October 2014 Events

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-November 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.

September 13-October 25 (weekends): Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest, Big Bear Lake, CA

Big Bear Lake will host its 44th annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest, which will be held at the resort's Convention Center. This Oktoberfest-style celebration will feature America's highest-elevation biergarten; authentic German food, music, and dance groups; activities, including log-sawing and stein-holding contests; sporting events on television; and a fun zone for children and families.

September 20-5: Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany

The 181st 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?

September 25-27 & October 2-4: Stockholm Beer and Whisky Fest, Stockholm, Swede

Stockholms Ol & Vin AB presents the 2014 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, along with master classes led by beverage experts.

September 26-12: Cannstatt Beer Festival, Stuttgart, Germany

The Cannstatt Beer Festival, which has been described 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. Other events at this 17-day celebration include beer tents, The Black Forest Experience, amusement rides, merchandise for sale, and fireworks and laser shows.

September 26-October 5: National Cask Ale Week, throughout the UK

Cask Marque and the Campaign for Real present National Cask Ale Week 2014, which will be observed at pubs throughout the United Kingdom. Events during this ten-day celebration will include beer festivals, beer and food pairings, tutored tastings, competitions, quizzes, and "Introduce a Friend" promotions.

September 26-October 26: Lake Arrowhead Oktoberfest, Lake Arrowhead, CA

Lake Arrowhead Village, an Alpine-style village, will host the 2014 Lake Arrowhead Oktoberfest. This five-weekend celebration, sponsored by Spaten, will feature the largest selection of German and domestic craft beers of any Oktoberfest in the Inland Empire. There will also be German bands and live music, food for purchase, and games and contests.

September 27-28 & October 5, 12, 19, and 26: 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, a two-day event will feature Stoudt beer, along with German music and food. Oktoberfest will also take place every Sunday afternoon in October.

2-4: Ayrshire Real Ale Festival, Troon, Scotland

The Ayrshire & Wigtownshire branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 15th annual Ayrshire Real Ale Festival, which will take place at Troon Concert Hall. This three-day event, which celebrates 40 years of CAMRA in Scotland and the branch’s 30th anniversary, will feature more than 120 Real Ales from around the UK, along with a selection of past Champion Beers of Britain and Scotland. There will also be tutored tasting sessions, live entertainment Friday evening and at both Saturday sessions, and food for purchase.

2-4: Great American Beer Festival, Denver, CO

The Brewers Association presents the 32nd 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 620 breweries from throughout the country. In addition to beer sampling, the festival will include "farm to table" and "brewer's studio" pavilions, cooking and homebrewing demonstrations, an educational program, and appearances by beer writers. The festival includes a judged competition that attracts around 4,800 beers from over 725 breweries, with gold, silver, and bronze medals awarded in more than 135 categories.

2-4: Huddersfield Oktoberfest Beer & Cider Festival, Huddersfield, England

The Huddersfield Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 2014 Huddersfield Oktoberfest Beer & Cider Festival, which returns to the Apna Venue Leisure Centre. Organizers expect to have around 75 Real Ales, including 35 “tick beers,” from around the country, along with 18 ciders. There will also be food for purchase, as well as breweriana and product stalls.

3-4: The Ale-ing Fest 2014, Hayling Island, England

The Ale-ing Fest 2014 will be held at the Hayling Community Centre on Hayling Island. This two-day, three-session event will feature 30 Real Ales, most of them from Hampshire, along with a selection of ciders. Food will be available for purchase, and there will be live music Friday and Saturday evenings.

3-4: 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 eighth annual Ascot Racecourse Beer Festival. It will take place in the racecourse's grandstand. More than 220 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. The price of admission includes a program of flat racing both days of the festival.

