October 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.

September 12-October 31 (weekends): Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest, Big Bear Lake, CA

Big Bear Lake will host its 45th 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; renown musical acts and dance groups; activities, including log-sawing and stein-holding contests; sports on television; and a fun zone for children and families.

September 24-4: National Cask Ale Week, throughout the UK

Cask Marque and the Campaign for Real present National Cask Ale Week 2015, which will be observed at pubs throughout the United Kingdom. Events during this celebration, which has been expanded to 11 days, will include beer festivals, beer and food pairings, tutored tastings, competitions, quizzes, and "Introduce a Friend" promotions.

September 25-11: Cannstatt Beer Festival, Stuttgart, Germany

The Cannstatt Beer Festival, 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 25-26 and October 1-3: Stockholm Beer and Whisky Fest, Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholms Ol & Vin AB presents the 24th annual Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival, which will take place at the Nacka Strand Factory in Stockholm. This two-weekend event will feature more than 1,300 beers, wines, whiskeys, and other beverages; master classes led by beverage experts; and food for purchase.

September 29-October 25: Lake Arrowhead Oktoberfest, Lake Arrowhead, CA

Lake Arrowhead Village, an Alpine-style village in southern California, will host Oktoberfest 2015. This five-weekend celebration, presented 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 30-3: St Albans Beer Festival, St Albans, England

The South Hertfordshire Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 19th annual St Albans Beer Festival, which will take place at the Alban Arena. This four-day event will feature hundreds of Real Ales, along with Real Ciders, perries, and foreign and bottle-conditioned beers. Roger Protz will be on hand to sign copies of CAMRA’s 2016 Good Beer Guide. There will also be tutored tastings, live music, games, a tombola, and breweriana auctions.

2-3: The Ale-ing Fest, Hayling Island, England

The 2015 Ale-ing Fest 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.

2-4: Crabble Cider and Ale Festival, Dover, England

The Crabble Corn Mill will host the 11th annual Crabble Corn Mill Beer Festival. This three-day event will feature more than 50 ciders, including many from the area, along with 25 ales. There will also be live music, and food will be available for purchase. The festival is a fund-raiser for the mill, which is Kent's only working watermill.

2-3: Inland Northwest Craft Beer Festival, Spokane, WA

The Washington Brewers Guild presents the 2015 Inland Northwest Craft Beer Festival, which will take place in the outfield of Avista Stadium. This two-day event will feature more than 100 beers from 30 Washington craft breweries. There will also be live music on the stage near second base, food for purchase, and baseball-themed fun on the infield.

2-3: Oktobrewfest, Greeley, CO

The Downtown Development Authority and the City of Greeley present the 2015 Oktobrewfest, which will take place in historic Lincoln Park. This two-day, family-friendly event will feature national-brand and craft beers, traditional and contemporary musical entertainment, food for purchase, games and contests, children's activities, and vendor booths. VIP tickets, with a special selection of beer and food, are available.

3: BeerFeast, Sugar Land, TX

The Sugar Land location of the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium presents its fourth annual Beer Feast, which will take place in front of Sugar Land City Hall. This afternoon festival, which is one of the South’s premier craft beer events, will feature 80 beers from more than 50 of the nation’s top breweries. Food from local restaurants will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission, a food voucher, and hourly tastings of rare beers, are available. 

3: Brewfest at Northside Oktoberfest, Iowa City, IA

The 20th annual Northside Oktoberfest will be held in Northside Iowa City. Brewfest, an afternoon event, will feature more than 500 beers from over 50 breweries, food for purchase, and football on television. Oktoberfest events also include live music, games for kids and adults, and local food vendors. Brewmaster tickets, with early admission and access to hard-to-find beers, are available.

3: Big Red Liquors Festiv-Ale, Indianapolis, IN

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will host the 16th annual Big Red Liquors’ Festiv-Ale: A Wine & Stein Celebration. This afternoon/evening event, presented by Hot Box Pizza, will take place at a new venue, Champions Pavilion on the Indiana State Fairgrounds. There will be more than 100 tasting stations with over 100 craft beers, 50 wines, and food from 15 local restaurants. Two lives will perform, and festival-goers are invited to place bids in a silent auction. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. The festival is a fund-raiser for the CFF.

