September 2014 Events

August 28-1: Key West Brew Fest, Key West, FL

The Southernmost Hotel Collection, together with the Key West Sunrise Rotary of the Conch Republic, presents the fifth annual Key West BrewFest. It will take place at multiple locations in Key West. The signature event is Saturday’s Grand Tasting on South Beach, with more than 150 beers served on the beach. Other events on the tentative schedule include a kickoff party at the Smokin' Tuna Saloon, beer breakfasts and dinners, beer and food pairings, an educational program, a homebrew competition, tap takeovers, parties, and games and contests.

August 29-6: Choctaw Oktoberfest, Choctaw, OK

Old Germany Restaurant, the City of Choctaw, and the Choctaw Chamber present the 2014 Choctaw Oktoberfest, which will take place at the 160-acre Choctaw Creek Park. This nine-day celebration, to be held under tents, will feature German beer and wine; traditional food prepared by Old Germany; live music and dancing every day; and a children's area.

August 29-1: Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest, Berea, OH

The 2014 Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest will be held at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea. The four-day celebration will include German food, beer, and entertainment; local musicians and German dance groups; games and competitions; children's activities; and midway attractions. Admission and parking are free.

August 29-1: La Fete Bieres et Saveurs, Chambly, QC, Canada

La Fete Bieres et Saveurs (the Beer and Flavour Fest) will be held at historic Fort Chambly, on the banks of the Richelieu River near the center of Montreal. This four-day event will feature beer from local microbreweries and homebrewers; Quebec cheese, wine, and cider, and other food products; appearances by local chefs; artisans and craftspeople; children's activities; live music; and acrobats, magicians, and other entertainers.

4-7: All-Ireland Craft Beer Festival, Dublin, Ireland

The 2014 All-Ireland Craft Beer Festival returns to the Royal Dublin Society. This four-day event will feature more than 100 beers and ciders “from all four corners of Ireland.” Many beers and ciders will be unique to the festival. There will also be master classes and interactive Q-and-A sessions, live music, and Irish artisan food stalls.

4-6: Bridgnorth Beer Festival, Bridgnorth, England

The Bridgnorth Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 2014 annual Bridgnorth Beer Festival, which will be held near the platform at the Bridgenorth Severn Valley Railway station. Recent editions of this festival have featured more than 50 beers, ciders, and perries and food for purchase, including a hog roast.

4-7: Leeds International Beer Festival, Leeds, England

The third annual Leeds International Beer Festival will be held at Town Hall. Organizers expect to have hundreds of domestic beers and ciders. There will also be live music on two stages, a street food market, and “and all sorts of lovely beer related things.”

4-7: Silloth Music & Beer Festival, Silloth-on-Solway, England

The 14th annual Silloth Music & Beer Festival will be held on The Green, a grassy area between the town of Silloth-on-Solway and The Esplanade. The three-day event, established to promote the town, will feature more than 100 Real Ales and ciders, along with perries, lagers, and other beverages. There will also be live acts from throughout the UK, hot and cold food for purchase, and a Kids Zone Marque on Sunday.

4-6: Tamworth Beer Festival, Tamworth, England

The Lichfield, Sutton and Tamworth Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 21st annual Tamworth Beer Festival, which will take place at the Assembly Rooms. This three-day event will feature more than 90 Real Ales from the UK, including festival specials and new ales, along with a selection of ciders, perries, and bottled beers from around the world. Hot and cold food will be served, and there will be live music Saturday evening.

5-7: Bierbörse, Cologne, Germany

The 16th annual Cologne edition of Bierboerse, a series of beer festivals held across Germany, will take place at MediaPark. Hundreds of beers, including hard-to-find German microbrews, will be served in a Biergarten atmosphere. There will also be food and live entertainment, breweriana, and artisans' stands. The Bierboerse website is entirely in German.

5-7: Belgian Beer Weekend, Brussels, Belgium

The Belgian Brewers Association and the Knighthood of the Brewers' Mash present the 16th Belgian Beer Weekend, which will take place at the Grand'Place in Brussels. Belgian breweries of all sizes will be represented, and beer will be sold at reasonable prices. Festival events will include a celebration of St. Arnold, the patron saint of brewers, and a consecration of the beer; a display of historic brewery carts and beer wagons; and a brewers' parade in the city center. Admission to these events is free.

