Raise a glass and oompah your way through October
October is best known for Halloween, haunted houses, trick or treating, pumpkin festivals and football. But you’ll also find a number of beer festivals and Oktoberfests on the calendar this month. While many of these events are family-friendly and offer activities for the kids, these festivals are a great opportunity to meet up with a group of friends for a day of Stein-hoisting adult fun.
8th annual Powder Keg Beer & Chili Festival
Saturday, Oct. 5, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets: $35/$17 designated driver
Beer and chili are a perfect pairing, and you’ll find both in Exeter. Sample from more than 65 breweries and dig in to some of the best chili around.
2nd annual Oktoberfest
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Derry
40 East Derry Road
Saturday, Oct. 5, noon to 6 p.m.
Admission: $8 (VIP $30)
Enjoy German beer, food trucks, a DJ and live music, all while helping local causes. All proceeds from the event hosted by the Derry Village Rotary Club will benefit Derry-area charities. You won’t want to miss Oktoberfest-themed contests including a wife-carrying contest, keg toss and stein hoist.
White Mountain Oktoberfest
Loon Mountain Resort
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 12-13; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m
Get a taste of the Bavarian Alps during this two-day festival at Loon Mountain. You’ll be entertained by an Oompah band all weekend long. Join in the keg toss and stein-hoisting contest, and be sure to visit the indoor/outdoor beer garden. This is a great festival to head to if you want to take in the best of the fall foliage season.
22nd annual Oktoberfest
Attitash Mountain Resort
Saturday Oct. 12, noon to 6 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 13, noon to 5 p.m.
The two-day event features traditional Bavarian music from the world-renowned King Ludwig’s Band, authentic German fare, as well as a Biergarten featuring 20 different local and regional breweries serving a host of seasonal beers and ciders.
11th annual NH Brewfest
Cisco Brewers Portsmouth 35 Corporate Drive
Saturday, Oct. 12, noon to 8 p.m.
Admission: $55 (VIP)/$40/$15 designated driver
Held on the grounds of Cisco Brewers Portsmouth, formerly Redhook Ale Brewery, this festival features more than 150 beers, live music and entertainment. The event is a fundraiser for the Prescott Parks Art Festival. Choose from three sessions, including the VIP session at noon, which gains you an extra hour of sampling.