Local Beer Festivals

A year-round calendar for exploring Seattle’s booming local beer culture.
Posted September 16, 2011

January: Belgianfest
Seattle, Warren G. Magnuson Park; washingtonbeer.com/belgianfest
Taste more than 50 Belgian-style beers crafted by Washington breweries.

January 27–29: Strange Brewfest
Port Townsend, The American Legion; strangebrewfestpt.com
This fun fest celebrates the most creative and unique concoctions.

April: Washington Cask Beer Festival
Seattle, Seattle Center, Fisher Pavilion; washingtonbeer.com/cask-beer-fest
More than 70 handcrafted beers, featuring the art of cask-conditioned beer.

June 29–July 1: The North American Organic Brewers Festival
Portland, Overlook Park; naobf.org/index.html
All organic beers and cider; heck, even your cup is compostable.

June: Washington Brewers Festival
Kenmore, St. Edwards State Park; washingtonbeer.com/wa-brewers-fest
The biggest and one of the longest-running tasting events around.

July: Bremerton Summer BrewFest
Bremerton, Pacific Avenue; washingtonbeer.com/bremerton-summer-brewfest
Washington Breweries pouring dozens of Washington summer-style beers.

July: Seattle International Beer Fest

Seattle, Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre; seattlebeerfest.com
Taste more than 150 world-class beers from more than 15 countries! Passport not required.

July: PNA Summer Beer Taste
Seattle, Phinney Neighborhood Center; phinneycenter.org/events/beer_summer.shtml
The seventh annual Phinney festival features live music and tastes from Seattle’s favorite local breweries.  

July 14: Rails-to-Ales Brewfest
South Cle Elum, Train Depot; railstoalesbrewfest.com
Admission to the Rail Museum is included with your ticket.

September: Tacoma Craft Beer Festival
Tacoma, 21st Street Park; tacomacraftbeerfest.com
This festival benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound.

September 23–25: Fremont Oktoberfest
Fremont, Phinney Avenue N and N 35th; fremontoktoberfest.com
Plenty of beer, three beer gardens and lots entertainment (including a chainsaw pumpkin-carving contest!).

December: Washington Winter Beer Fest
Fremont, Hale’s Palladium; washingtonbeer.com/winter-fest/
More than 30 Washington breweries pouring their finest winter beers.