11 Oktoberfests Not to Miss

Fall is officially here: shades of foliage are painting the hillsides and valleys and beers are pouring at Oktoberfests around the state. Here are a few of our favorite festivals. Grab your beer stein and dust off your lederhosen or dirndl – you won’t want to miss them.

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10/2 Killington Brewfest, Killington

The 4,241-foot Killington peak is the setting for the resort’s annual food and beer festival with 100 regional craft brews. www.killington.com

10/2-4 19th Annual Stowe Oktoberfest, Stowe

The town of Stowe and the resort host a weekend Oktoberfest with parade, beer tent, German cuisine and live music, including yodeling. www.stoweoktoberfest.com

10/3 6th Annual Bean and Brew Festival, Jay Peak

Jay Peak’s annual Bean & Brew Festival features locally roasted coffees coupled with New England brewed beers. Enjoy the coffee and beer sampling, while listening to live music, and playing lawn games. www.jaypeakresort.com

10/9-11 Killington Oktoberfest, Killington

Over Columbus Day weekend, Killington hosts their first Oktoberfest, complete keg bowling, bratwurst eating contest, beer, live music and the World Championship Stein Hoisting Qualifying taking place on Saturday evening, with the chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Oktoberfest Munich, 2016. www.killington.com

10/10-12 Columbus Weekend Celebration, Stratton

Stratton Resort moves into fall over Columbus Day weekend with activities including the Annual Craft Brew Festival, Chili Festival and the North Face Race to the summit. www.stratton.com

10/10-12 Community Weekend, Sugarbush

Sugarbush hosts a fall festival with pumpkin carving, lift rides, hikes, fall-inspired dining and live music. www.sugarbush.com

10/10 Fall Into Winter, Okemo

Okemo hosts a family friendly foliage festival with live music, hayrides, pumpkin painting, a pie-eating contest and lots of apple cider. www.okemo.com

10/10-11 Harpoon Oktoberfest, Windsor

The Harpoon brewery in Windsor hosts an Oktoberfest with lots of Harpoon beer, live oompah music, chicken dancing, keg bowling, fall foliage and the Harpoon Oktoberfest race. www.harpoonbrewery.com

10/10 North Bennington Oktoberfest, Bennington

The North Bennington Oktoberfest hosted by the Norshaft Lions and Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce moves from McCullough Park to Colgate Park this year. It will have live music featuring the Rymanowski Brothers Orchestra as well as Bavarian food, Oktoberfest beer, family activities and arts & craft vendors.

10/10-11 18th Annual Oktoberfest, Mount Snow

Mount Snow hosts their 18th annual Oktoberfest with plenty of oom-pah music, 25 German and domestic breweries and schnitzel plus games and activities for the kids. www.mountsnow.com

10/11 Burketoberfest, Q Burke

Q Burke celebrates the changing of the seasons with family friendly activities including hayrides, pumpkin painting and games, plus local craft vendors from around the region. www.skiburke.com