Oktoberfest

Leeds Oktoberfest, Leeds United, Birmingham City
Leeds Oktoberfest: coming up on 18 and 19 October

The international break seems to have consumed half of October, leaving very little time for the month’s two big (if confected) festivals: Oktoberfest and Halloween.
In fact much of the UK celebrates Oktoberfest in September, being in a different time zone to Munich. But a handful of big cities (and one smaller town) stick to the calendar. If you have an away game coming up in those places, take your lederhosen:

Saturday 19 October
Birmingham Oktoberfest Brunch
Visiting teams in the vicinity are Brighton at Villa and Cheltenham at Walsall.
Leeds
By a happy coincidence, Birmingham City fans missing their own Oktoberfest can enjoy Leeds’.
Wolverhampton
Southampton are at Wolves that day.

Manchester Oktoberfest, Manchester United, Liverpool, beer, steins, dirndl, lederhosen
Manchester Oktoberfest: at Mayfield, by Piccadilly, 16-20 October

Sunday 20
Manchester
Liverpool play at United.

Saturday 26
Colchester
It’s quite a trek for Newport County fans but a stein or two might help.
London has an Oktoberfest at Olympia on this Saturday. None of the West London clubs is at home, but London Overground means Olympia isn’t the backwoods destination it used to be from the rest of the capital.

Drinking it all in

Traditionally, the match-day experience is incomplete without a visit to licensed premises. That can be before and after the match: there are some games you wouldn’t want to watch sober. But the licensed premises don’t have to be some low dive that doesn’t mind who it serves. There are highlights in all four divisions in August:

Leicester Gin Festival Bournemouth Gin Beer Prosecco
Leicester Gin Festival: more than 80 gins on offer, plus a beer and prosecco bar

Leeds Beer Week (where the visiting team is Swansea 31 Aug)
Leicester Gin Festival (Bournemouth 31 Aug)
Southend Beer Festival (Blackpool 10 Aug)
Stevenage Gin & Funk Festival (Exeter 10 Aug)