5-6: Burbage Beer Festival, East Sands, England

The Burbage & Easton Royal Royal Cricket Club presents the 18th annual Burbage Beer Festival, which will take place on the club's grounds in East Sands. Recent editions of this two-day, three-session festival have featured more than 25 casks of Real Ale, along with a selection of ciders, wines, and spirits. There will also be live music, a hog roast, a barbecue on Friday evening, other food for purchase, and six-a-side cricket matches.

5: Emerald Coast Beer Festival, Pensacola, FL

The 2014 Emerald Coast Beer Festival will be held at Rosie O'Grady's Goodtime Emporium entertainment complex in Pensacola's Seville Quarter. This evening event will feature beer from more than 50 breweries, distributors, and homebrew clubs, most of them from the Southeast. There will also be live entertainment and food for purchase. In addition, there will be a beer dinner the evening before the festival. Part of the proceeds will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida and the Seville Rotary.

5: Fall Harvest Brewfest, Fort Collins, CO

The sixth annual Fall Harvest Brewfest will be held at Lincoln Center in Fort Collins' Old Town. This evening event, which is a fund-raiser for the Animal House Shelter, will feature beer from more than 40 breweries and micro-distilleries. There will also be live music, and food will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission and complimentary food, are available.

5-6: Great Canadian Beer Festival, Victoria, BC, Canada

The 22nd annual Great Canadian Beer Festival will be held at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria. Recent editions of this festival have featured beer from more than 55 craft breweries from across Canada, the Northwest U.S., and Belgium, along with continuous entertainment by local performers and food from local restaurants and caterers.

5-7: Kilham Beer Festival, Kilham, England

The 2014 Kilham Beer Festival will be held on the Kilham playing field, near Driffeld. Organizers expect to have 30 Real Ales, along with Real Ciders and bottled beers. There will also be live music, and food will be available for purchase. Families are welcome.

5-7: Oktoberfest des Quebecois, Masouche, QC, Canada

The ninth annual Oktoberfest des Quebecois will be held in Mascouche, an outskirt city of Montreal located on the Etang-du-Grand-Coteau. The weekend-long festival is a traditional Bavarian family-style event with more than 100 beers, most of them from Quebec, with more than 30 of the province’s microbreweries represented. There will be live entertainment, headlined by Pitbull and Kesha, along with traditional food kiosks, amusement park games, musicians, and Bavarian dancers.

5-7: Oregon Brews & BBQs, McMinnville, OR

The seventh annual Oregon Brews & BBQs will be held in McMinnville's historic Granary District. This three-day event will feature more than 50 beers from over 35 regional breweries. There will also be live music, and barbecue and other food will be available for purchase. The festival is a benefit for St. James Catholic School and the GhanaHope Foundation.

5: Taste of Tennessee Craft Brewers Festival, Nashville, TN

Kay Bob’s Grill & Ale presents the second annual Taste of Tennessee Craft Brewers Festival, which will take place at the State Fairgrounds in Nashville. This evening event will feature more than 100 beers from 35 Tennessee breweries. The price of admission includes admission to the Fair. VIP tickets, with early admission and an opportunity to meet the brewers, are available. Part of the proceeds will go to the Tennessee Craft Brewers Guild.

5-7: Villaggio della Birra, Bibbiano, Italy

The ninth annual Villaggio della Birra ("Village of Beers") will be held in the Tuscan village of Bibbiano near Buonconvento, a valley that has inspired poets and painters. This three-day international festival will showcase beer from small breweries, with an emphasis on those from Italy and Belgium. Brewery representatives and beer experts will be on hand. There will also be live entertainment, homebrewers in attendance, food to pair with the beer, and artwork and artisan items for sale.

5-6: Wessex Beer and Cider Festival, Emborough, England

The Rotary Club of Somer Valley presents the eighth annual Wessex Beer and Cider Festival, which will take place at The Court Hotel in Chilcompton, near Bath. This two-day event will feature around 30 Real Ales and 30 ciders, with an emphasis on those from "the ancient kingdom of Wessex." There will also be live entertainment. The festival is a fund-raiser for charity.