3: Brownsville BeerFest, Brownsville, TX

The third annual Brownsville BeerFest will be held at the Gladys Potter Zoo. This family-friendly event, which is part of the Zoo’s annual “Zoofari” festivities, will feature a 121-foot-long wooden bar, said to be the longest bar in Texas. More than 200 domestic and imported beers were available at last year’s festival. There will also be live entertainment; food for purchase; the crowning of the Beer Queen; and games, including keg-throwing and obstacle-course competitions. The festival is a fund-raiser for the Zoo and other local charities.

3: Charlotte Oktoberfest Beer Festival, Charlotte, NC

The Carolina BrewMasters present the 17th annual Charlotte Oktoberfest Beer Festival, which will take place at the North Carolina Music Factory. This afternoon outdoor event will feature more than 350 beers from over 100 breweries, many of them from North Carolina and the Southeast. There will also be live music, and food and merchandise vendors will be on hand. Premium tickets, with early admission and an opportunity to meet the brewers, are available. Proceeds will go to local charities.

3: Harbor Island International Beer Festival, Mamaroneck, NY

Half Time Beverage of Mamaroneck presents the second annual Harbor Island International Beer Festival, which will take place under big tents at Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck. This afternoon event will feature more than 200 domestic and imported beers. There will also be an educational program, live entertainment, local and national artisans, and food from area and New York City chefs. VIP and Brewmaster Reserve tickets, with early admission and other benefits, are available.

3: Kingsport Oktoberfest, Kingsport, TN

Superfly Fabulous Events presents the fifth annual Kingsport Oktoberfest, which will take place in downtown Kingsport. This all-day event will feature more than 150 beers, including rare and cask-conditioned beers, and two roaming beer infuser lines. There will also be a Black Forest Brew Off; German, American, and bluegrass music all day; a College Football Bier Hall; games and contests; and children's activities. “First Pour” tickets, with early admission, a special selection of beers, and complimentary appetizers, are available. The festival charities are Chamber Foundations and Keep Kingsport Beautiful.

3-4: Sisters of the Holy Redeemer Oktoberfest, Huntingdon Valley, PA

The Sisters of the Holy Redeemer, in Huntingdon Valley, will host their ninth annual Oktoberfest. This two-day, family-friendly event will feature German beer, music, and food. There will also be children’s activities, pony and hayrides, vendors’ tables, raffle baskets, and games of chance. Parking is free. Festival-goers are encouraged to make a free-will offering.

3: Smoke in the Valley, Seymour, CT

Seymour Tradition presents the fifth annual Smoke in the Valley, which will take place at the Community Center. This afternoon event will feature hundreds of beers from more than 100 breweries, many of them from New England, along with food trucks and live music on two stages. There will be an all-ages Kickoff Party the evening before the festival itself. The festival is a fund-raiser for Seymour Youth Sports programs and Seymour's fire and EMS companies.

3-4: Vegan Oktoberfest, Los Angeles, CA

The 2015 Vegan Oktoberfest will be held at a new venue, LA Center Studios. This authentic Oktoberfest-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 dishes. Part of the proceeds will go to Expand Animal Rights Now.

4: Pottstown Brew Fest, Pottstown, PA

The inaugural Pottstown Brew Fest will be held at Manatawny Park. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 50 breweries. Celtic Spirit will perform, and four food vendors will be on hand. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. There will be a “Meet the Brewers” dinner the evening before the festival itself.

7-10: Bedford Beer & Cider Festival, Bedford, England

The North Bedfordshire Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents 38th 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, hot and cold food for purchase, a CAMRA shop, a tombola, and an engraver on hand.

9-10: Beertopia, Hong Kong SAR, China

The fifth annual Beertopia Hong Kong will be held at a new venue, the Central Harbourfront. This two-day, three-session event, which organizers describe as Hong Kong's largest international craft beer festival, will feature more than 450 beers from around the world. There will also be live music, food for purchase, and games. All-weekend passes are available.

9-18: Cleveland Beer Week, Cleveland, OH

The seventh annual Cleveland Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues throughout greater Cleveland. The headline event of this celebration, which has been extended to ten days, is 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.

9-10: Hartlepool Beer Festival, Hartlepool, England

Hartepool Round Table presents the 20th annual Hartlepool Beer Festival, which will take place at Borough Hall. This two-day event will feature more than 50 Real Ales, along with a selection of ciders, bottled beers, and wines. There will be live entertainment both days, and snacks will be available for purchase. The festival is a fundraiser for local charities.

