September 2015 Events

3-6: Leeds International Beer Festival, Leeds, England

The fourth annual Leeds International Beer Festival will be held at Town Hall. This four-day event will feature 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."

3-5: Tamworth Beer Festival, Tamworth, England

The Lichfield, Sutton and Tamworth Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 22nd annual Tamworth Beer Festival, which will take place at the Assembly Rooms. This three-day event will feature more than 90 Real Ales from UK microbreweries, along with ciders, perries, and bottled beers from around the world. Hot and cold food will be available for purchase. 

4-6: Belgian Beer Weekend, Brussels, Belgium

The Belgian Brewers Association and the Knighthood of the Brewers' Mash present the 17th 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; 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.

4-12: Choctaw Oktoberfest, Choctaw, OK

Old Germany Restaurant, the City of Choctaw, and the Choctaw Chamber present the 2015 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.

4-7: Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest, Berea, OH

Paulaner presents the 2015 Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest, which will take place 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.

4-6: Kilham Beer Festival, Kilham, England

The 2015 Kilham Beer Festival will be held on the Kilham playing field, near Driffeld. Recent editions of this three-day, family-friendly event have featured more than 30 Real Ales and ciders, along with a selection of bottled beers. There will also be live music, and food will be available for purchase.

4-7: La Fete Bieres et Saveurs, Chambly, QC, Canada

The 14th annual La Fete Bieres et Saveurs (the Beer and Flavor 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. The festival website is entirely in French.

4-6: Nelson Head Beer and Cider Festival, Horsey, England

Nelson Head, a public house in Horsey, will host a Beer and Cider Festival. This three-day event will feature more than 30 Real Ales and ciders. There will also be live music; full pub facilities; and food, including barbecue, for purchase.

4-6: Villaggio della Birra, Bibbiano, Italy

The tenth 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.

4-5: Wessex Beer and Cider Festival, Chilcompton, England

The Rotary Club of Somer Valley presents the ninth annual Wessex Beer and Cider Festival, which will take place on the grounds of 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.

5-6: Mount Snow Brewers Festival, West Dover, VT

Mount Snow Resort, in West Dover, will host its 21st annual Brewers Festival. This two-afternoon event will feature more than 90 beers from over 30 breweries. There will be live music both days, and barbecue and other food will be available for purchase.

5: Savannah Craft Brew Festival, Savannah, GA

Habersham and Abita present the eighth annual Savannah Craft Brew Fest, which will be held at the Esplanade at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. This afternoon event, at a venue overlooking the Savannah River, will feature beer from more than 65 breweries. There will also be an educational program, a silent disco, mixology and cider gardens, food and souvenir items for sale, football games in the Sports Bar, and a corn hole tournament.

5: Sierra Brewfest, Grass Valley, CA

The 26th annual Sierra BrewFest will be held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. This afternoon event, which will take place under the tall pines in the Sierra foothills, will feature more than 100 beers from domestic and foreign breweries, many of them from northern California. The Power of 12 Band will perform, food trucks and local restaurants will be at the festival site, and there will be a Bag-O tournament. The festival is a benefit for Music in the Mountains.

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

Conn's Hospitality Group presents the sixth annual Springfield Oyster & Beer (SOB) Festival, which will take place in the parking lot of the Inn at 835. This afternoon event will feature more than 110 local and domestic craft beers. Several live bands will perform; and food, including fresh oysters and traditional pub grub, will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with a special selection of beers and a chef-prepared meal, are available. The festival is a fund-raiser for local charities.

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.

10-13: Silloth Music & Beer Festival, Silloth-on-Solway, England

The 15th 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 four-day event will feature around 60 Real Ales, many of them from Cumbria, along with 22 draft ciders and a selection of lagers, perries, and wines. There will also be live acts from throughout the UK, hot and cold food for purchase, and Family Afternoon on Sunday. Proceeds will support other music events on the Green.

11-12: Cincy Beerfest on Fountain Square, Cincinnati, OH

Festivals Unlimited presents the seventh annual Cincy Beer Fest on Fountain Square. It will take place downtown at Fountain Square and surrounding streets. This two-day event will feature more than 250 craft beers. There will also be live local music, and food and merchandise vendors will be on hand. VIP tickets, with a special selection of beers, will be available. All proceeds will benefit the Big Joe Duskin Music Education Foundation for musical programs in under-funded schools.