6: Brass City Brew Fest, Waterbury, CT

Main Street Waterbury presents the ninth annual Brass City Brew Fest, which will take place at Library Park. This afternoon event will feature more than 275 beers from over 125 domestic and imported breweries, along with Belgian and International Tents (extra admission charge). There will also be a beer education program, live music, food for purchase, and door prizes. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. The festival charity is Main Street Waterbury.

6: California Beer Festival-Claremont/San Dimas, San Dimas, CA

California Beer Festival, LLC, presents the 2014 Claremont/San Dimas edition of the California Beer Festival, which will take place at Frank G. Bonelli Park in San Dimas. This afternoon event will feature more than 60 craft-brewed beers. There will also be live music, and food and merchandise vendors will be on hand. VIP tickets, with early admission, a special selection of beers, and an opportunity to meet the brewers, are available. Proceeds will benefit the Gen Giammanco Foundation.

6: CornShed Charity Beer Festival, Hutton Rudby, England

The CornShed, at Sexhow Park Farm in Hutton Rudby, will host the fourth CornShed Charity Beer Festival. This all-day event, held in conjunction with the Cleveland Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, will feature more than 50 Real Ales, along with a selection of ciders, perries, wines, and soft drinks. Four live bands will perform, and there will be food for purchase.

6: East Malling Beer and Cider Festival, East Malling, England

The Maidstone and Mid Kent Area Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 2014 East Malling Beer and Cider Festival, which will take place at East Malling Research. This all-day event will feature 75 or more Real Ales, many of them brewed in Kent, along with a wide selection of ciders. Two live bands will perform, and food will be available for purchase.

6: Fall Festival of Beers and Chili Cook-Off, Crested Butte, CO

Mount Crested Butte Resort will host the 15th annual Fall Festival of Beers and Chili Cook-Off, which will take place amid mountain scenery at the resort's base area. This event, with extended hours this year, will feature beer from more than 20 breweries, a chili cook-off, live music, and food for purchase.

6: Gold Beach Brew & Art Festival, Gold Beach, OR

The seventh annual Gold Beach Brew & Art Festival will be held at the Event Center on the Beach in Gold Beach. This all-day event festival will feature an expanded selection of local craft beers (there were 45 last year). There will also be live music on two stages, a classic car show, a cycling event, food from local restaurants, and craft items and artwork for purchase.

6: Great Atlanta Beer Festival, Atlanta, GA

The 2014 Great Atlanta Beer Festival will be held at Turner Field, the home of the Atlanta Braves. This afternoon/evening event will feature more than 150 domestic craft beers, including many from the area, along with a selection of wines and ciders. Scout's Alley will be open, and the games will be free for festival-goers. College football will be shown on TVs in the Chop House and on the giant screen in the plaza. There will be live music on the Plaza's stage and food will be available for purchase.

6: Hilltown Brewfest, New Salem, MA

The New Salem General Store, The Brew Crew, and the event’s sponsors present the seventh annual Hilltown Brewfest, which will take place at Cooleyville Junction in New Salem. This afternoon event, which is a fund-raiser for local fire departments, will feature more than 100 beers, ciders, and meads, many of them from the Quabbin and Pioneer Valley regions and across New England. Three local bands will perform, hot and cold food will be available for purchase, and the General Store will serve free popcorn.

6: Lafayette Craft Brew & BBQ Festival, Lafayette, CO

The third annual Lafayette Craft Brew & BBQ Festival will be held at the Atlas Valley Shopping Center. This afternoon event, which benefits the YMCA of Boulder Valley Scholarship Fund, will feature a selection of craft beers, most of them brewed in Colorado. There will also be homebrew and barbecue competitions, live music, food, merchandise vendors, and games and children's activities. The festival is a fund-raiser for the YMCA of Boulder Valley Scholarship Fund and Boulder Rotary Club.

6: Lancaster Craft Beer Fest, Lancaster, PA

Joycat Events and the Mayor's Office of Special Events present the 2014 Lancaster Craft Beer Fest, which will take place downtown at Lancaster Square Park. This afternoon/evening event will feature more than 80 beers from over 35 breweries, most of them from the area. Several bands will perform, and food will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.

