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.
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.
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: 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: 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: 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?
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.