12th Annual Beer on the Bay

Beer on the Bay 2018


Thanks to everyone who came out and made this summers fest the best yet!

Save the Date! The 2019 Beer on the Bay fest will be held on Saturday, July 27th!! 

Tickets on sale May 1st!



Beer on the Bay is back for the 12th year! Join us July 27th for the region’s largest craft beer festival held on the picturesque Erie Bayfront at the Highmark Amphitheater at Liberty Park. Dozens of brewers will be on hand offering up tastings of their fabulous brewed creations! Two sessions are planned, 12:00-3:00PM and 4:00-7:00PM, with VIP and General Admission tickets available for either session. Live entertainment by Small Town Rollers and merch vendors for shopping during both sessions. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The A.N.N.A. Shelter. This is one brew-fest you don't want to miss!

VIP tickets get you access to the VIP area with brewers pouring special malt beverages and our food sponsors will be service tastings. There could be other surprises too!

General Admission gives you access throughout the park where all the brewers will be pouring samples for you, and vendors will be selling their wares! 

Attention 1st Session Attendees! Go to school, Beer School! Back this year for the first 25 beer lovers who sign up get in! Special beer and food pairings! 

Have questions? Check out the Beer on the Bay FAQs below!


Presale Ticket Prices:

$60 Both Sessions

 $40 Both Sessions



Shuttle Service

EMTA will be supplying shuttle service again this year! Shuttle service to the festival site begins at 11:00AM from the Park’n Ride Lot located at Lincoln Ave. & West 12th St., & the Intermodal Center at 2nd & Holland Street.

Shuttle service will run approximately every 15 minutes. The last pick up for festival attendees from Liberty Park will be 7:30PM.




What is the appropriate ID to get into the festival?

No matter what your age, please be prepared to show proper identification as proof of age in order to gain access to the festival. Valid ID includes a valid state driver license with a photo; a valid ID card issued by a state with photo, name, date of birth and physical description; a valid passport; or a valid United States military identification card. We are unable to accept any foreign driver’s license (with the exception of Canada). Note that the identification cannot be expired at the time of the festival.

Can I bring someone under the age of 21 as my designated driver?

No, no one under the age of 21 is permitted on festival grounds for Beer on the Bay. 

Can I bring my child to the event?

Minors are not permitted at this event, even small children. Everyone inside the park during this event must be 21 years of age or older.

What does it cost to enter the festival?

The one time fee includes admission, drinking mug, and unlimited sampling. VIP and General Admission prices differ for each of the two sessions. Tickets are only valid for the session listed on the ticket and are non-refundable.

Where can I park?

There is parking at the entrance to Liberty Park. A FREE shuttle will be available as well from the Park'n Ride at Lincoln Avenue and West 12th Street, and the Intermodal Transportation Center at 2nd and Holland St. (Shuttle service will run appx. every 15 minutes; last pick up at Liberty Park will be 7:30PM)

What do we do in case of inclement weather?

The festival goes on rain or shine. Precautions will be taken in case of severe weather. 

How can I find the beer I want?

The best way to locate the brewer and beer you would like to try is to check the map we will post to the Beer on the Bay webpage, and printed maps will be available near the main entrance at the festival.

Will any of the beers run out?

Probably towards the end of each session. Why? Some beers appeal to the sampling appetites of many, therefore go faster. The brewers provide enough so the most number of people can try them.

When do taps close?

Last call will be 30 minutes before the ending time of the ticketed session. Last pour will be 15 minutes before the ending time of the tickets session. No beer will be poured after last pour. Security will do a sweep of the festival grounds at the close of the ticketed session, asking you to leave.

Why aren't the mugs made of glass?

Due to rules in place at the park by the Port Authority, we will use acrylic for safety reasons.

Is smoking allowed?

Yes, in designated areas.

Is there food on site?

The Que Abides food truck and Brooklyn Pizza will be on hand the day of the festival selling munchies!

Can I bring outside food and beverage into the festival?

The only outside food permitted into the event are the ever popular pretzel necklaces. Bottled water will be available as well as soda's.

Can I bring my pet?

Animals are not allowed on the festival site except for ADA recognized service animals while performing their qualifying services. We reserve the right to ask you to confirm that your animal is indeed a service animal and ask what specific duties it performs. We reserve the right to deny entry to your service animal if you choose not to communicate that information.

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