6: OC Brew Ha Ha, Silverado, CA

The fifth annual OC Brew Ha Ha will take place at the Oak Canyon Ranch in Silverado, near Irvine Lake. This afternoon event, to be held in a park with plenty of shaded seating, will feature more than 175 beers from over 70 breweries. There will also be an educational program led by beer experts, live entertainment, homebrew exhibitors, food trucks and food booths, and a cigar lounge. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special expert-led beer seminar, are available. The festival charity is the Fallen Fire Fighters Relief Fund.

6: Screw CIty Beer Festival, Rockford, IL

The fourth annual Screw CIty Beer Festival will be held at the intersection of State and Main Streets in downtown Rockford. This afternoon, rain-or-shine event will feature more than 130 beers, including a selection of Belgian beers. Food and merchandise vendors will be on hand. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.

6: Springfield Oyster & Beer (SOB) Festival, Springfield, IL

Conn's Hospitality Group presents the fifth annual Springfield Oyster & Beer (SOB) Festival, which will take place in the parking lot of the Inn at 835. This afternoon event will feature beer from a variety of local and national breweries (there were more than 25 last year). Several live bands will entertain; and food, including fresh oysters and traditional "pub grub, will be available for purchase. The festival is a fund-raiser for local charities.

6: Steel City Big Pour, Pittsburgh, PA

Construction Junction, in Pittsburgh, will host the eighth annual Steel City Big Pour. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with beer from more than 40 breweries, including Belgian and locally-brewed selections. Attendees are invited to rate food and beer on the Big Pour app. There will also be food from more than 20 local restaurants, live art and music, and a kegerator raffle. Proceeds will support Construction Junction's efforts to promote conservation through the reuse of building materials.

6: Summer Beer Dabbler at Highland Fest, St. Paul, MN

The Beer Dabbler presents the sixth annual Summer Beer Dabbler, which will take place at a new venue, the baseball field at Midway Stadium in St. Paul. This evening event will feature more than 200 beers from over 65 local, regional, and national breweries, including a special festival beer. There will also be live music, a silent disco, gourmet food trucks, and games and activities.

6: Tiburon Taps Beer Festival, Tiburon, CA

The inaugural Tiburon Taps Beer Festival will be held at Point Tiburon Plaza, a bayside venue. This afternoon event will feature more than 50 craft beers from northern California. Festival-goers are invited to vote for the “People’s Choice Award” winner. There will be live music, and food will be available for purchase. The festival charity is The Ranch Scholarship Program.

6: U.P. Beer Festival, Marquette, MI

The Michigan Brewers Guild presents the sixth annual U.P. Beer Festival, which will take place at Mattson Lower Harbor Park on the shore of Lake Superior in Marquette. This afternoon event will feature more than 350 beers from over 50 Michigan breweries, some of which are from the Upper Peninsula. There will also be live entertainment by local bands and food prepared by local restaurants.

6: Village Fest, Bakersfield, CA

Village Fest 2014 will be held at the Kern County Museum in Bakersfield. This evening event will feature more than 100 beers from 60 breweries, wine from 25 Central Coast wineries, unlimited food samples from 30 of Bakersfield's restaurants, and 17 bands performing on five stages. The festival ground consists of seven themed areas, including MicroBrews Alley. The festival charity is the Children’s Advocates Resource Endowment.

6: Wicked Wine and Brew Fest, Litchfield, NH

The Nashua Telegraph and the New Hampshire Food Bank present the 2014 Wicked Wine and Brew Fest, which will take place at Funway Park in Litchfield. This afternoon event will feature beer and wine from more than 20 New England breweries and wineries. There will also be music by local performers, and food and merchandise vendors will be on hand. Proceeds will go to the Food Bank.

6: Zoo Brew, South Bend, IN

South Bend's Potawatomi Zoo will host Zoo Brew 2014. This evening event will feature beers from local and regional breweries and distributors. There will be live entertainment, and food will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit wildlife conservation, new exhibits for the animals, and education programs.

9-13: Chappel Beer Festival, Chappel, England

The Essex Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 28th annual Chappel Beer Festival, which will take place at The East Anglian Railway Museum. Recent editions of this festival have featured more than 400 British beers, along with 50 ciders and perries and a selection of international beers; entertainment, including live bands, morris dancers, ferret races, and family-oriented entertainment; and a range of food, including vegetarian options. The festival is a fund-raiser for the museum.

