April 2016 Events

1-8: Annapolis Beer Week, various locations, Annapolis, MD

Annapolis Beer Week 2016 will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Annapolis. The headline event of this eight-day celebration is the Maryland Chicken Wing and Beer Festival. There will be many other events, such as a Beer Run, beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, and tastings.

1-2: Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue Festival, Timonium, MD

Trigger Agency, LLC, presents the Timonium stop on the 2015 Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue Festival tour. It will take place at the Cow Palace on the Timonium Fairgrounds. Friday evening's "Whole Hog Pig Pickin" will feature a barbecue dinner, unlimited bourbon and beer tasting, and four pit masters on hand. On Saturday afternoon, the regular session will feature unlimited sampling of 60 beers and 40 bourbons; live rock and blues music; barbecue and other foods; and seminars led by master distillers, brewmasters, and pit masters. Saturday VIP tickets with early admission, and all-session "Grand Poobah" tickets, are available.

1-2: Big Texas Beer Fest, Dallas, TX

The fifth annual Big Texas Beer Fest will take place at the Fair Park Automobile Building on the Texas State Fairgrounds in Dallas. This event, which has been expanded to two days, will feature more than 500 beers from over 120 breweries. The selection includes Texas-brewed beers, one-offs, and firkins. There will also be live entertainment, and food vendors and food trucks will be at the venue. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. Part of the proceeds will go to the North Texas Food Bank.

1-2: Edmonton International Beer Fest, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Liquor Depot presents the 2016 Edmonton International Beer Fest, which will take place at the Shaw Conference Centre. This two-evening event will feature more than 200 beers, and Edmonton's most popular beer-serving establishments will be at the festival. Ten live bands will perform. "Ale Pass" and “Beer God” tickets, with early admission, are available.

1-9: Tri-Cities Craft Beer Week, Johnson City and Kingsport, TN, and Bristol, VA

The 2016 Tri-Cities Craft Beer Week will take place at at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in Johnson City, Kingsport, and Bristol, and nearby communities. This nine-day celebration, to be held in one of the nation’s fastest-growing craft beer regions, will feature events such as beer dinners, beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks.

2: Gitchee Gumee Brewfest, Superior, WI

The 18th annual Gitchee Gumee Brewfest will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Superior's Wessman Arena. This late-afternoon event, which is a fund-raiser for the Superior Jaycees, will feature more than 120 beers from over 25 breweries, many of them from Wisconsin and Minnesota. Food will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission and complimentary food, are available.

2: Great Arizona Beer Festival, Mesa, AZ

AZCentral.com presents the 28th annual Great Arizona Beer Festival, which returns to Sloan Park in Mesa. This evening event will feature more than 200 craft beers from over 50 breweries. There will also be live music, food for purchase, games, contests, and give-aways. VIP tickets, with early admission and catered food, are available. All proceeds will benefit Sun Sounds of Arizona.

2: Great Kiwi Beer Festival, Christchurch, New Zealand

The 2016 Great Kiwi Beer Festival will take place at Hagley Park in Christchurch. This is an all-day outdoor event. Last year’s edition featured more than 300 local, national, and imported beers. There will also be live music, an educational program, beer and food pairings, and cooking demonstrations.

2: Smugglers' Notch Brewfest, Part 2, Jeffersonville, VT

Smugglers' Notch, a ski resort in Jeffersonville, will host Part 2 of its 21st annual Brewfest. This evening event, to be held in the Meeting House, will feature local and regional beers and ciders, with an emphasis on the season’s lighter flavors. There will also be DJ music, along with appetizers from the resort's Mountain Grille.

2: Spring Craft Beer Festival, Elmont, NY

Starfish Junction Productions presents the tenth annual Spring Craft Beer Festival, which will take place at a new venue, Belmont Park in Elmont. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with more than 100 beers from over 50 craft breweries from around the country, including beer brewed on Long Island. Food will be available for purchase, and there will be beer-related demonstrations and presentations.

4-10: Athens Beer Week, Athens, GA

The sixth annual Athens Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Athens. Major events during this seven-day celebration are the Classic City Brew Fest and Terrapin Brewing’s 14th Anniversary Carnival. There will also be 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.

