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Big Texas Beer Fest 2020 has been rescheduled for July 17-18, 2020! If you already had tickets, they have been re-issued for the new dates. All ticket holders should have received an email with additional details. If you have already bought tickets prior to the reschedule and did NOT receive an email, please Contact Us.
July 17-18, 2020
Friday, July 17, 2020 from 7:00-11:00pm (VIP 6:00pm)
Saturday, July 18, 2020 from 2pm – 6:30pm (VIP 1pm)
Fair Park Automobile Building
1010 First Avenue (Auto Building address inside Fair Park)
If you decide to drive to the event, you can enter through either Gate 5 or Gate 6. See the gate map here.
Big Texas Beer Fest is a 2-day affair, but your tickets are ONLY VALID for Friday or Saturday. It depends on which ticket you purchase. If you bought Friday tickets, they’re not valid on Saturday, and vice versa.
When we set out to throw a craft beer festival in Dallas, our main focus was throwing an event we would personally want to go to. As craft beer fans, we have been to lots of other festivals, and there are good and bad things about each one. At our event, you can expect a fun, boisterous crowd, that appreciates craft beer that’s made with care and attention. You’ll find 100+ booths with several beers at most for you to sample and enjoy. Often times, the head brewmaster or owner of each brewery will be at the booth to talk about what they do, and how they do it. This event is about enjoying, and exploring beer through a journey, unlike many events or festivals you’ve been to. Occasionally we invite neat or interesting vendors which compliment the beer industry well.
Your tickets are generally delivered shortly after purchase to the email address you provide. If you didn’t receive them, it may have been a typo of your email address during your purchase. If it’s been more than a few hours and you can’t find them, you can request your tickets again via Eventbrite’s Where Are My Tickets link.
If that still doesn’t resolve your issue, it’s possible you mis-typed your email address at checkout. Please use the Contact Us form and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.
All of our credit cards are charged by Eventbrite. If you see multiple charges, please visit this link for help.
After doing this for 4 years, Friday’s session is the BTBF secret since it’s usually less attended than Saturday. It’s also a few bucks cheaper on Friday. Occasionally, we’ll have a rare beer which will only last the duration of a single session. As craft beer nerds, we’re aware of what’s going to go fast, and what won’t. We always do our best to evenly split these unique beers between Friday and Saturday. That way, no matter which session you attend there will be something unique for you to enjoy. NOTE: We cannot guarantee that your favorite rare beer will appear on a specific day.
The beer list drops approximately 1 week prior to the event. When we release it, you’ll find it on our Festival Info page. NOTE: Our event has always sold out, so please don’t wait on the beer list to make your ticket purchase.
In the meantime, check the Festival Info page for last year’s list, so that you have an example of the quality of beers you might find at our event.
We absolutely need volunteers! If you volunteer your time for the full session on Friday or Saturday, your entry for the opposite day is on us. When mid-February rolls around, visit our Volunteer page to get signed up.
In the meantime, if you’d like to pour beer for a brewery at the event, grab your TABC certification online.
If you buy tickets for Friday, you can ONLY attend the Friday session. The same is true for Saturday. Your Saturday tickets are NOT valid Friday, they are ONLY valid on Saturday.
If you want to attend both days, you’ll need to buy tickets to each session.
We have no way to switch your ticket after you purchase. If you bought the wrong day, please contact us ASAP. If you contact us a day or two before the event, we won’t be able to help.
VIP patrons gain access to the festival 1 hour prior to general admission attendees. VIP attendees will have wristbands, a dedicated entrance at least 2 hours into the event, and in-and-out privileges. We pre-scan all VIP tickets so that you can take advantage of as much of the extra 1 hour as possible to sample all the special beers we will have to offer.
VIPs receive both a glass AND plastic tasting cup. Please note: we are unable to replace dropped/broken glasses so please be careful with your glasses and cups.