9-11: St Ives Beer & Cider Festival, St Ives, England

The Huntingdonshire Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 2014 St Ives Beer & Cider Festival, which will take place at Burgess Hall near the center of town. This three-day event will feature around 70 Real Ales, including some from independent breweries, along with ciders, perries, and foreign bottled beers. Food and CAMRA merchandise will be available for purchase, and there will be a tomb

10-12: Berghoff Oktoberfest, Chicago, IL

The 29th annual Berghoff Oktoberfest will take place on the John C. Kluczynski Federal Plaza in Chicago's Loop district. This three-day celebration, which is Chicago's longest-running Oktoberfest, will feature classic German food and beer, lunchtime and evening traditional German performances by the Johnny Wagner Band, and nightly shows by some of Chicago's favorite bands. Admission is free. This year's charity is the Mercy Home for Boys & Girls.

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.

11-14: Mt. Angel Oktoberfest, Mt. Angel, OR

The 49th annual Mt. Angel Oktoberfest will be held in the village of Mt. Angel, a community settled by German pioneers. The celebration, which has been 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; more than 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 a car show, a marathon, and other events.

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.

12-21: Bellingham Beer Week, Bellingham, WA

The third annual Bellingham Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Bellingham. All of the city’s five craft breweries will take part in this ten-day celebration. There will be many events, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks.

12-14: Breckenridge Oktoberfest, Breckenridge, CO

The historic town of Breckenridge will host its 20th annual Oktoberfest. This three-day celebration will be a street party on Main Street with Paulaner beer, German food, oom-pah and polka music, Bavarian dancers, a 5-K run, and children's activities. There will also be a brewmaster's dinner on Friday evening.

12: Brew at the Zoo, Denver, CO

The Denver Zoo will host the 17th annual Brew at the Zoo. This evening event will feature beer from more than 40 Colorado breweries, along with food from 20 local restaurants. Preview tickets, with early admission, are available.

12-13: Langford Beer Festival, Steeple Langford, England

The 15th annual Langford Beer Festival will be held at the Langford Sports Ground in Steeple Langford in the scenic Wylwy Valley. The festival will feature more than 30 Real Ales from a variety of breweries, along with 12 ciders and a selection of wines. Food will be served, and there will be live entertainment. Camping is available at the site. This year’s festival charity is Exeter House School.

12-14: Telluride Brews & Blues, Telluride, CO

The 21st annual Telluride Brews & Blues, an outdoor celebration with mountain peaks for a background, will be held at the Telluride Town Park. Nationally renown blues artists will perform during this three-day festival. Saturday's “House of Brews” will feature more than 170 beers from over 55 breweries. There will also be children's activities and arts and crafts vendors. At night the festival moves into the towns of Telluride and Mountain Village for after-hours jams.

12-20: Toronto Beer Week, Toronto, ON, Canada

Toronto Beer Week 2014 will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in Toronto. Around 30 breweries will participate in this year’s nine-day celebration of craft beer. There will be more than 100 events, including beer dinners and beer-pairing events, beer cruises, beer history tours, technical and educational seminars, a scavenger hunt, and pub crawls.

13: Annapolis Craft Beer & Music Festival, Annapolis, MD

The third annual Annapolis Craft Beer & Music Festival will be held at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium. This afternoon event will feature more than 100 beers from over 35 regional and national craft breweries. There will also be live music under two tents; food, including crab cakes, oysters, and barbecue; an educational program; and gift items on sale at The Shops Village.

13: Beer for Beasts, Brooklyn, NY

BeerAdvocate and Sixpoint Brewery present the fourth annual Beer for Beasts, which will take place at the Bell House in Brooklyn.There will be afternoon and evening sessions, each with dozens of single-batch beers from Brooklyn's Sixpoint Brewery, including collaborations with friends of the brewery. There will also be entertainment and food for purchase. All proceeds will benefit The Humane Society of New York City.

13-14: Beer Festival at The White Hart, Ellesmere, England

The White Hart, a public house in Ellesmere, will host a Beer Festival. This two-day event, which coincides with the town’s Ellesmere Festival, will feature a selection of ales, served in an outdoor beer garden. There will also be live entertainment both days. 

