Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Local Tidewater VA Beer Festivals


Sat, May 12 - 5th Annual Spring Street Party, Hosted by Smartmouth Brewing HQ, 12 - 8:00 pm, 1309 Raleigh Ave., Norfolk. Let's raise a glass to the arrival of Spring with our 5th Annual Spring Street Party. We're shutting down the street as we welcome three live bands, several food trucks and 20+ different beers including many of the unique styles recently brewed at our new Pilot House location in VB. Come celebration with a few thousand of your closest friends.

Fri, May 18 - Suds & Buds 2018, Norfolk Botanical Garden, 5:30 - 9:30 pm, 6700 Azalea Garden Rd., Norfolk. The fourth-annual Suds & Buds party with a purpose benefits three causes -- Norfolk Botanical Garden, Rotary Club of Norfolk and Young Audiences of Virginia, Inc. This casual, after-work party is for ages 21 and up who will enjoy an evening at Norfolk Botanical Garden's rose garden. Tickets include garden admission, food from area restaurants, craft beer, wine, a garden tram ride and music by Lewis McGehee and Young Audiences performers.

Sat, May 19 - 17th Annual Virginia Beer Festival 2018, Town Point Park, 2 - 6:00 pm, 1 Waterside Dr., Norfolk. The Mid-Atlantic's largest and longest running beer festival celebrates its 17th year with a diverse selection of more than 150 beers and ciders from Virginia and around the world, local food, and live music. Meet master brewers and join in the fun and games as you experience Virginia's explosive beer scene at the beautiful downtown Norfolk waterfront in an event named "one of the Best Beer Festivals" by USA Today. The Virginia Beer Festival is produced in partnership with Virginia Arts Festival and Norfolk Festevents. Supported by Veer Magazine and Virginia Craft Beer Magazine. $30 tasting ticket*, early bird price. $35 tasting ticket* May 1 price. $40 day-of, cash only. $20 non-tasting ticket**. Boater's Package*** $200 for up to a 35' vessel, pricing and ticket quantity increases for larger vessels. Prices before ticketing fees. Must be 21 or over to have tasting ticket. A valid ID must be presented upon entry. No refunds. Event will be held rain or shine.

Sat, May 19 - 2018 Pungo Wine Festival Benefiting Connect With A Wish, Back Bay Farms Inc., 12 - 6:00 pm, 1833 Princess Anne Rd., Virginia Beach. Please join us at the beautiful Back Bay Farms for the 2018 Pungo Wine Festival benefiting Connect With a Wish. Come out and enjoy a fun-filled day of wine tasting from some of your favorite Virginia wineries. Plus there will be live music, craft beer, food trucks and local artist and vendors. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Wristband and tasting glass will be provided for guests ages 21 and over. Bring a blanket or chair, invite your friends and come enjoy a great day for a great cause. *Please contact with any questions.  

Sat, May 19 - COMMON GROUNDS Collaborative Beer Fest & Camp Night, 4 - 8:00 pm, Holiday Travel-L Park, 1075 General Booth Blvd., Virginia Beach. COMMON GROUNDS Collaborative Beer Fest & Camp Night returns May 19th from 4-8 pm! Come hang, drink, dance and camp with some of your favorite national and international brewers! Enjoy 20+ authentic, small batch, one time only collaboration beers made by talented brewer friends! All beer style ticks will be represented and quite possibly some new ones created at this unique event. Camping/ticket packages will be offered so pack your bag and hang with us around the campfire! We are busting to announce participating breweries over the next month so mark your calendars and stay tuned!

Thu, May 24 - The 5th Annual Bacon, Beer and Bourbon Bash, presented by Rotary Club of Warwick at City Center Newport News, 7 - 9:30 pm, Virginia Living Museum, 524 J Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News. Celebrating the love of bacon, The Rotary Club of Warwick at City Center Newport News will host its signature charity event featuring local restaurants serving up their best bacon-inspired dish! Guests will sample each dish throughout the evening and will have the opportunity to cast a vote for the People's Choice Award to be presented at the end of the evening. In addition, beer, wine and a variety of non-alcoholic beverages will be available throughout the evening. Proceeds from this charitable event will support The Rotary Foundation and a variety of local charities.

