Vancouver Craft Beer Week takes place in June each year and features a number of beer-related events including an outdoor beer festival at the PNE grounds.
In 2020 Craft Beer Week goes from May 29th until June 7th.
Craft Beer Festival at the PNE
The Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival is the premier event during the week of craft beer-related events. It’s a two-day outdoor festival at the PNE that features over 100 North American craft beer breweries and more than 300 craft beers and ciders.
Where and When
The Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival takes place at the Concord Community Park on the coast of False Creek.
In 2020 the festival is on the weekend of June 6-7. Each year it runs from around 2 until 7 pm on the Saturday and from noon until 5 pm on the Sunday.
Admission and Times
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 included a free souvenir mug and two drink tokens. This year they have gotten rid of the tokens but don’t worry you still get a mug!
Instead of buying additional beer tickets, the ticket prices have been increased so all the beer samples are included in the price of your ticket.
In 2020 the beer festival runs from 6 to 10 pm on the Friday, 12 to 10 pm on the Saturday and from 1 until 5 pm on the Sunday.
Ticket Prices & What’s Included
Ticket prices in 2020 are listed below. (Note: Details are subject to change.)
- Early Bird – $59
- Regular – $69
This year there will be limited time sessions that you may purchase tickets for.
SESSION 1 – Friday 6-10 pm
SESSION 2 – Saturday 12-4 pm
SESSION 3 – Saturday 6-10 pm
SESSION 4 – Sunday 1-5 pm
All tickets are subject to online service fees of between about $5 and $10 plus taxes.
What to Expect
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 in 2018 included DJ Hebegebe, Dakota Pearl, The Prettys, Youngblood and Mark Woodyard & Friends on Saturday, June 2nd.
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.
For more information on the Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival and the week’s other beer-related events, check out the VCBW website.