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The Mariners’ Craft Beer Festival

This event has been postponed to Summer 2020.

Great beer, good food, and live music!

Announcement: Due to the CDC guidelines discouraging gatherings of more than 50 people through early May, we are rescheduling The Mariners’ Craft Beer Festival. This new date will be for summer 2020, and will be announced in the coming weeks. All tickets purchased for the May 3 date will be honored for the new date. If those who have purchased tickets are unable to attend the rescheduled date, they will receive a full refund.

For questions, event ticket holders can contact the Mariners’ events team at:

We hope everyone is staying healthy and safe and we look forward to seeing you at the Eighth Annual Craft Beer Festival!


Enjoy a selection of more than 50 craft beers from over 25 local, regional and national breweries.

Hey! Hey! Hooligan performing at The Mariners' Craft Beer Festival

Listen to live music by Hey! Hey! and the Esoteric Ramblers.

Beer talks at The Mariners' Craft Beer Festival in 2014

Brewery representatives will be on-site to answer questions and offer several “Beer Talks” throughout the event.

Food vendors at The Mariners' Craft Beer Festival in 2013

Food trucks will be on site offering a wide variety of tasty fare for an additional charge.

Note: Only those who have tickets to The Mariners’ Craft Beer Festival will be permitted in the outdoor courtyards of the Museum.
In addition, the International Small Craft Center will be closed to both craft beer attendees and Museum visitors for that day.

2020 Ticket Prices / Update:

  • General Admission Advance Tickets: $35
  • Day-of General Admission Tickets: $45
  • Museum Member: $30 (Advance tickets only. Up to four tickets per Member. No Member price day-of.)
  • Non-drinker tickets: $15

Tickets include 20 four-ounce craft beer tastings, a souvenir tasting glass, live music, beer talks by brewery representatives, and the day’s admission to The Mariners’ Museum!

Non-drinker tickets include complimentary water and soda during the event, and a souvenir tasting glass upon EXIT of the Festival.

Food trucks will be onsite for an additional charge.

Tickets will be available to purchase once a new date has been scheduled! Please check back later.


Vote for your favorite unfiltered ale in the Brewery “Cask-Off” competition 


The cost is $35 in advance and $45 day of.

Yes, the non-drinker ticket is $15. Non-drinker tickets include complimentary water and soda during the event, and a souvenir tasting glass upon EXIT of the Festival.

Yes, we are offering a Member ticket price of $30, which is a discount of $5 under the advance ticket price and a $15 discount under the day-of price. Members can only purchase up to four tickets at the Member discount price.

Please check back later for ticket pricing information as this event has been postoponed to Summer 2020.

Tickets can be purchased online once a new date for this event has been scheduled. Please check back later.

Tickets (excluding non-drinker) include a souvenir tasting glass, 20 4oz beer tastings, live music, access to food vendors, beer talks with brewery representatives and admission to the Museum for the day.

It is your personal preference whether you bring your children. There are no activities for children, but museum admission is included in your ticket. Children over 3 will have to pay museum admission. Children 3 and under are free.

No, there will be tables and chairs placed around the festival for your use. Food trucks will be on site with a selection of food and non-alcoholic beverages.

Listen to live music by the Esoteric Ramblers and Hey! Hey!

To see a full list of breweries that will be at the festival click here.

All museum parking lots will be open for guests to park.

There is handicap parking available at the museum.

This event is rain or shine.

There will be a designated smoking area.

There will be a variety of food trucks offering tasty fare for you to purchase. The list of participating food trucks is subject to change.

No, there will be no pets allowed.

There is an ATM located in the main lobby of the museum that festival attendees can use.

Note: The Mariners’ Museum has a strict policy against weapons. No weapons of any kind are allowed on Museum property.

2020 Brewery List


Alewerks Brewing Company logo
Billsburg Brewery
Bold Rock Hard Cider logo
Bull Island Brewing Company logo
Caiseal Beer and Spirits Company logo
Cape Charles Brewing Company logo
Devils Backbone Brewing Company logo
Golden Road Brewing logo
Goose Island Brewery logo
Heavy Seas Beer logo
Larry's Lemonade logo
New Belgium Brewing Company logo
New Realm Brewing Company logo
O'Connor Brewing Company logo
The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery logo
Sly Clyde Ciderworks logo
Smartmouth Brewing Company logo
St. George Brewing Company logo
Starr Hill Brewery logo
Tradition Brewing Company logo
Wicked Weed Brewing logo

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