Sun, Jun 4 - Barks & Brews 2018, Norfolk Botanical Garden, 12 - 6:00 pm, 6700 Azalea Garden Rd., Norfolk. RAIN OR SHINE. Festivities located behind Baker Hall Visitor Center. Join us for the 2nd annual Barks & Brews as we launch Summer Sunday Dog Days. Enjoy Sundays with your dog June, July & August. NBG Members' Dogs Free/Not-yet-members' $5 per dog (human admission also applies). Enjoy music, food, 175 garden acres and a cold one with your furry best friend. Bring your favorite outdoor chair or blanket, and relax.

Fri-Sun, Jun 8-10 - 42nd Annual Norfolk Harborfest, Town Point Park, 1 Waterside Dr., Norfolk. The 42nd Annual Norfolk Harborfest is the largest, longest-running, free maritime festival in the nation. This exhilarating, FREE, family-friendly, fun, outdoor extravaganza is stocked full of activities on land, sea, and in the sky! For three incredible days, you'll see tall ships, Parade of Sail, artisan foods and beverages, work boat races, unique and unusual performances, one of the largest fireworks shows on the East Coast, family games and activities, national and regional entertainment, and so much more! 

Sat, Jun 18 - New Town Summer Fest 2018, New Town Williamsburg, 12:30 - 5:00 pm, 4801 Courthouse St., Williamsburg. The third annual benefiting Meals on Wheels showcasing 14 breweries (Alewerks, Bell's, Bold Rock, Center of the Universe, Commonwealth, Devil's Backbone, Goose Island, Heavy Seas, Legend, New Belgium, O'Connor, Shock Top, Smartmouth, St. George) featuring 28 craft brews. Each ticket ($40 or 6 for $200) includes your logo glass, unlimited beverages and a food voucher. Live music by Trial By Fire (Journey Tribute Band). Wine available for purchase. Non-drinkers may enter the day of for $10 to listen to music and enjoy the fun ($5 food voucher included). Thanks to our sponsors: Next Door Neighbors, Guernsey Tingle Architects, New Town. 

Fri-Sun, Jun 22-24 - 29th Annual Bayou Boogaloo Music & Cajun Food Festival, Town Point Park, 1 Waterside Dr., Norfolk. Norfolk's annual love-fest with New Orleans' vibrant spirit and captures the melting pot of Bayou culture. This popular 3-day festival delivers the heart and soul of Louisiana to visitors of Town Point Park in true Cajun and Creole style. This is the most authentic food and music festival in the nation. Two stages featuring national recording artists providing diverse cultural musical entertainment. The Arts Council of New Orleans and Norfolk Festevents hand-pick the most unique and one-of-a-kind artists from Louisiana to share their stories, culture and craft. This year, numerous artists in various mediums including art, jewelry and sculpture will be on site displaying their works. No Bayou celebration would be complete without the mouthwatering Cajun delicacies prepared by authentic Louisiana inspired chefs. Festival guests are in for a real treat as they feast on fresh crawfish straight from Louisiana, jambalaya, gumbo, etouffee, alligator, muffuletta, andouille, and beignets. Guests will also find festival favorites like sno balls (discovered in New Orleans, by the way!), root beer floats, smoothies, Italian water ice, glazed nuts, kettle korn and funnel cake. Wash it all down with a variety of cold beverages including a fine selection of beers straight from New Orleans' own Abita Brewing Company as well as New Orleans-born Southern Comfort Hurricanes.

Sat, Jul 7 - Hops and Hogs Beer Festival, Hosted by Watermen's Museum, 11:30 am - 6:00 pm, 309 Water St., Yorktown. Come join us for the Hops and Hogs Beer Festival, our third annual Beer Festival. This is our first fundraiser event of the year. Sponsored by Harley Davidson of Hampton Roads, our festival cost is a low $10 per person with all raised funds supporting the Museum's education programs. This will be a fun day of music and excitement that you won't want to miss. Tickets are available at the gate. Come join us! We promise you will have a lot of fun!

