November 2015 Events

September 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.

6: Autos and Ales, Hershey, PA

The AACA Museum, in Hershey, will host the the sixth annual Autos and Ales. This evening event, to be held among the museum's antique cars, trucks, and motorcycles, will feature beer from more than 25 breweries, many of them from the region, along with beer from the local homebrewers’ club. There will also be live music and other entertainment, food and merchandise vendors, a cigar tent, and cash and prize raffles.

6-15: San Diego Beer Week, San Diego, CA

The seventh annual San Diego Beer Week will take place at various locations breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in San Diego County. The headline event of this ten-day celebration is the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival. There will be more than 500 other events, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks.

6-7: San Diego Brewers Guild Festival, San Diego, CA

The 13th annual San Diego Brewers Guild Festival will take place at The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier. This two-day event, presented by the Guild, will feature beer from more than 50 San Diego breweries. There will also be live entertainment, along with food for purchase from restaurants and food trucks. VIP tickets, with early admission, a special selection of beers, and complimentary food, are available for Friday evening’s session; and VIP tickets, with early admission, are available for Saturday afternoon’s session.

6-7: Woking Beer Festival, Woking, England

The Surrey/Hants Borders Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 22nd annual Woking Beer Festival, which will take place at the Woking Leisure Centre. This two-day, three-session event will feature more than 70 Real Ales, along with a selection of ciders and imported beers. There will be live music on the Wurlitzer organ, and food will be available for purchase.

7: All Colorado Beer Festival, Colorado Springs, CO

The 2015 All Colorado Beer Festival will be held at the Mortgage Solutions Financial Expo Center in Colorado Springs. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, with an expanded selection of beer (more than 70 Colorado breweries were represented last year). There will also be a judged All-Colorado Beer Competition, along with live entertainment and food for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available for both sessions. The festival is a fund-raiser for several local charities.

7: Attack of the Big Beers, Charlotte, NC

Superfly Fabulous Events presents the second annual Attack of the Big Beers—Charlotte's High Gravity Beer Fest, which will take place at NODA. There will be afternoon and evening sessions, each with more than 100 craft beers, many of them from Charlotte and the Carolinas. The lineup will include high-gravity, session, Belgian, and infused beers. Professional brewers will compete for the Brewzilla Cup. In addition, there will be a DJ, aerial acrobatics, yoga, and hoopers.

7: Bluffton International and Craft Beer Festival, Bluffton, SC

Bear Foot Sports Festivals presents the fifth annual Bluffton International and Craft Beer Festival, which will take place downtown at a new venue, Bluffton Oyster Factory Park. This afternoon event will feature more than 150 beers from over 60 domestic and foreign breweries. There will also be live music, a food court, and a vendor village. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Palmetto Animal League.

7: International Great Beer Expo: Long Island, Elmont, NY

Starfish Junction Productions presents the eighth annual International Great Beer Expo: Long Island, which will take place on the concourse at the Belmont Park Racetrack in Elmont. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with beer from more than 50 domestic and foreign breweries, including a number of Long Island-brewed beers. There will also be an educational program, demonstrations, and food for purchase.

7: Lake Geneva Beer & Spirits, Lake Geneva, WI

The sixth annual Lake Geneva Beer & Spirits will be held at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 30 craft breweries, along with a selection of liquors. There will also be live entertainment, food sampling, a photo booth, and a silent auction benefitting the Friends of Big Foot Beach State Park.

7: Lowcountry Hoedown, Charleston, SC

Gusto Group LLC presents the fourth annual Lowcountry Hoedown, which will take place at the Charleston Visitor Center Bus Shed. This evening event will feature dozens of regional craft beers and spirits; Southern food, including barbecue; and bluegrass music and dancing.

7-14: Wilmington Beer Week, Wilmington, DE

Out and About magazine presents the fifth annual Wilmington Beer Week, which will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in Wilmington and New Castle County. The focus of this eight-day celebration is on craft beer from Delaware and surrounding states. There will be a number of events, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks. Beer Lover and Beer Geek passes, which entitle the holder to discounts, are available. 

12-15: Halifax & Calderdale CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival, Hebden Bridge, England

The Halifax & Calderdale Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents its 2015 Beer & Cider Festival. It will take place at a new venue, Hebden Bridge Town Hall. This two-day event will feature more than 50 Real Ales, along with ciders and perries. Food will be available for purchase.

13-14: Cheshire Beer Festival, Cheshire, England

The Cheshire branches of the Campaign for Real Ale present the 2015 Cheshire Beer Festival, which returns to the Chester Racecourse. This two-day, three-session event will feature more than 120 ales, 20 ciders and perries, and a selection of bottled beers. The Champion Beer of Cheshire competition will take place during the festival. There will be live music and other entertainment, along with “high quality food,” at all sessions. Card-carrying CAMRA members will receive a free pint.

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 more than 25 firkins 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.

13-14: Iowa’s Premier Beer, Wine & Food Expo, Des Moines, IA

Hy-Vee presents Iowa’s Premier Beer, Wine & Food Expo, which will take place at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. This two-day event will feature three stages with appearances by food and beverage experts, a beer garden, cooking demonstrations, and food samples from vendors and restaurants. There will also be gourmet pairing dinners (separate admission) during the festival. Part of the proceeds will be donated to Variety, The Children’s Charity.

13-14: McKenzie Cider & Craft Beer Festival, Springfield, OR

The McKenzie After 5 Rotary Club and the Springfield Rotary Club are present the fourth annual McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer Festival, which will take place at the Willamalane Center for Sports and Recreation in Springfield. This two-day event will feature more than 150 craft beers and ciders, including some oak-aged beers. There will also be live local entertainment, and food and merchandise vendors will be at the site. Proceeds will support Bags of Love, which supports at-risk children.

13-20: Traverse City Beer Week, Traverse City, MI

Traverse City Beer Week 2015 will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Traverse City. There will be a number of events during this eight-day celebration, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks.

14: Carroll County Craft Beer Festival, Westminster, MD

The 2015 Carroll County Craft Beer Festival will be held in Shipley Arena at the Carroll County Ag Center in Westminster. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 35 breweries, many of them from Maryland and nearby states. Brewery representatives will be on hand. There will be live entertainment, and food will be available for purchase.

20-21: Grand Tasting at Vancouver's Hopscotch Festival, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Foodconnect.com presents the 20th annual Vancouver's Hopscotch Festival. The festival's headline event, the two-day Grand Tasting, will be held at the PNE Forum. It will feature more than 300 products from over 100 exhibitors, including beer, wine, and spirits; live entertainment; and food from local restaurants. Satellite events will be held at venues in and around Vancouver during the week; in past years, they have included special tastings, brewery tours, and beer and whiskey dinners.

20-21: Otley Beer Festival, England

The Otley R.A.T.S. (Real Ale Tasting Society) presents the 15th annual Otley Beer Festival, which will take place at the Otley Rugby Club. This two-day event will feature around 60 Real Ales, many of them from Yorkshire breweries, along with Real Ciders and perries and beer from around the world. There will also be live entertainment, and food will be available for purchase. Proceeds will go to local charities.