Oktoberfest is a celebration of Bavarian culture typically involving beer, food, and live music. Even though the name implies that festivals take place in October, the official 16-day festival takes place at the end of September through the first week of October.

The Smith Mountain Lake area has seen an eruption of local breweries over the last few years, with many coming onto the scene recently. Below are a few regional favorites spanning Franklin, Bedford, Roanoke, and Salem.

Chaos Mountain Brewing Co.
3135 Dillons Mill Road, Callaway
Closed Monday-Tuesday
Wednesday-Thursday: 4p-9p
Friday: 4p-10p
Saturday: 1p-10p
Sunday: 1p-7p

Hammer & Forge Brewing Company
70 Main Street, Boones Mill
Closed Monday-Tuesday
Wednesday-Thursday: 5p-10p
Friday: 5p-11p
Saturday: 1p-11p
Sunday: 1p-7p

Beale’s Beer
510 Grove Street, Bedford
Closed Monday-Tuesday
Wednesday-Thursday: 4p-9p
Friday: 4p-10p
Saturday: 12p-10p
Sunday: 12p-7p

Twin Creeks Brewing Company
111 South Pollard Street, Vinton
Closed Monday-Tuesday
Wednesday-Thursday: 5p-9p
Friday: 4p-10p
Saturday: 2p-10p
Sunday: 3p-7p

Starr Hill Pilot Brewery & Side Stage
6 Old Whitmore Avenue, Roanoke
Monday-Wednesday: 3p-9p
Thursday: 3p-10p
Friday: 12p-10p
Saturday: 11a-10p
Sunday: 12p-9p

Deschutes Brewery Tasting Room
315 Market Street SE, Roanoke
Monday: 1p-9p
Tuesday: 1p-9p
Wednesday-Thursday: 1p-9p
Friday: 1p-10p
Saturday: 11a-10p
Sunday: 11a-9p

Parkway Brewing Company
739 Kessler Mill Road, Salem
739 Kessler Mill Road, Salem
Monday-Tuesday: 2p-8p
Wednesday-Thursday: 12p-9p
Friday-Saturday: 12p-10p
Sunday: 12p-8p