Where: Munich, Germany
When: Mid-September - Early October
Sure, you can attend astounding Oktoberfest celebrations all over the world at this point (including right here in America), but these satellite parties are nothing compared to the main event in Munich. For two weeks starting in September and running into early October, biergartens all over the Bavarian capital froth over with lederhosen-wearing revelers, sausages and pretzels, and steins upon steins of German brews.
Where: Mascota, Mexico
Raicilla, mezcal’s cousin from Jalisco, has been trickling into the U.S. for a few years now, and if you’ve developed a taste for the fruity and floral agave spirit, you should head to the source. For several days each December, the town of Mascota welcomes taberneros from countryside distilleries, who unload barrels of the good stuff on eager locals and visitors. Taco carts feed the crowds while mariachi bands provide the music. There’s even horse dancing in case literal barrels of raicilla somehow become boring.