11: Emerald Coast Beer Festival, Pensacola, FL

The 2015 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 a variety of breweries, distributors, and homebrew clubs (there were more than 50 in recent years). There will also be live entertainment, and food will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission, a special selection of beers, and a buffet meal, are available. A beer dinner will take place the evening before the festival. Part of the proceeds will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida and the Seville Rotary.

11: Fall Harvest Brewfest, Fort Collins, CO

The seventh 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 more than 100 beers and spirits from over 30 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.

11-12: Great Canadian Beer Festival, Victoria, BC, Canada

The 23rd annual Great Canadian Beer Festival will be held at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria. This two-day event will feature beer from more than 55 craft breweries from Canada, the Northwest U.S., and Belgium. There will also be live local entertainment, and food from local restaurants and caterers will be available for purchase.

11-13: Oregon Brews & BBQs, McMinnville, OR

The eighth 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.

12: Brass City Brew Fest, Waterbury, CT

Main Street Waterbury presents the tenth annual Brass City Brew Fest, which will take place at Library Park. This afternoon event will feature more than 250 domestic and imported beers, 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.

12-13: California Beer Festival-Claremont/San Dimas, San Dimas, CA

California Beer Festival, LLC, presents the 2015 Claremont/San Dimas edition of the California Beer Festival, which will take place at Frank G. Bonelli Park in San Dimas. This event, which has been expanded to two days, will feature more than 85 craft beers. There will also be live music, and food and merchandise vendors will be on hand. A Hamburger and Hops event will take place on Sunday after the festival itself, and beer will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the Gen Giammanco Foundation.

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

Mount Crested Butte Resort will host the 16th annual Fall Festival of Beers and Chili Cook-Off, which will take place amid mountain scenery at the resort's base area. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 15 breweries, a judged chili cook-off, live music, and food for purchase.

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

The eighth annual Gold Beach Brew & Art Festival will be held at the Event Center on the Beach in Gold Beach. This all-day event will feature more than 45 locally-brewed beers, along with a selection of wine. There will also be live music on two stages, food from local restaurants, and craft items and artwork for purchase. A classic car show will take place outside the festival site.

12: Harvest Moon Brew Fest, Aitkin, MN

The Glacial Lakes Brewers, a local home-brew club, presents the Harvest Moon Brew Fest, which will take place in the parking lot of The Butler Building in Aitken. This afternoon event will feature a selection of Minnesota craft beers, along with local homebrews. There will be live music, and food trucks will be at the festival site.

12: Highwood Craft Beer Festival, Highwood, IL

The third annual Highwood Craft Beer Festival will take place at Everts Park. This afternoon event will feature 70 craft beers from 35 breweries, many of them from the Chicago area. There will be live music, along with food from Highwood's best restaurants. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.

12: 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, barbecue and other food will be available for purchase, and the General Store will serve free popcorn.

12: Rome Beer Festival, Rome, GA

The eighth 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 150 domestic and imported beers, with an emphasis on Georgia-brewed 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.

12: Screw City Beer Festival, Rockford, IL

The fifth 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.

12: Steel City Big Pour, Pittsburgh, PA

Construction Junction, in Pittsburgh, will host the ninth annual Steel City Big Pour. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with beer from more than 40 breweries. The selection will include beer from Belgian and local breweries. 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.

12: Thirsty Troll Brew Fest, Mount Horeb, WI

Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin, the "Troll Capital of the World," will host the 13th 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 a homebrew competition, live music, food served by local civic organizations, and an opportunity to be photographed with Jorgen the Thirsty Troll.

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

The Michigan Brewers Guild presents the seventh 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 400 beers from over 60 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.

12: Village Fest, Bakersfield, CA

Village Fest 2015 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.

12: Zoo Brew, South Bend, IN

The Potawatomi Zoo, in South Bend, will host the seventh annual Zoo Brew. This evening event will feature more than 100 beers from the area’s craft breweries and distributors, along with food from local restaurants. Festival-goers are invited to view the animal exhibits. Proceeds will benefit the Zoo’s wildlife conservation and education program and its new naturalistic exhibits.

17: Brigantine Blues, Brews, BBQ, Brigantine, NJ

The inaugural Brigantine Blues, Brews, BBQ will take place on the beach. The all-day open-seating event, loosely structured on similar events in Monterey and New Orleans, will feature a lineup of blues musicians. Beer from a number of South Jersey breweries, and barbecue from Butch’s BBQ, will be available for purchase. 

