August 2016 Events

July 22-1: Annafest, Forchheim, Germany

Annafest, the Festival of Saint Anne, was first held in Forchheim in 1446. This ten-day event takes place at the Kellerwald, which has a capacity of 30,000. There will be 24 beer gardens, live music on six stages, food from local restaurants, carnival rides, and family activities. The festival website is entirely in German.

5-6: Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue Festival, Cary, NC

Trigger Agency, LLC, presents the 2016 Cary stop on the Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue Festival tour. It will take place at the Booth Amphitheatre. Friday evening's "VIP Whole Hog Session" will feature a barbecue dinner, unlimited bourbon and beer tasting, and four pit masters on hand. Saturday's regular afternoon session will feature unlimited sampling of 60 beers and 40 bourbons; live rock and blues music; barbecue; and an educational program led by master distillers, brewmasters, and pit masters. Saturday VIP tickets, with early admission, and all-session "Grand Poobah" tickets, are available.

5: Brew at the Zoo, Columbia, SC

The Riverbanks Zoo, in Columbia, will host Brew at the Zoo 2016. This evening event will offer more than 100 domestic and imported beers. There will also be live music, food for purchase, and animal encounters and presentations. VIP tickets, with food and a special selection of beers, are available.

5: Brew at the Zoo...and Wine, Too!, Syracuse, NY

The Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo present the 20th annual Brew at the Zoo...and Wine, Too!, which will take place at the zoo. This evening event, which is a fund-raiser, will feature a variety of craft beers (there have been around 50 at recent events), along with wines from the region. There will also be live music, and food will be available for purchase.

5-6: Columbus Summer Brewfest, Columbus, OH

The seventh annual Columbus Summer Brewfest will be held at Express Live!, formerly known as the LC Pavilion. This two-day, indoor-outdoor event will feature more than 350 beers from over 100 craft breweries. There will also be live music, and food trucks will be at the venue. Early admission tickets are available. The festival is a fund-raiser for Animal Rescue Partners.

5-7: Hops in the Hills Beer & Wine Festival, Ludlow, VT

Okemo, a resort in Ludlow, will host its eighth annual Hops in the Hills Beer & Wine Festival. This three-day event will take place at Jackson Gore Courtyard. It will feature more than 50 beers from regional craft breweries, along with a selection of wines. There will also be live music, food for purchase, craft vendors, “Adventure Zone” activities, and the Okemo Valley Chicken Wing Championship on Saturday.

5-7: International Berlin Beer Festival, Berlin, Germany

The 20th annual International Berlin Beer Festival will be held along 2.2 kilometers of Berlin's Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin. This event entered the Guinness Book of Records as "the world's longest beer garden.” This year’s festival, which marks the 500th anniversary of the German beer purity law, will feature more than 2,400 beers from Germany and 86 other countries, including beer from German Privatbrauereien (small independent breweries). Food will be available, and there will be live music and other entertainment on multiple stages.

6: Belgium Comes to Cooperstown, Cooperstown, NY

Brewery Ommegang will host Belgium Comes to Cooperstown 2016. This afternoon event, whose theme this year is Bill Murray, will feature Belgian and Belgian-style beers from more than 100 breweries, along with food vendors, live music, and fireworks. VIP tickets, which include a beer dinner the evening before the tasting itself, two nights’ camping, and a Sunday morning breakfast, are available.

6: Fleet Lions Beer Festival, Fleet, England

The Fleet Lions present their tenth annual festival, which will be held downtown at The Harlington. There will be lunchtime and evening tasting sessions, each with 40 or more Real Ales, including a special festival beer from Langham Brewery, along with a selection of local ciders. In addition, there will be live music, a hog roast, and live music at both sessions; and a “meet-the-brewer” event will take place during the lunchtime session. This year’s festival charities are the local Samaritans and the Surrey Air Ambulance.

6: Gnarly Barley Brew Festival, Loveland, CO

The 2016 Gnarly Barley Brew Festival will be held at the Larimer County Fairgrounds in Loveland. This afternoon event, which is part of the Larimer County Fair, will feature beer from more than 35 breweries, many of them from Colorado and the Mountain West. There will also be a sanctioned homebrew competition, live music, and food for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beer and food, are available.

