Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Local Tidewater VA Beer Festivals


Sat, Apr 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!

Sat/Sun, Apr 7/8 - Spring Crafted 2018, O'Connor Brewing Co., 12 - 6:00 pm, 211 W 24th St., Norfolk. Our 4th Annual Spring Crafted Indie Arts and Craft Market at O'Connor Brewing Co. in Norfolk, VA. This will be our 1st two day indoor market ever! Come and shop the market both Sat. and Sun. April 7th and 8th 2018. Shop from the unique selection of handmade goods directly from the makers themselves at the brewery all while enjoying an amazing atmosphere, award winning craft beer, unique local food trucks, live music and more all in one place! LIVE MUSIC and EATS TBA!

Sat, Apr 14 - Ghent Craft Beer Fest, Hosted by Go Local 757, North-Central-West Ghent, Norfolk. On Saturday April 14, Go Local will host the 5th Ghent Craft Beer Fest. The event will feature craft beer tastings at some of the finest breweries & restaurants in Virginia. Check-In: O'Connor Brewing Co 11 am - 12 noon. Tastings begin at noon and stops include: O'Connor Brewing Co.; Smartmouth Brewing Company; The Bold Mariner Brewing Company; bottleBOX; ExceptionAle; Benchtop Brewing Company; Rip Rap Brewing Co.; Pendulum Fine Meats. And this year we're featuring a special Beer Garden located at the Pendulum Parking lot - It will feature beers from: Oozlefinch Craft Brewery, Big Ugly Brewing Company, Bull Island Brewing Company, Bearded Bird Brewing Company, MoMac Brewing Company, Rip Rap Brewing Company, Bench Top Brewing Company. The event will include tastings, music and, food trucks! All Beer Garden Proceeds will benefit the UDT-Seal Association

Sat, Apr 14 - Smithfield Wine & Brew Fest Weekend. Over 100 tastings of Virginia Wines & Virginia Craft Brews, special offerings of Organic Wines, three stages of live music, weekend hotel packages, wine dinners and handcrafted artist vendors. Individual Tickets and Non-Sponsor tables will go on sale in  Feb. 2018.  Visit the website:  for more information.

Sat, Apr 21 - Phoebus Spring Fling and Craft Beer Festival, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Phoebus Partnership, 7 E. Mellen St. and Monitor Lodge, 212 E Mellen St., Hampton. Historic Phoebus will transform into a vibrant outdoor street festival featuring handmade arts and crafts, community exhibits, food trucks, live music and craft beer. The Spring Fling is free and open to the public. Craft Beer Festival - $25 per person (Must be 21-years old or above) 757/727-831 |

Sat, Apr 21 - StarFire Festival 2: A celebration of Music, Arts, Comics & Video Game Culture, O'Connor Brewing Co., 12 - 11:00 pm, 211 W 24th St., Norfolk. Galaxy Dynamite, TNT Entertainment & O'Connor Brewing Co. Present StarFire Festival 2 in Partnership with 96X, WHRO, Veer Magazine, VA Growler, 13News Now - WVEC and tHRive. StarFire Festival was created to blend the classic American transformational music festival experience with a comic book and video game convention. Enjoy exciting and intelligent workshops, sample delicious local food trucks, explore engaging activities and more while putting the spotlight on the best music acts this region has to offer with THREE STAGES OF MUSIC. Hosted by Norfolk's very own psychedelic electronic rock band, Galaxy Dynamite, we are excited and proud to announce a new edition to StarFire Festival 2: COLOR WAR! Activities include: 3 Stages of Music, 'BAE' package option (VIP), Yoga workshop by Eat.Yoga.Drink, Hoop / Flow Arts workshop by Enchanted Flow Artists, Live painting showcase and regional artist gallery curated by Khalil Riddick, Video Game Tournaments, Cosplay Contest, Magic: The Gathering Tournament, Eating Contest, Cornhole Contest, The return of hour (Live Action Role Playing), Vinyl Record Swap, Local Comic Book Showcases / Galleries, Open Card / Board game area (Provided by Atlantis Games & Comics (Norfolk), E-Sports Viewing (Overwatch League Matches and More), Delicious Food Trucks, StarFire Hoop Troupe Contest (by Enchanted Flow Artists), Virtual Reality Stations. Contact us. E-mail ''

