October 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.

September 12-October 31 (weekends): Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest, Big Bear Lake, CA

Big Bear Lake will host its 45th annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest, which will be held at the resort's Convention Center. This Oktoberfest-style celebration will feature America's highest-elevation biergarten; authentic German food; renown musical acts and dance groups; activities, including log-sawing and stein-holding contests; sports on television; and a fun zone for children and families.

3: BeerFeast, Sugar Land, TX

The Sugar Land location of the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium presents its fourth annual Beer Feast, which will take place in front of Sugar Land City Hall. This afternoon festival, which is one of the South’s premier craft beer events, will feature 80 beers from more than 50 of the nation’s top breweries. Food from local restaurants will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission, a food voucher, and hourly tastings of rare beers, are available. 

3: Big Red Liquors Festiv-Ale, Indianapolis, IN

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will host the 16th annual Big Red Liquors’ Festiv-Ale: A Wine & Stein Celebration. This afternoon/evening event, presented by Hot Box Pizza, will take place at a new venue, Champions Pavilion on the Indiana State Fairgrounds. There will be more than 100 tasting stations with over 100 craft beers, 50 wines, and food from 15 local restaurants. Two lives will perform, and festival-goers are invited to place bids in a silent auction. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. The festival is a fund-raiser for the CFF.

3: Brownsville BeerFest, Brownsville, TX

The third annual Brownsville BeerFest will be held at the Gladys Potter Zoo. This family-friendly event, which is part of the Zoo’s annual “Zoofari” festivities, will feature a 121-foot-long wooden bar, said to be the longest bar in Texas. More than 200 domestic and imported beers were available at last year’s festival. There will also be live entertainment; food for purchase; the crowning of the Beer Queen; and games, including keg-throwing and obstacle-course competitions. The festival is a fund-raiser for the Zoo and other local charities.

3: Harbor Island International Beer Festival, Mamaroneck, NY

Half Time Beverage of Mamaroneck presents the second annual Harbor Island International Beer Festival, which will take place under big tents at Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck. This afternoon event will feature more than 200 domestic and imported beers. There will also be an educational program, live entertainment, local and national artisans, and food from area and New York City chefs. VIP and Brewmaster Reserve tickets, with early admission and other benefits, are available.

3: Kingsport Oktoberfest, Kingsport, TN

Superfly Fabulous Events presents the fifth annual Kingsport Oktoberfest, which will take place in downtown Kingsport. This all-day event will feature more than 150 beers, including rare and cask-conditioned beers, and two roaming beer infuser lines. There will also be a Black Forest Brew Off; German, American, and bluegrass music all day; a College Football Bier Hall; games and contests; and children's activities. “First Pour” tickets, with early admission, a special selection of beers, and complimentary appetizers, are available. The festival charities are Chamber Foundations and Keep Kingsport Beautiful.

9-10: Beertopia, Hong Kong SAR, China

The fifth annual Beertopia Hong Kong will be held at a new venue, the Central Harbourfront. This two-day, three-session event, which organizers describe as Hong Kong's largest international craft beer festival, will feature more than 450 beers from around the world. There will also be live music, food for purchase, and games. All-weekend passes are available.

9-11: Nashville Oktoberfest, Nashville, TN

The 36th annual Nashville Oktoberfest will be held in the city’s historic Germantown area. This three-day celebration will feature German-style beer; contemporary and oom-pah music, performed on three stages; and food from local restaurants and food trucks. General admission is free. VIP tickets, with a complimentary meal, discounted beer, and other benefits, are available. There will be a Launch Party, hosted by Christie Cookies, on Friday afternoon before Oktoberfest itself.

10: BeerFeast, Fort Worth, TX

The Fort Worth location of the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium presents its tenth annual Beer Feast, which will take place at Fort Worth’s Sundance Square. This afternoon festival, which is one of the South’s premier craft beer events, will feature 80 beers from more than 50 of the nation’s top breweries. There will be live music, and food vendors will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission, a food voucher, and hourly tastings of rare beers, are available. 

10: Blend Central Jersey Beer Festival, Hamilton, NJ

Blend Bar & Bistro, in Hamilton, will host the 2015 Blend Central Jersey Beer Festival. This rain-or-shine afternoon event, which celebrates Blend’s anniversary, will feature beer from around 40 breweries, many of them from New Jersey. Four live bands will perform, and food will be available.

17: BeerFeast, Austin, TX

The Austin location of the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium presents its eighth annual Beer Feast, which will take place at Triangle Park. This afternoon festival, which is one of the South’s premier craft beer events, will feature 80 beers from more than 50 of the nation’s top breweries. Food trucks will be at the festival site. VIP tickets, with early admission, a food voucher, and hourly tastings of rare beers, are available. 

17: Brew Moon Beer & Band Fest, McCook, IL

Palmer Place Restaurant and MAX, the McCook Athletic & Exposition Center, present the 2015 Brew Moon Beer & Band Fest, which will take place at MAX. This evening event, to be held in an indoor park-like setting, will feature 150 domestic and imported craft beers. Brewers will be in attendance. There will also be a homebrewing pavilion, live entertainment, and food for purchase. Proceeds will go to a local charity.

17: Munster Ale Fest, Munster, IN

The Town of Munster and the Munster Civic Foundation present the second annual Munster Ale Fest, which will take place at Centennial Park. This afternoon event will feature more than 100 beers from local and national craft breweries, including beers from new breweries. There will also be live music, food trucks and vendors, and beer games. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.

17: Nashville Beer Fest, Nashville, TN

Mafiaoza's, along with more than 60 local organizations, presents the fourth annual Nashville Beer Fest, which will take place downtown next to Public Square Park and the Second Avenue/Broadway honky-tonk district. This afternoon/evening event will feature beer from more than 45 breweries. There will also be live music and a beer education program, and food and merchandise vendors will be at the festival site. This event is a benefit for Nashville Humane.

17: Pour The Core Philly, Philadelphia, PA

Starfish Junction Productions presents the 2015 Pour the Core Philly, a cider festival that will take place at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. This afternoon, rain-or-shine event will feature more than 75 local, domestic, and imported ciders. There will also be an educational program and live music, and food trucks will be at the festival site. The festival is a fund-raiser for the Committee to Benefit the Children.

23-24: Wisconsin Craft Beer Festival, Milwaukee, WI

The inaugural Wisconsin Craft Beer Festival will be held at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. This two-day, three-session event will feature more than 150 craft beers and ciders from over 50 craft breweries, many of them from Wisconsin. The lineup will include a selection of rare and limited-distribution beers. There will also be an educational program featuring some of the top names in brewing. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.