4500 West River Drive Northeast
WHEN: “Friday” Session, Feb. 22, 5pm to 9pm (4pm Early Entry for Enthusiast Members); “Saturday” Session, Feb. 23, 1pm to 6pm (12pm Early Entry for Enthusiast Members)
WHERE: Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, just north of Grand Rapids
WHY: Michigan beer! This popular event will feature over 140 Michigan breweries and more than 1,000 craft beers, as well as local music, performers, ice sculptures and carving demonstrations, fire pits to chase away the cold, and food available for purchase.
Is this an outdoor event?
Yes! This festival takes place outdoors. In February. In Michigan. Please make wardrobe choices accordingly.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
All festival attendees must be 21 or older to enter, even if they are designated drivers and are not drinking. A valid government ID is required for festival entry, with NO exceptions.
Where do I pick up my tokens?
Festival staff will be handing cups & tokens to attendees immediately upon walking through the main gate into the festival.
Why do I need to use tokens if I already paid for a ticket?
State law requires that we comply with certain rules laid out by the MIchigan Liquor Control Commission, which include utilizing drink tokens and specially marked cups to assure that we have a controlled means of serving beer.
All festivals attendees are expected to willingly provide a token for each and every sample of beer received. Thank you for your cooperation which keeps us in compliance with state law.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Parking will be available at Fifth Third Ballpark. There will also be a shuttle (reservations required) running from several area hotels as well as downtown. More shuttle information will be posted to our website at www.mibeer.com/winter-festival as it becomes available – or visit Experience Grand Rapids for more details.
What can/can’t I bring to the event?
The following are NOT permitted on festival grounds: outside alcohol, glass containers, children (inluding infants), strollers, bicycles, skateboards, rollerskates/rollerblades, or animals.
You may bring any of the following items with you to the festival: water and other non-alcoholic beverages in non-glass containers, food, folding/camping chairs, coolers.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable? How do I transfer my ticket to another attendee?
Yes, tickets are transferrable – but each bar code will only scan one time. You do not need to do anything special to transfer your ticket to another attendee’s name. Purchaser name will not be checked against ID-holder name at the gate.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
You must bring a ticket with you to be scanned to allow you entry to the festival. This ticket can either be printed or be the electronic version accessible on your smartphone or wireless device.
How can I get early admission to the event?
Enthusiasts with valid membership ID card and VIPs with valid VIP pass will be permitted into the festival early (4pm Friday / noon Saturday), one hour prior to general admission. If you’d like to participate in early entry, you can sign up as an Enthusiast Member prior to the festival date.
What is the refund policy?
Tickets are non-refundable, per event industry standard (similar to a concert, sporting event, etc.). The festival will occur regardless of the normal winter weather conditions. Refund requests will be honored in the case of emergency weather conditions which would require the rescheduling of the event. In such an event, see our website for more details on how to submit an eligible refund request.
Can I buy a Designated Driver ticket and then buy tokens for drinks if I change my mind?
No. Servers will not pour beer to Designated Drivers, and anyone caught drinking on a Designated Driver ticket will be immediately ejected from the festival.
Where can I find more information about the festival?
For the most current information, visit our website at www.mibeer.com/winter-festival.