the local homebrewers’ club. There will also be live music and other entertainment, food and merchandise vendors, a cigar tent, and cash and prize raffles.

6-15: San Diego Beer Week, San Diego, CA

The seventh annual San Diego Beer Week will take place at various locations breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in San Diego County. The headline event of this ten-day celebration is the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival. There will be more than 500 other events, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks.

6-7: San Diego Brewers Guild Festival, San Diego, CA

The 13th annual San Diego Brewers Guild Festival will take place at The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier. This two-day event, presented by the Guild, will feature beer from more than 50 San Diego breweries. There will also be live entertainment, along with food for purchase from restaurants and food trucks. VIP tickets, with early admission, a special selection of beers, and complimentary food, are available for Friday evening’s session; and VIP tickets, with early admission, are available for Saturday afternoon’s session.

6-7: Woking Beer Festival, Woking, England

The Surrey/Hants Borders Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 22nd annual Woking Beer Festival, which will take place at the Woking Leisure Centre. This two-day, three-session event will feature more than 70 Real Ales, along with a selection of ciders and imported beers. There will be live music on the Wurlitzer organ, and food will be available for purchase.

7: All Colorado Beer Festival, Colorado Springs, CO

The 2015 All Colorado Beer Festival will be held at the Mortgage Solutions Financial Expo Center in Colorado Springs. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, with an expanded selection of beer (more than 70 Colorado breweries were represented last year). There will also be a judged All-Colorado Beer Competition, along with live entertainment and food for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available for both sessions. The festival is a fund-raiser for several local charities.

7: Attack of the Big Beers, Charlotte, NC

Superfly Fabulous Events presents the second annual Attack of the Big Beers—Charlotte's High Gravity Beer Fest, which will take place at NODA. There will be afternoon and evening sessions, each with more than 100 craft beers, many of them from Charlotte and the Carolinas. The lineup will include high-gravity, session, Belgian, and infused beers. Professional brewers will compete for the Brewzilla Cup. In addition, there will be a DJ, aerial acrobatics, yoga, and hoopers.

7: Bluffton International and Craft Beer Festival, Bluffton, SC

Bear Foot Sports Festivals presents the fifth annual Bluffton International and Craft Beer Festival, which will take place downtown at a new venue, Bluffton Oyster Factory Park. 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.

7: International Great Beer Expo: Long Island, Elmont, NY

Starfish Junction Productions presents the eighth annual International Great Beer Expo: Long Island, which will take place on the concourse at the Belmont Park Racetrack in Elmont. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with beer from more than 50 domestic and foreign breweries, including a number of Long Island-brewed beers. There will also be an educational program, demonstrations, and food for purchase.

7: JCI Wisconsin's Brew Bash, Appleton, WI

JCI Wisconsin presents the 2015 edition of Wisconsin’s Brew Bash, which will take place at the Darboy Club in Appleton. This evening event will feature a variety of craft beers, many of them from Wisconsin, along with locally-produced mead, wine, and spirits. There will also be a prize drawing, a silent auction for Packers memorabilia and other items, and games and activities. The festival is a fund-raiser for JCI charities.

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

The sixth annual Lake Geneva Beer & Spirits will be held at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 30 craft breweries, along with a selection of liquors. There will also be live entertainment, food sampling, a photo booth, and a silent auction benefitting the Friends of Big Foot Beach State Park.

7: Lansing on Tap, Dimondale, MI

The Lansing edition of the America on Tap festival series will be held at The Summit Sports & Ice Complex in Dimondale. This afternoon event will feature more than 100 beers from 50 American craft breweries. There will also be live music, and food and merchandise vendors will be at the festival site.

7: Lowcountry Hoedown, Charleston, SC

Gusto Group LLC presents the fourth annual Lowcountry Hoedown, which will take place at the Charleston Visitor Center Bus Shed. This evening event will feature dozens of regional craft beers and spirits; Southern food, including barbecue; and bluegrass music and dancing.

7: Sioux Falls Craft Beer Expo, Sioux Falls, SD

Chop Liver Craft Beer Festivals presents the second annual Sioux Falls Craft Beer Expo, which will take place at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 40 craft breweries, including some from South Dakota; and brewery and distributor representatives will be on hand. There will also be an educational program, live music, and food for purchase.

7: Tryon Beer Fest, Tryon, NC

The Tryon Downtown Development Association presents the fourth Annual Tryon Beer Fest, which will take place at the Tryon Depot Plaza. This afternoon event will feature an array of craft beers, along with an oyster roast. There will also be live Bavarian music and a rock band, and authentic German food will be available for purchase. Proceeds will go to Big Brother Big Sisters of Western North Carolina and the improvement of downtown Tyron.

