8-10: Seattle International Beer Festival, Seattle, WA
The 2016 Seattle International Beer Festival will be held at Fisher Pavilion & Lawn at Seattle Center. This three-day event will feature more than 200 beers from 16 countries, including rare, hard-to-find, and locally-brewed beers. Live bands are scheduled to perform all weekend. There will also be a Grande Beer Garden; food for purchase; a huge lawn for picnickers; and games, including darts, backgammon, checkers, chess, and cards. The festival is a benefit for PetCross.
10-11: Empire Brewfest, Syracuse, NY
The 2016 Empire Brewfest returns to Chevy Court on the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. This two-day event, which is sanctioned by the New York State Brewers Association, will feature beer from dozens of breweries, many of them from New York State. There will also be live music, food and merchandise vendors, and games and competitions.
15-16: Vermont Brewers Festival, Burlington, VT
The Vermont Brewers Association presents the 24th annual Vermont Brewers Festival. It will take place at Burlington's Waterfront Park, on the shore of Lake Champlain with the Adirondack Mountains in the background. This two-day, four-session event will feature more than 150 beers from around 50 invited breweries, most of them from Vermont, the Northeast, and Canada. There will also be live entertainment, educational and "meet the brewer" programs, and food and merchandise vendors.
22-23: GnawBrew Beer Art and Music Festival, Nashville, IN
The seventh annual GnawBrew Beer Art and Music Festival will be held at eXplore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat. Saturday’s all-day outdoor event will feature commercially- and and home-brewed beer from Indiana, along with local wines. Brewery representatives will be in attendance. Indiana musicians will perform, local artists will exhibit their works, and there will be games and activities. Hiking, fishing, and primitive tent camping are available at the festival site. An extra VIP session will be held on Friday evening, and ticket holders for this session will be given first choice of campsites.
22-24: Louisville Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival, Louisville, KY
Bisic Impact Group Festivals presents the 2016 Four Roses Bourbon Louisville Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival, which will take place at Water Tower Park. This three-day, family-friendly event will feature dozens of craft beers, along with spirits and cocktails; live music; and food, including smoked barbecue and fair food.
22-23: Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival, Ypsilanti, MI
The Michigan Brewers Guild presents the 19th annual Summer Beer Festival, which will take place at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti. This two-day event will feature more than 1,000 beers from over 100 Michigan breweries, with an emphasis on "big" and hard-to-find beers. There will also be hourly releases of special festival beers; live entertainment, including live bands and the "Drink Michigan Beer" Fight Song; and food and merchandise vendors.
22-24: Toronto's Festival of Beer, Toronto, ON, Canada
Toronto's Festival of Beer 2016, which organizers describe as "Canada's leading beer festival," will be held at the Bandshell on the Canadian National Exhibition grounds in Toronto. This three-day event will feature more than 300 beers from over 60 domestic and foreign breweries. There will also be live music and other entertainment, brewmaster sessions, and food from 20 of Toronto’s top purveyors. During festival week, a number of satellite events will take place throughout the Greater Toronto Area.
27-31: Oregon Brewers Festival, Portland, OR
The Oregon Brewers Guild and the Oregon Brew Crew present the 29th annual Oregon Brewers Festival, which will take place at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland. By tradition, this event features beer from 84 breweries, all of them invited by festival organizers, along with 100 beers at the Specialty Tent. There will also be food for purchase; industry exhibits by hop growers, homebrewers, breweriana collectors, and national beer writers; live music throughout the weekend; and merchandise vendors. In addition to the festival itself, there will be a Brewers Dinner and the Oregon Brewers Brunch & Parade that officially kicks off the festival.
30: Indiana Microbrewers Festival, Indianapolis, IN
The Brewers of Indiana Guild presents the 21st annual Indiana Microbrewers Festival, which will take place at Opti-Park in Broad Ripple in Indianapolis. This afternoon event will feature around 300 beers from dozens of breweries, most of them from Indiana and many with brewers in attendance. The beer selection includes a cask-conditioned table and a “replicale,” with Indiana breweries using a mutual recipe. There will also be live music, food for purchase, games, and door prizes.
30: Pioneer Valley Beer and Wine Festival, Florence, MA
The 2016 Pioneer Valley Beer and Wine Festival will be held at Look Memorial Park in Florence. This afternoon event will feature the products of ten breweries and two wineries from the area. There will also be live music, and food vendors will be at the park.