13: Beer Sampling at the Madison County Hop Fest, Oneida, NY

The 19th annual Madison County Hop Fest will be held on the grounds of the Madison County Historical Society in Oneida. The headline event of the all-Saturday Hop Fest is an afternoon beer sampling with beer from more than 15 breweries, along with guest speakers, hop-growing and homebrewing exhibits, a hop shop, merchandise vendors, and a raffle. There will also be a beer dinner on Friday evening, a "Taste of Hops" food and beer pairing before Saturday's sampling, and a guided tour of the area's barns and hop houses on Sunday.

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.

13: Brews, Beats and Bands, Canton, MI

Canton Leisure Services presents the fifth annual Brews, Beats and Bands, which will take place at the Cady-Boyer Barn in Preservation Park. This evening event will feature more than 50 craft beers. The Dale Hicks Band and All Directions will perform, and there will be brats with fixings and pretzels. The festival is a benefit for the Canton Historical Society.

13: Connecticut on Tap, Danbury, CT

Townsquare Media Of Danbury (I-95 Rock) presents Connecticut On Tap 2014, which will take place at Ives Concert Park in Danbury. This afternoon event will feature more than 100 beers from American craft breweries. There will also be live music, and food will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available. 

13-15: Great Japan Beer Festival, Yokohama, Japan

The Japan Craft Beer Association presents the ninth annual Great Japan Beer Festival-Yokohama, which will take place at Osanbashi Hall at Yokohama Port. This three-afternoon event will feature more than 120 microbrewed beers.

13: Great Lakes Brewfest, Racine, WI

The 11th annual Great Lakes Beer Fest will be held at the Racine Zoo, a venue with a view of Lake Michigan. This afternoon event will feature more than 400 beers, ciders and meads, including rare and limited-release beers. “Homebrew Island” will offer samples from 12 Midwestern homebrew clubs. There will be live music, and food from local restaurants will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. The festival is a fund-raiser for the Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps, which will also entertain festival-goers.

13: Harvest Moon Brew Fest, Aitkin, MN

The Glacial Lake Brewers, a local brew club, will host the Harvest Moon Brew Fest. It will take place in the parking lot of the historic Butler Building in downtown Aitkin. This late-afternoon event will feature a variety of Minnesota craft beers, along with a selection of homebrews. There will also be live music; food, including wood-fired pizza and food trucks; and local crafters.  

13: Hop in the City, St. Louis, MO

The Schlafly Brewing Company will host the 16th annual Hop in the City, which will take place at the Schlafly Tap Room in St. Louis. This afternoon event, which is the brewery’s biggest event of the year, will feature more than 40 beer styles the brewery turns out each year, along with food and live local music.

13: Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival, Petaluma, CA

The Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Petaluma Valley present the 2013 Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival, which will take place downtown. This afternoon event will feature craft beer from around 20 local breweries. Three live bands will perform, food will be available for purchase, and festival-goers are invited to walk on the promenade by the river. All proceeds will go to local organizations.

13: Pretzel City Brew Fest, Freeport, IL

The 2014 Pretzel City Brew Fest will be held in downtown Freeport, "Pretzel City, USA." This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 40 breweries, including five from the area, along with a selection of wines. There will also be live music, and local food vendors will be on hand. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. The festival is a fund-raiser for the Freeport Downtown Development Foundation.

13: Septembeerfest, Corvallis, OR

The Heart of the Valley Homebrewers presents the seventh annual Septembeerfest, which will take place at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Corvallis. This all-day, family-friendly event, which is part of Corvallis Beer Week, will feature beer from Northwest breweries. There will also be live entertainment, and food will be available for purchase. The festival is a benefit for Linn Benton Food Share and Oregon State University fermentation science students.

13: Snallygaster, The Monolithic Beer Jamboree, Washington, DC

The third annual Snallygaster, The Monolithic Beer Jamboree, will be held at a new venue, The Yards, near Nationals Stadium in Washington. This afternoon event, named for a legendary beast said to terrorize the region a century ago, will feature more than 250 beers selected by The Church Key's Greg Engert. Food will be available for purchase, and there will be live music. “Hydra” VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. The festival is a fund-raiser for Arcadia, an organization promoting food equity and sustainability.

