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JULY 5, 2014  NORTHSTAR: Beerfest + Bluegrass Village at Northstar. Time: 3-7 p.m. The festival will include beer tastings from dozens of breweries and live music from two premier bluegrass bands. Breweries will be featured on the Village Overlook. Guests who purchase a ticket will receive a commemorative pint glass and be able to sample the various beers. Advanced Ticket Price: $30 Day-Of Ticket Price: $38 Reserve online or call (800) 466-6784.

SAN LUIS OBISPO July 11, 2014  : Seven Sisters Fest  July 11- July 13, 2014 Location: EL Chorro Park, San Luis Obispo, California. Event benefits Woods Humane Association and the Infinite Music Foundation. There will be over 40 breweries and wineries that will attend.

SAN BERNARDINO July 12, 2014: National Orange Show 1st Annual Brew Fest Over 20 breweries will be present with at least 50 different brews available. This is a charitable event were all proceeds go to benefit the NOS foundation, a non-profit company.  12-7 p.m.  909-888-6788 x466  National Orange Show 1st Annual Brew Fest! Rain or shine, Location:The National Orange Show Events Center located at 690 South Arrowhead Ave, Gate 9, San Bernardino, Ca 92408. Tickets are $25 for general addition, $30 for VIP, $10 for designated drivers, $10 for attendees under 21 and kids under 12 enter for free! Prices increase by $5 at the door.

SAN DIEGO  Beer Fest July 12, 2014
Annual San Diego Brew Fest Liberty Station NTC Plaza 2640 Cushing Road San Diego,  is a  fun filled day with beer, food trucks, and music. The event will feature dozens of local local and international craft beers.  $40 - 3-6 p.m. and $50 VIP 2-6 p.m.  beer tastings included. Proceeds benefit Noah’s Bark Pet Rescue.

SAN FRANCISCO: The BreastFest Beer Festival July 12, 2014 time: 2-6 p.m. Event benefits low income women with breast cancer. 70-80 Breweries from around the Bay Area. Daze on the Green band performs. Festival Pavilion Fort Mason Center, San Francisco advance tickets $55 $65 @ door.

SAN DIEGO July 13, 2014: Ballast Point 18th Anniversary Beer Festival  1-5 p.m.  Beer Festival Maritime Museum Of San Diego, 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, California. Walk aboard the Star of India, the Berkeley ferry, and all of the museum’s historic vessels and sample beers at 9 different locations throughout the ships and museum. 50 Ballast Point beers include some rare and limited options, plus, this year you will also have an opportunity to sample from our spirits and mixers as well. Live Music on several stages Food for purchase from local vendors Tickets are $40 with free admission to the Maritime Museum of San Diego • 15 3-oz beer tasters • Souvenir taster glass • Up to three 1/4 oz spirits samples (each will count as one beer sample)

July 14, 2014 BERKELEY Kyle’s Brew Fest
Hollingsworth returns this summer with his charity beer festival and concert in Berkeley, CA. Location: Shattuck Down Low.  Brew Fest will feature more than 10 breweries and 20 craft beers plus an exclusive performance from Kyle Hollingsworth with members of Hot Buttered Rum.

July 18-19, 2014 PLEASANT HILL Blues & Brews Festival
JB and DEM Revue An All-Star Bay Area Funk Band featuring members of Tower of Power, Sly and the Family Stone, Prince & Cold Blood Frankie G. & the Conviction Jinx Jones & the Kingtones, Caroompas Room and Loose Blues.  Pleasant Hill Blues and Brews Festival Enjoy a day of beer tasting, delicious food and free music at the Annual Blues & Brews Festival Friday, July 18th from 6-9pm & Saturday, July 19th from 12pm-6pm at Pleasant Hill Park. Ticke: $35-55.

SACRAMENTO July 19, 2014 2014  Brewers' Festival
California State Fair

TORRANCE   Alpine Village Eurobierfest July 19, 2014
Also: Oktoberfest
  includes German beer and food, along with oom-pah bands flown in direct from Germany. Alpine Village Center 833 West Torrance Blvd Torrance, CA 90502 Call:  310.327.4384

TEHACHAPI July 19, 2014: Tehachapi Mountain Brew and Grill Fest   Saturday, July 19, 2014  4-8 p.m. Tehachapi, CA The Tehachapi Mountain Brew and Grill Fest. General Admission This ticket will get you in to The Tehachapi Mountain Brew and Grill Fest with Tastings of Beer, dinner from your choice of 6 restaurants at the event and various tastings of BBQ. Price: $47.50 approx.

