The 2nd Annual Spring Beer Festival will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2023 at Turtle Creek Stadium, Traverse City from 1-6pm.
About the Event:
WHEN: Saturday, May 13 , 1pm to 6pm (12pm Early Entry for Enthusiast Members)
WHERE: Turtle Creek Stadium, home of the Traverse City Pit Spitters
WHAT: Michigan beer! This popular event will feature hundreds of fresh, local beers from some of the finest Michigan breweries, and food available for purchase.
Please be aware of the Michigan Brewers Guild Code of Ethics when attending our events.
Is this an outdoor event?
Yes! This festival takes place outdoors. Weather can be unpredictable in spring, so please check the forecast and make wardrobe choices accordingly.
What does my $50 ticket include?
Your ticket includes admission to the festival and 15 tokens for 3 oz beer samples. We are a non profit trade association, and your ticket purchase supports our organization, and helps to offset the many costs associated with the festival such as beer, tents, toilets, security, music, insurance, equipment, etc.
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.
What is the refund policy?
NO REFUNDS. Tickets are non-refundable, per event industry standard (similar to a concert, sporting event, etc.). The festival will occur regardless of the normal weather conditions. If you cannot attend for any reason, you may sell or transfer your ticket to someone else.
Can I buy a Designated Driver ticket ?
Designated Driver tickets will be available for $10 at the event. You must be 21 or older with valid ID to purchase a DD ticket. Please proceed to Will Call with the person/persons you are driving and their valid regularly priced tickets, and you will be able to purchase a DD ticket.
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 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 Beers are going to be there?
Check out our online beer list using the QR code on the right or pick up a program as you enter the event.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Parking will be available at the ballpark.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
The following are NOT permitted on festival grounds: outside alcohol, drugs, including marijuana, glass containers, children (including infants), strollers, wagons, 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 transferable? How do I transfer my ticket to another attendee?
Yes, tickets are transferable - 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 (noon), one hour prior to general admission (1pm). If you'd like to participate in early entry, you can sign up as an Enthusiast Member prior to the festival date.