3-5: Beverley Real Ale Festival, Beverley, England

The 2014 Beverley Real Ale Festival will be held inside historic St Marys Church in Beverly. This three-day event opens on Friday with a tasting of world-class ales from local breweries and live entertainment. Saturday’s session is a family-friendly event with Real Ales and ciders, live entertainment, food for purchase, and family games. Sunday’s session, with beer and food for purchase, is free for those holding tickets from Friday or Saturday. The festival is a fund-raiser for the church.

3-5: Crabble Corn Mill Fest, Dover, England

The Crabble Corn Mill will host the tenth annual Crabble Corn Mill Beer Festival. This three-day event will feature 60 ales and beers, many of them from Kent, along with around 20 Kentish ciders. There will also be live music. The festival is a fund-raiser for the mill, which is the home of Kent’s only working watermill.

3-5: Fredericksburg Oktoberfest, Fredericksburg, TX

Fredericksburg, Texas, celebrates its German heritage at its 34th annual Oktoberfest, which will take place downtown on Marktplatz. This three-day celebration will feature a beer tent with around 50 varieties of domestic and imported beer, including a number of beers brewed in Texas. There will also be continuous music on three stages; German, Cajun, and American food; an "Oktubafest" and the Chicken Dance; arts and crafts; and children's activities.

3: Modesto Oktoberfest, Modesto, CA

The Modesto Chamber of Commerce presents the 31st annual Modesto Oktoberfest, which will take place at John Thurman Field. This evening celebration will feature microbrews from the West Coast, along with California wine and non-alcoholic drinks. There will also be live entertainment, German food, midway games, and vendor booths.

3-4: Portland Fresh Hops Fest, Portland, OR

The 2014 Portland Fresh Hops Fest will be held at Oaks Amusement Park in Portland. This two-day event will feature around 60 fresh-hop beers from over 20 local breweries. There will also be homebrewing demonstrations, and food and merchandise vendors will be at the festival site.

3-4: Solihull Beer Festival, Solihull, England

The Solihull & District Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 16th annual Solihull Beer Festival, which will take place at Solihull Royal British Legion. The two-day event will feature a selection of Real Ales (there were more than 40 last year), along with ciders and perries. There will be the annual homebrew competition, live entertainment Saturday evening, and food for purchase. This year's festival charity is the Royal British Legion.

3-4: Twin Cities Oktoberfest, St. Paul, MN

The 2014 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, along with Pedroncelli wines. There will also be traditional German food, live bands and other entertainers, an expanded selection of vendors, and carnival and bar games.

3-4: Weymouth Octoberfest, Weymouth, England

The Dorset Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 2014 Weymouth Octoberfest, which will take place at Weymouth Pavilion. This two-day, four-session event will feature more than 70 Real Ales and a dozen ciders, most of them from Dorset and the southwest of England. Food will be available at all sessions, and there will be live entertainment Saturday evening.

4: Brownsville Beer Fest, Brownsville, TX

The second annual Brownsville Beer Fest will be held at the Ringgold Civic Pavilion in Dean Potter Park. This evening event will feature more than 200 domestic and imported beers, served at the longest wooden bar in Texas. There will also be live music and food samples from local restaurants. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. The festival benefits the Gladys Porter Zoo, Children's Museum Of Brownsville, and other local charities.

4-5: Flavour Exchange, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Federation Square presents Flavour Exchange 2014, which will take place at the Atrium. This two-evening even will feature craft-brewed beers from Melbourne and regional Victoria, along with wine and local food. Representatives of nearly 50 food and beverage providers will be on hand.

4: Muskegon Oktoberfest, Muskegon, MI

The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, in Muskegon State Park, will host the third annual Muskegon Oktoberfest. This all-day event, combining Bavarian tradition and Michigan tastes, will be held along the park’s lighted trails. It will feature a variety of Michigan craft beers, along with a selection of wines; live music; and German food for purchase. There will be a “Hansel and Gretel Taste Trail” in the afternoon, and a “Muskegon Oktoberfest Taste of the Trail” in the evening. Campers at Muskegon State Park and Pioneer County Park are invited to a tapping of the kegs party the evening before the festival itself.