SILICON VALLEY Beer Week July 25-August 2, 2014

SAN DIEGO Heroes Brew Fest July 26, 2014
Heroes Brew Fest is back for more craft brew costumed craziness benefiting the Warrior Foundation - Freedom Station. The North Embarcadero Park transforms into a Craft Beer Comic Book. Costume recommended. Time: 4-7 p.m. Location: Embarcadero Park North, 500 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, CA.  Tickets $50-65,

July 26, 2014 WHITTIER Taps and Tapas Beer Festival
Taps & Tapas is the newest event from the Whittier Uptown Association. 22 craft breweries, 36 beers.

SAN DIEGO: BEERology Exhibit  @ the San Diego Museum of Man through summer 2015.

  • California Beer Festival 2014
  • Santa Cruz August 9 & 10, 2014
  • Claremont/San Dimas September 6, 2014
  • Ventura September 20 & 21, 2014
  • Tequila Taco Festival July 19 & 20, 2014 - Oxnard

July 31 - August 3, 2014 MAMMOTH LAKES Bluesapalooza
Four days of blues brews! Blues legends and up-and-coming blues greats including, Trampled Under Foot, Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Nikki Hill, Cash Box Kings, Ana Popovic, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal Trio, John Hiatt and The Combo, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Tab Benoit,  and more.

August 2, 2014 SAN JOSE Kraftbrew Beer Festival
Gordon Biersch Brewery
357 E. Taylor St.
San Jose
1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
$10-50 admission
 This year’s festivities feature 60+ American craft, Belgian and German imports, home brews, a beer launch booth releasing a special or unique brew for tasting every hour, craft beer panel discussions, brewery tours, and lots of great food! Street parking is available for the event.

August 4-10, 2014 SANTA CRUZ COUNTY Beer Week

August 9, 2014 CARPINTERIA Surf 'n' Suds
55 breweries, $55-60 tix  Taking place in Carpinteria State Park's Linden Field, Entry includes tastings from any of the 55+ different breweries and wineries at Surf 'n' Suds. No pets. Must be 21 or older to enter. Last pour is at 5 p.m. $65 for VIP and $50 for General Admission. No refunds. We can't wait to see you and your friends! Cheers! Information: Carpinteria State Beach, Carpinteria, CA. Tel:  (805) 684-4428,

August 9, 2014 LAKE ARROWHEAD Brewfest
Blue Jay Village Parking Lot
27264 Highway 189
Blue Jay CA
Free souvenir glass to the first 1000 guests Pre-Sale ticket holders will be allowed to check in the event at 11:30am to make sure they receive a glass and are ready to go when the beer starts pouring at noon!  Ticket: $30 pre, $35.

August 11-17, 2014 DAVIS: Davis Beer Week Bike & Brew Fest
Central Park
Davis, CA. 
3:30-8 p.m.
This is the biggest event of the First Annual Davis Beer Week.  The Brewfest is a fundraiser for the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame, also located in Davis. 50 breweries and 10 wineries, local restaurants, music all in one great location. Check the website for more information.

August 16, 2014  ESCONDIDO: Invitational Beer Festival
333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA
$45 approx.
Over 60 guest breweries 100+ amazing beers Stone brews on cask.

STOCKTON August 22-31, 2014 Beer Week
City wide craft beer celebration featuring locally owned breweries, bars, pubs and restaurants hosting specialty beer tastings, beer dinners and more.

FORTUNA Hops in Humboldt  August 23, 2014  Hops in Humboldt  Hops in Humboldt at Rohner Park is an afternoon event in the heart of the redwoods, featuring beer from more than 35 breweries from around the country, voting for the "People's Choice" award. Five bands performing on stage, food, arts and crafts vendors, and the Hops Games. VIP tickets (new this year), with early admission, are available.

FULLERTON: Brews, Blues 'N BBQ August 23, 2014
Best local and regional breweries for a celebration of their world class brews. There will be rockin’ Blues by Southern California Blues Bubba and the Big Bad Blues Band and PLENTY of mouth watering grub. It will be one HOT August night at the Fullerton Arboretum  Saturday,  5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Full Participant Ticket- $TBA includes: Admission, Souvenir Tasting Glass, Ten 4oz. Tastes, Live Entertainment, Free parking Designated Driver Ticket includes: Admission, Free soda & water Additional tastings and BBQ available for purchase All proceeds benefit the Fullerton Arboretum Sorry, this event is limited to those 21 years of age and older. Kids not allowed.

