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Beer Festivals

New and diverse beer fests keep the taps flowing in Charlotte all year long. Plus, beer-themed events throughout the year will keep you coming back for more.

Winter 
This popular beer festival brings awareness to autism, specifically the ACEing Autism program while spotlighting Charlotte’s craft breweries, brewpubs, beer-centric establishments and local artists. 
 
Spring 
This annual event presented by Brawley’s Beverage is a local favorite. Black & Blue showcases some of the rarest local, regional and national beers with a backdrop of live music from a bluegrass band.
 
Presented by Grapevine Wine Shop & Wine Bar, this festival takes place the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Each year, Beertopia features more than 50 breweries and more than 150 beers from across the nation with more rare beers and samplings each year.
 
Established in 2010, Charlotte Craft Beer Week showcases Charlotte’s craft beer renaissance through dozens of events hosted by local and regional breweries such as food and beer pairing events, brewery tours and more.
 
In addition to more than 100 craft beers to sample from craft breweries across the region and nation, attendees enjoy a festive, magical atmosphere with entertainment by a live DJ, aerial acrobats, jugglers, belly dancers and more. *The event will take a brief hiatus this year, but will return to Charlotte in 2017.
  
Tuck Fest is a three-day festival that celebrates the outdoor lifestyle through competitions, exhibitions, demos and live music at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Tuck Fest also features dozens of local and regional craft beers on draft.
 
Held in South End Charlotte with bands, food trucks, local artists and more, the Battle of the Brews creates a friendly competition between area breweries where attendees can sample various beers and then vote on their favorite to be crowned the winner. All proceeds from the event support local charities. 
 
The Moo & Brew Craft Beer & Burger Festival features beer samplings from dozens of breweries, burgers bites from local restaurants vying for the title of Creative Loafing’s “Best Burger,” and live music from national headliners and local favorites, all benefitting local nonprofit Second Harvest Food Bank.
 
Held on or around National Beer Day each year, the Beer Me BrewFest invites attendees to sample craft beers from local and regional brewers while experiencing local entertainment, participating in fun activities and celebrating the start of spring.
 
The Gastonia Grizzlies’ annual Beer Fest features more than 135 beers, unlimited sampling, a cornhole tournament, live music and more at Sims Legion Ballpark in Gastonia.
 
Held at Historic Rural Hill, this two-day annual festival is a celebration of music and craft brewing in North Carolina. Attendees can also camp at the Historic Rural Hill campground throughout the weekend.
 
This festival at Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall will have you beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, cigar smokin’ and barbecue eatin’ all day long. Enjoy amazing barbecue vendors, seminars in the tasting theater and live music.
 
This annual festival in the South End neighborhood in Charlotte features more than 30 local and national craft beers, homegrown live music, and delicious food trucks – and it’s dog friendly! The proceeds benefit local nonprofit organizations.
 
This annual music and beer festival is one of the most popular parties on Lake Norman. Held at the Galway Hooker, the Lake Norman Beer Festival features more than 75 craft brews with unlimited tastings and live music all day long.
 
The EpiCentre’s annual beer festival features more than 75 craft, import and specialty beers, including local favorites. The event takes place at Rooftop 210, the EpiCentre’s open-air rooftop bar, and features live music from a local band.
 
Summer
Nothing goes together like outdoor adventure, craft beer and live music. The annual Brew Stash Bash features a wide selection of local, regional and national craft breweries to sample after a fun-filled Brew Dash 6K Trail Race.

This annual running event includes a 10K, 5K walk/run and a kid’s dash as well as an expo featuring local food trucks and samples from local breweries.
 
Fall
Southern Sauce showcases Charlotte and all things Southern, including blue ribbon barbecue, live music, local craft beer and Carolina arts and crafts. As the final event during the Southern Sauce festival, Charlotte Beerfest takes place at BB&T Ballpark and features more than 80 Carolina beers, more than 200 craft beers from across the nation, and live performances by local and nationally touring bands.

Organized by The Carolina BrewMasters, a Charlotte-based nonprofit homebrew club, Charlotte Oktoberfest is a charity-focused festival that features nearly 100 breweries and more than 350 craft beer selections as well as wine, cider and kombucha. Don’t miss the German-style celebration, live music and fun activities like cornhole, life-sized Jenga and more.
 
Charlotte’s oldest brewery, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, brews German-style beer strictly following the world famous German "Reinheitsgebot" beer purity law of 1516. Each year, they hold Mecktober Fest, an Oktoberfest-style celebration, featuring German beer, food and Bavarian music.