Absolutely! That’s one of our main goals, and we promise to have lots of special beers at our festival that you can’t find on any store shelves, or anywhere in North Texas. Ask previous attendees and they’ll confirm that our brewers bring the goods for this event.
While we encourage attendees who choose to drive to arrange safe transportation, we do not offer a special ticket for Designated Drivers. Everyone who wants to attend the event, whether drinking or not, must purchase a full-priced ticket. While craft beer is the focus of the event, it’s not the only thing that will be going on that day. We’ll have a bunch of neat local vendors, a limited amount of free samples of local food/drinks, free spring drinking water, and live music acts throughout the weekend. In most years, many of our vendors offer neat or interesting entertainment options. In 2017, we began partnering with Free Play Arcade to have a mini-arcade with all games set on free play. If you choose not to drink, that’s completely at your option.
We intentionally chose Fair Park, so that the DART rail offers a safe transportation alternative within walking distance of our event. We have no way of distinguishing who drinks and doesn’t as we don’t wristband our folks to save everyone time at the entry gates.
We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.
This event has sold out every year since its inception. In fact, it’s usually sold out several days before the event. VIP tickets are gone in a matter of days.
A large part of making sure this event is successful assumes we’ll sell tickets ahead of time to make sure it’s an awesome event. We’re a husband and wife team dedicated to making this the best event possible. We’re simply asking for your help so we know how much beer to have on hand.
The state of Texas does not allow “unlimited tasting” events. The maximum amount of beer Texas allows to be sold at any one time is 24 ounces. We don’t like the 24oz limitation at a beer festival as much as you don’t, and that’s why we’re pricing additional sampling cards really low. The day of the festival, you’ll be able to purchase additional (12) 2oz sample cards for only $2! Legally we have to charge you something.
Please make arrangements for all children prior to attending the festival. No one under the age of 21 will be permitted entrance to the event. This include infants. Anyone with a child will not be admitted, no exceptions.
Many people will arrive early to the festival, and a line to get in to a beer fest is inevitable. The lines will move quickly if you have your ID and tickets ready. Additionally, VIP tickets will be limited, will have a dedicated entry, the VIP tickets will be pre-scanned for quick entrance, and will allow entry 1 hour prior to general admission tickets. We always have over 90% of our VIP attendees in the door in 5 minutes. If you don’t like waiting in line, we highly recommend buying VIP.
There will be plenty of food trucks available in our “food and music pavilion” outdoors, with a wide variety of food options available for purchase. Free water will be available throughout the festival hall. Some vendors may choose to provide food or non-alcoholic beverage samples, and other non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase from our food truck vendors. Some trucks may take cash only. We recommend bringing cash or using one of our on site ATMs.
Of course, it’s a beer festival! We chose the Fair Park Automobile Building due to the myriad of choices. The DART rail arrives just a few hundred feet from the facility and costs only a few bucks for a round-trip ticket.
If you’re looking for other options, be sure to visit our Travel Page.
Fair Park has tons of parking available. At the time we wrote this, those charges were $10. We don’t set or have control over these prices.
You can enter through either Gate 5 or Gate 6 to park. For more information on parking at Fair Park, check this link.
Our sample cups are 4oz, and we pour your samples to a 2oz pour line. Attendees are encouraged to try new beers they’ve never had before. Sampling 2oz at a time allows you to not have to commit to a full-sized pour from your local pub or brewery. If you like something and want to sample it again, most beers should be available all day! Our General Admission tasting cups are made of hard clear acrylic, which is odorless and tasteless. If you prefer to have a commemorative glass, grab a VIP ticket!
Absolutely! A portion of the proceeds benefit the North Texas Food Bank (www.ntfb.org). We chose them because hunger is a major problem in North Texas, and 94% of their funds go directly to their mission. They’re highly efficient, and we want to support them! Over the last 8 years, we’ve helped provide over 200,000 meals to hungry North Texans.