6: Grand Tasting at the Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluespalooza, Mammoth Lakes, CA

The Mammoth Brewing Company presents the 21st annual Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluespalooza, which will take place at Sam's Wood Site on Mammoth Lakes near Yosemite National Park. The Saturday afternoon Grand Tasting, to be held among the pines at an elevation of 8,000 feet, will feature beer from more than 100 breweries, may of them from California. A lineup of blues and country acts will perform, and food will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers from the Eastern Sierra, are available for purchase. In addition to the festival itself, there will be blues performances on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday by nationally-known acts.

6: Magic Valley Beer Festival, Twin Falls, ID

The Blue Lakes Rotary Club presents the fourth annual Magic Valley Beer Festival, which will take place in City Park in Twin Falls. This afternoon event, which is a fund-raiser for Rotary Club charities, will feature more than than 100 beers from over 30 breweries. Three live bands will perform. There will also be food for purchase; games, including cornhole and giant Jenga; and a silent auction. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.

6: Music City Brewer's Festival, Nashville, TN

Mafiaoza's 15th annual Music City Brewer's Festival will be held at Music City Walk of Fame Park in downtown Nashville. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with beer from over 55 breweries, many of them from Tennessee and the Southeast; the selection includes beers not normally available locally. There will also be live music, along with food from local restaurants. A Friday evening VIP reception will be held downtown at the Hilton Hotel the evening before the festival itself.

6: York Region Craft Beer Festival, Richmond Hill, ON, Canada
6: York Region Craft Beer Festival, Richmond Hill, ON, Canada

The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill presents the fourth annual York Region Craft Beer Festival, which will take place at the Richmond Hill Center for the Performing Arts. This afternoon/evening event will feature beer from a variety of Ontario craft breweries. Live local bands will perform, and food will be available for purchase. Proceeds will go to Rotary charities.

9-13: Great British Beer Festival, London, England

The Campaign for Real Ale presents the 2016 Great British Beer Festival, which will take place at the London Olympia. This five-day event is Britain's biggest beer festival, with more than 900 Real Ales, ciders, perries and international beers from over 350 British producers. The festival serves as the venue for the Champion Beer of Britain competition. There will also be tutored tastings, live music, food and merchandise for sale, and pub games and quizzes.

13: “Craft Beer Heaven” at California Beer Festival-Santa Cruz, Aptos, CA

California Beer Festival, LLC, presents the sixth annual Santa Cruz edition of the California Beer Festival. It will take place at Aptos Village Park. “Craft Beer Heaven”, an afternoon event, will feature more than 85 craft beers, along with live entertainment and food for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. There will be a beer and food pairing event with live music the evening before the festival itself; and “Sunday Funday,” a music festival with craft beer for purchase, will take place on Sunday. Proceeds will benefit the Gen Giammanco Foundation.

13: Great Taste of the Midwest, Madison, WI

The Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild presents the 30th annual Great Taste of the Midwest, which will take place at Olin-Turnville Park, a lakeside venue in Madison. This afternoon event will feature more than 1,000 beers from over 100 breweries from the Great Lakes and Midwest regions, and brewery representatives in attendance. There will also be live music, food for purchase, a celebrity brewer dunk tank, and an exhibit by the Museum of Beer and Brewing. "Great Taste Eve," a series of pre-festival events, will take place at local establishments before the festival itself. Tickets go on sale May 1.

13: Lake Arrowhead Brewfest, Blue Jay, CA

The Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce, Blue Jay Merchants, and the Mountain Brew Club present the seventh annual Lake Arrowhead Brewfest, which be held in Blue Jay Village. This afternoon event, which takes place high in the mountains of southern California, will feature 100 commercially- and home-brewed beers. There will be live music, and food vendors will be at the festival site. Cabins and campsites are available.

13: Lewisburg BrewBQue, Lewisburg, PA

The third annual Lewisburg BrewBQue will be held in downtown at Hufnagle Park. This afternoon event will feature a selection of craft beers, ciders, and wines. There will also be live music, a barbecue contest, food for purchase, a root beer garden and children’s activities, and sidewalk sales. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.

13: Microfestivus, Roanoke, VA

The Square Society presents the 19th annual Microfestivus, which will take place at Elmwood Park in downtown Roanoke. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 75 breweries, many of them from the Mid-Atlantic region. There will also be live music, food for purchase, and merchandise vendors. VIP tickets, with early admission, a special selection of beers, and complimentary food, are available. Proceeds will benefit Center in the Square.

