The Calgary International Beerfest is rated as one of the 10 best beer festivals in the world. The 2016 edition will cover over 250,000 sq ft on Stampede Park in Calgary making it the largest beer festival in Western Canada! Everyone will find a new favourite with over 500 local, national and international craft beers, while being able to sample tasty food from over 30 of Calgary’s best restaurants, pubs and eateries.
If you are in BC and enjoy tasting new beers, you may want to consider catching a short flight to Calgary and expanding your beer horizons. I think there is a lot going on to keep you busy if you attend one day, or both days. It sounds like lots of fun.
Friday May 6: VIP 3pm to 10pm – General Admission 4pm to 10pm
Saturday, May 7: VIP 1pm to 9pm – General Admission 2pm to 9pm
- BMO Centre at Stampede Park
- 20 Roundup Way
SE ENTER THROUGH HALL E OR THE CORRAL
This is an 18+ event. Please bring a piece of government issued photo ID for admission to the event
- Online Advance Tickets: $19
- Weekend Passes: $30
- Beer Geek VIP: $25
- Beer Geek VIP Weekend Passes: $40
- Tickets at the door are $25 and entrance is subject to capacity
Tickets available at www.albertabeerfestivals.com
VIP Beer Geeks
VIP Beer Geeks get several perks, costing only $6 more than General Admission tickets! They have their own separate entrance, early access to the event and free access to one Cooking with Beer Seminar and Brew Master Seminar of their choice. They will also receive a sampling mug, a Beerfest program and Beer Geeks will get first crack at meeting the brewers and sampling their beers! The first 100 VIPs through the door each day will receive tickets to Calgary Oktoberfest on September 23 and 24.
Calgary International Beerfest – a Sampling Event
Upon entry, each guest will receive an official sample cup to use throughout the event and take home afterwards. All beer and food can be sampled by purchasing sample tokens. Tokens are sold in sheets of 10 for $10. Each sample is a minimum of 2 tokens, but food and specialty beers may cost more. Each beer sample is a legal 4 ounces, which is 1/3 of a bottle of beer.
- Brew Master Seminar – Hosted by Craft Beer Market
- Cooking with Beer Seminar – Hosted by Rickard’s
- People’s Choice Awards – Presented by Metro
- Live Local Music at Village Square, Mill Street and Black Bridge Brewery Stages
- ATB Financial Beer University
- The Distillery District (in case you need a break from beer)
- ABF Social Media Lounge