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.
VANCOUVER CRAFT BEER WEEK POSTPONED
The 2020 Vancouver Craft Beer Week was originally scheduled from May 29th until June 7th and the Beer Festival was supposed to take place on the weekend of June 5th to 7th. However, due to COVID-19 the VCBW has been postponed to later in 2020.
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. It also has a new venue – at Concord Community Park at 50 Pacific Boulevard not far from Science World by False Creek.
In 2020 the beer festival was originally scheduled from 6 to 10 pm on the Friday, 12 to 10 pm on the Saturday and from 1 until 5 pm on the Sunday. It has been postponed until later in 2020.
Admission Rates & Prices
Last year 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.
Last year the festival got rid of the tokens but not the mugs. Instead of buying additional beer tokens, last year the ticket prices had been increased so all the beer samples were included in the price of your ticket. 2020 details are similar.
2020 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 are limited time sessions that you may purchase tickets for. they are 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 are subject to online service fees of about $5 plus taxes. The same as last year, drinks are included in the price of admission. Food however will likely cost extra.
As this event has been postponed, tickets that were bought for the original dates are valid for the new dates.
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. The 2020 lineup 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