13: Mile High Brewfest, Prescott, AZ

The fifth annual Mile High Brewfest will be held on Cortez Street in downtown Prescott. This afternoon/evening event will feature beer from Southwestern craft breweries, along with a selection of wines. Live bands will perform, and food trucks will be at the festival site. The festival charity is the Boys and Girls Club of Central Arizona.

13: Montana Brewers Summer Festival, Helena, MT

The 2016 Montana Brewers Summer Festival will be held at Memorial Park in Helena. This evening event will feature an all-Montana-brewed selection of craft beers, with brewers in attendance. There will also be live music and food for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission and an opportunity to meet the brewers, are available.

13: Rails and Ales Craft Beer Festival, Huntington, WV

West Virginia’s Better Beer Coalition presents the fourth annual Rails and Ales Craft Beer Festival, which will take place at Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington. This afternoon event will feature more than 150 American craft beers, including West Virginia-brewed beers. There will also be live music, food for purchase, and merchandise vendors. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.

13: Surf 'n' Suds Beer Festival, Carpenteria, CA

Deep, the surf magazine, presents the fourth annual Trek Bikes of Ventura Surf 'n' Suds Beer Festival. It will take place on Linden Field at Carpenteria State Beach. This surfing-themed afternoon event will feature 150 beers from 55 breweries, along with a selection of wines. Local surfboard shapers will be on hand, and boards will be on display. There will also be live bands and DJs, food trucks and merchandise vendors, and games. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available. Proceeds will go to several local charities.

14-16: Tour de Upland, Nashville, IN

Upland Brewing Company presents the 2016 Tour de Upland, which will take place in the hills of Nashville. This three-day event consists of beer tasting, mountain biking or road cycling, and live music Saturday evening. Tour de Upland is a benefit for Bicycle Indiana and IndyCog.

19-20: Brew Skies Festival, Canaan Valley, WV

Mountain State Brewing Company presents the fifth annual Brew Skies Festival, which will take place at Timberline Four Seasons Resort in Canaan Valley. This two-day, family-friendly event will feature beer from more than 15 West Virginia craft breweries. Over 20 musical acts will perform. There will also be a homebrew competition, food and artisan vendors, a chair lift and zip-line, and a children’s area. Primitive camping is available.

19: Stone 20th Anniversary Brewers Reception, San Marcos, CA

Stone Brewing Company presents the 20th Anniversary Brewers Reception, which will be held at Cal State University-San Marcos. This Friday evening event, which takes place the evening before the Stone Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival itself, will feature 40 beers, including 12 cask-conditioned Stone ales and many beers that will not be served on Saturday. The price of admission includes a complimentary gourmet meal from Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens. There will also be live music, complimentary gourmet food, and a panel discussion featuring Greg Koch.

20: Gettysburg Brew Fest, Gettysburg, PA

BrewFest Partners presents the 2016 Gettysburg Brew Fest, which will take place at the Lutheran Theological Seminary. The venue is set against the backdrop of the Seminary Ridge Museum, which offers spectacular views of the Gettysburg battlefield. This afternoon/evening event will feature more than 150 beers from over 50 breweries, most of them from the Middle Atlantic states. Food trucks and merchandise vendors will be on hand. There will also be entertainment, including live beer-themed music and cannon firings by Civil War re-enacters. The festival is a benefit for the Seminary.

20: Oak Park Micro Brew Review, Oak Park, IL

Seven Generations Ahead and the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild present the ninth Annual Oak Park Micro Brew Review, which will take place on Marion Street in downtown Oak Park. This late-afternoon, zero-waste event will feature more than 200 craft beers from over 90 Midwest microbreweries. There will also be live and DJ music, along with small plates from local restaurants. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers and food, are available. Proceeds will support SGA’s sustainable-communities projects.

20: Southern Brewers Festival, Chattanooga, TN

The 22nd annual Southern Brewers Festival will be held at Ross's Landing on the riverfront in downtown Chattanooga. This all-day event will feature more than 100 beers from over 40 breweries, most of them from the Southeast. Live bands will perform, and food and merchandise vendors will be onsite. VIP tickets are available. Proceeds will benefit the CraftWorks Foundation's signature programs.

