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.

April 28-1: Barnsley Beer Festival, Elsecar, England

The Barnsley Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, in conjunction with the Elsecar Heritage Railway, presents the 2017 Barnsley Beer Festival. It will take place at the railway’s Elsecar Heritage Centre, a working steam railway. This four-day event will feature more than 80 Real Ales and ciders, along with a selection of world beers. Historic steam trains will run during the festival. There will also be live music, food stalls, and CAMRA tombola stands. Admission to the Heritage Center itself is free.

April 28-1: Harvester Beer Festival, Long Itchington, England

The Harvester Inn, a village pub in Long Itchington, will host the 2017 Harvester Beer Festival. It replaces the Long Itchinson beer festival. This four-day Bank Holiday weekend event will feature 60 beers, along with more than 20 ciders. A large number of Morris teams will perform on Saturday and Sunday, and food will be provided by Napton Water Buffalo.

April 28-7: Madison Craft Beer Week, Madison, WI

Isthmus magazine presents the seventh annual Madison Craft Beer Week, which will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Madison. There will be many events during this ten-day celebration promoting Madison's craft beer culture, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, beer walks, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks.

April 29-1: Arden Beer Festival, Haybes-Sur-Meuse, France

The fourth annual Arden Beer Festival will be held in Haybes-Sur-Meuse, a town in Champagne-Ardenne near the Belgian border. This three-day event will feature hundreds of craft beers, including more than 100 from Haybes’ sister city, Stockport, England; in addition, there will be a collaborative festival beer. There will also be live music and other entertainment, tours of the local brewery, food for purchase, and beer for sale. Admission to the festival is free. The festival website is entirely in French.

April 29-6: Missoula Beer Week, Missoula, MT

Craft Beer Promotions, LLC, presents the sixth annual Missoula Beer Week, which will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Missoula. The headline event of this eight-day celebration is the Garden City Brewfest. There will a number of other events, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and games and contests.

4-14: Seattle Beer Week, Seattle, WA

The ninth annual Seattle Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Seattle. There will be a number of events during this 11-day celebration, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, release parties, tap takeovers, and specially-priced drinks.

5-6: Calgary International Beerfest, Calgary, AB, Canada

Sobeys Liquors presents the 13th annual Calgary International Beerfest, which will be held at the BMO Centre on the grounds of Stampede Park. This two-day event will feature more than 500 beers from over 80 domestic and foreign breweries. Festival-goers are invited to vote for the "People's Choice" awards. There will also be an educational program (extra admission charge), live entertainment, and food for purchase from area restaurants. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available.

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.

6: Washington Crossing Brewfest, Washington Crossing, PA

The Friends of Washington Crossing Park present the seventh annual Washington Crossing Brewfest, which will take place at the Upper Park. This afternoon event, to be held on the shore of the Delaware River, will feature beer from more than 40 breweries, many of them from the area. Some breweries will send representatives. There will also be live music, and food will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the Friends.

7: Garden City Brewfest, Missoula, MT

The 25th annual Garden City Brewfest will be held at Caras Park in downtown Missoula. This afternoon/evening event, which is the grand finale of Missoula Beer Week, will feature more than 80 craft beers. Two live bands will perform, and food will be available for purchase.

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: Carolina Brewsfest, High Point, NC

Endurance Sports presents the third annual Carolina Brewsfest, which will take place at the Mendenhall Transportation Terminal in High Point. This afternoon event, to be held in conjunction with a half-marathon, will feature beer from around 30 breweries, many of them from North Carolina. There will also be live music and food for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission and a food voucher, are available.

13: Dark Lord Day, Munster, IN

Three Floyds Brewing Company, in Munster, presents Dark Lord Day 2017, which will take place outside the brewery. This day-long event, which celebrates the annual release of Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout, will feature beer from a number of breweries from around the world, along with live music and food for purchase. The $200 price of admission includes entry to the festival, a four-pack of Dark Lord plus a bottle of a Dark Lord variant, and $40 in food and drink vouchers. Part of the proceeds will go to local charities.

13: Denver Bacon and Beer Classic, Denver, CO

The Denver edition of the 2017 Bacon and Beer Classic will take place at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the home of the Denver Broncos. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with more than 80 beers from the region’s craft breweries. There will also be more than 30 bacon-infused dishes from local restaurants, judged beer and food competitions, a giant Jenga, a bungee run, and a bacon-eating contest. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers and food, are available.

13: Fayetteville Foam Fest, Fayetteville, AR

The 2017 Fayetteville Foam Fest returns to the Fayetteville Town Center and Outdoor Plaza. This evening event will feature beer from 50 American craft breweries, many of them from Arkansas and surrounding states. There will be live music, and local food trucks will be on hand. VIP tickets, with early admission and heavy hors d’ouevres, are available. A cycling tour, with visits to local breweries, will take place the morning before the festival itself. Part of the proceeds will go to local charities.

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.

13-21: San Antonio Beer Week, San Antonio, TX

The seventh annual San Antonio Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around San Antonio. The headline events of this nine-day celebration are the Kick Off Party in the city’s Main Plaza, and a closing ceremony in which the area’s craft breweries will be represented. Area brewers will offer a special collaboration beer. There will be many other events, such as beer dinners, pub crawls, tap takeovers, educational seminars, and special releases.

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.

17-20: Chester Charity Beer Festival, Chester, England

Chester Grosvenor Round Table presents the 29th annual Chester Charity Beer Festival, which will take place on the grounds of the Chester Rugby Union Football Club. This three-evening event will feature more than 140 Real Ales (most of them from independent breweries), ciders, perries, and wines. There will also be live entertainment and pub games, and Hickory’s Smokehouse will operate a pop-up restaurant. All proceeds from the festival will go to local charities.

19-20: North Wales Beer Festival, Wrexham, Wales

The Chester & North Clywd Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 2017 North Wales Beer Festival, which will take place at the Centenary Club, Racecourse Stadium, in Wrexham. This is a two-day event. Recent editions of this festival have featured around 50 Real Ales from UK breweries, including locally-brewed ales; a selection of ciders and perries; live entertainment; food for purchase; pub games; and a tomobla.

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: Kalamazoo on Tap, Kalamazoo, MI

America on Tap presents the third annual Kalamazoo on Tap, which will take place at Homer Stryker Field. This afternoon event will feature more than 100 beers from over 50 American craft breweries. There will also be live music, and food and merchandise will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission and a food voucher, are available.

20: Saratoga Brewfest, Saratoga, NY

America on Tap presents the seventh annual Saratoga Brewfest, which will take place at Saratoga Race Course. This afternoon event will feature more than 150 beers from over 50 American craft breweries. There will also be live music, and food and merchandise will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission and a food voucher, are available.

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.

25-June 4: ABQ Beer Week, Albuquerque, NM

The seventh annual ABQ Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Albuquerque. The headline event of this ten-day celebration is ABQ Brews and Blues. There will be dozens of other events, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks.

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: Brattleboro Brewers Festival, Brattleboro, VT

The sixth annual Brattleboro Brewers Festival will take place at VABEC Fields. This afternoon event, to be held on a picturesque farm, will feature 100 craft beers. There will also be live music, and food will be available for purchase.

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: ABQ Blues & Brews, Albuquerque, NM

The seventh annual ABQ Blues & Brews will be held at the Sandia Resort and Casino. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 70 craft breweries, many of them from New Mexico and the West, along with a selection of cocktails. Four blues bands will perform. There will also be homebrewing demonstrations, food and merchandise vendors, prize raffles, and games. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. Proceeds will go to local charities.

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.