9-11: Nashville Oktoberfest, Nashville, TN

The 36th annual Nashville Oktoberfest will be held in the city’s historic Germantown area. This three-day celebration will feature German-style beer; contemporary and oom-pah music, performed on three stages; and food from local restaurants and food trucks. General admission is free. VIP tickets, with a complimentary meal, discounted beer, and other benefits, are available. There will be a Launch Party, hosted by Christie Cookies, on Friday afternoon before Oktoberfest itself.

10: BeerFeast, Fort Worth, TX

The Fort Worth location of the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium presents its tenth annual Beer Feast, which will take place at Fort Worth’s Sundance Square. This afternoon festival, which is one of the South’s premier craft beer events, will feature 80 beers from more than 50 of the nation’s top breweries. There will be live music, and food vendors will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission, a food voucher, and hourly tastings of rare beers, are available. 

10: Big Brew Beer Festival, Morristown, NJ

The fall 2015 edition of the Big Brew Festival will be held at The Morristown Armory. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with 200 beers, with brewery representatives on hand. There will also be live music, and food will be available for purchase.

10: Blend Central Jersey Beer Festival, Hamilton, NJ

Blend Bar & Bistro, in Hamilton, will host the 2015 Blend Central Jersey Beer Festival. This rain-or-shine afternoon event, which celebrates Blend’s anniversary, will feature beer from around 40 breweries, many of them from New Jersey. Four live bands will perform, and food will be available.

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

The Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber of Commerce presents the 20th 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 products of Maine breweries and cideries, food for purchase, and Maine gift and craft items.

10-11: 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 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. Admission is free.

10: World Beer Festival-Durham, Durham, NC

All About Beer magazine presents the 20th annual World Beer Festival, which will take place at Durham Athletic Park, the home of the Bulls baseball team. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with more than 200 craft beers from around the world. The selection will include North Carolina-brewed, cask-conditioned, and Belgian beers, along with ciders. The Art of Beer Village will host an educational program, including tastings led by members of the craft beer community. There will also be live music, food from local restaurants, and children's entertainment. “Durham’s Largest Brewer Happy Hour,” featuring seasonal beers from 20 breweries, live music, and food, will take place the evening before the festival itself. Proceeds will go to local charities.

11: Nationale Bokbierdag, Zutphen, The Netherlands

The 19th annual National Bokbierdag (Bokbier Day) will be celebrated in the center of the Dutch city of Zutphen. Admission to the event is free, and around 20 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.

15-16: London Oktoberfest, London, England

London Oktoberfest 2015 will be held at Old Billingsgate Market. This two-day Oktoberfest-style celebration will feature traditional German beer and food, live music, dancing, and a host of other entertainment.

16: Hernando Untapped, Brooksville, FL

The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce presents the inaugural Hernando Untapped, which will take place at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport. This evening event, which is the county’s first-ever beer festival, will feature more than 75 beers from local and regional craft breweries, along with a selection of local wines. There will also be live music, and food trucks and food and merchandise vendors will be at the festival site. VIP tickets, with early admission and complimentary food, are available. Part of the proceeds will go to the Chamber Education Training Association.

16: Montana Fall Brewers Festival, Helena, MT

The Montana Brewers Association hosts the seventh annual Fall Brewers Festival, which will take place at Caras Park. This afternoon/evening event will feature an all-Montana-brewed selection of beers. There will also be live music, and food vendors will be at the festival site. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.

17: BeerFeast, Austin, TX

The Austin location of the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium presents its eighth annual Beer Feast, which will take place at Triangle Park. This afternoon festival, which is one of the South’s premier craft beer events, will feature 80 beers from more than 50 of the nation’s top breweries. Food trucks will be at the festival site. VIP tickets, with early admission, a food voucher, and hourly tastings of rare beers, are available. 

17: Blacksburg Brew Do, Blacksburg, VA

The Blacksburg Partnership presents the seventh 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 60 local, Mid-Atlantic, and national breweries. There will also be live music, homebrewing demonstrations and a homebrew competition, food from local restaurants, a prize raffle, and pet-related activities. Proceeds will benefit the Partnership.

17: Brew Moon Beer & Band Fest, McCook, IL

Palmer Place Restaurant and MAX, the McCook Athletic & Exposition Center, present the 2015 Brew Moon Beer & Band Fest, which will take place at MAX. This evening event, to be held in an indoor park-like setting, will feature 150 domestic and imported craft beers. Brewers will be in attendance. There will also be a homebrewing pavilion, live entertainment, and food for purchase. Proceeds will go to a local charity.

