Truth is, most Oktoberfests are held in September; the shift from October came in the 1800s to take advantage of better weather at the original event, held in Munich, Germany. That said, fall and winter are prime for suds festivals in the Carolinas. Here’s a look at what’s on tap. (You must be 21 or older for admission to many events.)
Columbia: Oktoberfest Columbia, outdoors at Incarnation Lutheran Church, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 10-11; noon-6 p.m. Oct. 12. German beer, oompah bands and German food. Free. Details: http://bit.ly/VT2P7A.
Durham: 2014 World Beer Festival, at Durham Bulls Athletic Park; noon-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. (two sessions). Sample unlimited 2-ounce pours. $55 or $70. Details: http://bit.ly/TYMOMU.
Asheville: Oktoberfest, 1-6 p.m. on Coxe Avenue, south side of downtown Asheville. Parade, polka music, yodeling. $40. Details: http://bit.ly/1qhHxgd.
North Myrtle Beach: North Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex. Microbrews, craft vendors, live music, German food and activities for kids are featured. Free (you pay for pints and food as you go). Details: www.myrtlebeachbeerfest.com.
Wilmington: Wilmington Beer Week; various times and locations. Area craft brewers, retailers, bottle shops, bars and restaurants collaborate on 30 events, including beer dinners, “tap takeovers,” beer and cheese pairings, cupcake and beer pairings, etc. Admission varies. Details: www.lighthousebeerandwine.com.
Kiawah Island, S.C.: 8th Annual Lowcountry Wine & Beer Festival, 3-6 p.m. at Freshfields Village. Fundraiser for volunteer clinic has samplings, snacks, silent auction and live jazz vocalist. $35/advance; $40/gate Details: http://bit.ly/1q1UA5m.
Wilmington: Voracious Rare Beer Festival, 6-9 p.m. on the Battleship North Carolina. About 35 breweries will be pouring samples of craft beers that have yet to be released. $75/advance, $80/gate. Details: www.lighthousebeerandwine.com.
Wilmington: Lighthouse Beer & Wine Festival, 1-5 p.m. (VIP-ticket session starts at noon), at Battleship North Carolina. $30 and up. Details: www.lighthousebeerfestival.com.
Charlotte: 4th Annual Brewer’s Ball, 7-11 p.m. at Discovery Place. Benefit for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has craft beer tastings and food samplings from area restaurants; silent auction. $75 and $125 (VIP). Details: http://bit.ly/1qM9adD.
Hilton Head Island, S.C.: Bluffton International & Craft Beer Festival, 2-6 p.m. at the Calhoun Street promenade in historic downtown Bluffton. Sample more than 190 ales, stouts, lagers and pilsners; music, food court, vendors. $20/advance and $25/door. Details: www.blufftonbeerfest.com.
Tryon: Tryon Beer Fest, noon-6 p.m. in the Tryon Depot plaza. Beers, wines and German food; Bavarian music followed by live band and evening oyster roast. $30 and up. Details: www.tryonbeerfest.com.
Greenville, S.C.: Greenville Craft Beer Festival, at Fluor Field at the West End area, noon-5 p.m. Roughly 40 breweries will participate (unlimited 2-ounce samples); free seminars will be held throughout the day. Live music and food vendors. $50. Details: http://bit.ly/1pdmxYZ.
Charlotte: Attack of the Big Beers, a sampling featuring high-gravity and Belgian beers from 100 Southeast breweries, including 15 from the Charlotte area, craft breweries; to be held in NoDa. $40. Benefit for the N.C. Wildlife Federation. Details: www.attackofthebigbeers.com.
Morehead City: Crystal Coast Hop Fest, 4-8 p.m. at Crystal Coast Civic Center. Fundraiser for SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House features more than 100 beers to sample. $50; includes T-shirt and keepsake glass. Details: www.cchhnc.org.
Columbia: 2015 World Beer Festival, at the Columbia Convention Center; noon-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. (two sessions). $40 or $75. Includes access into the Art of Beer Experience for food/beer pairings, seminars and more. Details: http://bit.ly/1cpbHCI.
Asheville: Winter Warmer Beer Festival, 3-7 p.m. at U.S. Cellular Center Asheville (Asheville Civic Center). $45. Participants include more than 40 area or regional brewers. Details: www.ashevillebeerfest.com.