Just when you thought festivals were getting passe, Baltimore says "hold my beer."

Maryland's brewing scene is finally getting some love, thanks to the Baltimore Craft Beer Festival!

On Saturday, November 2, gather in Canton Waterfront Park for the biggest beer festival of its kind in Baltimore. Visitors will get to enjoy unlimited samples of Maryland beers, delicious bites from local restaurants, craft vendors, and live entertainment. As the Maryland Brewers Association's official beer festival, beer lovers are in for a big treat!

baltimore craft beer festival

WHEN: Saturday, November 2, 2019 | 1:30–5 p.m.
WHERE: Canton Waterfront Park | 3001 Boston Street | Baltimore, MD
TICKETS: Tasting Pass—$45 | Enthusiast Pass—$60 | Designated Driver—$15 | Maryland Spirits Showcase—$10

Guests will be able to sample from dozens of Maryland breweries, including Flying Dog, Crooked Crab, Union Craft Brewing, and more, all in an unlimited capacity. Food will be available to purchase from food trucks like BricknFire Pizza, Baltimore Crab Cake Co., and 2 Guys 1 Grill. The festival has also partnered with the bluegrass festival DelFest in bringing quality entertainment to the festival stage with Baltimore-area's Charm City Junction, Wicked Sycamore, and SoulTET.

baltimore craft beer festival

Don't forget to check out the artisan vendors selling their wares! Visitors can browse everything from hot sauce to sunglasses, and watch a glass-blowing demonstration, courtesy of Valencia Glass. And for some extra fun, a Maryland Spirits Showcase will be taking place this year to honor Maryland Spirits Month. For only $10 more, a wealth of local spirits will be at your sampling disposal.

The Tasting Pass is $45 and comes with an exclusive event glass and unlimited drink samples. The Enthusiast Pass is $60 and includes early admission (12 p.m.), a drinking glass, and access to ultra-exclusive, seasonal beers.

baltimore craft beer festival

Keep these things in mind as you plan your trip:

  • Blankets and lawn chairs are allowed.
  • Pets, outside food, tents, and coolers are not allowed on the premises.
  • Attendees will be able to access the festival until 4:45 p.m.

Interested in helping out? The festival needs volunteers, and those who volunteer for at least one shift get complimentary admission! Yes, that includes unlimited beer samples! You can find out more here.

The festival is organized by the Brewers Association of Maryland. Proceeds will benefit Strong City Baltimore, a local initiative that supports social change and growth in the community. 

**All photos courtesy of Starla Dawn Photo

Will you be sampling your way through the Baltimore Craft Beer Festival? What's your favorite brewery? Share them in the comments!