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

The 2015 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, cideries, and homebrew clubs, most of them from California. There will also be live entertainment, and food and merchandise vendors will be at the festival site. Admission to the street fair itself is free.

17: Delaware Wine and Beer Festival, Dover, DE

Kent County Tourism presents the sixth 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 in recent years), and producers' representatives will on hand. There will also be food from local restaurants and food trucks, live music, and merchandise and artisan booths.

17: Great Tucson Beer Festival, Tucson, AZ

AZBeer.com and Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment present the 29th annual Great Tucson Beer Festival, which will take place at the Kino North Soccer Stadium. This evening event will feature more than 200 beers, ciders, and wines. Two live bands will perform; food from local restaurants will be available for purchase; there will be games, including horseshoes and "steer" roping. Festival-goers are encourage to wear German attire. VIP tickets, with early admission and a specially catered dinner, are available. Proceeds will go to SunSounds of Arizona.

17: Munster Ale Fest, Munster, IN

The Town of Munster and the Munster Civic Foundation present the second annual 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 also be live music, food trucks and vendors, and beer games. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.

17: Nashville Beer Fest, Nashville, TN

Mafiaoza's, along with more than 60 local organizations, presents the fourth annual Nashville Beer Fest, which will take place downtown next to Public Square Park and the Second Avenue/Broadway honky-tonk district. This afternoon/evening event will feature beer from more than 45 breweries. There will also be live music and a beer education program, and food and merchandise vendors will be at the festival site. This event is a benefit for Nashville Humane.

17: Pour The Core Philly, Philadelphia, PA

Starfish Junction Productions presents the 2015 Pour the Core Philly, a cider festival that will take place at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. This afternoon, rain-or-shine event will feature more than 75 local, domestic, and imported ciders. There will also be an educational program and live music, and food trucks will be at the festival site. The festival is a fund-raiser for the Committee to Benefit the Children.

21-24: Steel City Beer & Cider Festival, Sheffield, England

The Sheffield Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 41st annual Steel City Beer & Cider Festival, which returns to the Kelham Island Industrial Museum. This four-day event will feature around 150 Real Ales from around 50 breweries, along with Real Ciders, perrries, and foreign bottled beers. There will also be live music, food for purchase, pub games, and merchandise stalls.

23-24: Detroit Fall Beer Festival, Detroit, MI

The Michigan Brewers Guild presents the seventh 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 600 beers from over 75 Michigan microbreweries and brewpubs. Local bands will perform, and food from Detroit-area restaurants will be available for purchase.

23-24: Wisconsin Craft Beer Festival, Milwaukee, WI

The inaugural Wisconsin Craft Beer Festival will be held at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. This two-day, three-session event will feature more than 150 craft beers and ciders from over 50 craft breweries, many of them from Wisconsin. The lineup will include a selection of rare and limited-distribution beers. There will also be an educational program featuring some of the top names in brewing. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.

24: Downtown Brew Festival, Las Vegas, NV

Motley Brews presents the 2015 Downtown Brew Festival, which will take place at the Clark County Amphitheater in Las Vegas. This evening event will feature more than 200 beers from over 60 breweries. Two local bands will perform, celebrity chefs will be in attendance, and food will be available for purchase on “Restaurant Row.” VIP tickets, with early admission, a special selection of beers, and complimentary food, are available. The festival will benefit the Nevada Craft Brewers Association.

24: Pub in the Park, Lake in the Hills, IL

People for Parks Foundation of Lake in the Hills, Inc., presents the 2015 Pub in the Park, which will take place on the parking lot next to Sunset Park Splash Pad. This afternoon/evening event will feature beer from more than 70 craft breweries, many of them from the Chicago area. There will also be live music, and local food trucks will be at the festival site. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. Proceeds will aid the community’s parks.

24: Rio de Cerveza Brew Fest, Yuma, AZ

The Yuma Visitors Bureau hosts the third annual Rio de Cerveza Brew Fest, which will take place at Desert Sun Stadium. This evening event will feature beer from more than craft breweries, most of them from the Southwest. Local bands will perform, and food will be available for purchase. The festival charity is the Yuma Veterans Fund.

24: Tennessee Cigar and Brew Fest, Jackson, TN

The seventh annual Tennessee Cigar and Brew Fest will be held at Fairgrounds Park in Jackson. This afternoon event will feature hundreds of beers along with entertainment, live cigar rolling, food and entertainment vendors, and prize giveaways.