Seattle International Beerfest is the place to be in early July if you are a beer fan. And with so many amazing microbreweries all throughout the Northwest, a great deal of Seattle-Tacoma residents have opinions on beer—which is the best, or how hoppy is too hoppy (or if there is even such a thing). Put all your theories to the test with the Beerfest’s vast variety of beer from all around the world.
This is a popular festival so count on long lines, but rest assured that the lines lead to great things—mostly beer. The beer lineup changes each year, so come ready to experiment. Whether you want to ensure your tastes are in line with what you already like or want to explore, picking up one of the free beer guides can help. These guides list the brewery, type of beer, and other factors of each beer, bottled or draught, at the festival.
It’s best to bring some cash with you so you can avoid further lines at the ATMs. And, of course, don’t forget your ID.
Seattle International Beerfest Location
Fisher Pavilion & Lawn
Why You Should Go:
- One ticket gets you entry, a glass, and 10 beer tickets.
- There are usually over 50 beers that cost just one ticket.
- The Grande Beer Garden offers full pints for just $3.
- Re-entry all weekend as long as you keep your glass and wristband.
- The event is dog friendly—bring you four-legged friend!
- Tasty food!
- Live music throughout all three days.
- Lots of green space to stretch out on as well as tables and shaded areas. Bring your own blanket. You can also bring along a few food items if you want to have a picnic with your beer.
- Tickets are cheapest to buy online ahead of the event.
- Seattle Beerfest normally runs a Friday through a Sunday. Friday and Sunday are cheaper than Saturday.
- Tickets include entry, a beer glass, and 10 beer tickets.
- Additional tickets are available on a per-ticket basis.
- Entry is very cheap (about $5) for non-drinkers.
Since this festival involves a great deal of imbibing, public transportation can be the perfect way to get here if you don’t have, or don’t want to worry about, a designated driver.
Many Seattle Metro buses have stops along the perimeter of Seattle Center. If you don’t already know how to get here from where you live, use the Trip Planner to find point-to-point directions via the bus.
The Seattle Monorail runs directly between Westlake Center and Seattle Center, every 10 minutes most days.
If you’re coming from the Tacoma area, Pierce Transit has Seattle Express buses that will put you in close proximity to Seattle Center, or you can transfer to a Metro bus. Use Pierce Transit’s Trip Planner to find out how to get to Seattle Center from your neighborhood.