GRASS VALLEY August 23, 2o14  Sierra Brewfest
Sierra Brewfest  is  held under Ponderosa pine trees at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. This afternoon event will feature more than 100 beers from over 30 microbreweries, many of them from California. Blues musicians are scheduled to perform, and food from local restaurants and food trucks are available for purchase.

LONG BEACH:  August 23, 2014  Taste of Brews
Lighthouse Park
Long Beach
Beer from dozens of craft breweries, musical entertainment, and food from local restaurants and food trucks.

MIRA MESA - SAN DIEGO: Mira Mesa Festival of Beers   Aug 23, 2014 
Mira Mesa Community Park
8575 New Salem Street
Mira Mesa, CA
The Mira Mesa Festival of Beers in Mira Mesa, CA, is a craft brew event featuring more than 40 craft beers to sample, with an emphasis on California breweries. With live music from multiple bands, food trucks, and vendors. Ballast Point, Callahan’s, Coronado, Hess, and Karl Strauss are just a few of the breweries featured at the Mira Mesa Festival of Beers. 

NAPA  August 23, 2014  Blues, Brews & BBQs 
Blue Moon Brewery and the Napa Downtown Association
First and Main Streets
Downtown Napa, CA
30 microbrewed beers, Napa Valley wines, live music on three stages, food, including barbecued beef, chicken, pork, oysters, shrimp, and corn; a rib-eating contest; and children's activities. Admission and parking are free.

PETALUMA August 23, 2014  Taste of Petaluma  is held at various downtown locations.

SAN DIEGO: San Diego Spirits Festival Aug. 23-24, 2014

SAN DIEGO: Mira Mesa Brewfest August 23, 2014
Mira Mesa Community Park
8575 New Salem St.
Over 40 craft beers to sample!  Live music on the San Diego CityBeat stage all afternoon plus food trucks, vendor booths and more! $30-35.

RANCHO PALOS VERDES:  Trump National Wine & Beer Festival August 24, 2014, Noon - 4 p.m.
Trump National Golf Club
One Trump National Drive
Rancho PalosVerdes, CA
Beautiful Trump National Golf Club annual Wine & Beer Festival features 20 breweries, 10 food trucks and over 50 wineries.

THOUSAND OAKS:  Kiwanis Brew Fest August 28, 2014
The Kiwanis Club of Thousand Oaks Brew Fest at Conejo Creek Park North in Thousand Oaks features beer from breweries from the area. Festival-goers are invited to vote for the "Best Beer in the Valleys." There will also be live entertainment, games, and food for purchase

SAN LUIS OBISPO AUGUST 30, 2014  Brews & Bites
The San Luis Brewers Guild presents Brews & Bites at Mission Plaza in San Luis Obispo. This afternoon event will feature beer from 17 San Luis Obispo breweries. There will also be live music by local bands, and food from local restaurants and caterers. Admission to the festival itself is free. All proceeds will go to the Guild and the Woods Humane Society.

BAKERSFIELD Village Fest September 6, 2014   
Madorom Vineyards presents Village Fest  which is held at the Kern County Museum in Bakersfield. This evening event will feature more than 100 beers from 60 breweries, wine from 25 Central Coast wineries, unlimited food samples from 30 of Bakersfield's restaurants, and 17 bands performing on five stages. The festival ground consists of seven themed areas, including MicroBrews Alley.  

SILVERADO: September 6, 2014  Orange County Brew-Ha-Ha OC Brew Ha Ha will take place at the Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, near Irvine Lake. This afternoon event, to be held in a park with plenty of shaded seating, will feature more than 175 beers from over 70 breweries. There will also be an educational program led by beer experts, live entertainment, and food trucks and food booths. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special expert-led beer seminar, are available. The festival charity is the Fallen Fire Fighters Relief Fund.

WOODLAND  September 6, 2014 Microbrew Festival
Time: 3-9 p.m. 
Yolo County Fairgrounds
Rotary Park
Woodland, CA
Microbrew tasting, food, live music, and fun! This year's event will benefit the Woodland Schools Foundation! ​​  Microbrew tasting tickets include the microbrew tasting, live music and food and drink for additional purchase.

YUBA CITY  September 6, 2014 Brews, Blues & BBQ  features beer from 20 microbreweries,

HEALDSBURG  September 8, 2014  Beer in the Plaza features over 30 Breweries. Downtown Plaza, Healdsburg CA
Soroptimist International of Healdsburg presents the annual Beer in the Plaza , which will take place at the Downtown Plaza in Healdsburg. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 25 breweries, music and food for purchase.

