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Friday, August 12/Saturday, August 13/Sunday, August 14

Aptos Village Park, Aptos, California

  • Friday 8/12: “FOOD & BEER PAIRING” (5:30pm-8:30pm) & Live Music
  • Saturday 8/13: ‘CRAFT BEER HEAVEN’: Over 85 Craft Beers & Live Music
  • Sunday 8/14: “SUNDAY FUNDAY” IN THE PARK (11am-6pm), Live Music

Hey, Santa Cruz! The Producers of The Legendary California Beer Festival (CBF) are proud to bring back the Annual California Beer Festival Santa Cruz to Aptos Village Park in Aptos, for the sixth consecutive year, once again, spread over three big days: Friday, August 12; Saturday, August 13; and Sunday, August 14.

Aptos Village Park is located at 100 Aptos Creek, in Aptos. Info: (805) 628-9588 or visit

CBF’s main goal is to shine a light on the Craft Beer movement and celebrate great beer,” explains Festival Producer/Creator, Vincenzo Giammanco.  “For all those new, and familiar to the Craft Beer scene, this event is an opportunity to drink amongst the true connoisseurs of beer and gain insight of all things Craft!”

In keeping with our yearly tradition, a portion of the proceeds benefit the Gen Giammanco Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides financial support to student athletes to assist in their pursuit of both scholastic and athletic success in Santa Cruz County.

There Are A Variety of Ticket Packages To Select From:

*VIP 3-Day Pass, $99. Ticket price includes food samples, beer, live music and (1) CBF souvenir pint glass. Saturday, August 13, enter one hour early, sample great Craft Beers, and talk to the brew-masters and representatives before the Festival opens. During Craft Beer Heaven, enjoy over 80 Craft Beers on tap, food trucks and live music. Saturday

VIP ticket includes: Early entry into Festival; 3-ounce beer samples; VIP Taco Bar (available from 11:30 am – 1 pm only); (1) bottled water. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend Craft Beer Heaven. Sunday, conclude your perfect Craft Beer weekend at CBF’s Sunday “Funday” Music Festival. Bring your chairs and blankets to Sunday’s family-friendly event. There will be events and live music all day and food available for purchase – the perfect way to end your CBF weekend. Sunday ticket includes entry into the Festival, and (1) 12-ounce Craft Beer. Food not included on Sunday. All ticket sales final, with no refunds. Kids 12 and under free (Sunday only).

*Friday Food & Beer Pairing Competition Ticket, $50. Five Brew Masters paired up separately with five Gourmet Chefs, each competing for your palate and vote for best food and beer pairing. Includes food samples, beer, live music and (1) CBF souvenir pint glass. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

*Saturday VIP Early Bird Experience Craft Beer Heaven Ticket, $75. This exclusive 300-Ticket VIP experience is ideal for true hardcore Craft Beer fans. VIP Guests will be admitted one hour prior to the gates opening to General Admission ticket holders. Take advantage of this great opportunity to taste Reserve or Signature beers from participating breweries, and get a chance to meet the Brewers themselves! VIP Tickets Includes: Early entry into Festival; 3-ounce beer samples, VIP Taco Bar (available from 11:30 am – 1 pm only); (1) bottled water. Please note: Souvenir Pint Glass can only be redeemed during CBF hours. Pick up Pint Glass at the CBF Booth on your way out. Must be 21 year of age or older with valid ID to enter CBF. All Ticket Sales are final, no refunds.

*Saturday General Admission Craft Beer Heaven Ticket, $50. (Gates open 12:30 pm; Sampling Time: 1 pm-4:30 pm). Saturday’s Craft Beer Heaven offers the ideal opportunity to expand your mind and educate yourself on both old and new styles of beer! Craft Beer Heaven Ticket includes: (1) CBF Souvenir Tasting Cup; samples of Craft Beer; plus live music and entertainment. Must be 21 year of age or older with valid ID to enter CBF. All Ticket Sales are final, no refunds.

*Saturday Designated Driver Craft Beer Heaven Ticket, $25.

*Sunday: 2 Admissions, 2 Craft Beers, 2 Souvenir Glasses, and 4 Live Bands, $20. Bring the family, blankets and chairs to Sunday Funday in the Park! Live music will fill the air all day along, with sumptuous food choices, Craft Beer, and an exciting live entertainment lineup. Includes: (2) Admissions into Festival; (2) CBF Souvenir Pint Glass and (2) 12-ounce Craft Beers; (4) live bands. Food not included. All ticket sales are final, there are no refunds. Must be 21 years or older to purchase this ticket. No beer sampling on Sunday, however, beer and food will be available for purchase. Children 12 and under, free on Sunday only. –Sunday Funday General Admission Ticket, $10. 

California Beer Festival Proudly Partners With These Participating Breweries

Burt’s Honey Wheat Beer; Strike Brewing Company; Firestone Walker Brewing Company; Mad River Brewing Company; Santa Cruz Ale Works; Mendocino Brewing Company; Karl Strauss; Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company; Manzanita Brewing Company; Peter B’s Brewpub; Seabright Brewery; Riley’s Brewing Company; Lagunitas Brewing Company; Grand Teton Brewing Company; Sierra Nevada Brewing Company; Hangar 24 Craft Brewery; Freewheel Brewing Company; 21st Amendment Brewing; Altamont Beer Works; Bison Organic Beer; Woodchuck Hard Cider; Big Sky Brewing Company; Headlands Brewing Company; Knee Deep Brewing Company; Day Of The Dead Beer; Ninkasi Brewing Company; Chaucer’s Cellars; 99 Bottles; St. Kilians Importing; Sandude Brewing Company; Pizza Port Brewing; Eight Bridges Brewing; Red Restaurant & Bar; Speakeasy Ales & Lagers; Alvarado St Brewery; Anchor Brewing; Steel Bonnet Brewing Company.




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