20: Steinley Cup Microbrew Festival & Competition, Saratoga, WY

The 21st annual Steinley Cup Microbrewery Competition will be held at Veterans Park in downtown Saratoga. This day-long event is the original and only official state microbrewery competition, in which the Saratoga Steinley Cup goes to the winner. This year’s style is American Wheat, and and nearly 30 breweries are eligible to compete. Festival-goers are invited to taste the competition beers, along with a selection of other Wyoming-brewed beers. There will also be a chili cook-off, “People’s Choice” voting, crafters, and activities for children. The Steinley Cup is part of a weekend-long celebration that also includes the Saratoga Bullfest.

20: Stone 20th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival, San Marcos, CA

Stone Brewing Company presents the Stone 20th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival, which will take place on the campus of Cal State San Marcos. This event is the brewery’s biggest charity fund-raiser of the year. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with more 100 beers from over 60 guest breweries. The selection includes vintage, cask, and one-off Stone beers, along with Stone’s 5th, 10th, and 15th Anniversary IPAs. There will also be live music, food for purchase, and a cigar lounge. All-Access passes, with admission to both sessions, a special selection of beers, and complimentary gourmet food, are available.

20: Taste of Brews—Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

Taste of Brews presents the sixth Taste of Brews—Long Beach, which will take place at Shoreland Aquatic Park. This afternoon event, to be held at a waterfront venue, will feature more than 100 craft beers and ciders, many of them from California. There will also be live music, and food trucks will be at the park.

23-27: Peterborough Beer Festival, Peterborough, England

The Peterborough & District Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 39th annual Peterborough Beer Festival, which will take place at The Embankment. This five-day event will feature more than 400 draft Real Ales and a selection of ciders, perries, and foreign bottled beers, all served under massive marquees on the riverside. In addition, there will be live music, along with food and merchandise for purchase.

25-28: North American Organic Brewers Festival, Portland, OR

The 13th annual North American Organic Brewers Festival will be held at Overlook Park in northwest Portland. This four-day event, which is designed to raise awareness of organic beer and sustainable living, will feature more than 50 organic beers, ciders, and meads from around the country. There will also be live music, organic food for purchase, sustainability-oriented vendors, non-profit booths, and a children's area. Admission is free.

26-27: Bruegala, Bloomington, IL

The Bloomington-Normal Jaycees present Bruegala XVII, which will take place at The Corn Crib. This two-evening event will feature more than 300 beers, including special festival releases, along with over 500 wines. There will also be a “Beer School”, live local music, food and merchandise vendors, and a Beer Mile competition. Profits will go to local charities.

26-27: Burning River Fest, Cleveland, OH

The 16th annual Burning River Fest will take place at the historic Coast Guard Station on Whiskey Island. This two-day event, which marks the burning of the Cuyahoga River in 1969, will feature 18 musicians and bands, beer from Great Lakes Brewing Company, fresh food from local farms and eateries, culinary demonstrations, and environmental exhibits. Proceeds will benefit the Burning River Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the sustainable waterways.

27: Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival, National Harbor, MD

Trigger Agency, LLC, presents the seventh annual Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival, which will take place at National Harbor. There will be afternoon and evening sessions, each with more than 50 beers, wines, and spirits; all-you-care-to-eat crabs, along with other food for purchase; live music; and arts and crafts vendors. VIP tickets, with unlimited beverage tasting, are available.

27: Colorado Cider & Beer Circus, Copper Mountain, CO

The second annual Colorado Cider & Beer Circus take place inside the Center Village at the Copper Mountain Resort. This afternoon event, to be held at the base of Copper Mountain, will feature more than 75 beers and ciders, and cidery representatives will be on hand. There will be entertainment, including live music and circus acts; hiking and zip-lining; and dinner at the resort’s restaurants. First Pour tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available. Part of the proceeds will benefit Team Summit.

27: Great Nebraska Beerfest, Papillon, NE

The eighth annual Great Nebraska Beerfest will be held at Werner Park in Papillion, the home of the Omaha Storm Chasers baseball team. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 80 breweries, most of them from Nebraska and the Midwest. There will also be live entertainment, an educational program, and food and merchandise for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. An after-party will take place at the Nebraska Brewing Company brewpub. The festival charity is the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Global Blindness Prevention Division.

27: Sierra BrewFest, Grass Lake, CA

Music in the Mountains Alliance presents the 27th annual Sierra BrewFest, which will take place at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Lake. This afternoon event, held under tall pines in the Sierra foothills, will feature more than 100 beers, with an emphasis on small microbreweries in northern California. SoLS Band will perform, food trucks and local restaurants will be on hand, and there will be a Bag-O tournament. The festival is a benefit for Music in the Mountains.