Pack your pretzel necklaces and hiking boots and get ready for October’s two best offerings: beer festivals and outdoor adventures. Changing fall colors and cooling temperatures make October prime time for both adventuring and enjoying the abundant Oktoberfest celebrations.
When you try out these adventure and beer festival combos, be sure to get the order of operations right: adventure first while sober, drink beer responsibly after you’re all done adventuring, then have a safe way to get home. Additionally, hazardous hiking conditions can exist in October, including rapidly changing weather, so make sure you have the experience, equipment, and skills necessary to take on these autumn adventures.
Great American Beer Festival and Rocky Mountain National Park
Spend your pre-festival mornings on the 355 miles of trails in Rocky Mountain National Park, soaking in the golden aspen glow and listening to elk bugle. Hiking options are abundant and include the 5.4-mile round-trip hike to Ouzel Falls or the popular 5.6-mile round-trip hike to Mills Lake, with views of Longs Peak. Then travel to downtown Denver to sample the thousands of brews at the Great American Beer Festival. Last year, over 60,000 attendees sampled over 3,800 beers from 780 different breweries.
Oktoberfest and Burgess Falls State Park
Burgess Falls State Park has four waterfalls, including one that drops over 130 feet. Spend the morning hiking the park’s trails or venturing to the nearby Window Cliffs State Natural Area for a challenging 5.4-mile round-trip hike with numerous stream crossings. After exploring the area check out Nashville’s Oktoberfest, the city’s oldest and largest fall festival which covers 10 blocks. Join 300,000 festival-goers to sample German food, enjoy an array of beer, listen to live German music, attend family-oriented events, and even watch Wiener Dog races.
Cape Cod Brew Fest and Cape Cod National Seashore
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Explore Cape Cod National Seashore’s trails or spend your morning on the beach soaking up the sun. The Great Island Trail ranges from 3.9 to 8.8 miles (round-trip), depending on your preferred route, and meanders through sand, salt marsh, and forest. For a flash of fall color, walk the 0.8-mile round-trip Red Maple Swamp Trail. Then head to the 6th annual Cape Cod Brew Fest, where over 75 craft brewers offer more than 200 different beer styles, along with music, food trucks, and more.