The event is produced by Chad and Nellie Montgomery, two craft beer enthusiasts who reside in Dallas, TX. Chad and Nellie also own Civil Pour, a craft coffee and beer bar. Please visit our About Us page to find out more.
The following items are prohibited:
All bags are subject to search upon entry to the event. Security reserves the right to request patrons to return prohibited items to their vehicle, or dispose of these items; non-cooperation may lead to ejection from the facility.
Sorry, no pets are allowed at Big Texas Beer Fest. We’re a mostly indoor event, and the health department won’t allow it.
Yes. The ticket purchaser’s name doesn’t matter. Simply email the purchased ticket(s) to your friend, and they can enter our festival without an issue. Once your ticket has been scanned at entry, however, it cannot be re-scanned.
Per City of Dallas law, smoking is not allowed at Big Texas Beer Fest. The City of Dallas adopted a no-smoking policy for all parks, and Fair Park (where we hold the event) is a Dallas Park.
Additional information regarding the City of Dallas smoking policy can be found here.
We encourage you to take still photographs at the event! In fact, we hope after the event that you’ll post some photos to our Facebook page and tag us. Please tag @bigtxbeerfest on Instagram, and use the hashtag #BTBF2019. Video recording equipment (not including smartphones) will require media credentials and requires pre-approval by Fair Park event staff.
All festival attendees are expected to drink responsibly. Any guest who is believed to be intoxicated when entering the festival will be denied entry, and a refund for your admission will not be provided. We’ll have plenty to go around, so please don’t pre-party!
Any attendee who is found intoxicated or causing general disturbance will be asked to leave the facility without a refund.
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Please note: if you purchase tickets from us, your credit card will be securely collected and processed by our ticketing vendor.
We are not responsible for lost, stolen, damaged, or destroyed tickets and do not issue refunds once tickets are purchased. If the event gets canceled, you more than likely won’t need to do a thing: provided you entered a valid email address, we’ll inform you of the cancellation by email, and refund the amount you paid for your tickets on the same payment method used for purchase. If you did not provide a valid email address upon checkout, it is your responsibility to check whether the event is going ahead at the scheduled date, time and venue.
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Entry to the Big Texas Beer Fest is solely at the discretion of security and/or the Festival Organizers at the time of the event. No persons under the age of 21 will be permitted entry to the festival. We may conduct security searches upon entry at our discretion to ensure the safety of all festival goers.
Big Texas Beer Festival and Brewvolution, LLC cannot accept responsibility or liability for any personal property or belongings that are lost, stolen or damaged, and cannot accept responsibility or liability for any personal injury, accident or illness.
Ticket holders or attendees of the event consent to being filmed, photographed, and recorded as members of the audience. The resulting film footage, images and recordings may be used to promote the Big Texas Beer Fest in print, various forms of media, and on websites. You consent that the footage remains our property and we may use it in conjunction with promotion of our event however we choose.
The ticket holder must comply with all relevant statutes, laws, safety announcements, and regulations while attending the event. Breach of any of these conditions or any unacceptable behavior likely to cause damage, nuisance or injury shall enable Big Texas Beer Fest, its security personnel, volunteers, staff, Fair Park staff, or festival organizers to eject the ticket holder from the festival site without a refund.
These Terms and Conditions are subject to change without notice and were last updated January 12, 2018. Any changes to the Terms and Conditions will be posted on the FAQ section of our website.
All tickets will be delivered electronically via e-mail. It is the responsibility of the buyer to print tickets out prior to arrival at the festival and present tickets at the gate for entry. Printed tickets are preferred, and scan more easily than tickets on a mobile device. If you’ve lost your tickets or can’t find them, visit Eventbrite’s Where Are My Tickets page.
While printing is the preferred/faster method, if you choose not to print out your ticket, you can choose mobile ticket delivery, or present tickets that were emailed to you. We will scan the barcode on your phone’s screen.