5 friends holding mugs filled with beer to cheers at the Santa Barbara Beer Festival.

Everything You Need to Know About the Santa Barbara Beer Festival

If you want to get a true taste of Santa Barbara’s craft beer scene, then we have the perfect solution! Mark your calendar, because Santa Barbara Beer Festival is right around the corner. Read on to discover everything you need to know about this one-of-a-kind event.

About the Beer Festival

The Santa Barbara Beer Festival is one of the most anticipated events of the fall! It is Santa Barbara’s oldest beer festival! Whether your idea of the perfect beer is an extra hoppy West Coast IPA or a bold and robust coffee stout, this festival has something for every palate. Each year, hundreds of craft beer enthusiasts gather to celebrate Santa Barbara’s local food, music, and of course, beer!

What to Expect at the 2018 Celebration

2018 marks the 11th annual Santa Barbara Beer Festival, and there is a lot to look forward to. In addition to craft beer, ciders and wines are also available. You will also find a variety of food vendors. Thus far, Judge’s Sausages and Hippy Pop popcorn are on the 2018 calendar. Participating breweries and additional vendors have yet to be announced, so stay tuned for more details!

Live music is also on the calendar. The event will start with spins performed by DJ Ian before the bands hit the stage. Afterward, you can enjoy performances by Kenny Nelson and the Wall of Tom.

Helpful Information Your Trip to The Festival

  • The 2018 festival is Saturday, October 20, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • You must be 21 years of age or older to attend the Santa Barbara Beer Festival. Remember to bring a photo ID! IDs will be checked starting at 11:00 a.m.
  • Pets are prohibited at the Santa Barbara Beer Festival.
  • Save money by purchasing your tickets in advance. A limited number of tickets are available for pre-order online at the Santa Barbara Beer Festival website.

The Best Place to Stay in Downtown Santa Barbara, CA

The Santa Barbara Beer Festival in Eling’s Park is less than three miles away from the Cheshire Cat Inn. Located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, our boutique bed and breakfast is the perfect place to stay and enjoy the best of what downtown offers!

A view of the Duchess guest room in the Cheshire Cat Inn & Cottages, Santa Barbara, CA

When you book a stay in any of our elegant accommodations, like the Duchess Room, you can always look forward to the best amenities, packages, and top-notch service. Complimentary breakfast, convenient parking, and evening cookies are always included with your stay. If you are ready to plan your Southern California getaway, check our current specials and book your stay today. We can’t wait to host you at the Cheshire Cat Inn!


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