Vancouver Craft Beer Week takes place around early June each year and features a number of events including an outdoor craft beer festival by False Creek.
Craft Beer Festival at False Creek
The Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival is the premier event during the week of beer-related events that features over 100 North American craft beer breweries and more than 300 craft beers and ciders.
Where and When in 2020
The festival used to be a two-day outdoor event at Vancouver’s PNE fairgrounds. In 2020 it was supposed to run for three days instead of just two, from June 5th to 7th, but it was postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19. The beer festival was also supposed to have a new venue – at Concord Community Park at 50 Pacific Boulevard not far from Science World by False Creek.
In 2020, before the beer festival was postponed, it was scheduled to run from 6 to 10 pm on the Friday, 12 to 10 pm on the Saturday and from 1 until 5 pm on the Sunday. 2021 dates and details may be similar.
Admission Rates & Prices
In 2019 admission to the Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival at the PNE cost about $48 (including a $6.30 online convenience fee plus taxes). In past years admission was less and included a free souvenir mug and two drink tokens, but you had to purchase additional tokens.
The festival got rid of the tokens in 2019 but not the mugs. Instead of buying additional beer tokens, the ticket prices had been increased so all the beer samples were included in the price of your ticket. 2021 details will likely be similar.
Ticket Prices & What’s Included
Original ticket prices in 2020 are listed below and they should be comparable to future years. (Note: Details were subject to change.)
- Early Bird – $59
- Regular – $69
In 2020 there was going to be limited time sessions to purchase tickets for, which would have been the following:
- SESSION ONE – Friday 6-10 pm
- SESSION TWO – Saturday 12-4 pm
- SESSION THREE – Saturday 6-10 pm
- SESSION FOUR – Sunday 1-5 pm
All tickets were subject to online service fees of about $5 plus taxes. The same as the year before, drinks were included in the price of admission. Food however was likely going to cost extra.
What to Expect at the Beer Festival
At the Vancouver Craft Beer Festival there are rows upon rows of stalls offering craft beer samples. Breweries come from across North America, but primarily from the Lower Mainland, other parts of BC and the West Coast of the US (and especially Oregon).
At the festival there are numerous food trucks selling everything from fish and chips to burgers and ethnic foods. There are also stages set up around the venue with live music.
The atmosphere at the festival is fun and the crowd is of all ages, but primarily young and male with the average age of participants probably close to around 30.
Beer Festival Entertainment
In addition to beer samples and food vendors, at the weekend beer festival there is also live music.
Performers a couple of years ago included DJ Hebegebe, Dakota Pearl, The Prettys, Youngblood and Mark Woodyard & Friends. Future lineups will be comparable.
Beer Festival Suggestions
The Vancouver Craft Beer Festival is a fantastic event, provided that you like beer and the weather is good. As it’s outdoors, the festival is a “best place” to be in Vancouver if the weather is hot and sunny.
TIP #1: Go with a group of friends who all love beer too. The more the merrier.
TIP #2: Don’t forget to take public transit or arrange for someone to be your designated driver. The Science World SkyTrain Station is right close by.
For more information on the Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival and the week’s other beer-related events, check out the VCBW website.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver Beers & Breweries
- Vancouver’s May Calendar of Events
- Vancouver’s June Calendar of Events
- Vancouver’s Best Bars and Restaurants
- Vancouver Night Clubs