March 31-1: Atlantic City Beer Festival, Atlantic City, NJ
Good Time Tricycle Productions presents the 12th annual Atlantic City Beer Festival, which will take place at the Atlantic City Convention Center. This a two-day, three-session event. Recent editions of this festival have featured more than 1,000 beers, including special releases, from over 150 breweries; brewery representatives in attendance; live music; an educational program; food and merchandise vendors; and games.
March 31-1: Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue Festival, Timonium, MD
Trigger Agency, LLC, presents the Timonium stop on the 2017 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 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.
1: Barns & Beer Craft Beer Festival, Odessa, FL
Old McMicky's Farm, in Odessa, will host the 2017 Barns & Beer Craft Beer Festival. This evening event, to be held on a farm set on a 40-acre lake, will feature more than 75 craft beers, along with a selection of wines. There will also be live entertainment, live country music, and food for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. The festival is a benefit for the Old McMicky's Farm Foundation.
1: Smugglers' Notch Brewfest, Part 2, Jeffersonville, VT
Smugglers' Notch, a ski resort in Jeffersonville, will host Part 2 of its 22nd 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.
3-9: Athens Beer Week, Athens, GA
The seventh annual Athens Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Athens. The headline event of this seven-day celebration is the Classic City Brew Fest. There will also be many 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.
7-8: Great Vegas Festival of Beer, Las Vegas, NV
Motley Brews presents the 2017 Great Vegas Festival of Beer, which will take place at 8th and Fremont Streets in downtown Las Vegas. This is a two-day event. The Mad Craft craft beer and food pairing event will take place Friday evening. Saturday afternoon’s Grand Tasting will feature more than 400 beers from over 100 domestic and foreign breweries. There will also be a “BrewLogic” educational program, a silent disco and other experiences, and food from the celebrity chef-laden Gastropub. VIP Brewers Lounge tickets, with a special selection of beers and food, are available.
7-8: Okanagan Fest-of-Ale, Penticton, BC, Canada
The 22nd annual Okanagan Fest-of-Ale will be held at the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre. This two-day event will feature more than 150 beers from over 50 breweries, many of them from British Columbia. 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.
8: Beer and Bacon Festival, Cary, NC
Trigger Agency, LLC, presents the the fourth 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.
8: Blue Chip Brewfest, Michigan City, IN
The Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa, in Michigan City, will host the seventh annual Blue Chip Brewfest. This afternoon event will take place in the Stardust Event Center. It will feature beer from a wide variety of American craft breweries, along with live entertainment. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of Dogfish Head beers, and Brewmaster tickets, with VIP admission plus luncheon with Laura Bell of Bell’s Brewery, are available.
8-9: Nostalgia Fest Philly, Bensalem, PA
The 2017 edition of Nostalgia Fest Philly will be held at Fisher’s Tudor House in Bensalem. This two-day, 80s- and 90s-themed event is also a beer and wine festival. Celebrities from that era, including actors, artists, and pro wrestlers, will be on hand to sign autographs and pose for photos. There will also be food trucks and vendor rooms. VIP tickets, with early admission and an opportunity to meet the brewers, are available.
9: Classic City Brew Fest, Athens, GA
The 22nd 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.
10-13: Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America, Washington, DC
The Brewers Association presents the 2017 Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America, which will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. This event, which is North America's number-one educational event for professional brewers, will feature nearly 75 seminars on 11 different learning tracks. Other activities include trade shows, a craft beer wholesalers' conference, a welcome reception, a keynote speaker, and brewery tours.
14-15: Seattle Scotch & Beer Fest, Seattle, WA
The 2017 Seattle Scotch & Beer Fest will take place at Fremont Studios. This two-day indoor event will feature more than 60 craft beers, most of them from the Pacific Northwest; spirits, including Scotch vertical tasting and Northwest Whiskies flights; and a tax-free bottle shop. There will also be a Scotch educational program, and food will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with unlimited tastings, are available. The festival is a benefit for the Fremont Chamber of Commerce’s community grant programs.
15: Gitchee Gumee Brewfest, Superior, WI
The 19th annual Gitchee Gumee Brewfest will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Superior's Wessman Arena. This afternoon/evening event, which is a fund-raiser for the Superior Jaycees, will feature more than 100 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.
22: Bay Area Craft Beer Festival, Martinez, CA
Main Street Martinez presents the eighth annual Bay Area Craft Beer Festival, which will take place downtown at Waterfront Park. This afternoon event will feature beer from 50 breweries, all from west of the Mississippi River. 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.
22: Between the Bluffs: Beer, Wine & Cheese Festival, La Crosse, WI
The La Crosse Area Convention and Visitors Bureau presents the 15th annual Between the Bluffs: Beer, Wine & Cheese Festival. It will take place on 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. “Taster’s Eve”, held at establishments in town, will take place the Friday evening before the festival itself. VIP tickets, which include pre-fest activities on Friday night, early admission to the festival, and food samples, are available.
22-23: Festival Gastro Cervecero Michoacan, Morelia, Mexico
The Morelia edition of the 2017 Festival Gastro Cervecero Michoacan will be held at the Orchid Garden. This two-day family- and dog-friendly event will feature a selection of Mexican craft beers. There will also be live music, food for purchase, a kids’ zone, and crafts. Admission to the festival itself is free. The festival website is entirely in Spanish.
22: Hogtown Craft Beer Festival, Gainesville, FL
The Hogtown Brewers, Gainesville's homebrew club, presents the sixth annual Hogtown Craft Beer Festival, which will return to Tioga Towncenter. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 110 breweries, including many breweries and brewpubs from Florida. There will also be an educational program, homebrewing demonstrations, and food for purchase.
22-23: Zythos Beer Festival, Leuven, Belgium
Zythos, the Flemish beer consumers' organization, presents the 2017 Zythos Beer Festival, which will take place at Brabanthal in Leuven. This two-day event will feature more than 500 beers, served at 88 stands. There will also be a beer shop, food for purchase, and a tombola. Admission is free.
29-30: TAP New York, Hunter, NY
Hudson Valley Craft Beer & Fine Food Festival, Inc., and Hunter Mountain present TAP New York 2017, which will take place at Hunter Mountain. This two-day event will feature more than 300 beers from over 120 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.