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Peterborough | Kawartha Craft Beer Festival

Calendar of craft beer festivals in Ontario

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Peterborough | Kawartha Craft Beer Festival

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. The unique character and size of these breweries add their own flavours to the mix, creating a diverse community of craftsmanship and artistry to explore.

Celebrate Ontario’s rich beer culture and explore exciting new flavours with fellow beer lovers at a local craft beer festival.

Tickets to these events sell out quickly so get yours before they're gone. Age restrictions apply.

Greater Toronto Area

Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Festival

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 plus 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 the 2025 date.
Where: 255 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto

Mississauga Creative Craft Beer Festival

The annual Mississauga Creative Craft Beer Festival delivers three sessions featuring over 15 craft breweries, food vendors, games and music at the Small Arms Inspection Building.

Endorsed by the Ontario Craft Brewers Association. Get tickets in advance.

When: June 14–15, 2024
Where: 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga

Toronto’s Festival of Beer

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. Get your tickets now.

When: July 26–28, 2024
Where: 100 Prince Edward Island Crescent, Toronto

Huron, Perth, Waterloo and Wellington

Bayfield Beer and Food Festival

Sample local craft beer and wine and enjoy restaurant fare and live music at this annual event held at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena in Huron County.

When: May 11, 2024
Where: 4 Jane Street Bluewater, Bayfield

Kitchener Waterloo Oktoberfest

The crown jewel of Ontario’s beer festivals, Kitchener Waterloo’s annual Oktoberfest is Canada’s largest Bavarian event. Head to Kitchener City Hall and enjoy traditional German tracht (outfits), dancing, food, festivities and beer. Prost!

When: September 27 – October 19, 2024
Where: 200 King Street West, Kitchener

I (Heart) BEER and Taco Festival

Starting in February, the I Heart Beer team is rolling out a 10-city taco tour and craft beer festival across southern Ontario. 

Get tickets for the casual day session or the bustling night session. Both feature a wide range of beer, cider and spirits samplings, plus delicious tacos and entertaining games.

When: February – May 2024
Where: various locations across Ontario, find an event near you.

York, Durham and Headwaters

Durham Craft Beer Festival

Since 2013, this event has been celebrating the best of Ontario craft beer in Oshawa and Durham region. Located on the grounds of Oshawa's Botanical Gardens, the indoor Children’s Arena venue protects from the weather.

When:  May 11 and October 5, 2024 
Where: 155 Arena Street, Oshawa

Newmarket Craft Beer Festival

Community Craft Beer Festival hosts a series of craft beer festivals in Ontario dedicated to supporting and promoting craft breweries, including one at Fairy Lake Park.

When: June 21–22, 2024
Where: 520 Water Street, Newmarket

Southeastern Ontario

YGK Craft Beer Fest

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 8, 2024
Where: 4 Fort Henry Drive, Kingston

Southwestern Ontario

The London Beer Fest

Sample some of the best craft beer from Southwestern Ontario in downtown London at Dundas Place. The festival will also feature diverse food and local music. Free admission.

When: June 14–15, 2024
Where: 190 Dundas Street, London

Hamilton, Halton and Brant

Because Beer Craft Beer Festival

Head to Pier 4 Park for some of Hamilton and the 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 12–14, 2024
Where: 64 Leander Drive, Hamilton

Head for the Hills Craft Beverage Festival

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 14, 2024
Where: 11494 Trafalgar Road Georgetown

Kawarthas and Northumberland

Kawartha Craft Beer Festival

Enjoy a weekend of great food, drinks and live music at Del Crary Park on Little Lake. The festival features craft breweries, cideries, distilleries, a meadery for sampling and seven restaurants serving up delicious food. There’s also a kid’s zone and lawn games.

When: May 31 – June 1, 2024
Where: 100 George Street North, Peterborough

Algonquin Park, Muskoka and Parry Sound

The Georgian Bay Craft Beer Festival

Trestle Brewing Company will again host this two-day extravaganza featuring great food, music, entertainment and the best craft beer in the region.

When: May 10–11, 2024
Where: 9 Great North Road, Parry Sound

Muskoka 2/4 Craft Beer Festival

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.

Buy your tickets online in advance to get three beer coupons, plus the official festival glass.

When: May 18, 2024
Where: 10 King Street, Huntsville

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: April 13, 2024
Where: 85 McIntyre Road, Schumacher

North on Tap Craft Beer Festival

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 the ‘Hop To It’ five-kilometre beer run. Among others returning are Full Beard Brewing Co., Whiskeyjack Beer Company and Underground Brewing.

When: July 13, 2024
Where: 325 Farr Drive, Haileybury, Temiskaming Shores

BrewHa! Craft Beer Festival

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 5–6, 2024
Where: Sleeping Giant Parkway, Thunder Bay

Last updated: May 17, 2024

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