The International Mead Festival is taking place November 5th and 6th (this weekend) in Boulder, Colorado. It bills itself as "the worlds’ largest and most prestigious mead competition and festival."
Saturday, November 6th is the Georgia Craft Brew Challenge in Atlanta. This is interesting because in Georgia, apparently, beer can’t legally have more than 6 percent alcohol (by volume, I assume). So you can’t get barleywines, doppelbocks, strong ales, and the like there… This event appears to work around the law and helps to raise awareness to try to change it.
Also November 6th, the Belgian Beer Fest cranks up in Boston. It will "will feature some of the finest Belgian-style artisanal beers from Belgium and North America, plus thoughtful food selections and plenty of beer education." Mmmm… Belgian beer…
The Arizone Real Ale Festival is hitting Phoenix on Saturday the 13th.
The San Diego Wet Hop Beer Festival is at O’Brien’s Pub on Saturday the 20th. According to RateBeer, there will be "More than a dozen wet hop beers on draft and cask will be featured from at least three states." Sounds interesting.
Also the 20th (and 21st), the Great Brews of America Classic Beer Festival is taking place in Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania (in the Pocono Mountains). Over 50 beers, music, food and seminars should make this an interesting one.