May 2017 Events

April 28- 1: Altrincham FC Beer Festival, Altrincham, England

The Altrincham Football Club will host the 2017 Altrincham FC Beer Festival. This four-day will feature 18 Real Ales and ciders, along with fizzy drinks and wines. There will also be live music and an open mic night, live football matches, street food, and a family fun day. Admission to the festival is free.

5: CarbondALE Brew Fest, Carbondale, IL

Carbondale Main Street, Southern Illinois University’s Fermentation Science Institute, and Southern Illinois Brewers present the fourth annual CarbondALE Brew Fest, which will take place in the Town Square Pavilion. This evening event will feature beer from more than 35 breweries, most of them from Illinois and surrounding states. There will also be live music and food for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. There will be an after-party at Hangar 9 following the festival itself.

5-6: St. Louis Microfest, St. Louis, MO

The 22nd annual St. Louis Microfest will be held in the Upper Muny Lot in Forest Park. This two-day, three-session event will feature 600 domestic and imported beers from more than 120 breweries. There will also be live music, cooking demonstrations and brewing discussions, food for purchase, and a silent auction. VIP Experience tickets, with a chef-prepared buffet and a special selection of beers and wines, are available. The festival is a benefit for the Lift for Life Gym.

5-6: Wild West Brewfest, Katy, TX

The Katy Rotary Club presents the sixth annual Wild West Brewfest, which will take place at Katy Mills Mall. This afternoon/evening event will feature more than 400 beers from over 100 breweries. Beer will be served in separate areas, including the “High Octane”, “Texas”, and “Champion of Champions” tents. There will also be a homebrewing competition, live entertainment, and food for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission and complimentary food, are available. There will be a Launch Party the evening before the festival itself. Proceeds will to go to local charities.

6: Buellton Brew Fest, Buellton, CA

The Buellton Chamber of Commerce presents the sixth annual Buellton Brew Fest, which will take place at River View Park. This afternoon event will feature the products of more than 50 providers of beer, wine, and spirits; most of the providers are from California. There will also be DJ music and other entertainment, food trucks, and games. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available.

6: Garden City Brew Fest, Missoula, MT

The Missoula Downtown Association presents the 2017 Garden City BrewFest, which will take place inside the Caras Park Pavilion. This afternoon/evening event will feature a selection of craft beers from Montana and the Northwest. There will also be live music, and local food vendors will be at the site. All proceeds will benefit the Missoula Downtown Association.

6: Great Petaluma Chili Cookoff, Salsa and Beer Tasting, Petaluma, CA

The Cinnabar Theater Young Repertory Company presents the 20th annual Great Petaluma Chili Cookoff, Salsa and Beer Tasting, which will take place at Herzog Hall in Behren's Park on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. This afternoon event will feature beer from 15 Bay Area and West Coast microbreweries. Forty chili teams and 15 salsa teams will take part in a judged competition. There will also be live entertainment. The festival is a fund-raiser for the theater's children's programs.

6: Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival, Vista, CA

The San Diego Brewers Guild Presents the sixth annual Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival. It will take place in historic Vista Village in downtown Vista. This afternoon event will feature more than 100 beers from over 50 breweries. Winners of the homebrew competition will be announced at the festival. Three live bands will perform, and food trucks will be at the venue. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. Part of the proceeds will go to the Brewers Guild.

6: Rochester Craft Beer Expo, Rochester, MN

Chop Liver, Inc., presents the sixth annual Rochester Craft Beer Expo, which will take place at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 40 breweries, many of them from Minnesota; and brewery representatives will be on hand. Festival-goers are invited to vote for the People's Choice award. There will also be an educational program, live music, and food for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.

11-13: Stourbridge Beer Festival, Stourbridge, England

The Stourbridge & Halesowen Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 20th annual Stourbridge Beer Festival, which will take place at Town Hall. This is a three-day event; there will also be a CAMRA members-only session on Wednesday. Recent editions of the festival have featured more than 100 Real Ales, over 25 ciders and perries, and hot and cold food for purchase.

12-13: Lake Zurich Craft Beer Fest, Lake Zurich, IL

The 2017 Lake Zurich Craft Beer Fest will be held at Henry J. Paulus Park. This two-evening event will feature more than 40 local and regional craft beers. There will also be live music, and food will be available for purchase.

