common questions

Where, oh where can I get my Brewers Fest Tickets?
Tickets are available online here as well as both Rohrbach locations, Wegmans, Beers of the World, and AJ's Beer Warehouse.

Will tickets still be available at the gate?
Yes, pending availability.  Ticket price goes up from $45 to $50 the day of. VIP tickets sold out in less than one hour and GA tickets are going faster than ever!  We encourage you to not wait and purchase online at your earliest convenience. Doing so gets you into the festival faster once you arrive.

What do I get with my GA Ticket?
General Admission tickets include access to sampling from 6pm-9pm, a 6oz sampling glass, a $5 food voucher to be used towards any food vendor, and live music.

What do I get with my VIP Ticket?
VIP Admission to the Brewers Fest grants access at one hour early at 5pm, special VIP glassware, entry to the VIP Tent with exclusive, unique beers, and gourmet snacks from Chef Steve in the VIP tent. 

Are there any age restrictions?
Yes, all guests, including DDs, must be 21 or over. Please, no children or babies.

Will I be required to show photo ID?
Yes. The following are the only accepted form of identification:
•    Valid Driver’s License
•    Current Passport
•    Military or Government Photo ID
Note: Expired photo identification of any kind cannot be used to validate your age.  Student identification cards are NOT a valid form of identification.

Are there ATMs on site?
Yes, ATM machines will be available on-site.

Are there any restrictions on items?
Yes–strollers, pets, and any outside food/beverage will not be permitted into the festival. Bags may be subject to check by security. 

Can I bring a chair?
Yes, we encourage it!


What is the entrance & re-entry policy?
There will be two entrances into the festival: one on the Railroad Street side and one on the North Union Street Side. There is no re-entry into the event. Please plan accordingly.

What happens if it rains?
Rain or shine, the event will go on! The event has complete coverage under the several pavilions and tents at the market. We have a “rain layout” to ensure you’ll stay dry while enjoying the festival.

Where can I park? Can I leave my car in the city lot over night?
There are many available parking lots around the public market–one in the market, two on Railroad Street, one on N Union Street, and one behind the market on Pennsylvania Ave. You may leave your car overnight in any of the Public Market lots. Please do not drink and drive! Parking will be full–we encourage ride shares and Uber for your convenience

Can I bring a growler for some goodness to go?
No, sorry. No alcohol can leave the fenced venue area.

Uh, you spelled “Flower” wrong…
Yes, Rochester is known as the Flower City, however, traditionalists will recognize that it was originally "Flour,“ not "Flower," and we wish to observe Rochester’s original name!

Is there a charity aspect to the festival?
Yes. Flour City Brewer's Fest has been supporting Holiday Outreach ( since 1996.  During the holiday season, the team at Holiday Outreach uses funds raised during various events held throughout the year to provide food to area food pantries and soup kitchens and provide gifts for children in the Rochester, NY area. The board members and other volunteers shop for food, toys and clothes to be distributed during the holiday season. Volunteers also assist in the wrapping and distribution of these gifts.

Proceeds also benefit the New York State Brewers Association (NYSBA), which serves as a promotional and legislative proponent for New York State breweries, microbreweries, farm breweries, brewpubs and brewing affiliated businesses. The growth of the Craft Beer segment continues to be strong and New York State's share of that growth has exceeded that of breweries on the national level.

planning your trip

Traveling from out of town? There are plenty of great downtown hotels to stay at. We recommend booking your hotel as soon as possible. Even if you aren’t traveling, having a hotel close by is a great way to safely avoid driving. Uber is readily available, as well as many shuttle offerings at hotels. Check out just a few hotels and other options we recommend:

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Hilton Garden Inn Rochester Downtown

155 E Main St, Rochester, NY 14604 • (585) 232-5000

Just 2 miles from the festival, this hotel is an 8-minute drive away. A 13-minute walk from The Strong National Museum of Play, this relaxed hotel in a 1920s building with a central arboretum is next to the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Enjoy a full weekend of Rochester by seeing some of the other downtown sites!


The Strathallan Rochester

550 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607 • (585) 461-5010

Just a 4 minute drive and a 20 minute walk from the festival, the Strathallan is a beautiful hotel located at the heart of Rochester’s nightlife. It’s a modern hotel with an indoor pool, grill restaurant & rooftop bar, plus free WiFi.




Yes, Rochester has plenty of great options on Airbnb! Rent a private room, apartment, or home in downtown Rochester. You can check out rentable spots here.