PETALUMA River Craft Beer Festival September 13, 2014
Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Petaluma Valley  Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival  downtown features craft beer from more than a dozen local breweries, music by several live bands and  food vendors. All proceeds benefit local organizations.

LOS ANGELES  September 18-28, 2014 Los Angeles Beer Week  includes unlimited 4 oz. pours of beer. The Festival features over 70 local, regional, national, and international Craft and Artisan breweries, rare beers, and entertainment.  Union Station, Los Angeles, Ca.

SAN DIEGO September 19, 2014   San Diego Festival of Beer features more than 150 beers from 70 breweries.  Location: Downtown San Diego, at Columbia and B street

SAN DIEGO September 19, 2014  Padres Beerfest
Beerfest at Petco Park is a lot of fun. Tons of people show up and its a great social event where Petco Park really shines.   Best of all, you cap the night with a baseball game. You get to sample beers from more than a dozen breweries. Admission is free with ticket to Friday’s Padres game vs Arizona Diamondbacks Beer samples are $5. Beerfest beer tasting commences at 5pm and continues until just before the first pitch. Participating breweries include Alesmith, Aztec, Ballast Point, Black Market, Coronado, Green Flash, Helm’s, Iron Fist, Lost Abbey,Karl Strauss, Kona, Manzanita, Mission, Modern Times, Pacifico, Saint Archer, Stone, and more!

September 19-20, 2014 DOBBINS Northern California Homebrews Festival
Lake Francis is the setting for this sell-out event. $45 Festival Tickets $30 Camping-only Tickets $50 Brewers Dinner Tickets Total attendance is capped at 600, with 150 Lower Camping spots available.

SAN FRANCISCO September 19-21, 2014  Brews by the Bay features beer from all eight San Francisco breweries, live music, food trucks, and brewery merchandise for sale.

SEPTEMBER  (weekends): Alpine Village Oktoberfest, Torrance, CA Alpine Village Oktoberfest . The celebration, which has been described as "Southern California's oldest and largest Oktoberfest-style celebration," will take place on Friday and Saturday (and Sundays beginning September 23) under a massive tent. There is German beer and food, along with oom-pah bands from Germany. Sundays are family days with kiddie jumpers, sweet treats, and games.

SACRAMENTO  September  20, 2014  California Brewers Festival  Rotary Club of Point West - Sacramento. Brewers, food trucks and vendors in Discovery Park, Sacramento. features more than 150 beers from over 60 microbreweries. Location: Discovery Park. Cost: $35 door. Entertainment and Refreshment.

September 27, 2014 SAN MATEO Bacon & Brew Festival
Baseball Field
Central Park
5th and El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA
$15 admission.

October 9, 2014: Oktoberfest Beer Tasting. Enjoy Oktoberfest under the grand rotunda by sampling a variety of traditional German-style beers.

MOORPARK October 11, 2014 Moorpark Beer Festival

SANTA BARBARA October 18, 2014  Santa Barbara Beer Festival at Elings Park.

BAKERSFIELD   Village Fest over 100 different brews from an estimated 60 breweries! The festival ground consists of seven themed areas, including MicroBrews Alley.   ( 0ld website)

ANAHEIM  Phoenix Club Oktoberfest is seven-weekend celebration, which is one of the biggest such events in southern California, features German beer; food, including a pig and ox roast; oom-pah bands and Schuhplattlers, and children's activities.

BIG BEAR LAKE -  (weekends): Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest features America's highest elevation biergarten; authentic German food, music, and dance groups; activities, including America's only stein-holding contests; and a fun zone for children and families. Vendor Information is available under Fairs & Festivals page. Call:  (909)585-3000

SAN FRANCISCO  Oktoberfest by the Bay at Pier 48 across the street including music by The Chico Bavarian Band and the Internationals; and an appearance by the Nature Friends Schuhplattler.

MODESTO -   Nor Cal Oktoberfest includes an authentic oom-pah band, Bavarian dancers, singing and yodeling.

VENTURA -  Ventura County Oktoberfest includes 20 German beers, with all five historic breweries of Munich represented, along with Weihenstephan.

CLAREMONTCalifornia Beer Festival  60 craft-brewed beers, a barbecue competition  and live music.

PETALUMA -   Oktoberfest Petaluma  at Herzog Hall in the Community Center at Lucchesi Park  features beer,  Steve Balich Polka Band, dancing, food, and costumes.

YUBA CITYCalifornia Beer & Wine Festival features  40 California beers and  from 15 breweries, live entertainment, and vendors selling food and merchandise.

