By sheer volume alone, California produces the most craft and microbrewed beers, ales and ciders in the U.S. April Beer Festivals in California kick off a summer of great tasting. One of our favorites if you can travel the distance to the northern Redwoods is Boonville's Anderson Valley Beer Festival held each April.
ATASCADERO: Brew at the Zoo April 29, 2023, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $40-50, age 21+ only. Party with the animals, listen to bands, DJs and sample craft brews, ciders and wines. charlespaddockzoo.org
BOONVILLE: Anderson Valley Brewers Boonville Beer Festival April 29, 2023, 1-6 p.m.
Mendocino County Fairgrounds
14400 Highway 128
Boonville, CA 95415
"The bahlest steinber hornin' chiggrul gormin' tidrick in the heelch of the Boont Region!" Legendary! Speak boont? No prob. Just go and taste all the great beers and you'll soon talk like the locals, no doubt. Featuring unlimited tastings from over 80 breweries set among the bucolic hills and redwoods of the Anderson Valley.
LODI: Lodi Beer Fest & State BBQ Championship April 29, 2023, 1-5 p.m.
Lodi Grape Festival Grounds
Ole Mettler Grape Pavilion
413 E. Lockeford Street
Lodi, CA 95240
$45 in advance / $55 day of event, grapefestival.com
Age 21+ only, $15 designated driver
50 local and national breweries, cornhole, dancing to the live bands and the State BBQ Championship featuring more than 30 BBQ teams. Beer tasting from up to 50 breweries, commemorative tasting glass, live music and games. California State BBQ Championship sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS), Contestants cook 4 meats: Chicken Pork Ribs Boston Port Roast (Pork Shoulder/Boston Butt) Beef Brisket Which may be cooked using heat sources of Wood Pellets Charcoal (lump or briquettes) Entries are judged blindly on the following criteria: Appearance, Tenderness, Taste.
SACRAMENTO: Beer Week April 22-30, 2023
9 days of beer events feature 100+ breweries, serving over 300 varieties of craft beer.
CHICO: Chico Brew Fest April 15, 2023, 1-4 p.m. at Manzanita Place. Over 20 Breweries, 40 Brews, Gourmet Foods, Appetizers, Commemorative Brewfest Pint Glass, Raffle prizes, Silent Auction, Outdoor games. Location: 1705 Manzanita Avenue Chico, CA $60-90, chicobrewfest.com
SANTA ROSA: Battle of the Brews April 1, 2023, 1-5 p.m.
Sonoma County Fairgrounds
1350 Bennett Valley Rd.
Santa Rosa, CA
Active 20-30 of Santa Rosa #50
Hundreds of beers from all over the country making this one of California's largest beer festivals and is an age 21+ only event. The event features Sonoma County Best Bites, delicious foods from local chefs and eateries. Location: 1350 Bennett Valley Road Santa Rosa, CA 95404. $110 approx., battleofthebrews.com
LOS ANGELES: Beer Festival April 1, 2023
Los Angeles Center Studios
450 South Bixel Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Los Angeles Beer Festival, 12-8 p.m. at Los Angeles Center Studios. Over 80 breweries, 200 beers, food trucks, live music, and much more! Location: 1201 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA. $50-90, labeerfest.la
Brew Fest April 15, 2023, 12-4 p.m.
Chico Elks Lodge No.423
1705 Manzanita Avenue
Chico Brewfest & Wine Event Doors open at 1 p.m. or you can get early admission at 12 Noon with VIP purchase. All Proceeds benefit local nonprofits, and all event labor is donated.
MARTINEZ: Bay Area Craft Beer Festival April 15, 2023, 12 Noon -4
Ferry Point Park at Martinez Marina
MainStreetMartinez.org | bayareacraftbeerfestival.com
Shuttle provided at specific locations.
Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.