The Ballarat Beer Festival is On

This January 21 from 11am to 8pm, sees the return of the Ballarat Beer Festival as we showcase over one hundred 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.


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

Free for all kids aged 15 and under.

  • Just Admission

    includes festival entry, official tasting glass and lanyard.
  • The Festival Essentials

    Includes festival entry, official tasting glass and lanyard.

    Plus, $20 worth of tokens to save you time on the day.
  • The Craft Beer Lover Package

    Includes festival entry, official tasting glass,lanyard, $20 worth of tokens to save you time on the day.

    Plus Friday night degustation dinner
  • Friday night degustation dinner

    Held the night before the festival, mix and mingle with the brewers as you enjoy a delicious 5 course menu with perfectly matched beers. Hosted by The Beer Diva and Professor Pilsner. Find out more
  • Brewcage admission

    Includes festival entry, official tasting glass, lanyard, $20 worth of tokens to save you time on the day.

    Plus a delicious gourmet lunch all served under a beautiful central, shady marquee.
  • Saturday family pass

    General admission for 2 adults (includes lanyard and official tasting glass) and 2 kids aged 15 and under.

Group Bookings!

4 to 9 = $5 off each ticket*
10 to 19 = $7.50 off each ticket*
Groups over 20, email for special pricing.

*Just Admission and Festival Essentials tickets.

Cash Cards (previously Tokens)

The festival uses Glownet cards, which act as regular bank cards. As you enter the festival, you will be given a card pre-loaded with $20 (online tickets), or for tickets bought at the gate, you can pick up and load your card at the info tent. You can then use your card for all purchases (beer, food, merch, activities etc.) throughout the day. You can see the remaining funds when you make a purchase, just ask the vendor for a look.

Any amount remaining on your card must be redeemed from the info tent on the day as you leave. No monies can be reimbursed after the festival’s end.

100 ml beer = $2
200 ml beer = $4
200 ml soft drink or bottle of water = $4
285ml (one pot, may vary depending on the beer) = $6
150ml wine (one standard glass) = $8

PLEASE NOTE: No food or drinks can be taken into the festival. Along with a plethora of food vans we are offering a kids food tent hosted by Mount Blowhard Primary School, serving fruitboxes, sandwiches and more.

Getting to the event

Ballarat Beer Festival is held at the City Oval, on the corner of Pleasant St North and Mair St, right in the heart of Ballarat.

  • By Train

    Trains to Ballarat run frequently from Melbourne CBD (Southern Cross Station). To plan your trip to the Ballarat Beer Festival with V/Line please click here.

    Shuttle Bus

    A free Ballarat Beer Festival shuttle bus will be running an express service between Ballarat Station and City Oval on a first come first served basis. This bus will include a stop at The Mallow Hotel, Ballarat’s premier craft beer gastropub.

  • By Car

    Ballarat is located 115 km northwest of Melbourne, approx. 1.5 hours drive along the M8.


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

Our preferred accomodation partners

Mercure hotels cmjn therry street

Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre is our preferred accomodation partner.


Visit our Facebook shop to see and request our merchandise range or buy direct at the festival.