The Vancouver Craft Beer and Music Festival takes place in July. It happens at the PNE fairgrounds and features Bedouin Soundclash and Half Moon Run in 2022.
The festival is an amazing event and tickets sell out every year! In 2022 it happens on the weekend of July 9th and 10th.
Craft Beer Festival in Vancouver
In 2022 the much-anticipated Vancouver Craft Beer Week (VCBW) event happens on the Saturday and Sunday of July 9th and 10th (so a week after the Canada Day Long Weekend).
This year the event showcases over 150 craft beers and ciders. It also features concerts by some fairly big-name bands. Bedouin Soundclash and Titus Bank perform on the Saturday, as well as a number of other artists. Headliners for the Sunday are Half Moon Run and Scratch Bastid.
Single day tickets start at $30 with 2-day passes at only $49. VIP passes (which are awesome) start at $75 for one day tickets or $120 for a 2-day pass. Here is the part you need to know. .. As tickets sell and the date of the event draws closer, the prices go up. Consequently, you need to reserve your spot as soon as you can to secure your tickets for the lowest price. To purchase tickets, click VCBW 2022.
Where and When
The festival takes place in 2022 on the Friday and Saturday of July 9th and 10th. Due to its immense popularity, we expect it to sell out well in advance! As many as 15,000 people are expected!
The festival is a two-day outdoor event at Vancouver’s PNE fairgrounds. The venue’s address is 2901 East Hastings Street which isn’t far from the Trans-Canada Highway.
The festival runs from 3:00 until 7:00 pm both days (but starts one hour earlier for VIP ticket holders).
Admission Rates & Prices
In 2022 general admission to the Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival at the PNE costs about $30 if you buy the tickets well in advance. Once enough pre-sale tickets sell the price bumps up to $40 and then to the regular full price of $49 by the time of the event itself. That’s for one-day tickets. Two-day passes cost $49 at first and then go up to about $79.
There are also VIP passes which are around $75 for one day and then rise to around $85. A two-day VIP pass starts at about $120 and then goes up to $160. VIP guests can arrive at the event an hour earlier and have access to nicer washroom facilities and a special RV area.
(Note: Ticket prices and other details are subject to change.)
What to Expect at the Beer Festival
Expect to be in craft beer heaven at the event (assuming you like beer or cider and live music). 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 even the West Coast of the US most years.
At the festival there are also numerous food trucks selling everything from fish & 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.
Craft Beers and Ciders
This isn’t any rinky-dink beer festival. VCBW is the largest craft beer festival in the Pacific Northwest and it attracts the largest selection of premium craft beer and cider available within BC. Guests at the event can try several of the close to 200 beers and ciders that are showcased. House of Funk, Studio, Deep Cove, Stanley Park, 33 Acres and about 100 other incredible breweries participate.
Festival Food Trucks and Chefs
VCBW has put together an incredible list of the best food trucks from around the city making a stop at the main event. If that wasn’t enough, the organizers have connected with some of the region’s top chefs and others to do chef-driven pop-ups. Be sure to bring your appetite to the event!
The Music Festival
In addition to beer samples and food vendors, at the weekend beer festival there is also live music. Feaster, the producers of VCBW, have put together an incredible list of live talent. Bedouin Soundclash and Half Moon Run headline the weekend with artists such as Skratch Bastid, Titus Bank and several others filling out the rest of the bill. It’s an impressive lineup!
Bedouin Soundclash Video
As already mentioned, Bedouin Soundclash is one of the two main headliner bands performing at the craft beer festival in 2022. The other headliner group is Half Moon Run.
Bedouin Soundclash performed in Vancouver last year, at the Shipyards Festival in North Vancouver in September. The video below shows scenes of the band at that event. As you can see, they are a great band and very popular. It’s exciting to see that they’ll be back in the Lower Mainland again this year!
For more information about the festival, see the Vancouver Craft Beer Week website.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver Beers & Breweries
- Vancouver’s Calendar of Events
- Lower Mainland Festivals and Events
- Vancouver’s Best Bars and Restaurants
- Vancouver Night Clubs
- North Vancouver Parks Where You Can Drink Alcohol