Sat, Apr 21 - 3rd Annual Revolutionary Beer Fest, Khedive Shrine Center, 1 - 6:00 pm, 645 Woodlake Dr., Chesapeake. We are thrilled to bring back our popular Revolutionary Beer Fest for its third year. Experience the Revolutionary Beer Fest and celebrate amber suds with historical reverence. We will pay tribute to the history of beer from the earliest days of our nation all the way to today's beer and cider breweries. Docents and Reenactors will be dressed in period attire, and be sure to visit our very own colonial style tavern! More interested in beer and less in the history? That's okay too. The event features unlimited free samples of 28 beers from 14 breweries, food available for purchase from your favorite local food trucks, vendors, live music, and more! Purchase one of our signature growlettes, or bring your own from a past year's Revolutionary Beer Fest, and buy a fill of your favorite beer. Free pint cups will also be available with fill purchase (while supplies last). Please note that all containers must be empty before leaving the festival. Indoor AND Outdoor Event. Event Held Rain or Shine. No Refunds. ADULTS 21 and Over ONLY - NO EXCEPTIONS, and Please, NO PETS! Benefiting the Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways History Foundation.

Sat, Apr 28 - CoVa Battle of the Burgers, Military Aviation Museum, 12 - 5:00 pm, 1341 Princess Anne Rd., Virginia Beach. Help us crown Coastal VA's best burger while enjoying a day of fun, live music, planes, VA craft beer and of course - burgers, burgers and more burgers! Join Coastal Virginia Magazine as we invite local restaurants to the battle it out to become CoVa's Best Burger at the 2018 CoVa Battle of the Burgers. Attendees will be invited to vote for their favorite burger after sampling the delicious sliders, drinking Virginia craft beers and enjoy live entertainment!

Sat, Apr 28 - Annual YSC Spring Oyster & Pig Roast, hosted by VB Youth Service Club, 1 - 6:00 pm, Camp Pendleton, . Join us to kick off the Summer at the 2018 YSC Spring Oyster & Pig Roast. We will be serving beer, wine, chili, chowder, chicken, oysters and our famous Pork Barbecue. All you can eat and drink. All proceeds go to fund charities benefiting children in Hampton Roads. Live Music by: Little Country and Family Tree. Ticket sales are limited & will be filled on a first come first served basis, no outside food or beverages allowed, no one under 21 years of age, which includes infants. There will be 100% id check to enter camp pendleton. email |

Sun, Apr 29 - 5th Annual Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival, 12 - 5:00 pm, 401 N Boundary St., Williamsburg. Join us for Williamsburg's Biggest Beer Benefit, the fifth annual Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival - a fun day of craft beer, great food and live music - all for a good cause. Over the past 4 years, you helped us raise more than $75,000 for local non-profits. The 5th annual Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival will feature more than 30 craft beers from at least 14 different breweries. Enjoy craft beer, live music from Anthony Rosano and The Conqueroos and food available for purchase from Prost Food Truck and Old City Barbeque. Tickets will be available for sale starting Wednesday, February 21, 2018 on the event website. Advanced ticket prices are $35 for general admission and $50 for VIP tickets. Admission includes a complimentary 16-oz tasting glass and unlimited 4-oz pours. VIP hour includes early access to the festival (at noon) and complimentary select food items from the food trucks for the first hour.