6-9: New England Real Ale Exhibition, South Boston, MA

The Cask-Conditioned Ale Support Campaign presents the 20th annual New England Real Ale Exhibition (NERAX), which will take place at a new venue, the South Boston Lithuanian Club. This four-day event, which is America’s oldest Real Ale festival, will feature more than 100 firkins of Real Ale and Cider, including over 50 beers from England, Scotland, and Wales, along with and over 50 American beers, mostly from New England.

7-9: Bierfestival Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands

The sixth annual Beerfestival Groningen will take place at the Martinkerk. This two-day, three-session event will feature a wide variety of domestic and imported beers, both on draft and in bottles. There will also be an educational program, professional and amateur brewing competitions, and a beer and food competition.

8-9: Atlantic City Beer Festival, Atlantic City, NJ

Good Time Tricycle Productions presents the 11th annual Atlantic City Beer Festival, which will take place at the Atlantic City Convention Center. This a two-day, three-session event will feature more than 1,000 beers, including special releases, from over 150 breweries; and brewery representatives will be in attendance. There will also be live music, an educational program; food and merchandise vendors, and unusual games.

8-9: Okanagan Fest-of-Ale, Penticton, BC, Canada

The 21st annual Okanagan Fest-of-Ale will be held at the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre. This two-day event, called the Consumer Tasting, will feature more than 150 beers from over 50 breweries, many of them from British Columbia; and festival-goers are invited to vote for the "People's Choice" winning beers. There will also be live entertainment, along with food from Penticon-area restaurants. Net proceeds will go to local charities.

9: Beer and Bacon Festival, Cary, NC

Trigger Agency, LLC, presents the the third annual Beer and Bacon Festival, which will take place at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. This afternoon event will feature more than 75 domestic and imported beers and wines, live music on the main stage, a “Whole Hog Butchering” class, bacon, and food from 15 area restaurants. VIP tickets, with early admission and complimentary bacon tastings, are available.

9: Great Vegas Festival of Beer, Las Vegas, NV

Motley Brews presents the sixth annual Great Vegas Festival of Beer, which will take place in downtown Las Vegas. This afternoon event, which organizers describe as Nevada’s largest beer festival, will feature more than 400 beers from over 100 breweries. There will also be an educational program; immersive entertainment, including a silent disco and a human arcade; beer-infused dishes in the Gastropub; and merchandise for sale.

9: Taming of the Brew, Bloomsburg, PA

The 15th annual Taming of the Brew will be held at the Caldwell Consistory in Bloomsburg. This evening event, which is a fund-raiser for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, will feature beer from more than 25 breweries and distributors. Many of the beers are brewed in Pennsylvania. There will also be live music, complimentary food from local restaurants, and a silent auction for items donated by local businesses and craftspeople.

9: Thirsty Orange Brew Extravaganza, Johnson City, TN

Superfly Fabulous Events presents the fifth annual Thirsty Orange Brew Extravaganza, which will take place at a new venue, Founders Park in Johnson City. This event, which closes Tri-Cities Craft Beer Week, will feature more than 150 beers, along with infused beverages, mixed drinks, and shandies. The festival also hosts the Tennessee Championship of Beers. There will be entertainment, including a DJ and limbo dancers, and “Run For the Booty” run. The festival charity is Trout Unlimited.

10: Bull City Food & Beer Experience, Durham, NC

DPAC, Sam's Quik Shop, and Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom present the fourth annual Bull City Food & Beer Experience, which will take place at the Durham Performing Arts Center. This afternoon/evening event will feature beer from 35 craft and import breweries, along with food from 35 Durham restaurants. Brewery and restaurant representatives will be in attendance, and there will be live music. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beverages and food, are available. The festival is a fund-raiser for the Ellerbee Creek Watershed Association.

