Reno/Tahoe Nevada – We all know that beer is delicious, but it is even more enjoyable when you gulp it down while attending an awesome event. Beer festivals and events are an annual tradition in the Reno Tahoe region. Check your calendar and call your friends because you won’t want to miss any of these beer events!
Brew HaHa – January
For one night in January, the Nugget Casino Resort‘s Grand Ballroom transforms into a beer lovers paradise during Brew HaHa. You’ll have your choice of more than 100 beers on tap, as well as live entertainment to keep you dancing all night. VIP food pairing packages are available, as well as special ‘take the elevator home’ room rates to save finding a ride home at the end of the evening.
Strange Brew Festival – MAY
Expect the unexpected at this truly unique beer festival, hosted by Brewer’s Cabinet. Local breweries are invited to dream up a craft beer that will challenge your taste buds and how you think about beer… hopefully in a good way! The brews are created especially for the Strange Brew Festival so this is your only chance to try them. Bring your sense of adventure and check out this fun, one-of-a-kind beer festival that takes place every spring.
The Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews & Blues Festival – June
This favorite annual event kicks off summer, pairing delicious brews with mouthwatering barbecue. Every June, The Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews & Blues Festival takes over downtown Reno for a weekend. Enjoy great food and beer while listening to live rock and blues music at one of the outdoor stages.
The Biggest Little Invitational Craft Beer Festival – June
The summer beer festival fun continues at this craft beer festival, which is dedicated to showcasing the best of the best in the brewery world. With top-notch entertainment, local food vendors and some good old fashioned lawn games, all in the beautiful Bartley Ranch setting, The Biggest Little Invitational Craft Beer Festival sets the standard for craft beer festivals in Northern Nevada. The list of participating breweries is impressive and provides beer-lovers a unique opportunity to sample uncommon brews.
Brews, Jazz & Funk Fest – August
Festival-goers can sip on a wide array of tasty beers from over 20 different breweries spread throughout The Village at Palisades Tahoe, as well as enjoy an incredible lineup of live music on two stages a The Brews, Jazz & Funk fest. The main stage will be located in the Events Plaza this year. Tickets are required to enjoy the music during festival hours. Chairs & blankets are permitted outside of the Main Stage area and if out of the way of the flow of traffic and dancing feet. We will be capping attendance each day. Please purchase your tickets in advance to get the best deal, speed up the check-in process, and guarantee your spot at this awesome event.
All proceeds from the event benefit the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.
Tahoe Brewfest – August
Tahoe Brewfest celebrates all that is special about South Lake Tahoe’s mountain culture: our beer, our crafts, our environment and most of all, our community. Welcoming beer lovers from all over the world to enjoy a beautiful day of brew in South Lake Tahoe. 30+ Craft beer specialist on hand, food trucks, live music and vendors to make a day to celebrate at the lake.
Legends of Beer Festival -September
The perfect mix of outdoors and craft beer, the Legends of Beer Festival features more than 30 craft breweries from around the region, paired with some friendly competition with a “beer-mile” relay, pitting local brewery and bar staff against each other in a relay race. The event is held in September at the Outlets at Legends in Sparks, with several food options available as well.
Octoberfest at Palisades – September
This annual event will transform the Village at Palisades Tahoe into a miniature Bavaria complete with authentic German beer and food, Bavarian music, the ever-popular Oktoberfest Games, and plenty of family fun.
All Oktoberfest Games are FREE to enter. First come, first to participate.
- Keg Rolling: Roll and empty keg through a challenging course, fastest time wins
- Brat Toss: Toss the bratwurst onto a keg, with each round adding difficulty, last person standing wins
- Stein Holding Competition: Two full 1-liter steins are held at shoulder height, last person standing wins
Carson Valley Sertoma Octoberfest – September
Fall Octoberfest in one of the regions prettiest communities. Carson Valley Sertoma Octoberfest full of beer, food, competition, dancing and craft fair. Doors open at 10 AM. Music starts at Noon.
Grand Sierra Beer & Chili Festival – October
The flavors of fall come together at the Grand Sierra Beer & Chili Festival. Held every October, this festival features live music, beer from local, regional and national breweries, and of course, chili cookers vying for the top spot with their (often top secret) chili recipes.
Reno Beer Crawls – every 4th Saturday of the Month.
If you’re visiting Reno on the 4th Saturday of the month, you will inevitably, and luckily, enter the wacky world of the Reno Beer Crawl. Purchase a commemorative cup or glass and get drink specials at as many as 20 different locations. It’s an easy walk (or crawl) to each beer crawl location as they are all in the heart of downtown Reno. For the latest updates, check out their Facebook page.
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