Fri, May 4 - Shrimpfest 2018, Hosted by Rotary Club of Newport News, 5;30 - 9:00 pm, Port Warwick, 3100 William Styron Sq., Newport News. The Rotary Club of Newport News and Hampton Roads Event Rentals Present SHRIMPFEST 2018! As always, we will feature our amazing menu for you and your guests to enjoy: GIANT peel and eat shrimp, BBQ, Craft beer, Wine, Sodas, everything is included! $50 for early bird general admission tickets; $60 week of the event. We historically sell out each year so get your tickets today! This is our primary fundraiser and ALL proceeds are given back to local charities. Last year, we distributed more than $25,000 back into our community for organizations such as the Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Free Clinic, Peninsula School for Autism, March of Dimes, Mayors Book Club, Operation Cat Snip and many, many others. Please join us and help our local charitable organizations as well.

Sat, May 5 - Chic's Beach Festival 2018, HK on the Bay, 12 - 8:00 pm, 4600 Lookout Rd., Virginia Beach. Chic's Beach Festival presented by Hk on the Bay is a one-day, outdoor music & craft beer featuring over twenty craft beers from Green Flash Brewing Co. including seasonals, cask ales, barrel-aged brews and more. It's all going down in the historic Chic's Beach under the beautiful oak trees by HK on the Bay, and tickets go live on 2/2. Spots are limited, so don't sleep if you want in. TICKETS: General Admission tickets go on sale February 2nd. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door. Tickets will include entry into all the radness of the festival and a really sweet commemorative 16oz Chic's Beach Festival cup. There will be games such as Giant Jenga, Giant Connect Four, Cornhole and more! We're going to be celebrating Cinco de Mayo AND The Kentucky Derby in style! Details coming soon! MUSIC: All acts will be performing on the AFK Books & Records Main Stage: Bennett Wales & The Relief, Anthony Rosano and The Conqueroos. FOOD: Food is not included in the ticket price. Outside food not permitted: Sofrito, The Coop - Virginia, Hk on the Bay.

Sat, May 5 - Blues, Brews & BBQ, Riverwalk Landing, 12 - 6:00 pm, 425 Water St., Yorktown. Sample more than 25 different craft beers, dig into some amazing BBQ, and listen as some of the best Blues musicians in Hampton Roads take the stage at Riverwalk Landing. This year's Blues, Brews & BBQ promises to be the best yet! At 12:30, The Jukes will deliver an entertaining performance steeped in swing, boogie, and down-home blues. Then, at 3:30, the Michael Clark Band will take the mic to blend the Blues with a little soul, rock, jazz and fun. NEW this year - a wine garden included in admission. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Proceeds Benefit the York Foundation for Public Education. Sponsored by York County, Hall Hyundai of Newport News, Water Street Grille, and Union Bank. | 757.877.2933 

Sun, May 6 - The Mariners' Craft Beer Festival, The Mariners' Museum and Park, 12 - 5:00 pm, 100 Museum Dr., Newport News. Great beer, good food and live music! The sixth annual Mariners' Craft Beer Festival will features craft beers in the unique setting of The Mariners' Museum's outdoor courtyards. Enjoy a selection of 50 craft beers from local, regional and national breweries. Listen to live music by Esoteric Ramblers and Hey Hey Hooligan! Brewery representatives will be on-site to answer questions and offer several "Beer Talks" throughout the event. Food trucks will be on-site with food for purchase. General Admission Advance Tickets: $35 (through May 5), Day-of General Admission Tickets: $45, Non-drinker tickets: $15. Tickets include 20 four-ounce craft beer tastings, a souvenir tasting glass, live music, beer talks by brewery representatives, and the day's admission to The Mariners' Museum! Food trucks will be onsite for an additional charge. Tickets Coming Soon! RAIN OR SHINE |

Sun, May 6 - Bluegrass, Beer & BBQ in the Burg, Muscarelle Museum of Art, 1 - 5:00 pm, 603 Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg. The Muscarelle Museum of Art invites you to the Fourth Annual Bluegrass, Beer and Barbeque in the 'Burg. The event will feature locally grown bluegrass, locally brewed beers and traditional southern BBQ from five states. The event is open to the entire Williamsburg community, so don't miss a great way to celebrate Mother's Day and take a break from finals! Tickets are $35 Adults, $15 Children 7-12, Under 6 get in free.

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 HarborfestR 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.

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