Head over to the Fort Mason Center on April 18 for the 2020 SF International Beer Festival. This event features beers from more than 100 breweries around the world.
Enjoy amazing selections from San Francisco, Northern California, the US, and beyond. Participants range from well known breweries such as Sam Adams to local favorites such as 21st Amendment.
I enjoy this event every year. It's a fun way to mingle with other beer lovers and make some new friends.
The last time I attended, I decided to volunteer. This allowed me to sample some of these amazing beers from around the world for free as we poured for the other attendees.
Another thing I like about this festival is that it raises money for a local cause, the Telegraph Hill Cooperative Nursery School. The caring parents of this school dedicate their time to making this event possible, and it's their only fundraiser every year, so buy a ticket and help support this great cause!
This event is once again at the Festival Pavilion within the Fort Mason Center. Tasting begins at 7pm and last pour is at 9:45pm on Saturday, April 18.
This is just a sample of the breweries that plan to be on hand during this year's SF International Beer Festival. This list can change at anytime.
In addition to ales, you can also sample amazing gourmet treats during the SF International Beer Festival. Try the delicious complimentary food from some of these local restaurants (actual food selection may change at anytime):
The General Admission ticket gets you unlimited samples of beer from 7pm to 10pm, as well as samples of food from the restaurants listed above.
General Admission tickets are $75 per person.
The Brewmaster Tickets offer additional benefits. Everyone holding one of these tickets gains entry into the event starting 90 minutes earlier. During this time, you will receive special tastings of craft beers and get the chance to mingle with industry insiders in a more intimate setting. You will also receive a schwag bag, a special edition laminate badge, and access to the VIP areas (including VIP bathrooms) all night long.
VIP Brewmaster Tickets are $150 per person.
This event often sells out early, and tickets will go on sale soon. Buy your tickets online on the official beer festival site.
If you decide to spend the night nearby, I recommend looking at options in either Fisherman's Wharf or the Marina District.
The options in Fisherman's Wharf range from higher-end hotels, such as the Fairmont Hotel in Ghirardelli Square, to the less expensive Travelodge. Click here for some of my top recommendations.
Another great option is to stay in the Marina. The great thing about this district is that you can find a number of inexpensive motels that offer free parking. This will allow you to leave the car at the hotel and use public transit for the night.
Apart from motels, lodging in the Marina tends to be small, boutique hotels. Click here for more on the Marina, including some of the top places to stay.
One of the best places to look for tickets around San Francisco is on Goldstar. They offer tickets at up to 50% off. You can save on your SF Bay Cruise, entrance to several of SF's top festivals, and tickets to the theater.
You have several options to get to the Fort Mason Center. Here are some of the best:
In addition to festivals and events, you will find other fun activities at the Fort Mason Center. There are also two free museums, art galleries, and a few other fun shops to explore. Click here for more activities at the Fort Mason Center and for their full schedule of upcoming events.
SF Theater: If you love the theater, then check out my calendar to find the best performances scheduled for this weekend. SF attracts large Broadway plays such as The Book of Mormon, Wicked, and The Lion King. You will also find dozens of small, independent performances throughout the city. Click here for details.
Free Walking Tours: One of the best ways to learn more about San Francisco is on a free walking tour given by the SF Public Library. These two-hour tours cover everything from the most important events in SF's history to hidden gems in some of the top districts around the city. Click here for a list of tours scheduled this weekend.
Concerts: If you love live music, then attend a concert this weekend in San Francisco. You will find several performances at famous venues such as the Fillmore, the Warfield, and the Independent. Click here for this month's full schedule.
SF Giants: This April, the SF Giants have more than a dozen home games. They play several teams such as the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, LA Dodgers, and San Diego Padres. Click here for the full April Giants schedule.BACK TO TOP