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Georgia’s Fall Beer Festivals

  • Grayson Blues & Brews Craft Beer Festival

The Decatur Craft Beer Festival will be Oct. 15, 2016. Photo from Facebook.
The Decatur Craft Beer Festival will be Oct. 15, 2016. Photo from Facebook.

August

Augusta Beerfest (August 20, 2016) – Southeastern American craft beer will be celebrated during one session of festival fun from 3-6 p.m at James Brown Arena. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door.

German Bierfest (August 20, 2016) – Ja! It’s a beer party! Head to Woodruff Park for the best German beer tasting event Atlanta offers. Be sure to leave room for food: half and full pound pretzels, sauerkraut, schnitzel, brats and more! Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 on the day of the event. Designated driver tickets are available.

Macon Beer Festival (August 20, 2016) – The event, which usually sells out, is a Pints for Prostates event, meaning the money raised benefits the International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network and the Prostate Conditions Education Council. General admission tickets are $35 per person in advance and $40 at the door.

Dawsonville Music & Beer Festival (August 21-22, 2016) – This festival usually hosts two nights of fun in downtown Dawsonville, a town primarily known for its moonshine roots. Each evening features performances from multiple bands and brews.

Helen2 - Sussman Imaging - Copy
Helen2 - Sussman Imaging - Copy

September

Savannah Craft Brew Fest (September 3, 2016) – This may be Georgia’s most beer fanatic-friendly festival. The event features unlimited sampling of craft beers from around the world, food, seminars about beer, a mixology garden and a cider garden, a VIP experience, music and a cornhole tournament. General admission tickets are $46.95 each, including processing fees.

Oktoberfest in Helen (September 8 – October 30, 2016) – The Alpine village tucked away in the North Georgia mountains goes big each year for their own version of Oktoberfest. You’ll find beer on tap, polka on the dance floor and plenty of bratwurst. Admission is $8 Monday-Friday, $10 on Saturday, free on Sundays.

Music, Beach, & Brew Fest (September 10, 2016) – Lanier Islands hosts this beer-centric, family-friendly festival where restaurants and vendors will be showcased alongside games of volleyball, activities, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and a section just for the kids. Tickets are $20 per person, and there is a $15 vehicle entry fee at the gate.

Rome Beer Festival (September 24, 2016) – Crowds will gather at Heritage Park to raise funds for the Rome Area Council for the Arts and enjoy tastes of nationally produced and local brew. This event also has a home brew competition. General admission tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.

Hop Harvest Festival (September 24, 2016) – Celebrate all things hoppy in Athens at Terrapin Beer Company during its annual Hop Harvest Festival. Guest speakers, live music and the release of the 2016’s So Fresh and So Green Green will make this family-friendly festival fun. The cost of a drink voucher and souvenir glass is $20.

Blues, Brews & BBQ (September 24, 2016) – Hinesville is home to this annual festival celebrating the best in music, beer and food. The 13th annual event will feature live entertainment throughout the day and night.

Jekyll Brewing Co. beers at the 2015 Rome Beer Festival. Photo from Facebook.
Jekyll Brewing Co. beers at the 2015 Rome Beer Festival. Photo from Facebook.

October

Oktoberfest (October 7-9, 2016) – Savannah’s River Street plays home to all things brew-tiful during the annual riverfront celebration. The event promises “wiener dog racing, bratwurst tasting, oompah dancing” and Friday night fireworks. This event is free to attend.

Great Atlanta Beer Fest (October 8, 2016) – Usually known as the home of the Atlanta Braves, Turner Field hosts the Great Atlanta Beer Fest each autumn. With more than 100 beers on tap, live music and college football games broadcast on screens, this festival offers hours of entertainment. Tickets are $40 advance, $45 after September 29 and $55 on the day of event. The first 500 tickets are just $30.

Oktoberfest Boutique Beer Tasting (October 14, 2015) – Sip and stroll through the shops in downtown Newnan during this unique annual event. Local, regional and national brews will be on tap. Tickets are $20 per person in advance and $25 per person at the event.

Decatur Craft Beer Festival (October 15, 2016) – Think of this as an adults-only afternoon of tasting set in downtown Decatur, featuring 80 craft beers, food for sale, live music and more. Tickets go on sale in September.

Grayson Blues & Brews Craft Beer Festival (October 22, 2016) – Music and a hop-ping good time come together at Grayson’s annual music and beer festival this October in Grayson Community Park. Tickets go on sale in September.

Appalachian Craft Brew, Stew & Que Festival (October 22, 2016) – This first-year festival will be held at Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee and will be a celebration of beer, food, art and music. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.

Boos & Brews (October 29, 2016) – The sixth incarnation of this Halloween-themed festival will take place at a still-to-be-determined location. Uniquely, this festival runs at night, until 2 a.m. Tickets start at just $10 per person and usually sell out, so be sure to get yours well in advance.

November

Hopped Up on Georgia Brews (November 5, 2016) – More than 20 Georgia-based breweries will take part in this third annual event on Savannah’s Riverfront Plaza. Ticket information is TBA.

Acworth Craft Beer Festival (November 12, 2016) – Downtown Acworth gets the full festival treatment when this adults-only festival brings more than 100 beers and live music to town. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 after November 3, and $50 on the day of the event. The first 500 tickets will be sold at $25 when they go on sale in September.

Before you go to one of Georgia’s beer festivals this autumn, make sure you figure out how you’re leaving the festival. Assign a designated driver, walk or plan to take Uber or a taxi.

 

Eileen Falkenberg-Hull

Eileen is Georgia’s official Festival Explorer and the editor of Occupy My Family, the Atlanta area’s most comprehensive resource for family fun. Click here for more Festival content from Eileen.