7-14: Wilmington Beer Week, Wilmington, DE

Out and About magazine presents the fifth annual Wilmington Beer Week, which will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in Wilmington and New Castle County. The focus of this eight-day celebration is on craft beer from Delaware and surrounding states. There will be a number of events, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks. Beer Lover and Beer Geek passes, which entitle the holder to discounts, are available. 

12-14: Colne Cricket Club Beer Festival 2015, Colne, England

The Colne Cricket Club will host its 2015 Beer Festival, which will take place on the club’s grounds. This three-day event will feature more than 30 Real Ales, bottled lagers, ales, and ciders. There will be live entertainment Friday and Saturday, and food will be available for purchase.

12-15: Egham Beer Festival, Egham, England

The 22nd Egham Beer Festival will be held at the United Services Club. This four-day charity event will feature a rotating selection of 50 to 60 Real Ales, with at least 30 available at each session. The focus will be on beer from new and local breweries. Ciders and perries will also be served. Hot and cold food will be available at all times, and there will be live entertainment Friday and Saturday. Admission to Sunday's session is free.

12-15: Halifax & Calderdale CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival, Hebden Bridge, England

The Halifax & Calderdale Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents its 2015 Beer & Cider Festival. It will take place at a new venue, Hebden Bridge Town Hall. This two-day event will feature more than 50 Real Ales, along with ciders and perries. Food will be available for purchase.

12-14: Medway Beer Festival, Chatham, England

The 14th annual Medway Beer Festival will be held at the Stanley Ballroom in Chatham. This three-day event will feature 50 Real Ales; 20 ciders, including the "bus" range; and around 100 draft and bottled Belgian beers. There will be live music each day, and hot food will be available for purchase.

12-14: Rochdale Beer Festival, Rochdale, England

The Rochdale Town Centre Management Company, in association with the Rochdale, Oldham and Bury Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, present the 2015 Rochdale Beer Festival. It will take place at Rochdale Town Hall. This three-day event will feature more than 65 Real Ales, ciders, and perries, along with a foreign beer bar. Hot food will be available for purchase, and there will be live entertainment Friday and Saturday evening.

13: Barns and Beer, Odessa, FL

Old McMicky’s Farm, a newly-rebuilt farm in Odessa, will host the 2015 edition of Barns and Beer. This evening event, to be held in an Old Florida lakefront setting, will feature more than 75 craft beers and wines. There will be live entertainment, food for purchase, farm games, and photo opportunities. All proceeds will benefit the Old McMicky's Farm Foundation.

13-14: Cheshire Beer Festival, Cheshire, England

The Cheshire branches of the Campaign for Real Ale present the 2015 Cheshire Beer Festival, which returns to the Chester Racecourse. This two-day, three-session event will feature more than 120 ales, 20 ciders and perries, and a selection of bottled beers. The Champion Beer of Cheshire competition will take place during the festival. There will be live music and other entertainment, along with “high quality food,” at all sessions. Card-carrying CAMRA members will receive a free pint.

13: Friday the Firkenteenth, Philadelphia, PA

Friday the Firkenteenth, held at the Grey Lodge in Philadelphia, is a Friday the 13th tradition that dates back to 1998. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with more than 25 firkins of cask-conditioned beer. This is the only known beer event in the world whose frequency and timing are entirely at the mercy of the calendar.

13-14: Iowa’s Premier Beer, Wine & Food Expo, Des Moines, IA

Hy-Vee presents Iowa’s Premier Beer, Wine & Food Expo, which will take place at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. This two-day event will feature three stages with appearances by food and beverage experts, a beer garden, cooking demonstrations, and food samples from vendors and restaurants. There will also be gourmet pairing dinners (separate admission) during the festival. Part of the proceeds will be donated to Variety, The Children’s Charity.

13-14: McKenzie Cider & Craft Beer Festival, Springfield, OR

The McKenzie After 5 Rotary Club and the Springfield Rotary Club are present the fourth annual McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer Festival, which will take place at the Willamalane Center for Sports and Recreation in Springfield. This two-day event will feature more than 150 craft beers and ciders, including some oak-aged beers. There will also be live local entertainment, and food and merchandise vendors will be at the site. Proceeds will support Bags of Love, which supports at-risk children.

13-14: Saltburn Beer Festival, Saltburn, England

The Cleveland Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the sixth annual Saltburn Beer Festival, which will take place at the Community & Arts Centre. This two-day event will feature 36 Real Ales, along with ciders, perries, and local fruit wines. There will also be hot food and snacks for purchase, a CAMRA stand, and a tombola.

13-20: Traverse City Beer Week, Traverse City, MI

Traverse City Beer Week 2015 will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Traverse City. There will be a number of events during this eight-day celebration, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks.

