The Festival 2019: Buffalo Edition

Fri. Oct 4, 2019 - Sat. Oct 5, 2019
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**UPDATE: The Festival is SOLD OUT. No tickets will be sold at the door or elsewhere. 
Please be aware all tickets should have been purchased at; not from any 3rd party. Sadly it is not uncommon for secondary market tickets to be scams, if you plan to buy tickets on the secondary market please be cautious, and do note that if they are fake you will not gain entry to the festival and lose your money. 

-- Valid ID's are required for entry. You must be 21+. NO EXCEPTIONS
-- Ticket names should match your name(s) on your ID(s) -OR- if your the original ticket buyer and your name is on all tickets this is OK as long as you all show up together to enter the Festival
-- Please bring the credit card used to purchase your tickets online at if additional verification is required
-- Drink lots of water

-Small Purses, Clutches, Fannie Packs but are subject to search by security
-Larger bags must be clear (12" x 6" x 12"​)
-Empty refillable water bottles
-Small individually wrapped snacks, we will have a great lineup of Food Trucks both days
-Tobacco products but must be used outside the Central Terminal

-Large purses or backpacks (unless they are clear, see above)
- Weapons
- No Camelbacks
-Drugs and drug paraphernalia
-Anything else that you question is not legal
-Animals (with the exception of service animals for guests with disabilities)
-Children and anyone under the age of 21

NO RE-ENTRY POLICY - There is a no re-entry policy for the safety of our guests. Please make sure you have everything you need before you enter the Festival.
TRANSPORTATION - (RIDESHARING IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED): We highly advise guests to take advantage of Uber/Lyft or any rideshare options and discourage driving to and from the event unless you have a designated driver. The Rideshare pick up and drop off area will be clearly marked, please use the following address: 495 Paderewski Dr, Buffalo, NY 14212 View this street map to see where to pick up and drop off and where to park:

What: The Festival 2019, presented by Shelton Brothers

Where: Buffalo Central Terminal, Buffalo, NY

When: October 4-5, 2019

View the list of attending breweries here. We'll continue to add more breweries to the list!

Ticket Options:

VIP Friday (Friday VIP + Friday GA) $140 (plus fee). These tickets are very limited. In addition to admission to Friday General Admission, this VIP pass allows you to enter the Friday VIP session TWO HOURS early (1 p.m.) and visit your favorite breweries without lines. There will also be some special VIP session-only beers poured in this time frame. SOLD OUT

Friday VIP: Friday, October 4th, 3-5 p.m.
Friday GA: Friday, October 4th, 5-9 p.m.

VIP Saturday (Saturday VIP + Saturday GA) $140 (plus fee). In addition to admission to Saturday General Admission, this VIP pass allows you to enter the Saturday VIP session TWO HOURS early (3 p.m.) and visit your favorite breweries without lines. There will also be some special VIP session-only beers poured in this time frame. SOLD OUT

Saturday VIP: Saturday, October 5th, 1-3 p.m.
Saturday GA: Saturday, October 5th, 3-7 p.m.

General Admission tickets: $70 (plus fee) for Friday or Saturday GA. Price of General Admission tickets includes commemorative tasting glass and beer samples.

Designated Driver tickets: $10 (plus fee) for Friday or Saturday DD. DD ticket holders will not have non-alcoholic beverages available. Included for price of admission will be bottled water.

All Weekend Pass $125 (plus fee) includes General Admission tickets to both sessions: GA Friday, 5 to 9 p.m. + Ga Saturday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Save $15 when you order an All-Weekend Pass and go to both GA Friday and GA Saturday! SOLD OUT

PLEASE NOTE: You must be at least 21 years old (with valid ID) to enter The Festival. For security purposes, all names on the tickets must match your ID(s). Please bring the credit card used to purchase your tickets as well. All ticket sales are final, so no refunds.

Questions? Email Customer Service at [email protected]

About The Festival:

The world’s greatest and smallest artisanal beer, cider, and mead makers will join us to meet festival attendees and share their stories and knowledge. You’d have to spend months and countless dollars for a chance to meet this many world-class brewers. We’ve saved you the trouble and the expense — they’ll all be on hand personally to talk about their work and to pour for you. And many will be creating special brews specifically for the event — you won’t be able to find them anywhere else!

Admission to the festival gets you our special-edition sample glass, plus the opportunity to meet the best beer and cider makers in the world. The cost of admission also goes to covering the costs of the festival, including bringing these incredible brewers in from all over the world.

Most of the producers listed will be on hand to talk about their creations. Never before have this many small-batch artisans been gathered together in one room — well, maybe at last year's festival.

The list of participating breweries is pending, but keep checking back. You can expect the very best local, domestic, and international producers. Here's what we poured last year.

About Shelton Brothers:

The world's best beers ... imported by hand. There’s no miracle to importing good beer – just hard work and a lot of travel. We generally seek out unmanipulated beer, looking primarily to small breweries with craftsmen taking seriously their passion for natural, traditionally made beverage.

We are proud to be partnering with Rhizome Productions for the 4th year in producing The Festival

Rhizome Productions is an event production company, based in Nashville, Tennessee. We conceive and produce craft beer, spirits & food events with a focus on education and passion for community.

Leveraging our ties to the culinary, brewing, and hospitality industries, we create events that bring aficionados closer to the masters of their craft. We operate 12-15 events per year in cities across the Southeast, including Nashville, Chattanooga, Atlanta, New Orleans, Charleston, and beyond. All Rhizome events are mutually beneficial, and since 2011 we have raised over a half a million dollars for local charities.

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Buffalo Central Terminal 495 Paderewski Drive
Buffalo, NY 14212
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