2023 calendar of craft beer festivals in Ontario
Companies like Carling, Labatts and Sleeman Brewing were first established in the early 1800s, paving the way for the wide variety of craft brewers today.
Celebrate Ontario’s rich beer culture and explore exciting new flavours with fellow beer lovers at a local craft beer festival.
Note: tickets to these events sell out quickly so get yours before it’s sold out. Age restrictions apply.
Beer festivals in Southern Ontario
Sample local craft beer and wine and enjoy restaurant fare and live music at this annual event held at the Bayfield Arena in Huron County.
Get your tickets in advance.
When: May 13, 2023
Where: 4 Jane Street Bluewater, Bayfield
Since 2013, Durham Region's this event bas been celebrating the best of Ontario craft beer.
When : June 3, 2023
Where: Children’s Arena, 155 Arena Street, Oshawa
Back at long last, the YGK Craft Beer Fest at Fort Henry’s beer garden brings some of the area’s favourite craft breweries together along with a line-up of great local bands. Previous participating Kingston-based breweries include MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Co., Riverhead Brewing Company, Skeleton Park Brewing, Daft Brewing, Fine Balance Brewing Company, as well as Hard Way Cider Co.
When: June 10, 2023
Where: 1 Fort Henry Drive, Kingston
Charitable organization, CreativeHub1352 will host the 2nd annual Mississauga Creative Craft Beer Festival with three sessions featuring over 20 craft breweries, food vendors, games and music at the Small Arms Inspection Building. Endorsed by the Ontario Craft Brewers Association. Get your tickets in advance.
When: June 16-17, 2023
Where: 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga
Quench Craft Beer Festival is an annual Niagara Region craft beer event, featuring 25 producers from across the province of Ontario.
Enjoy a wide variety of craft beverages and live original music from Niagara artists at this family-friendly event in downtown St. Catharines.
When: June 18, 2023
Where: 3 Garden Park, St. Catharines
Celebrate Ontario Craft Beer Week at The London Beer Fest! Sample some of the best craft beer from Southwestern Ontario at the Covent Garden Market in downtown London. The festival will also feature diverse food and local music. Free admission.
When: June 16-18, 2023
Where: Covent Garden's Rotary Square and on Talbot Street between King Street and Market Lane, London
Craft beers from four different Ontario regions will be participating, plus a selection of ciders and spirits. Add great food, live music and entertainment into the mix for a guaranteed good time.
When: June 3, 2023
Where: The Aud (Centennial Field), Kitchener
Head to Pier 4 Park for some of Hamilton and area’s best breweries, along with live music.
From Bench Brewing Co. in Beamsville to Wishbone Brewing Co. in Waterford, the line-up of participating craft breweries and cideries has been impressive. In the past, local favourites included Clifford Brewing Co., Collective Arts Brewing, Fairweather Brewing Co., Grain & Grit Beer Co. and Merit Brewing.
When: July 14-15, 2023
Where: 64 Leander Drive, Hamilton
One of Toronto’s favourite beer celebrations is back at Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place with over 100 vendors and live music performances by top artists including Ice Cube, third Eye Blind and T-Pain. Get your tickets now!
When: July 28-30, 2023
Where: 100 Prince Edward Island Crescent, Toronto
Take a break from wine tasting and sample local craft beer and cider in Prince Edward County. This is the first year for the event, held at Base 31, a former air training base that’s been restored into a multi-purpose community venue.
When: September 22-23, 2023
Where: 26-343, County Rd 22, Picton
The crown jewel of Ontario’s beer festivals, Kitchener Waterloo’s, or KW as it’s affectionally called, annual Oktoberfest is Canada’s largest Bavarian event with Kitchener City Hall with traditional German tracht (outfits), dancing, food, festivities and beer.
When: September-October, 2023
Where: 200 King Street West, Kitchener
Head for the Hills is a day of craft beverage sampling, gourmet food and live music in the beautiful countryside at Trafalgar Sports Park.
When: September 16, 2023
Where: 11494 Trafalgar Road Georgetown
One of Toronto’s favourite winter events, Steam Whistle Brewing and the Toronto Railway Museum invite you to the annual apres-ski-themed outdoor beer festival. Pull out your most retro ski attire, and your warmest woollies, toques and mitts and join fellow beer-lovers in celebration of Ontario’s amazing craft brews and ciders.
When: Check back for 2024 dates
Where: 255 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto
Escape the winter blues with great brews. Celebrate the pairing of craft beer and local food, each ticket gets you entry to the event and 6-oz beer/cider/wine samples at the Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel & Conference Centre.
When: Check back for 2024 dates
Where: 3063 South Service Road, Burlington
Beer festivals in Muskoka and Central Ontario
Trestle Brewing Company will again host this two day extravaganza featuring great food, music, entertainment and of course, the best craft beer in the region. Look for brews from Sawdust City Brewing Company, Quayle's Brewery, Canvas Brewing Company, Katalyst Brewing, Duntroon Cyder House, Canvas Brewing Company, Black Bellows Brewing Company and Trestle Brewing Company.
Buy tickets in advance. Tickets include entry as well as a branded glass and two beverage tokens.
When: May 12-13, 2023
Where: 9 Great North Road, Parry Sound
The laid-back cottage country culture of Muskoka goes hand-in-hand with refreshing craft beer. Enjoy the long weekend at River Mill Park along the Muskoka River with music, food and a variety of flavourful beers, including local favourite, Muskoka Brewery. Advanced tickets available.
When: May 20, 2023, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where: 10 King Street, Huntsville
Beer festivals in Northern Ontario
Held at the McIntyre Curling Club, this annual event welcomes breweries and distilleries from across Northern Ontario to showcase their flagship and seasonal brews.
When: May 13, 2023
Catch up with your favourite local breweries and discover some new ones during the North on Tap Craft Beer Festival, on the shores of Lake Temiskaming. Enjoy the food vendors, live music and join in the ‘Hop To It’ five-kilometre beer run. Among others returning are Full Beard Brewing Co., Whiskeyjack Beer Company and Underground Brewing.
When: July 8, 2023
Where: 325 Farr Drive, Haileybury, Temiskaming Shores
Gather on the shores of Lake Superior in the Festival Area at Prince Arthur’s Landing for Thunder Bay’s annual BrewHa!, a round-up of great food, entertainment and craft beer, from the likes of local Dawson Trail Craft Brewery and Sleeping Giant Brewing Company and more.
When: July 14-15, from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Sleeping Giant Parkway, Thunder Bay
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Last updated: August 22, 2023