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 Jamal Walker 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.
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.
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.
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.
17-20: 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: 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.
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?
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.