17-20: Mt. Angel Oktoberfest, Mt. Angel, OR

The 50th annual Mt. Angel Oktoberfest will be held in the village of Mt. Angel, a community settled by German pioneers. The four-day celebration, 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; over 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 arts and crafts and "Cruz-n-Car" shows.

18-20: Bierbörse, Muelheim, Germany

The second annual Mulheim edition of Bierboerse, a series of beer festivals held across Germany, will take place at the historic City Hall on the Ruhr River. Hundreds of beers, including hard-to-find German microbrews, will be served in a Biergarten atmosphere. There will also be live entertainment, food for purchase, breweriana, and artisans' stands. The Bierboerse website is entirely in German.

18-20: Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest, Chippewa Falls, WI

The 13th annual Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest will be held at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds. This three-day traditional Oktoberfest-style celebration opens with the tapping of the Golden Keg, and includes German beer and food. It will feature more than 30 musical acts, family and children's activities, games, and a Sunday polka worship service.

18-20: Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, Cincinnati, OH

The 40th 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.

18-26: Toronto Beer Week, Toronto, ON, Canada

Toronto Beer Week 2015 will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in Toronto. Around 35 breweries will participate in this nine-day celebration of craft beer. There will be more than 100 events, including beer dinners and beer-pairing events, a beer cruise, history tours, an educational program, a scavenger hunt, and pub crawls.

19: Great Lakes Brew Fest, Racine, WI

BrewFest Partners presents the 12th annual Great Lakes Beer Fest will be held at the Racine Zoological Gardens, a venue with a view of Lake Michigan. This afternoon event will feature more than 450 beers and sodas from over 100 breweries, 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.

19-October 4: Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany

The 182nd 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?

19: River Valley Craft Beer Fest, Portsmouth, OH

The second annual River Valley Craft Beer Fest will take place on the lot of The Party Connection, a liquor store in Portsmouth. This afternoon event will feature beer from 12 craft breweries, food from local restaurants, and live music. Proceeds will benefit the Portsmouth Area Jaycees.

19: Tiburon Taps Beer Festival, Tiburon, CA

The 2015 Tiburon Taps Beer Festival will be held downtown at Point Tiburon Plaza on the bayside. This afternoon event will feature more than 60 craft beers from the Bay Area and northern California, along with complimentary food. The price of admission also includes a free live concert by Mustache Harbor. Proceeds will go to The Ranch Scholarship Program.

24-26: Great American Beer Festival, Denver, CO

The Brewers Association presents the 33rd 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 the products of some 700 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 more than 5,000 entries, with gold, silver, and bronze medals awarded in more than 135 categories.

25-27: Bierkeller Oktoberfest, Taylor, MI

The Bierkeller Tavern & Eatery, a German-inspired establishment in Taylor, will host Oktoberfest 2015. This three-day celebration, to be held under huge tents, will feature a large selection of German and Michigan craft beers, along with live music, traditional food, German costume contests, and a stein-holding contest. Festival-goers will be entered into a drawing for a trip for two to Oktoberfest 2016 in Munich.

25: Denver Rare Beer Tasting VII, Denver, CO

Pints for Prostates presents the Denver Rare Beer Tasting VII, which will take place on the first two floors of the McNichols Civic Center Building. This afternoon event, which raises awareness of prostate cancer, takes place during the weekend of the Great American Beer Festival. It will feature rare, exotic, and vintage beers from 50 American craft breweries, and brewers will be in attendance. There will also be a buffet lunch (included in the price of admission), and a silent auction for beer experiences and collectibles. Festival-goers will be entered into a drawing for a beer trip for two to Europe. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.

26-27: Chiddingly Beer Festival, Chiddingly, England

The 2015 Chiddingly Beer Festival will be held at Village Hall. This two-day event will feature a wide selection of beers and ciders. There will also be live bands and DJs; food for purchase, including barbecue and ice cream; and children’s activities. Admission is free.

26: Valpo Brewfest, Valparaiso, IN

Valparaiso Events presents the 2015 Valpo Brewfest, which will take place at Central Park Plaza in downtown Valparaiso. This afternoon event will feature more than 175 beers from across the country, and festival-goers are invited to vote for their favorite Hoosier beer. There will also be live music, and food will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.