13: Thirsty Troll Brew Fest, Mount Horeb, WI

Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin, the "Troll Capital of the World," will host the 12th annual Thirsty Troll Beer Festival. It will take place in Grundahl Park. This afternoon event will feature more than 100 beers from over 25 craft breweries, many of them from Wisconsin. There will also be live music, food served by local civic organizations, and an opportunity to be photographed with Jorgen the Thirsty Troll.

17-20: York Beer & Cider Festival, York Knavesmire, England

The York Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 2014 York Beer & Cider Festival, which will take place at York Knavesmire. This four-day event will feature 400 beers along with over 100 ciders and perries, a foreign beer bar, and a selection of wines. There will also be live music, food from local caterers, a tombola, and a CAMRA membership stand.

18-21: Addison Oktoberfest, Addison, TX

The 26th annual Addison Oktoberfest will be held at Addison Circle Park. This four-day festival will feature Paulaner beer and German food served in the Brauhaus; music, dancing, and sing-alongs; a Sporthalle; carnival rides and children's activities; a 5K Oktoberfest run; and arts and crafts.

18-21: Frankenmuth Oktoberfest, Frankenmuth, MI

Frankenmuth Festivals presents the 25th annual Frankenmuth Oktoberfest, which will take place at Heritage Park in the Bavarian-themed town of Frankenmuth. The festival, officially sanctioned by the Lord Mayor of Munich, will feature cold beer; music and dancing; traditional entertainment, including Schuhplattler dancers and oom-pah bands; German food; a wiener dog race; children's activities; and a Sunday worship service in German.

19-20: Berwyn Oktoberfest, Berwyn, IL

The Berwyn Development Corporation presents the 13th annual Berwyn Oktoberfest, which will take place in the Depot District. This two-day event will feature a beer garden along with live entertainment, food for purchase, amusement rides, kids' activities, and crafters and vendors.

19-21: Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest, Chippewa Falls, WI

The 12th annual Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest will be held at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds. This a traditional Oktoberfest-style celebration, which opens with the tapping of the Golden Keg and includes German beer and food. This three-day celebration will feature a variety of musical performers and other entertainers, family and children's activities, and a Sunday polka worship service.

19-20: Llanbedr Beer Festival, Llanbedr, Wales

The ninth Llanbedr Beer Festival will be held on the grounds of Ty Mawr Country Hotel in Llanbedr, a village located in Snodonia National Park. This two-day event will feature beer and cider from ten breweries and cideries from the area. Local food will be available for purchase, and there will be live entertainment both evenings. Shell Island, the largest campsite in Europe, is close to the festival site.

19-21: Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, Cincinnati, OH

The 39th 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 world's largest kazoo band, led by a celebrity Grand Marshal. Admission is free.

19: San Diego Festival of Beer, San Diego, CA

The 20th annual San Diego Festival of Beer will be held at a new venue, The Port Pavilion on the Broadway Pier. The evening indoor/outdoor event will feature 120 beers from 50 breweries, most of them from the San Diego area and California, along with a selection of wines. There will also be live music, and food will be available for purchase. The festival is a benefit for San Diego Professionals Against Cancer.

20: Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue Festival, Tysons Corner, VA

Trigger Agency presents the Tysons Corner edition of the 2014 Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue Festival. It will take place at the Tyson Town Square. This afternoon event will feature 60 beers and 40 bourbons; rock and blues music; a wide range of barbecue selections; seminars led by master distillers, brewmasters, and pit masters; a cigar tent; games and contests; and merchandise for sale. "Bacon and whole Hog" VIP tickets, with early admission and food, including bacon and pulled pork, are available. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Spirit of Hope Children's Foundation.

20: Big Brew NY Beer Festival, White Plains, NY

The 2014 Big Brew NY Beer Festival will be held at Westchester County Center in White Plains. This evening event will feature more than 250 craft beers. There will also be live music, and food will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission, a special selection of beers, and a buffet, are available.

20: Egg Harbor AleFest, Egg Harbor, WI

The 2014 Egg Harbor AleFest will be held at Harbor View Park, a venue with a view of Green Bay. This afternoon event will feature more than 100 beers from around 40 craft breweries. There will be live music, and food will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission, a special selection of beers, and all-you-can-eat food, are available. A complimentary trolley will run between the festival site and Egg Harbor hotels and restaurants.

