2018 Ohio beer festivals




Mark your calendars. Ohio is filled with beer festivals to attend. Some such as the Cincy Winter Beerfest in Cincinnati will draw thousands. Others will attract hundreds. I’ve tried to compile a rundown of all the beer festivals in the state in 2018. The list is lengthy — and incomplete. There are many big events not on the list yet. This list will be updated through the year so check back. If you are aware of a festival or event not listed here, email me at [email protected] and I will add it. Click on the festival name for more info and if there’s no link, there’s no dedicated website to link to:


• Jan. 13: Jungle Jim’s Barrel Aged Beer Bash at Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield.


• Jan. 13: The Thirsty Dog Craft Beer Cottage Crawl at Lock 3 in downtown Akron.


• Jan. 19-20: Columbus Winter Beerfest at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.


• Jan. 20: BrewFest Wooster at Wooster Hospitality Transit Inc. in Wooster.


• Jan. 26-27: The annual Cleveland Winter Beerfest at the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland.


• Jan. 27: The annual Dayton Brew Ha-Ha at the Montessori School of Dayton.


• Jan. 30-31: The fourth annual Ohio Craft Brewers Conference in Cleveland.


• Feb. 2-3: The annual Cincy Winter Beerfest at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati.


• Feb. 17: The third annual Stout It Out Loud - Stout and Oyster Fest at Butcher and the Brewer in Cleveland.


• Feb. 24: The annual Burning Snowman festival in Port Clinton.


• Feb. 24: The annual Local Brews Local Grooves beer and music festival at House of Blues in Cleveland.


• Feb. 24: The annual Barrel Aged Beer Fest at the Winking Lizard Tavern Party Center in Bedford Heights.


• Feb. 25: Juicy Brews Columbus Craft Beer Fest at the Crest Gastropub in Columbus.


• March 2: The 10th annual Glass City Beer Festival at the Lucas County Recreation Center in Maumee.


• March 3: The Ohio Craft Brewers Association’s Winter Warmer Fest at Windows on the River in Cleveland.


• March 2-4: The 26th annual Bockfest at various locations throughout the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in Cincinnati. Organizers say it’s the world’s largest celebration of bock beer.


• March 9: The 11th annual Akron Art Museum Art and Ale festival at the museum.


• March 9: The Youngstown Craft Beer Fest at O'Donald's Irish Pub & Grill.


• March 10: The annual Medina Beer Fest at Weymouth Country Club in Medina.


• March 24-31: Tasty Buns & Craft Beer Week in Licking County.


• March 31: Crew SC Food & Beer Fest in Columbus. The festival begins at 1 p.m. and concludes with the kickoff of the Crew SC vs. Vancouver match at 3 p.m.


• April 14: The annual Rubber City Beer Fest at Lock 3 in Akron. The event will take place as part of the Wizard of Saaz Homebrew Competition.


• April 14: Grove City Lions Club Craft Beer Fest at the Aladdin Shrine Center in Grove City.


• April 18-24: The annual Toledo Beer Week.


• April 28: Lebanon BrewHAHa Craft Beer Festival and Tasting at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Lebanon.


• April 28: Believeland Beer Fest at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.


• May 11-19: Columbus Craft Beer Week.


• May 12: The Ohio Craft Brewers Association’s Six One Pour: The Ohio Craft Beer Fest in Columbus.


• May 12: The 2018 Bacon & Beer Festival at the Hungarian Club of Toledo.


• June 1: Sausage Fest at Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon in North Olmsted.


• June 1-2: Valley Vineyards 2018 Wine & Beer Festival at Valley Vineyards in Morrow.


• June 2: The Kale and Ale festival at Genoa Park in Columbus.


• June 2: The Masthead 5k and Brew Fest at Masthead Brewing Co. in Cleveland.


• June 8-July 1: The annual Brew and BBQ at Cedar Point in Sandusky.


• June 16: Brew at the Zoo at the Akron Zoo.


• June 16: The third annual Cleveland Summer Beerfest at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica in Cleveland.


• June 23: The third annual Mentor On Tap in Mentor.


• June 23: The Cask AleFest in Dayton.


• July 7: The Crafted Festival at Lincoln Park in Cleveland.


• July 7: The third annual Fifty West Punch Out: Round Three -- a beer festival combined with outdoor boxing matches -- at Fifty West Brewing Co. in Cincinnati.


• July 13-21: The 13th annual Ohio Brew Week in Athens. The event features more than 200 Ohio-made craft beers served at venues around town. It also includes dinners, speeches and demonstrations.


• July 21: Brew at the Zoo at the Akron Zoo.


• July 21: The Crafted Festival at Sawyer Point Park in Cincinnati.


• July 27: The annual Craft @ the Quarry at Centennial Terrace and Quarry in Sylvania.


• July 28: The annual Scene Magazine Ale Fest at Lincoln Park in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood. The event originally was set for July 29, but was rescheduled.


• Aug. 4: The Down the River, Down a Beer festival at Lock 9 Riverfront Park in Piqua.


• Aug. 4: The third annual Akron Ale Fest at the Trolley Barn in Akron.


• Aug. 9-12: The annual Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival in Marietta.


• Aug. 10-11: The ninth annual Columbus Summer Beerfest at the Express Live complex in Columbus.


• Aug. 11: The annual BrewFest Waterfront District at Black River Landing in Lorain.


• Aug. 11: The seventh annual Chardon Brewfest on Chardon Square in Chardon.


• Aug. 11: The 11th annual Great American Beer Festival at Fifth Third Field in Dayton.


• Aug. 13-18: Lancaster BrewWeek in Lancaster.


• Aug. 17-18: The annual Burning River Fest put on by Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland.


• Aug. 18: Lancaster BrewFest in Lancaster.


• Aug. 24: Craft Brew at the Zoo at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

• Aug. 24-25: The 12th annual Cincy Brew Ha-Ha at Sawyer Point Park in Cincinnati.


• Aug. 25: The annual Blues & Brews at Lock 3 in Akron.


• Aug. 25: The inaugural Brew-B-Que at 4KD Crick Brewery in Defiance.


• Aug. 31-Sept. 3: Cleveland Oktoberfest at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea. The event includes a craft beer tasting and microbrew competition.


• Sept. 1: Crew SC Craft Beer Fest in Columbus. The festival starts at 6:30 p.m. and concludes with the kickoff of the Crew SC vs. Vancouver match at 8 p.m.


• Sept. 1: The 10th annual Cincy Summer Beerfest in Cincinnati.


• Sept. 14-16: The annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival at Lake Snowden in Albany. The event celebrates the native Ohio fruit and breweries create beers using pawpaw.


• Sept. 21-23: Oktoberfest Zinzinnati in downtown Cincinnati.


• Sept. 22: Festival of Beers at Canal Park in Akron.


• Sept. 29: Jailhouse Rock Beerfest next to the Licking County Historic Jail in Newark.


• Oct. 6: Brew at the Zoo at the Akron Zoo.


• Oct. 11: Zoo Brew at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.


• Oct. 12-21: Cleveland Beer Week. The week involves beer-related events around the city.

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