4: SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest, Chandler, AZ

SanTan Brewing Company presents its seventh annual Oktoberfest, which will take place at Dr. AJ Chandler Park in Chandler. This all-day Bavarian-style event will feature craft beer and German food. Three bands, headlined by Reel Big Fish, will perform. There will also be games, including bag toss and wiener dog races; a family zone; and a brat-eating contest.

4: Smoke in the Valley, Seymour, CT

Seymour Tradition presents Smoke in the Valley, which will take place in downtown Seymour. This afternoon event will feature hundreds of beers from more than 100 breweries, many of them from New England. There will also be live music, a homebrew competition, a chili cook-off, and food from local restaurants. The festival is a fund-raiser for Seymour Youth Sports programs and Seymour's fire and EMS companies.

4-5: Texas Beer Camp, Princeton, TX

Texas Beer Camp, LLC, presents Texas Beer Camp 2014, which will be held on private property outside Princeton. This two-day event brings together beer lovers, craft brewers, and homebrewers to share their beer and knowledge. Several local bands will perform. Admission is $40.

4: The Wedge!, Portland, OR

The Oregon Cheese Guild and Rogue Ales & Spirits present the 2014 edition of The Wedge!, which will take place in Portland at the Green Dragon Pub and Bistro. This afternoon event will feature the products of more than 30 artisan, specialty, and farmstead cheese makers, along with an assortment of beers and spirits. There will also be an educational program; and accoutrements such as charcuterie, jams, honey, and breads, will be on sale. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. The event is a benefit for the Cheese Guild.

4: Vegan Oktoberfest, Santa Monica, CA

Red Pill Productions LLC presents Vegan Oktoberfest. Described by organizers as the world’s first of its kind, this afternoon event will take place at 2600 Barnard Way in Santa Monica, a venue with a view of the Pacific Ocean. This authentic Oktoberfst-style celebration will feature vegan craft beer from dozens of breweries, along with oom-pah bands and costumed servers. There will be a special menu with food from LA vegan restaurants and Vegan Oktoberfest-only dishes.

8-11: Bedford Beer & Cider Festival, Bedford, England

The North Bedfordshire Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents 37th annual Bedford Beer & Cider Festival, which will take place at the Corn Exchange, St Paul's Square. This four-day event will feature more than 100 Real Ales, along with 40 Real Ciders and perries and a wide range of foreign draft and bottled beers. There will also be live entertainment Friday evening and at both Saturday sessions, hot and cold food for purchase, a CAMRA shop, a tombola, and an engraver on hand.

8-28: Oktoberfest Blumenau, Blumenau, Brazil

Oktoberfest Blumenau 2014 will be held at Parque Vila Germanica in Blumenau. This celebration, which dates back more than 30 years and is one of the world's largest outside Munich, will feature a variety of beers, including Brazilian microbrewery products. There will also be German and Austrian bands; traditional German and regional Brazilian food; and folk dancing, contests, a parade, and an Oktoberfest Queen contest.

9-18: Chico Beer Week, Chico, CA

The Chico News & Review and the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company present the second annual Chico Beer Week. It will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Chico. Beer Week will kick off with the News & Review’s Nor Cal Beers and Bands and culminate with Sierra Nevada’s second annual Single, Fresh, Wet and Wild Harvest Festival. There will be many other events, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, beer talks, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks.

9: Nor Cal Beers and Bands, Chico, CA

The Chico News & Review presents Nor Cal Beers & Bands, which will take place at The Graduate Restaurant & Bar. This evening event, which is the kick-off party for Chico Beer Week, will feature a selection of Northern California craft beers. Three live acts will perform, and food will be available for purchase.

9-11: Sandgrounder Beer Festival, Southport, England

The Southport and West Lancaster Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 15th annual Sandgrounder Beer Festival, which will take place at St John's Hall in Southport. This three-day event will feature around 50 beers, along with ciders, perries, and fruit wines. Food will be available for purchase.

