What is the Ottawa Beer Fest?

The Ottawa Beer Fest is an annual event taking place at the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park on May 8 & 9, 2020. It’s our ninth year running, and it gets better every year!

You’ll find dozens of craft beers from more than 40 breweries from Ontario and beyond; specialty and import beers; craft ciders, coolers and spirits; great food from local eateries; and live music. It’s a great time and you should come be part of it!

It’s safe to drag along friends who don’t drink beer too – we have so many options, they’re sure to find something they’ll like. Take a look at our vendors here.

What are the Festival Hours?

  • Friday, July 22: 3:00 pm to midnight (last call 11:15)
  • Saturday, July 23: 11 am to midnight (last call 11:15)

How do I get tickets?

Purchase tickets for $19 (+ tax) online HERE or at the door for $22.50 (+ tax).

Is my ticket good for the entire festival?

No. Tickets are date-specific and will only grant you access to Ottawa Beer Fest on the day specified on the ticket. The only way to get a weekend pass is to participate in the Ottawa Craft Beer Run.

How do I get there?

Ottawa Craft Beer Fest attendees are encouraged to take transit, taxi/ride-share, or walk.

But get this—your Ottawa Craft Beer Fest ticket entitles you to free travel by OC Transpo for three hours before and after the festival—simply present your ticket when boarding. Bus routes 6 & 7 go right to Lansdowne. You can plan your trip using the OC Transpo Travel Planner.

Underground parking at Lansdowne is available but is very limited. Festival-goers are encouraged to take alternate modes of transportation such as transit, taxi, or walking. For more information, check out Getting to the Festival.


Is the event accessible?

YES! The festival grounds, washrooms and water-stations are wheelchair accessible.

Is the event cash only?

We accept credit cards and cash. There are ATMs on-site. There’s also a TD branch at Lansdowne.

Are there any other drinks than beer?

Yes! There are so many options, and like last year, we will have a Cider Bar, featuring tasty craft ciders from Ontario and beyond. Some vendors offer craft coolers and spirits, and there’s even some wine and non-alcoholic options.

Are outside food or drinks permitted?

No outside food or drinks are permitted at the festival, but there several local eateries are setting up this year, offering delicious snacks and pub fare.

Can I smoke at the festival?

The festival takes place on City of Ottawa property, which is smoke-free.

Is there anything else to do but drink?

Absolutely! Not only are we hosting the Ottawa Craft Beer Run on the morning of July 23rd, but we will have numerous activities like lawn games, beer pong, Jenga, and other games, and live entertainment in the evenings. Keep checking this site or follow us on Twitter for the latest updates.

I bought a ticket, but I can't make it. Can I get a refund?

We're sorry but there are no refunds.

What do I need to bring?

The event is for ages 19+ only. Please bring government-issued photo ID.

How do I buy beverages at the festival?

Drink tickets have a value of $1 each and are sold in sheets of 20. Vendors will offer samples of 4oz (2 tickets), 8oz (4 tickets), and 12oz (6 tickets).

Can I bring my kids?

Unless your kids are 19 or older, they will have to make other fun plans while you attend Ottawa Beer Fest.

Are pets allowed?

As much as we love pets, they are not permitted—but vested service animals are welcome.

Can I leave and come back?

Unfortunately, there are no in-and-outs, so please plan accordingly.

Is there security?

Yes. Security will be present at the entry point and throughout the festival grounds. You may be required to submit to a bag check to ensure you are not bringing prohibited items on site.

Is there a Lost & Found?

Yes. The Lost & Found is located at the security booth, next to the women’s washroom.

What if it rains?

The festival runs rain or shine. Vendors are outside at the Water park, but it’s always wise to dress for the weather. The good news is beer still tastes good on a rainy day.

Is there seating available?

There are stand-up tables and picnic tables inside and outside the Aberdeen Pavilion.

Can I be a vendor at the festival?

We have only a few spaces left for the 2022 Ottawa Craft Beer Fest. Please email beer@kcevents.ca for more info. 

If you have any further questions, please reach out to us at: info@kcevents.ca

When and Where

Ottawa Beer Fest August 28th & 29th 2020, Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne
Craft Beer Run August 29th 2020, Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne

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