14: Carroll County Craft Beer Festival, Westminster, MD

The 2015 Carroll County Craft Beer Festival will be held in Shipley Arena at the Carroll County Ag Center in Westminster. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 35 breweries, many of them from Maryland and nearby states. Brewery representatives will be on hand. There will be live entertainment, and food will be available for purchase.

14: Harvest Brew Fest, Henrietta, NY

The 2015 Harvest Brew Fest will be held at the Dome Arena in Henrietta. This late-afternoon event will feature the products of 35 breweries and cideries, most of them from New York State. There will also be live music and a silent disco, and food will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission, a special selection of beers, and an opportunity to meet the brewers, are available. 

20-21: Beer Summit Harvest Fest, Boston, MA

Beer Summit presents the seventh annual Beer Summit Harvest Fest, which will take place at Castle at Park Plaza in Boston. This two-day, three session event will feature more than 200 beers from over 55 domestic and foreign breweries, with an emphasis on beer brewed in New England. There will also be live music. 

20-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 14th 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.

20-21: Grand Tasting at Vancouver's Hopscotch Festival, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Foodconnect.com presents the 20th 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 300 products from over 100 exhibitors, including beer, wine, and spirits; live entertainment; and food 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.

20: Made in Michigan Festival, Chesterfield Township, MI

The second annual Made in Michigan Craft Beer and Wine Festival will be held at the Diesel Concert Lounge inside Premier Complex Bowling Lanes in Chesterfield Township. This evening event will feature a variety of Michigan craft beers, along with live entertainment and a 50/50 raffle. 

20-21: Otley Beer Festival, England

The Otley R.A.T.S. (Real Ale Tasting Society) presents the 15th annual Otley Beer Festival, which will take place at the Otley Rugby Club. This two-day event will feature around 60 Real Ales, many of them from Yorkshire breweries, along with Real Ciders and perries and beer from around the world. There will also be live entertainment, and food will be available for purchase. Proceeds will go to local charities.

20: SBN Local Craft Brewfest, Boston, MA

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts presents the sixth annual Local Craft Brewfest, which will take place at Cruiseport Boston. This evening event, to be held at a venue with a view of the harbor, will feature more than 80 beers, ciders, meads, and spirits, along with food samples. Serving-size food will be available for purchase, and merchandise vendors will be on hand. 

20: Taps & Trees Craft Beer Fest, Danbury, CT

The inaugural Taps & Trees Craft Beer Fest will be held at the Matrix Conference and Banquet Center in Danbury. This “meet-the-brewers” evening event will feature a variety of fall and winter beers from Connecticut and the Northeast, along with a selection of wine and spirits. Two live bands will perform, and the price of admission includes supper and dessert. Taps & Trees is part of the annual Festival of Trees, with 160 decorated trees that are available for raffle, and artisans and vendors on hand. The festival is a benefit for Ann's Place, a community-based cancer support center.

21: Corridor on Tap, Cedar Rapids, MI

The America on Tap festival series presents Corridor on Tap, which will take place at the Doubletree by Hilton Convention Complex in Cedar Rapids. This evening event will feature more than 100 beers from 50 American craft breweries. There will also be live music, and food and merchandise vendors will be at the festival site. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available.

21-22: Great Brews Classic Beer Festival, Lake Harmony, PA

The Split Rock Resort and Golf Club, in Lake Harmony, will host the 25th annual Great Brews Classic Beer Festival. This two-afternoon event will feature a variety of craft beers, including fall seasonals. There will be live music, and food will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. The resort will also host beer pairing dinners (separate admission) on both Friday and Saturday evening.

21: Ozarks BeerFest, Springfield, MO

Price Cutter presents the 2015 Ozarks BeerFest, which will take place at the Springfield Expo Center. This afternoon event, which is southwest Missouri’s largest beer festival, will feature more than 200 craft beers. There will be beer-related entertainment, and food will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission and unlimited beer and food samples, are available. 

21: San Francisco Craft Beer Festival Holiday Edition, San Francisco, CA

The Hand Crafted Tasting Company presents the 2015 Holiday Edition of the San Francisco Craft Beer Festival, which will take place at the San Francisco Armory. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with more than 150 beers from 75 local and national craft breweries. There will also be an educational program, and food and merchandise vendors will be on site. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. The festival charity is One Brick.

22: Barrel & Brunch Beer Festival, Nashville, TN

Pink Boots Nashville presents the 2015 Barrel & Brunch Beer Festival, which will take place at Acme Feed And Seed. This afternoon event will feature a selection of rare barrel-aged beers from local breweries, including two small-batch beers brewed by the women of Pink Boots.

28: World Beer Festival, near Meopham, England

The Railway Inn, a public house near Meopham, will host the 2015 World Beer Festival. This family-friendly, all-day event will feature a variety of ales and lagers from around the world. There will also be live music, a pets’ corner, and children’s activities; and food will be available from the Inn’s global menu. The price of admission includes food and the first drink.