9: Zoo Brew, Cincinnati, OH

The Cincinnati Zoo will host its eighth annual Zoo Brew. This Thursday evening event will feature a variety of Samuel Adams beers, and brewery representatives will be on hand. Whiskeys will be available as well. Stoney Creek recording artists Parmalee will entertain, and there will be light fare from more than 20 local restaurants. There will also be animal encounters. Proceeds will benefit the zoo's Lindner Center for the Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife.

10-18: Cleveland Beer Week, Cleveland, OH

The sixth annual Cleveland Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues throughout greater Cleveland. The headline events include Brewzilla: A Monster of a Beer Tasting. There will be more than 350 other events, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks. Proceeds from flagship events will benefit the Malone Scholarship Fund.

10-11: Hartlepool Beer Festival, Hartlepool, England

Hartepool Round Table presents the 19th annual Hartlepool Beer Festival, which will take place at Borough Hall. This two-day event will feature more than 50 Real Ales, including microbrewery beers and Moreish bitters, along with a selection of ciders and wines. There will also be live entertainment. The festival is a fundraiser for local charities.

10: Oktoberfest at the Beach, New London, CT

The New London Rotary Club presents the 37th Brewfest at the Beach, which will take place at Ocean Beach Park. Recent editions of this evening event have featured 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.

10-11: Old Town Oktoberfest, Lansing, MI

The Old Town Commercial Association presents the eighth annual 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 German-style beer, hard cider, authentic German food, live polka music, and dancing. VIP tables are available.

10: Tulsa Press Club First Draft, Tulsa, OK

The Tulsa Press Club presents the tenth annual First Draft, which will take place at Oneok Field, the home of the Tulsa Drillers baseball team. This event, to be held on the field, will feature more than 75 craft beers, most of them brewed in Oklahoma, and the lineup will include a number of hard-to-find beers. Ballpark food will also be available for purchase, and beer blogger Tom Gilbert will chair the event. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers and food, are available. The festival is a fund-raiser for the Press Club.

10-11: Woolston Beer Festival, Woolston, England

The Southern Hampshire Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the fifth annual Woolston Beer Festival, which will take place at Pear Tree Church Hall. In recent years this two-day, three-session event has featured 30 Real Ales, along with a selection of ciders and bottled beers. There will be live entertainment both evenings and a pub quiz on Saturday afternoon, and food will be available for purchase.

11: Augusta Bottoms Beer Festival, Augusta, MO

The 12th annual Augusta Bottoms Beer Festival will be held near the Katy Trailhead in Augusta. This afternoon event will feature beer from around 20 breweries, most of them from Missouri. There will also be live music, along with food from Augusta Brewing Company. The festival is a fund-raiser for Leaps of Love, which assists childhood cancer families.

11: Big Brew Beer Festival, Morristown, NJ

The fall 2014 edition of the Big Brew Festival will be held at The Morristown Armory. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with around 250 beers, with brewery representatives on hand. There will also be live music, and food will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission, a buffet, and a special selection of beers, are available.

11: Bonteboktoberfest, Battle Creek, MI

Binder Park Zoo, in Battle Creek, will host the fifth annual Bonteboktoberfest. This evening event will feature a variety of Michigan-brewed craft beers, including a special Binder Park Zoo beer made by Battle Creek's own Arcadia Ales. There will also be live music, food off the grill, animal encounters, and a Conservation Carousel Derby. VIP tickets, with a special selection of beer and food, are available.

11: BooZ & BrewZ Beer Festival, Fairfield, CA

The inaugural BooZ & BrewZ Beer Festival will be held at the Specialty Events Center in Fairfield. This afternoon event, which organizers describe as "Halloween meets Microbrews," will feature more than 30 craft beers and ciders served in a haunted house-themed venue. There will also be live music and dancing, hot rods on display, food for purchase, and a prize for the best costume. Part of the proceeds will be given to local charities.

