May 30, 2020
At the very festive Beer City Festival, taste beers from 30+ breweries in North Carolina at this outdoor event in the heart of downtown at the Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park. In addition to plenty of tastings, enjoy live music from regional bands and food from local vendors. Buy tickets in advance to save $10/person (see below for details).
It's the capstone event of Asheville Beer Week. For its 11th year, Beer City Festival will again partner with Asheville Van Life, host of the largest van rally on the continent, to throw 2020's kick-off to summer party! Tickets include unlimited 5oz beer pours of dozens of beers, plus hard cider and wine. Our favorite is the Small Batch Tent with beers from up-and-coming breweries. Food is included with VIP tickets.
Bring chairs or a blanket to picnic. Parking is available at many nearby locations, including the Buncombe County Parking Garage at 164 College Street. We suggest getting an Uber or Taxi ride to the festival. Or stay in a downtown hotel. Discounted tickets ($25) are available for designated drivers at the door of the event.
Pack Square Park is located at 121 College Street. No pets allowed. No outside food or drink (even water) is allowed. Bring an empty water bottle for free water stations. Asheville was voted "Beer City USA" in a nationwide contest that ran a few years.
Beer City Festival Tickets
Early Bird Tickets available Nov 15 - Feb 15. Save $10 by buying tickets in advance! General admission advance tickets are $55/person and include festivities and unlimited samples 1-5 PM. VIP tickets ($105/person) get in an hour early at 12 Noon and receive food, an exclusive restroom, and lawn chairs to enjoy during the fest. Tickets at gate $65/person & $25/designated driver. All attendees must be 21+. It often sells out, so get 'em early. Buy tickets online.
Read more about Asheville Beer Week.
To enjoy local beer and other events year-round, see our Asheville Beer Guide and South Slope Brewing District Guide.