AVILA BEACHFirestone Walker Oaktoberfest,  at the Avila Beach Golf Resort   features Firestone Walker ales, German beer, local wine served in the Firestone Beer Garden, German-inspired cuisine and more.
VENTURA  California Beer Festival
Mission Park is the location for the fun event that includes the Saturday beer tasting and Sunday Blues, Brews & BBQ.

CLAYTON  Clayton Oktoberfest  includes a traditional biergarten, with German food and beer. Time: Saturday 11 to 8; Sunday 11 to 6.

SAN DIEGO - September 24, 2011 San Diego County Beer Fair  features craft-brewed beer to sample, food from local restaurants, live music, street performers, non-traditional fair entertainment, and interactive games. Time: 1 - 4 p.m. Cost: $35. Location: Ingram Plaza, 2756 Dewey Rd, San Diego, CA.

FAIRFAX, CA Bikeoktoberfest Marin  includes over 30 beers from 20 West Coast brewers and great food! Cargo Bike Jubilee! Live Music and Family Fun Zone! Classic bike show featuring 40 vintage bikes! Celebrity Road & Mountain Bike Rides!

2015 Brews & Beers

January 8, 2015: Ancient Ales. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery will be pouring their Ancient Ales series of beers that are inspired by ancient beer recipes. Don't miss the chance to try beers similar to those featured in the BEERology exhibit!

SAN DIEGO BREW FEST February 21, 2015
at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park

SAN LUIS OBISPO SLO Craft Beer Fest September 28, 2015
At Madonna Event Center

SAN FRANCISCO International Beer Fest May 9, 2015

March 12, 2015: Exotic Ingredients Beer Tasting. Sample adventurous craft beers brewed with unique ingredients like coffee, vanilla bean, peppers, and more!
April 9, 2015: Craft Beer and Food Pairing Tasting. Enjoy specially paired craft beers and food samples, and discover how the flavors of each complement, enhance, and contrast in surprising and delicious ways.
May 14, 2015: Hopfest. Sample the bold hop flavors of beer with a variety of IPAs and other hoppy beer styles.
June 18, 2015: Craft Beer on the Border. Explore the styles and flavors of craft beers from south of the border.

VENTURA Hamburgers & Hops Music Festival  May 2, 2015

CLAREMONT Village Blues & Brews September 27, 2015


SAN DIMAS:  California Beer Festival-Claremont/San Dimas, San Dimas, CACalifornia Beer Festival, LLC, presents the 2013 San Dimas edition of the California Beer Festival , which will take place at Frank G. Bonelli Park in San Dimas. Last year's festival was an afternoon event that featured more than 70 craft-brewed beers, live music, and food and merchandise vendors. VIP tickets, with early admission, a special selection of beers, and brewers in attendance, are available.

14-October 27 (weekends): Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest, Big Bear Lake, CA" Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest , which is held at the resort's Convention Center. This Oktoberfest-style celebration will feature America's highest elevation biergarten, with sporting events on television; authentic German food, music, and dance groups; activities, including log-sawing and stein-holding contests; and a fun zone for children and families

FRESNOFresno Rugby Club Beer, Cheese, and Music Festival, Fresno, CA.  Enjoy LIVE music from Stranger, Trey Tosh, Hollywood U2 & The Terry Talbot Band. Bring your lawn chairs & blankets for an evening on the bluffs.

Smokin' Brewfest, Placerville, CA
The second annual Smokin' Brewfest is held at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. This afternoon event will feature beer from local craft breweries (there are a dozen last year) along with live music, food for purchase, outdoor games, and a classic car and motorcycle show. Admission is free.  

 Oktoberfest by the Bay, San Francisco, CA
 American Showplace Productions, LLC, presents Oktoberfest by the Bay 2013, which will take place at Pier 48 (across the street from AT&T Park) on San Francisco's waterfront. The festival, which organizers describe as the largest festival of its kind in California, will feature beer; authentic German cuisine; and non-stop German-style entertainment, including the Chico Bavarian Band and the Nature Friends Schuhplattler.

 San Diego Festival of Beer, San Diego, CA San Diego Festival of Beer is held downtown at Columbia and B Streets. This evening event will feature beer from more than 60 breweries, plus a selection of wines, live entertainment by four live bands, and food for purchase. The festival is a benefit for San Diego Professionals Against Cancer.

SAN DIEGO The  Rock Star Beer  June
is held at Bassmnt, a nightclub in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. This evening event, which organizers describe as "a rock and roll beer festival," will feature more than 50 craft beers, along with live and DJ music and food for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. There is an after-party at the club following the festival itself.


 California Brewers Festival, Sacramento, CA


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