11: Brewfest Acadia's Oktoberfest, Southwest Harbor, ME

The Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber of Commerce presents the 19th annual Acadia's Oktoberfest. It will take place at Smuggler's Den Campground on "the quiet side" of Maine's Mount Desert island. Saturday afternoon's Brewfest, a rain-or-shine event, will feature beer from Maine breweries, food for purchase, and Maine gift and craft items.

11: Brewing Up A Cure, Pittsburgh, PA

The Three Rivers Underground Brewers present the eighth annual Brewing Up A Cure, which will take place at the Wintergarten at PPG Place in downtown Pittsburgh. This evening event, which a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, will feature more than 75 homebrewed beers made by club members, along with beers from local and national microbreweries. There will also be live music, food from local eateries, and auction items. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.

11: Carroll County Craft Beer Festival, Westminster, MD

The 2014 Carroll County Craft Beer Festival will be held in Shipley Arena at the Carroll County Ag Center in Westminster. This afternoon event will feature more than 40 beers from over 20 breweries, and brewery representatives will be on hand. There will be live entertainment, and food will be available for purchase

11-12: Dana Point Oktoberfest, Dana Point, CA

The 2014 Dana Point Oktoberfest will be held at Sea Terrace Park, a large venue near the Pacific Ocean. This two-afternoon celebration, sponsored by Spaten, will feature the largest selection of German and domestic craft beers of any Oktoberfest in southern California. There will also be German bands and live music, food for purchase, and games and contests.

11: Delaware Wine and Beer Festival, Dover, DE

Kent County Tourism presents the fifth annual Delaware Wine and Beer Festival, which will take place at the Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village in the heart of Dover. This afternoon event will feature a wide selection of Delaware-made beers, wines, and spirits (there were more than 100 last year), and producers’ staff will on hand. There will also be food provided by local restaurants, live music, and merchandise and artisan booths.

11: Gulf Coast Oktoberfest, Lakewood Ranch, FL

The 2014 Gulf Coast Oktoberfest will be held at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing in Lakewood Ranch. This afternoon event will feature a variety of beers, live German music, and German and American food. There will also be games and contests, including a Chicken Dance competition and keg races, and a merchant and vendor area. Festival-goers are encouraged to dress in costumes.

11: Montana Brewers Festival, Missoula, MT

The Montana Brewers Association presents the sixth annual Montana Brewers Festival, which returns to Caras Park in Missoula. This daytime event will feature more than 100 beers from over 25 Montana breweries, including a number of festival-only specials. The beers will be judged by the Zoo City Zymurgists. There will also be live music, and food will be available for purchase.

11: Moorpark Beer Festival, Moorpark, CA

The Moorpark Morning Rotary Club Announces the fifth Annual Moorpark Beer Festival, which returns to the campus of Moorpark College. This afternoon/evening event, which is the Rotary's annual fund-raiser, will feature dozens of craft beers, many of them from local breweries. Live bands and a DJ will perform, and food will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission, a special selection of food, and catered food, are available.

11: World Beer Festival-Durham, Durham, NC

All About Beer magazine presents the World Beer Festival, which will take place at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with more than 200 craft beers from around the world. The lineup will include new breweries, and a selection of Belgian beers. The Art of Beer Village will host an educational program, including tastings led by members of the craft beer community. There will also be food from local restaurants, live music, and children's entertainment. VIP tickets, with early admission, a special selection of beers, and complimentary food, are available. Proceeds will go to local charities.

12: Nationale Bokbierdag, Zutphen, The Netherlands

National Bokbierdag (Bokbier Day) 2014 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, and is served in the fall rather than the spring.) The festival website is entirely in Dutch.

