The Ballarat Beer Festival is On

This February 20 2021, sees the return of the Ballarat Beer Festival as we showcase over one hundred and fifty of the world’s finest craft beers. Come along, kick back under Ballarat’s summery skies as you sample, sip and savour your way to craft beervana.

Tickets

All entry tickets include a Ballarat Beer Festival official tasting glass and lanyard.

Kids 13 and under free (no ticket required).

Due to COVID controls, tickets are available for 4 hour sessions and a limited number of all day tickets are available.

Afternoon Session | GA | 12pm - 4pm

  • Early Bird General Admission | Session 1

    Sales end on 31 Dec 2020. Includes festival entry, official tasting glass, lanyard and access to all the events. Entry for SATURDAY 20 FEB 2021 - 12:00pm to 4pm.
    $32.48
  • General Admission | Session 1

    Sales end on 20 Feb 2021. Includes festival entry, official tasting glass, lanyard and access to all the events. Entry for SATURDAY 20 FEB 2021 - 12:00pm to 4pm.
    $37.73
  • General Admission Teens Ticket | Session 1

    Sales end on 20 Feb 2021. For teens over 13 and under 18, includes entry and a tasting glass for non-alcoholic use only.
    $21.98

Evening Session | GA | 5pm - 9pm

  • Early Bird General Admission | Session 1

    Sales end on 31 Dec 2020. Includes festival entry, official tasting glass, lanyard and access to all the events. Entry for SATURDAY 20 FEB 2021 - 5pm to 9pm.
    $32.48
  • General Admission | Session 1

    Sales end on 20 Feb 2021. Includes festival entry, official tasting glass, lanyard and access to all the events. Entry for SATURDAY 20 FEB 2021 - 5pm to 9pm.
    $37.73
  • General Admission Teens Ticket | Session 1

    Sales end on 20 Feb 2021. For teens over 13 and under 18, includes entry and a tasting glass for non-alcoholic use only.
    $21.98

All Day Ticket | GA | 12pm - 9pm

  • Early Bird General Admission | All Day

    Sales end on 31 Dec 2020. Includes festival entry, official tasting glass, lanyard and access to all the events. Entry for SATURDAY 20 FEB 2021 - 12:00pm to 9pm.
    $42.97
  • General Admission | All Day

    Sales end on 20 Feb 2021. Includes festival entry, official tasting glass, lanyard and access to all the events. Entry for SATURDAY 20 FEB 2021 - 12:00pm to 9pm.
    $53.47
  • General Admission Teens Ticket | All Day

    Sales end on 20 Feb 2021. For teens over 13 and under 18, includes entry and a tasting glass for non-alcoholic use only.
    $21.98
  • VIP Brewcage

    Sales end on 12 Feb 2021. Book your seat and table in the VIP Marquee and enjoy a reserved position all day. Close to the stage and your own VIP bar with an exclusive Masterclass in the afternoon. Includes General Admission, tasting glass, lanyard and access to all events and activities. Entry for Saturday Feb 20, 2021 - 12:00PM to 9:00PM
    $84.95

Group Bookings

  • Group Booking (5-10 Adults) | GA | All Day Pass

    Sales end on 20 Feb 2021. Groups of 5 - 10 receive $5 off each ticket. Includes festival entry, official tasting glass. Entry for Saturday 20 Feb 2021 - 12:00pm to 9pm.
    $48.22
  • Group Booking (11-20 Adults) | GA | All Day pass

    Sales end on 20 Feb 2021. Groups of 5 - 10 receive $7.50 off each ticket. Includes festival entry, official tasting glass. Entry for Saturday 20 Feb 2021 - 12:00pm to 9pm.

    $45.59
  • Group Booking (21+ Adults) | GA | All Day pass

    Sales end on 20 Feb 2021. Groups of 21+ receive $10 off each ticket. Includes festival entry, official tasting glass. Entry for Saturday 20 Feb 2021 - 12:00pm to 9pm.

