Tri-City Craft Brew Festival

When is the Tri-City Craft Brew Festival?
The 2017 event will be Saturday, June 24th from 1pm-5pm. (VIP's enter at noon)

What is the Tri-City Craft Brew Festival?
The Tri-City Craft Brew Festival is a 4 hour sampling experience for craft beer (and hard cider) fans, aficionados and those curious about this popular phenomenon. The #TCCBF is a production of Brew Avenue Events and the St. Charles Breakfast Rotary Club (the non-profit beneficiary of the event).

Where is the Tri-City Craft Brew Festival located?
Lincoln Park - 4th Street and Main Street - Saint Charles, IL


How much are tickets and what do they include?


VIP Admission: $75 (in advance, $80 at the gate)
Includes: 1 hour early admission (@12pm), 18 3-oz sampling tickets, VIP commemorative tasting glass, VIP swag items, festival program and first access to exclusive beer offerings at the VIP tent before they run out.

General Admission: $45 (in advance, $50 at the gate)
Includes: Entrance to the Tri-CIty Craft Brew Festival at 1pm, 18 drink tickets, a commemorative tasting glass and a festival program

Designated Driver: $15
Entry at 1:00pm unless accompanying a VIP ticket-holder.
Includes: Commemorative sampling glass for soda and bottled water, a festival program and access to festival food & merchandise vendors. (Note: no beer or cider sampling allowed for designated drivers)

*Please note that the brewery and cidery roster is subject to change / substitution. The Tri-City Craft Brew Festival is a “rain or shine” event and an important fundraiser for the non-profit St Charles Breakfast Rotary Club, so NO REFUNDS WILL BE OFFERED.


Will there be food vendors available?
Yes. We will partner with some local food vendors as well as regional food trucks to keep you fed!

Will breweries run out of certain beers?
Occasionally, a brewery will run out of a certain beer. The beer may be overly popular with the festival crowd. Luckily, there are more than 80 brews to sample. Breweries try their best to plan accurately for these festivals, however, sometimes very the popular beers run out. We cannot guarantee that a particular beer will be available the entire span of the festival. 

Please note that the brewery and cidery roster is subject to change / substitution.

Is this a family event? Can I bring my children and pets?
No. This is a 21+ only event. No one under age 21 will be admitted. ALL attendees, regardless of age, will need to present proper State ID and wear a wristband. All attendees must be of legal drinking age to participate. For the enjoyment of the event for our guests and for safety reasons, children, babies and pets (except service animals) are NOT permitted in the venue at any time.

Can someone under age 21 enter the  Brew Fest as my Designated Driver?
No. This event is strictly 21+. Anyone entering the fest, even as a designated driver, must be age 21 or older. No one under 21 will be admitted. ALL attendees, regardless of age, will need to present proper State ID and wear a  wristband.

Can my designated driver have a beer sample?
No. Designated Drivers are not allowed to consume alcohol. They can have unlimited soda and water and enjoy the experience that includes music, access to cool food trucks, and of course, great camaraderie, and fun!

Can I bring in beer or other alcoholic beverages?
No. Outside food and drink are not allowed.  You may purchase food from our food trucks/vendors as well as non-alcoholic beverages.

Is there parking?
Yes, but some walking will be necessary. There is plenty of public parking in downtown Saint Charles within a short walk to Lincoln Park. (See our Fest Details/Directions tab for more details)

Will there be tickets for sale at the door the day of the festival?
We cannot guarantee there will be any tickets left on event day! We highly encourage you to buy them in online in advance. Watch our Facebook and Twitter feeds for the latest on ticket counts as we get close to the event. If any are available, you can purchase them at the gate (cash only).

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Festival Tips / What To Expect:


Plan ahead for transportation – It is important to have a plan for how to get safely home from the fest. Please arrange a designated driver, take a taxi/uber/lyft or take public transportation if possible.

Wear sunscreen – We try our best to keep lines short, but they’re inevitable. At an outdoor fest, you know you’ll be standing in the sun at least a bit, so it’s important to protect your exposed skin with sunscreen. It’s also a good idea to bring a hat and/or sunglasses.

Stay hydrated – Yes, beer is refreshing, but you need to make sure you’re getting enough water too. We have a drinking foutant at Lincoln Park and it can also be purchased from the food vendors. Have a game plan for hydration.

Bring cash for food and souvenirs – It’s always faster and easier on our vendors if you bring cash!

Have an idea of which breweries you want to hit first – Breweries bring a set amount of beer, so some styles may run out and not be available for the entirety of the festival. Plan ahead by making a list of the beers you don’t want to miss to ensure you get to them first! (or go VIP and take advantage of the early entry hour!)

Don’t drink on an empty stomach – Food is available for purchase from a variety of vendors.