15-18: Milton Keynes "Concrete Pint" Festival, Milton Keynes, England

The Milton Keynes and North Bucks Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale present the 2014 Milton Keynes "Concrete Pint" Festival, which will take place at The Buszy in the city center. Organizers expect to have more than 90 beers, along with over 20 ciders and perries. There will also be entertainment Thursday and Saturday evening, food for purchase, pub games, and books on sale.

16-18: Gainsborough Beer Festival, Gainsborough, England

The Gainsborough Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the sixth annual Gainsborough Beer Festival, which will take place at The Old Hall, a 15th century medieval manor house. Organizers expect to have 60 beers, along with 11 ciders and perries and a selection of white and rose wines. Admission is free.

16-18: Oktober Bierfest, Chorley, England

The Rotary Club of Chorley Astley presents the fifth 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. Food will be available at all sessions. Proceeds will go to Rotary-supported charities.

16-18: Oxford Beer Festival, Oxford, England

The Oxford Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 17th annual Oxford Beer Festival, which will take place at Town Hall. This three-day event will feature 140 Real Ales, along with 60 Real Ciders and Perries. This year's festival charity is Sobell House Hospice.

16-18: Stoke Beer Festival, Stoke, England

The Potteries Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 34th 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 for purchase; and live entertainment at most sessions.

17-18: Crosstoberfest, Hailey, ID

The PowerHouse and Sun Valley magazine present the 11th annual Crosstoberfest, which will take place at Old Cutters Park in Hailey. This two-day event, which promotes cyclocross in the Wood River Valley, will feature 80 domestic and imported beers, including seasonal and specialty beers. There will also be live music and a DJ; Bavarian-style food; racing in the men's, women's, and youth divisions; and prize drawings.

17-19 and 24-26: Joburg Bier Fest, Johannesburg, South Africa

The 2014 Joburg Bier Fest will take place at the Montecasino Outdoor Event Area in Johannesburg. This two-weekend event, which is South Africa's biggest beer festival, will feature German beer, food, and music; and an array of games and contests, including a "best dressed King Ludwig and Princess Therese” contest. 

17: Louisville Brewfest, Louisville, KY

The Louisville Independent Business Alliance presents the sixth Annual Louisville Brewfest, which will take place at Louisville Slugger Field. This evening event will feature a variety of beers from local and regional independent breweries, along with a selection of bourbons and wines. There will also be live music, food for purchase, and a silent auction. VIP tickets, with a complimentary signed copy of Kevin Gibson’s new book Louisville Beer and other perks are available.

17-18: OktoPRfest, Port Royal, SC

The Old Village Association presents OktoPRfest, which will take place at the Shed of Port Royal. This two-day "Party Port Royal Style” will feature beer from more than 30 breweries, including breweries from South Carolina, along with a selection of wines. Three live bands will perform; food, including hot dogs and brats, will be available for purchase; and there will be a classic car show and children’s activities.

17-18: Richmond Oktoberfest, Richmond, VA

The Richmond Oktoberfest Committee presents the 46th annual Richmond Oktoberfest, which will take place at the Old Dominion Building at the Richmond International Raceway. This two-evening event is the state's largest Oktoberfest-style celebration. It will feature German and American beer and wine, traditional Bavarian-style food, and live entertainment and dancing.

17-18: Windsor Craft Beer Festival, Windsor, ON, Canada

Windsor Eats and Motor Craft Ales present the second annual Windsor Craft Beer Festival, which will be held across the street from Walkerville Brewery in historic Old Walkerville. This two-day neighborhood event will feature beer from more than 20 Ontario craft breweries. There will also be live entertainment, and food will be available for purchase.

17-18: Worthing Beer Festival, Worthing, England

The Arun & Adur Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 18th annual Worthing Beer Festival, which will take place at St Pauls Centre. Organizers expect to have more than 80 Real Ales and Real Ciders from Sussex, along with national micros and ciders and perries. Festival-goers are invited to vote for Beer of the Festival. There will also be live entertainment, an expanded selection of food for purchase, and a charity auction.

