The Ballarat Beer Festival is On

This February 15 2020, 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.


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

Kids 14 and under free (no ticket required).

Early Bird Special
$5 off every general admission ticket purchased! ENDS
NOV 23!
  • General Admission

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

    Plus, either $30, $50 or $100 worth of Festival Currency to save you time on the day. Get your wristbands here with preloaded festival currency.
  • The Craft Beer Lover Package

    Includes festival entry, official tasting glass and lanyard.

    Plus, $20 worth of tokens to save you time on the day. Plus, entry to the Friday Night Degustation
  • VIP Tickets

    Book your seat and table in the VIP area and enjoy a reserved position all day. Close to the stage and your own TV Channel SCA9 bar with exclusively new released beers. Includes General Admission, tasting glass, lanyard and access to all events and activities. Entry for Saturday FEB 15, 2020 - 11:30AM to 8:00PM
  • Teens Tickets

    For teens over 13 and under 18, includes entry and a tasting glass for non-alcoholic use only. Kids 14 and under free (no ticket required).
  • 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

Group Bookings

  • Saturday Family Pass

    General admission for 2 adults (includes lanyard and official tasting glass) and 2 kids aged 15 and under. Total of $95 per family.
  • Group booking

    Groups can book General Admission tickets at a discount price. $5 off for groups of 4 to 9, $7.5 off for groups of 10 to 20, $10 off for groups of 21+.



The Ballarat Beer Festival will operate a digital currency for the 2020 event, to ensure speed of service, increased security and ease of transactions at the Bars, Food Outlets and Vendor Stalls.

Most importantly, there will be 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 at BIG will need to be paid for using the simple, tap-and-go Festival Currency Wristbands.


Can I use cash to pay for food and drinks if I haven’t purchased Festival Currency?

Ballarat Beer Festival is a ‘cashless’ festival. In other words, to buy food and drinks at the event you’ll need to use festival currency as CASH WILL NOT be accepted by vendors.

Where can I purchase Festival Currency?

Festival Currency can be purchased at Ballarat Beer Festival or to save time and queuing, pre-purchase your wristband and currency online. Click here!

How Does Festival Currency Work?

At the venue, Festival Currency wristbands can be topped up at currency stands or by our friendly roaming top-up currency sellers. You can buy festival currency with exact cash or credit card. The wristband you will receive contains a chip, which can be read by the vendor’s scanning device, that deducts a set amount depending on what you purchase. It’s so simple to use, let the vendor know what you would like to purchase. They will ring up the transaction on their device. Then scan your wristband against their device and bingo, transaction is complete, start enjoying your food and beverages!

How much should I put on my Festival Currency Wristband?

We would recommend a minimum of $50 to be pre-loaded onto your wristband to maximise your experience at the Ballarat Beer Festival.

How do I know how much is remaining on my wristband?

You can simply ask any vendor how much credit you have remaining by scanning your wristband, or doing the same at any Roaming Top-Up Seller, Self- Service Kiosk or Festival Currency Booth. After each transaction, the vendor will also show you the balance on your wristband.

Cool, but how much do I pay for this?

That’s easy: A one-time activation fee of $3.50 is deducted from your initial top-up (think of it as the purchase cost of the wristband). No ATM or credit card merchant facilities apply!

Can I get a refund on any Festival Currency I don’t spend at the event?

Yes you can!

Make sure you keep your wristband. Head to the Ballarat Beer Festival website by clicking the button below:

Available from Monday Feb 18th 9am – Monday Feb 25th 9am

Simply enter your full name, email address, BSB, Account Number as well as the RFID and 4-6 digit serial number printed on the plastic chip on your wristband and hit complete!

Your refund will be processed back into your bank account within 14 working days. Applicable to a minimum balance of $5.

Please note, a refund processing fee of $2.50 will apply.

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


    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 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 buffet breakfast and 2 x Entry tickets to festival:

$253 per room (1 x night) / $398 per room (2 x nights)

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