Whether you're seeking the best brews, brats or music, there's no shortage of stellar Oktoberfest festivals on the horizon. And the best part is you don't have to be German or in Germany to take part.
Here are four upcoming Oktoberfest festivals in the U.S. and abroad that you can still experience in 2016.
Where: Nashville, Tennessee
When: Oct. 7-9
Kicking off Oct. 7, the Music City's three-day-long Oktoberfest celebration is free to attend and features some of the best German brews and food around.
Notable highlights include Tennessee's second-largest 5K run in the Oktoberfest 5K Bier Run, a bratwurst eating contest and the world's longest beer slide. Competitve festival-goers can even compete for the title of Oktoberfest beer slide champion.
Visitors can also dress their dog up for the Pup Parade for a chance to win prizes or take in the Dachshund Derby where weiner dogs will race to benefit a local animal rescue charity.
PHOTO: Weymouth Bay will serve as the backdrop for this year's Weymouth Octoberfest beer festival. (Photo via Flickr/Lil Shepherd)
Where: Weymouth, England
When: Oct. 7-8
It's not Germany, but Weymouth, England is a lot closer than Nashville. Plus, it's home to a two-day fall beer festival featuring 70 different casks of "real ale" and a dozen different local ciders.
"Our featured brewer this year is the local and highly acclaimed Cerne Abbas Brewery," said Dave Harris, chairman of the West Dorset branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, which is organizing the festival. "We look forward to our guests being able to chat with them and sample their ales and many others during the festival."
"All this, as always, against the stunning backdrop of Weymouth Bay just outside the picture windows."
Dana Point Oktoberfest
Where: Dana Point, California
When: Oct. 15
Scheduled for Oct. 15 at Sea Terrace Park in Dana Point, California (one hour southeast of Los Angeles), the 2016 Dana Point Oktoberfest is a seven-hour celebration of German beer, food and culture.
Activities include dancing (lots and lots of dancing), a sausage toss, musical chairs and both a men’s and women’s sauerkraut eating contest.
A variety of beer and wine will be available as well as a slew of traditional European foods, including bratwurst, pretzels, goulash and coleslaw.
Where: Richmond, Virginia
When: Oct. 21-22
Perhaps one of the most authentic Oktoberfest experiences in the U.S., the 48th annual Richmond Oktoberfest promises to deliver again this year.
The two-day event draws as many as 5,000 people and is held inside the Old Dominion Building at Richmond International Raceway where visitors can sit, stand and dance with the entire family. A plethora of German foods are complemented by countless beer and wine options and tickets cost just $12 in advance ($15 at the door and children age 15 and under get in free).
Attendees can also shop for souvenirs and merchandise.