    $42.97

Degustation Dinner

  • Friday night degustation dinner

    Sales end on 12 Feb 2021. Held the night before the festival, mix and mingle with the brewers as you enjoy a delicious 5 course menu with perfectly matched beers (wine also available). Hosted by The Beer Diva and Professor Pilsner. Entry for FRIDAY 19 FEB 2021, arrival 6:30PM for a 7PM start. Held at Housey Housey, 12 Armstrong St N, Ballarat
    $131.05
  • Craft Beer Lovers Package | Dinner and Festival

    Sales end on 12 Feb 2021. Includes an all day pass for festival entry, official tasting glass, Entry for Saturday 20 Feb 2021 - 12:00pm to 9pm. PLUS entry to Friday 19 Feb 2021 - Degustation Dinner (RRP $125) - 6:30pm for a 7pm start. Held at Housey Housey, 12 Armstrong St N, Ballarat.

    $166.82

CASHLESS EVENT

Ballarat Beer Festival is cashless! Just bring your favourite debit or credit card. Each vendor will have a paywave eftpos unit.

Most importantly, there will be a reduced need to wait in lines, counting out coins to buy a beer, as your friends get thirsty for your round! As such, all food, merchandise and drinks purchased will need to be paid for using the simple, tap-and-go terminals.

FAQ

Can I use cash?

Ballarat Beer Festival is a ‘cashless’ festival. Only debit or credit cards can be used.

Refund Policy

Should the event be postponed due to COVID-19, tickets will be transferred to the new date of the event automatically.

Ticket fees will be refunded to patrons who cannot attend the event due to:

1. COVID infection on provision to the event organiser of a certified copy of a doctor’s certificate; or

2. Government instructed COVID-19 isolation on provision to the event organiser of written evidence of such an instruction from the responsible Government body.

Patrons denied entry to the event due to COVID-19 restrictions can apply in writing to the event organiser for a full refund of the ticket fee.

Getting to the event

Ballarat Beer Festival is held at the corner of Zoo and Nursery Drives.

  • By Train

    Take a train from Southern Cross Station to Wendouree Station, which is one stop after Ballarat Station. All trains run frequently. To plan your trip to the Ballarat Beer Festival with V/Line please click below. The gardens are about a ten minute walk from the station or take a tram.

  • By Car

    Ballarat is located 115 km northwest of Melbourne, approx. 1.5 hours drive along the M8. Take the Ballarat exit and pass through the city centre. Then travel along Sturt Street and turn right at Hamilton Avenue, which is about 3 kilometres from the City centre. Signs throughout the town will direct you to Lake Wendouree and you’ll find the festival on the far Western side opposite the botanical gardens.

    OLA

    Ola is now in Ballarat. Download the Ola app to book an Ola today.

    Parking

    Ballarat Beer Festival encourages responsible drinking and suggest that you and your friends use public transport, Uber or taxi to get to and from the festival. If you do need to park your car there are plenty of free parking spots within walking distance of the event.

Where to stay

Click here to search a wide range of staying options in and around Ballarat.

If you're looking for a place to stay over the festival weekend, we’ve secured two beery good deals for you and your mates, thanks to our partners at Mercure and Mid City Ballarat.

Mercure Ballarat

Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre is an upscale hotel and conference venue, set amongst three hectares of beautifully manicured gardens, complete with its own ornamental lake and in close proximity to the historic centre of Ballarat.

Overnight accommodation for two, full cooked breakfast and 2 all day entry tickets to the festival:

$250 per room (1 x night) / $400 per room (2 x nights)

For bookings call hotel directly on (03) 5327 1200 and quote ‘Ballarat Beer Festival’.

Mid City Ballarat

Mid City Ballarat is located in the heart of Ballarat’s busy entertainment district, walking distance to numerous dinner spots and night venues.

All packages include 2 people

1 x night stay
Standard Queen room including beer festival all day tickets $230 (either Fri or Sat)
Standard Twin room including beer festival all day tickets $250 (Fri or Sat)

2 x night stay
Standard Queen room including beer festival all day tickets $360(Fri & Sat/ Sat & Sun)
Standard Twin room including beer festival all day tickets $380(Fri & Sat/ Sat & Sun)

VIP Package 2pax
1 night
Smart King Room B&B 1 nights with VIP Beer fest all day package $275

2 nights
Smart King Room B&B 2 nights with VIP Beer fest all day package $405
Complimentary midday checkout available with all 2 night reservations
*packages subject to availability

For bookings call hotel directly on (03) 4311 1553