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 2018 Craft Beer Week ran from May 25th to June 3rd.
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 in early June at the PNE fairgrounds. The entrance is at the PNE gates at the corner of East Hastings and Renfrew Street.
In 2018 the festival took place on the weekend of June 2-3. 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 2018 admission to the Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival at the PNE cost about $48 (including a $6.30 online convenience fee plus taxes) and included a free souvenir mug and two drink tokens.
Once inside, participants buy additional beer coupon chips at about $2 each which entitles them to 4 oz. samples of their choosing. In 2017 the cost was $1.50 per sample, so a little bit less.
In 2018 the beer festival ruan from 2 to 7 pm on the Saturday and from 12 until 5 pm on the Sunday.
2018 Ticket Prices & What’s Included
Ticket prices in 2018 were the following:
SINGLE DAY (Plus Fees + taxes)
- Super Early Bird – $29 (until Dec. 31st or while supplies last)
- Early Bird – $35 (limited)
- Regular Price – $39
- VIP Pass – $75
WEEKEND PASSES (Plus Fees + taxes)
- Super Early Bird – $45 (until Dec. 31st or while supplies last)
- Early Bird – $55 (limited)
- Regular Price – $65
- VIP Pass – $120
All tickets are subject to online service fees of between about $5 and $10 plus taxes.
VIP passes include 10 complimentary drink tokens, 1 food voucher, expedited entrance to the venue and access to a selection of special beers not available to everyone else.
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.
On Sunday, June 3rd, featured bands included The Great Speckled Fritillary, The Spillionaires, Tanglers, G.I. Blunt and Mark Woodyard & Friends.
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.