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
Swasey Parkway
Exeter, NH
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
Derry, NH
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
Lincoln, NH
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 12-13; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m
Free admission
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
Bartlett, NH
Saturday Oct. 12, noon to 6 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 13, noon to 5 p.m.
Admission: $21
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
Portsmouth, NH
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.

Categories: Fall Fun, Time Out