10: Classic City Brew Fest, Athens, GA

The 21st annual Classic City Brew Fest will be held at the Graduate Athens Hotel Complex in downtown Athens. This afternoon event, which is part of Athens Craft Beer Week, will feature more than 400 “rare, regional and world” craft beers, plus a cask ale pavilion with over 30 one-off Real Ales. There will be live music, appearances by beer celebrities, and food for purchase. Proceeds will go to the Athens Area Humane Society.

16: Bay Area Craft Beer Festival, Martinez, CA

Main Street Martinez presents the seventh annual Bay Area Craft Beer Festival, which will take place downtown at Waterfront Park. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 30 breweries, all from west of the Mississippi. Two live bands will perform, and food from local restaurants will be available for purchase. A free shuttle will run between the festival venue and the North Concord BART station and Best Western John Muir Inn. Part of the proceeds will go to Main Street Martinez and local charities.

16: Hogtown Craft Beer Festival, Gainesville, FL

The Hogtown Brewers, Gainesville's homebrew club, presents the fifth annual Hogtown Craft Beer Festival, which will take place at a new venue, Tioga Towncenter. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 110 breweries, including many Florida breweries and brewpubs. There will also be an educational program, homebrewing demonstrations, and food for purchase.

16: Mountain Ales Festival, New Plymouth, New Zealand

The Taranaki Branch of the Society of Beer Advocates presents the second annual Mountain Ales Festival, which will take place at the New Plymouth Sportfishing & Underwater Club. This event will feature 25 beers and ciders from New Zealand's top craft breweries.

16-17: Southwest Festival of Beers, Scottsdale, AZ

Blue Moon presents the 2016 Southwest Festival of Beers, which will be held at the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. More than 200 beers, including many from Arizona and the Southwest, will be poured at this two-day event; and brewery and distributor representatives will be on hand. There will also be live music, and food will be available for purchase. The festival is part of the Scottsdale Culinary Festival hosted by the Scottsdale League for the Arts. The Culinary Festival, which takes place in 11 themed zones, features food and beverage tasting, an educational program, a teen cooking competition, and family and children’s activities. Net proceeds raised will support arts organizations in the Phoenix area.

22-23: Wild West Brewfest, Katy, TX

The Katy Rotary Club presents the fifth 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”, the “Texas”, and the “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 day before the festival itself. Proceeds will to go to local charities.

23: Between the Bluffs: Beer, Wine & Cheese Festival, La Crosse, WI

The La Crosse Area Convention and Visitors Bureau presents the 14th annual Between the Bluffs: Beer, Wine & Cheese Festival. It will take place at 1 Oktoberfest Strasse in La Crosse. This afternoon event will feature more than 200 beers and 45 wines. There will also be live music, a homebrewing competition, cheese and other gourmet foods, and games. VIP tickets, which include pre-fest activities on Friday night, early admission to the festival, and food samples, are available.

23: CityBeat Festival of Beers, San Diego, CA

CityBeat magazine presents the eighth annual CityBeat Festival of Beers, which will take place in front of the Lafayette Hotel in San Diego. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 40 breweries, most of them from southern California. Live bands will perform, and food will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available. Proceeds will benefit the San Diego Music Foundation.

23: Craft Brews & Chicago Blues Festival, Lake Geneva, WI

The fifth annual Craft Brews & Chicago Blues Festival will take place at a new venue, the Ridge Hotel in Lake Geneva. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 30 breweries, many of them from Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest. There will also be live blues music, food for purchase, and a photo booth. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available.

23: Dairy State Cheese & Beer Festival, Kenosha, WI

The ninth annual Dairy State Beer and Cheese Festival will be held at The Brat Stop at I-94 and Route 50 in Kenosha. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 40 breweries, many of them from Wisconsin. There will also be a selection of cheeses from around the state, live music, and food and merchandise for sale. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers and cheeses, are available. The festival is a benefit for the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha.

23: Missouri Beer Festival, Columbia, MO

The sixth annual Missouri Beer Festival will be held at the Holiday Inn Expo Center in Columbia. This afternoon event will feature more than 125 beers, and brewery representatives will be on hand. Festival-goers are invited to vote for the "People's Choice" beer. There will be a homebrewing demonstration, live music, and food for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.