13: Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue Festival, Charlotte, NC

Trigger Agency, LLC, presents the Charlotte stop on the 2017 Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue Festival tour. It will take place at Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall. This afternoon event will feature 60 beers and 40 bourbons to sample. There will also be live rock, blues, and bluegrass music; an expanded selection of food, including barbecue, Southern specialties, and other foods; an educational program led by master distillers, brewmasters, and pit masters; games and contests; and merchandise for sale. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, bourbons, and bacon, are available. The festival charity is the Spirit of Hope Children’s Foundation.

13: Michigan Cask Ale Festival, Westland, MI

Ashley's, a beer bar in Westland, will host the tenth annual Michigan Cask Ale Festival. This afternoon event will feature more than 20 cask-conditioned ales from Michigan breweries. Many ales are one-of-kind and only available at this festival. Food will be available for purchase.

13: Sup Into Summer Wine and Beer Festival, Thomasville, P

St. Rose of Lima Church, in Thomasville, will host the fourth annual Sup Into Summer Wine and Beer Festival. This afternoon event will feature a selection of craft beers and wines. There will also be live music, and food trucks and merchandise vendors will be on hand.

20: Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue Festival, Knoxville, TN

Trigger Agency, LLC, presents the Knoxville stop on the 2017 Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue Festival tour. It will take place at World’s Fair Park. This afternoon event will feature unlimited sampling of 60 beers and 40 bourbons. There will also be live rock, blues, and bluegrass music; barbecue and other foods; and seminars led by master distillers, brewmasters, and pit masters. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. The festival charity is the Spirit of Hope Children’s Foundation.

20: Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival, Hot Springs, AR

The fourth annual Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival will be held at the Hot Springs Convention Center. This event will feature more than 300 beers from over 90 breweries. There will also be live music, along with food for purchase from more than 15 restaurants.

20: Indiana Michigan Craft Beer Mayfest, Mishawaka, IN

The 2017 Indiana Michigan Craft Beer Mayfest will be held at the historic Kamm-Schellinger brewery site in Mishawaka. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 35 Indiana and Michigan breweries. There will also be live entertainment, and food will be available for purchase. “Early Bird” tickets are are available. Proceeds will go to the Mishawaka Food Pantry and other local charities.

20: Surf 'n' Suds Beer Festival, Ventura, CA

Deep, the surf magazine, presents the 2017 Ventura edition of the Trek Bikes of Ventura Surf 'n' Suds Beer Festival. It will take place at a new venue, San Buenaventura State Beach in Ventura. This surfing-themed afternoon event will feature more than 200 products of over 55 breweries and cideries, along with a selection of wines. Local surfboard shapers will be on hand, and boards will be on display. There will also be live and DJ music, food trucks and merchandise vendors, and games. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available. The festival charity is the California Avocado Festivals' Youth Scholarship Foundation.

21: South Bay Beer & Wine Festival, Rolling Hills Estate, CA

The fourth annual South Bay Beer & Wine Festival will be held at Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates. This afternoon beer, wine, and food tasting festival will feature the wares of more than 80 exhibitors from southern California. All proceeds fund the community outreach programs of Rotary Clubs.

26-27: Southwick Beer Festival, Southwick, England

The Southwick Community Centre will host the 14th annual Southwick Beer Festival. This is a two-day event. Recent editions of this festival have featured more than 60 ales and ciders, two food options, alternative refreshments, and live entertainment throughout the weekend. The festival is a fund-raiser for the Community Centre's charity.

27-28: Weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation, Buggenhout, Belgium

The Opstalse Bierpallieters, a branch of Zythos, the Belgian beer consumers' organization, presents the 25th annual Weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation. It will take place at Tapperij Beukenhof in Buggenhout. This two-day event will feature more than 100 beers—including lambics, gueuzes, krieks, framboises, and faros—all from independent lambic brewers and blenders. Admission to the event is free, and transportation is available between the festival venue and nearby railroad stations.

28: Westside Fest, Asheville, NC

Superfly Fabulous Events and Urban Orchard present the fourth annual Westside Fest, which will take place at Urban Orchard’s courtyard in West Asheville. This family-friendly afternoon event will feature beer from regional breweries, along with infused beverages and apple cider. Food, including barbecue and craft beer ice cream, will be available for purchase.