18: Blues & Brews Festival, Adrian, MI

The third annual Blues & Brews Festival will be held on Toledo Street in historic downtown Adrian. This afternoon/evening event will feature more than 150 domestic and imported beers, including many from Michigan, along with a selection of wines. There will also be live blues music and food for purchase, and downtown restaurants will be open during the festival.

18: California Beer and Wine Festival, Yuba City, CA

The 2014 California Beer & Wine Festival will be held on Plumas Street in downtown Yuba City. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 20 breweries, most of them from California. There will also be live entertainment; and food, cigar, and merchandise vendors will be at the festival site. Admission to the street fair itself is free.

18: Los Angeles Fall Beer Festival, Los Angeles, CA

Eat-Drink-Play presents the 2014 Los Angeles Fall Beer Festival, which will take place at LA Center Studios. This afternoon event will feature more than 150 beers, many of them brewed in California. There will also be live music and a DJ, and food trucks will be at the festival site. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.

18: Munster Ale Fest, Munster, IN

The Town of Munster and the Munster Civic Foundation present the inaugural Munster Ale Fest, which will take place at Centennial Park. This afternoon event will feature more than 100 beers from local and national craft breweries, including beers from new breweries. There will be live music, food trucks and vendors, and beer games. Three Floyds VIP Session tickets, with early admission, are available. 

18: Single, Fresh, Wet & Wild Harvest Festival, Chico, CA

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company will host the second annual Single, Fresh, Wet & Wild Harvest Festival, which will take place in the brewery’s estate hop field. This event, which closes Chico Beer Week, will feature beer from more than 50 invited breweries, with many of the beers not normally available in northern California. There will also be live music, and food will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the California Craft Brewers Association.

18: Tennessee Beer Festival, Nashville, TN

The fifth annual Tennessee Beer Festival will be held at the Two Rivers Mansion in Nashville. This afternoon event will feature more than 100 beers from over 40 domestic and foreign breweries, including beer not normally available in the area. There will also be live music, artisans' booths, and an opportunity to tour the grounds of the mansion. An after-party will take place at Scoreboard Sports Bar and Grill.

24-25: Detroit Fall Beer Festival, Detroit, MI

The Michigan Brewers Guild presents the sixth annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival, which will take place at Detroit's Eastern Market, one of America's oldest farm markets. There will be Friday evening and Saturday afternoon tasting sessions, each with more than 450 beers from over 60 Michigan microbreweries and brewpubs. Local bands will perform, and food from Detroit-area restaurants will be available.

25: Blacksburg Brew Do, Blacksburg, VA

The Blacksburg Partnership presents the sixth annual Blacksburg Brew Do, which will take place at the First & Main Shopping District. This afternoon event will feature more than 100 beers from nearly 40 local, Mid-Atlantic, and national breweries. There will also be live music, homebrewing demonstrations and a homebrew competition, food from local restaurants, and tailgating. Proceeds will benefit the Partnership.

25: Blend Central Jersey Beer Festival, Hamilton, NJ

Blend Bar and Bistro, in Hamilton, will host the second annual Blend Central Jersey Beer Festival. It will take place in the field behind Blend. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 30 breweries, many of them from New Jersey and the Middle Atlantic States. There will also be food, including a pig roast.

25: 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, presents the sixth annual New Hampshire Brew Fest. It 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 for purchase, and live music and entertainment. This event helps support the Arts Festival.

25: Tennessee Cigar and Brew Fest, Jackson, TN

Fredcat Productions presents the sixth annual Tennessee Cigar and Brew Fest, which will take place at Fairgrounds Park in Jackson. This afternoon event will feature hundreds of beers. There will also be entertainment, live cigar rolling, food and entertainment vendors, and prize giveaways, along with a celebrity guest appearance. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available.

29-November 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.

29-November 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.