Fri, Jul 13 - Brews on the Bay, Hosted by Ocean View Beach Park and Norfolk Festevents, 6 - 9:30 pm, Ocean View Beach Park, 100 W. Ocean View Ave, Norfolk. In conjunction  with TGOV Beach Music Concert Series featuring The Fuzz Band, a great way to start the weekend with Live Music, children's activities, food, beverages and more! CRAFT BEER SAMPLING TICKETS: Sampling Package - $15 for wristband, 4 oz sampling cup and 5 tickets redeemable for samples; 16 oz Pint - $8 for wristband and 4 tickets redeemable for a pint cup; Additional tickets - $2 (must have a cup and wristband to sample); Tickets will be sold until 9:15 pm; Sampling tickets can be redeemed until 9:30 pm; No refunds. You must be at least 21 years old to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages. Breweries have the right to limit samples. Breweries will appear only until supplies last.

Sat, Aug 4 - Whistle Belly is moving to a Saturday Night! We'll have delicious food and amazing beers while enjoying a Saturday Evening in Merchants Square- Williamsburg, VA with Junior Woman's Club of Williamsburg No more need for sunscreen but don't worry we'll still have those awesome water misters! Mark your calendars for Saturday August 4th!

Sat, Aug 11 - Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ Festival, Hunt Club Farm, 2 - 6:00 pm, 2388 London Bridge Road, Virginia Beach. Stop in and stay awhile!! 60+ Beers, 40+ Bourbons and Lots of BBQ! Join us at the 2018 Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival for a great day of beer sippin', bourbon tastin', music listenin' and barbeque eatin' at Hunt Club Farm this August. Your admission buys you a sampling glass so you can enjoy an ALL-YOU-CARE-TO-TASTE sampling of beer and bourbon. Some of the best barbeque vendors will be on-site to meet your hunger needs, while you are enjoying seminars in the tasting theater and Live Music all day. Don't forget all this Fun- helps support the Spirit of Hope Children's Foundation. For more information please visit:

Sat, Aug 25 - 4th Annual Coastal Craft Beer Festival, Hosted by the Neptune Festival, 1 - 6:00 pm, Neptune's Park, 31st Street/Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach. Neptune's Park will be transformed into a craft beer lover's haven on Saturday, August 25th, featuring local Virginia beers and cask ales, as well national and regional craft beers. Enjoy over 65 beers from 30 breweries, live music, food trucks, and more!

Sat, Sep 8 - 6th Annual 757 Battle of the Beers 2018, Hosted by Beach Ambassadors, 1 - 6:00 pm, Hunt Club Farm, 2388 London Bridge Rd., Virginia Beach. This is the only festival in Hampton Roads that exclusively features local 757 Craft Breweries as they battle it out to win in different beer categories - with 100% of the proceeds go to local Hampton Roads charities! This award-winning and unique event pits local, Hampton Roads-based breweries against each other to determine who has the best beer in Hampton Roads. Each year, local breweries put their best brews on tap and are rated by an official brewer tasting panel and by attendees of the event to see which beer is the best in the 7-5-7. The one-of-a-kind event features live music, food, tastings of every beer (two beers from each brewery!), corn hole, giant beer pong, and more! This event is in its 6th year - and the battle will be bigger and better than ever before!

Sat, Sep 15 - Commonwealth Coastal Classic, Hosted by Norfolk Festevents, 12 - 5:00 pm, Town Point Park, 1 Waterside Dr., Norfolk. It's official! Norfolk Festevents, in partnership with Patrick Evans-Hylton's Virginia Eats And Drinks, presents the first Commonwealth Coastal Classic, Saturday, September 15, 2018 in Town Point Park. The latest addition to Virginia's extraordinary calendar of fine culinary events, the Commonwealth Coastal Classic will host a delicious variety of chefs' tables, Virginia wines, spirits, crafted beers and ciders for tastings, original artisan works for sale, chef demos, live music by The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail Tour and much more to be enjoyed on Norfolk, VA's downtown waterfront. Tickets will be limited and go on sale May 15, 2018. Visit for developing details.

Sat/Sun, Oct 20/21 - Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival, 1 - 6:00 pm each day, 31st Street Park, Oceanfront, Virginia Beach. Over 50 craft beers from over 25 breweries will be available for sampling at the Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival.  Tickets include unlimited sampling, a commemorative cup, and live entertainment.

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