CLEVELAND (WJW) — Oktoberfests and other alcohol-themed festivals abound during the fall. So we’ve compiled a list of options for you to plan accordingly in the season ahead, which officially started Sept. 22.
As always, a friendly reminder from FOX 8 News: please drink responsibly. Cheers!
NORTHEAST OHIO OKTOBERFESTS
The real Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, runs all October long, but here in Northeast Ohio, we start celebrating in late summer. Here, we’re listing only those that start in the fall.
Ales on Rails Oktoberfest
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, 7900 Old Rockside Road, Independence
Friday, Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m.; Tickets $50-$60 (although a DD discount can be applied)
It’s like going to Oktoberfest, but on a train. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad offers beer lovers the opportunity to sample four local brews paired with appetizers. Participants even get a glass to take home following the two-hour-long event.
Toledo Avenue, Put-in-Bay Island
Oct. 8-9; Tickets $5 for one day, $7 two-day pass
Two days of brats and cabbage and live polka music and so much beer. But all of this is taking place on an island, which adds to its uniqueness.
Portage County Craft Beer Fest
Streetsboro City Park, 8970 Kirby Lane, Streetsboro
Saturday, Oct. 1, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.; $25 GM, $75 VIP
The general admission ticket gets you 10 beer samples and a souvenir glass, while the VIP ticket gets you that plus 10 more samples, a T-shirt and a $10 food voucher, while getting you in an hour early.
Pints and Pies Craft Beer and Pizza Festival
Akron Civic Theatre, 182 South Main Street
Friday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m.; $40 (DD tickets available at box office night of)
A match made in heaven? Yes, this festival pairs pizza with local and out-of-state brews, and attendees can expect around 100 beers to taste.
Cleveland Beer Week
While not technically a festival, it is certainly a celebration of drinking beer in Cleveland. Events include Night at the Brewseum, a night on the Nautica Queen and even a chocolate pairing. Proceeds from the week go toward the Malone Scholarship Fund. Find out about all of the events right here.
Springside Athletic Club, 215 Springside Drive, Akron
Saturday, Nov. 5, 5 p.m.; $15-$55
Sample a bunch of local and regional brews to help determine which beer is the best in town at Summit Beerfest. The event was rescheduled from the summer and is hosted by the United Way of Summit and Medina.
Cheese and Wine Festival Cleveland
Lago Custom Events, 950 Main Ave #120, Cleveland
Saturday, Nov. 12, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; $45-$65
What you need to know is the numbers: 50 kinds of cheese and 40 wines to sample. There will also be live music and pizza (which, amazingly, also comes with cheese).
Any other area fall festivals we may have missed? Let us know at email@example.com.