It’s time to start planning your spring and early summer BC ale-ventures, and what better way to kick things off than with a beer festival?

Dozens of craft breweries (and maybe even a cidery and distillery or two) all coming together at one venue, with good food, music, and your fellow craft beer lovers — what could be better? Here are the craft beer festivals on the calendar for spring and early summer 2024. Stay tuned for summer and fall festival announcements coming soon.

Start planning your next beer-themed getaway to attend one or some of these fun events. And be sure to check out the Sip & Stays on offer as well!

Revy Beer Festival • Revelstoke

April 5 – 6

Imagine hitting some of the best slopes in North America at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, then rolling up to the Revelation Lodge for an epic festival experience! Celebrate the end of winter in style with spring skiing, and a beer festival on the mountain, all in a beautiful resort town in the Kootenays. The fest will feature a great selection of craft brews from around BC and Alberta and craft spirits to sip on. Don’t forget food from each of the Resort’s restaurants, and a DJ to get you moving on the dancefloor.

a branded pitcher of beer sits on a table at Revy Beer Festival in Revelstoke, BC
Photo: Revy Beer Festival

Sunshine Coast Beer Festival • Gibsons

April 6

Featuring all of the Sunshine Coast Ale Trail breweries plus more from around BC, as well as cideries and a distillery. The event supports Gibsons Public Market and Gibsons Community Building Society. This annual fundraiser will be a unique Coastal experience packed with delicious beverages, live music, tasty bites, aquarium access, games, raffle and door prizes.

A graphic promoting the SUnshine Coast Beer Festival in Gibsons, BC

Okanagan Fest of Ale • Penticton

April 12 – 13

Okanagan Fest of Ale is back at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre. This year boasts a line-up of over 150 craft beers and ciders. Established in 1996, FOA is one of the largest and longest-running annual beer festivals in the Pacific Northwest.

Also, if you will be in Penticton on April 11, be sure to check out our own Joe Wiebe hosting a special event at Tin Whistle Brewing called “A Grand Tour of Beer.”

The folks from Jackknife Brewing in Kelowna at their booth at the 2023 Okanagan Fest of Ale
Jackknife Brewing at the Okanagan Fest of Ale (photo provided)

Brewhalla Beer & Music Festival • North Vancouver

April 19

This popular music & beer festival returns to the Shipyards for another day full of sampling from over 25 craft beverage makers, live music, food and games. You can preview some of the musical lineups with custom Spotify playlists from the Brewhalla website to get you and your crew ready for festival day.

Vancouver Brewers Fest • Vancouver

April 19 – 28

This festival event features events at various breweries around Vancouver. The events calendars is continuing to fill up with collaborations, games and tournaments, guided tastings and beer talks, food specials and exclusive menus, and more. It’s a chance to connect with your local brewery, meet others with a similar interest in craft beer, and discover one of the many unique breweries that call Vancouver home.

Also, be sure to check out the Vancouver Tasting Passport promotion we are running throughout the month of April.A graphic for Vancouver Brewers Fest overlaid on top of a photo of barrel aging in a brewery

Brewloops • Kamloops

April 27

This popular event returns in a new spring slot. Brewloops features more than 25 breweries, cideries, and distilleries from across the province along with live music, food trucks and more.

a bright yellow graphic for Brewloops, a Kamloops beer festival

Caribrew Beer Fest • 100 Mile House

April 27

The second annual Caribrew Beer Fest returns to 100 Mile House. A fundraiser for the local Rotary Club, the event will take place at the 100 Mile House Community Hall, featuring six breweries from as far north as Prince George with a couple from in between along with 100 Mile’s own Cask & Cleaver.

a graphic for the Caribrew Beer Fest in 100 Mile House, BC
CariBrew Beer Fest

Nanaimo Craft Beer Week • Nanaimo, Parksville Qualicum Beach, Nanoose Bay

April 27 – May 5

Hosted by the Nanaimo Craft beer Society, this weeklong festival will have multiple events and multiple locations around the region to celebrate local craft beer culture. With returning favourites and new events, you’ll want to keep an eye out for the full event list announcement coming soon.

A graphic for Nanaimo Craft Beer Week

Search for the Perfect Pint • Port Moody

May 3

The Search For the Perfect Pint features dozens of breweries and food vendors for you to sample. This is an all-inclusive festival: no tokens needed!

Not only is this a celebration of great craft beer, it’s also a major findraising event for the Port Moody Rotary Club. All the proceeds goes directly back into the community to support local, charitable organizations.

Langley Craft Beverage Week

May 10 – 19

This nine-day run of events returns to Langley in May in conjunction with Brewhalla in Fort Langley, including a kick-off party at Dead Frog Brewery and other events at Brookswood Brewing, Five Roads Brewing, Trading Post Brewing, Farm Country Brewing, Camp Beer Co., Locality Brewing and Smugglers’ Trail Caskworks, culminating in a special event called Spirits in the Park on Sunday, May 19, that will feature featuring all the Langley Breweries and 10-12 BC craft distilleries along with live jazz and folk music performers.

Kelowna Beerfest • Kelowna

May 11

Did you manage to grab tickets to this sold-out event? The Kelowna Beerfest kicks off the summer season with 40 breweries and cideries from BC, 8 food trucks, games, and DJs just steps away from the beach.

Brewhalla Beer & Music Festival • Fort Langley

May 18

This popular annual event welcomes more than 30 local BC craft breweries, cideries, wineries, and distilleries, along with two live music stages, food trucks, games, attractions, and more.

Squamish Beer Festival • Squamish

June 22

Located at the Loggers Sports Ground, the Squamish festival brings together more than 55 breweries and cideries for craft beer lovers to celebrate great beer and mountain culture with food, games, axe throwing, DJs, live music, and more. Early-bird ticket prices are available until April 30.

Happy samplers at the Squamish Beer Festival
The seventh annual Squamish Beer Fest is a celebration of craft beer in Canada’s adventure playground (photo: Squamish Beer Fest)

Grab your tickets, your fellow craft beer lovers and start planning your festival outfits!

No matter where your ale-ventures take you this year, be sure to share your experiences by tagging @BCAleTrail or #BCAleTrail – and always enjoy responsibly.

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