The 184th 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?
5-7: Great American Beer Festival, Denver, CO
The Brewers Association presents the 35th 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 premier beer festival and competition, will feature the products of more than 750 breweries from throughout the country. In addition to beer sampling, the festival will include “paired” (aka 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.
6-8: Nashville Oktoberfest, Nashville, TN
The 38th annual Nashville Oktoberfest will be held in the city’s historic Germantown area. This three-day celebration, described by organizers as the nation’s second largest, will feature more than 20 locally-brewed craft beers. There will also be contemporary and oom-pah music, performed on three stages; food from over 25 local restaurants and food trucks; arts and crafts vendors; and games and children’s activities. General admission is free. VIP tickets, with complimentary beer, food, and a one-liter stein, are available. The festival is a fund-raiser for several local charities.
13: Friday the Firkenteenth, Philadelphia, PA
Friday the Firkenteenth, held at the Grey Lodge in Philadelphia, is a Friday the 13th tradition that dates back to 1998. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with 30 firkins and pins of cask-conditioned beer. This is the only known beer event in the world whose frequency and timing are entirely at the mercy of the calendar.
21: Long Beach Craft Beer Festival, Long Beach, CA
The 2017 Long Beach Craft Beer Festival will be held at Jack Rose Track Stadium on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. This afternoon open-air event will feature more than 100 domestic and imported craft beers, including many from Los Angeles and southern California. There will also be live music and other entertainment, food for purchase, and beer-related activities. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. All proceeds will benefit the CSULB Hospitality Department.