23: PA Flavor, Harrisburg, PA

The Pennsylvania Brewers Guild, the American Culinary Federation, and the Department of Agriculture's PA Preferred Program present PA Flavor 2016. It which will be held at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. This afternoon sampling event is a Pennsylvania food and beer pairing with 40 breweries, 20 PA Preferred food producers, and 20 PA Preferred restaurants in attendance. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers and hors d'oeuvres, are available.

23-24: TAP New York, Hunter, NY

Hudson Valley Craft Beer & Fine Food Festival, Inc., and Hunter Mountain present TAP New York 2016, which will take place at Hunter Mountain. This two-day event will feature more than 300 beers from over 100 invited breweries, all from New York State. Three awards will be given: the Governors' Cup (state's best craft beer), the Matthew Vassar Brewers' Cup (Hudson Valley's best brewery), and the F.X. Matt Memorial Cup (state's best brewery). There will also be daily cooking demonstrations, and food will be available for purchase.

23-24: Zythos Beer Festival, Leuven, Belgium

Zythos, the Flemish beer consumers' organization, presents the 2016 Zythos Beer Festival, which will take place at Brabanthal in Leuven. This two-day event will feature 500 beers from 100 breweries, and festival-goers are invited to vote for the Consumer Trophy Winner. There will also be a beer shop, food for purchase, and a tombola. Admission is free.

29-May 1: Gateshead Beer Festival, Gateshead, England

The Gateshead Rugby Football Club presents the seventh annual Gateshead Beer Festival, which will take place on the club’s grounds. Recent editions of this three-day event have featured more than 150 beers from across the country, with an emphasis on locally-brewed beer, along with over 25 ciders and a cava bar; live music; food for purchase; and a heated marquee and clubhouse lounge and bar in case of bad weather.

29-30: Yorkshire Heart Beer & Music Festival, Nun Monkton, England

The Yorkshire Heart Vineyard, in Nun Monkton, will host the second annual Yorkshire Heart Beer & Music Festival. This celebration of Yorkshire products, which has been expanded to two days, will feature a selection of Real Ales, ciders, and lagers, along with Yorkshire Heart’s own wines. There will be continuous live music, barbecue and other hot food (included in the price of admission), and a bouncy castle and outdoor games. Camping is available at the winery.

29-May 1: Whittingham Beer & Sausage Festival, Whittingham, England

The Whittingham & Goosnargh Sports & Social Club will host the fourth annual Whittingham Beer & Sausage Festival, which will take place on the grounds of Old Whittingham Hospital. This three-day event will feature more than 70 Real Ales and ciders, sourced from the north of England. There will be a cash bar and live entertainment, and the food menu will feature ten varieties of locally-produced gourmet sausage.

30: Legendary Boonville Beer Festival, Boonville, CA

The Anderson Valley Brewing Company presents the 20th annual Legendary Boonville Beer Festival. It will take place at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in the brewery's hometown of Boonville. This is an open-air event, held in the scenic Anderson Valley. More than 100 beers from over 50 breweries, most of them from California and the West, will be poured. There will also be live music and dancing, along with food and merchandise vendors. On-site camping is available. All proceeds will go to local non-profit organizations.

30: Pottstown Firkin Fest, Pottstown, PA

Phoenix Festival Productions presents the Pottstown Firkin Fest, which will take place at Memorial Park. This event will feature more than 35 firkins of hard to find beers from American craft breweries, most of them from the Middle Atlantic states. There will also be live music and catered food, and festival-goers are invited to vote for their favorite firkin.

30: Parkville Microbrew Festival, Parkville, MO

The Main Street Parkville Association presents the 13th annual Parkville Microbrew Fest, which will take place at English Landing Park. This afternoon event will be held under the cottonwoods in the heart of Old Towne Parkville. It will feature beer from more than 50 breweries, many of them from Missouri and surrounding states. There will also be live music and food for purchase.

30: Rochester Craft Beer Expo, Rochester, MN

Chop Liver, Inc., presents the fifth 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 the Upper Midwest. There will be an educational program and food for purchase, and festival-goers are invited to vote for the People's Choice award. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.