20: Loveland Oktoberfest, Loveland, CO

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse and other sponsors present the fifth annual Loveland Oktoberfest. It will be held at a new venue, Thunder Mountain Harley-Davidson. This family-friendly afternoon event will feature beer from several local craft breweries, live music, food and artisan items vendors, and activities for children and families. There will be an evening concert, with three live bands, after Oktoberfest itself. This year’s festival charity is Colorado Youth Outdoors.

20: McCoole's Fall Beer Festival, Quakertown, PA

McCoole's Arts and Events, in Quakertown, will host a Fall Beer Festival. This evening event will feature more than 70 craft beers, and a premium spirits and wine garden has been added to this year’s beverage selection. In addition, there will be live music, food and craft vendors, and beer trivia and games for prizes. Plenty of free parking is available, and a complimentary shuttle will run.

20: 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 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 benefits Nashville Humane.

20: Rome Beer Festival, Rome, GA

The seventh annual Rome Beer Festival will be held at Heritage Park. This afternoon event, which is a fund-raiser for the Rome Area Council for the Arts, will feature more than 120 beers. There will also be live local music, food for purchase, and cigar and beer-themed art vendors. VIP tickets, with early admission, a special selection of beers, and complimentary snacks, are available.

20-October 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?

20: Smokin Blues and Brews 3, Manheim, PA

The Lancaster Liederkranz, a German-themed picnic grounds in Manheim, will host Smokin' Blues and Brews Festival 3. This afternoon/evening event will feature 60 beers from 30 breweries, including six from Germany to celebrate the opening of Munich’s Oktoberfest. There will also be live blues music, along with German food including bratwurst, schnitzel, and spatzle.

20: Top of the Hops Beer Festival-Charlottesville, Charlottesville, VA

Starr Hill and Beer Run present the fourth annual Charlottesville edition of the Top of the Hops Beer Festival, which will take place at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion. The late-afternoon event will feature more than 150 craft beers. The Devil's Backbone Brew University Area will offer presentations on cooking with beer, food pairings, and "Brewing 101.” There will also be live entertainment, food for purchase, and games. VIP tickets, with early admission, a special selection of beers, and complimentary catered food, are available.

25-28: Savor the Central Coast, Santa Margarita, CA

Sunset magazine and Visit San Luis Obispo County present Savor the Central Coast. The Main Event, on Saturday and Sunday, will place at the Santa Margarita Ranch. It will feature locally-brewed beers; wine from more than 100 local wineries; small bites from local restaurants; live music; a wine and cooking educational program, with celebrities from the culinary world; and craft vendors. In addition to the Main Event, the weekend activities will include Adventure Tours of local attractions, special attractions, and dinners.

25-27: Tynemouth Beer Festival, North Shields, England

Tynemouth Cricket Club and Percy Park Rugby Club, in association with Jennings Brewery, present the 2014 Tynemouth Beer Festival. It will take place at the Tynemouth Cricket Club in North Shields. This three-day tented event will feature 60 beers, many of them from West Yorkshire, along with 20 ciders. There will be live entertainment Friday and Saturday evenings. The festival charity is the Tynemouth Lifeboat Station.

26-28: Bransgore Beer Festival, Brangsore, England

The Rotary Club of Bransgore presents the 2014 Bansgore Beer Festival. It will be held at The Three Tuns, a public house that is also presenting this event. There will be 60 Real Ales, along with 20 ciders and a selection of wines, served in a large pub garden. In addition, there will be live music; a wine and chocolate tasting session; and food, including a hog roast.

27: Stonesfield Septembeerfest, Stonesfield, England

The second annual Stonesfield Septembeerfest will be held at Village Hall. This all-day event will feature 22 ales, along with a selection of ciders and a Champagne tent. There will also be a variety of live music on two stages, and food will be available for purchase. Admission and parking are free.

28: Kingsport Oktoberfest, Kingsport, TN

The fourth annual Kingsport Oktoberfest will be held in downtown Kingsport. This all-day event will feature more than 100 craft-brewed 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. VIP tickets, with early admission, a special selection of beers, and complimentary appetizers, are available.