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Great American Beer Festival

Great American Beer Festival

Dates: Thu, Oct 3 2019 - Sat, Oct 5 2019

Venue: Colorado Convention Center

Website: Visit Event Website


The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) will return to Denver October 3 - 5, 2019. GABF is the premier U.S. beer festival and competition. Each year, GABF represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served, in a public tasting event plus a private competition. GABF brings together the brewers and diverse beers that make the U.S. the world’s greatest brewing nation.GABF was founded in 1982, and has been growing and evolving along with the American craft brewing industry ever since.

Location: Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street, 14th and Stout Streets, Denver, Colorado 80202

Festival Map

Great American Beer Festival FAQs: 

All attendees (ticketholders, brewers, media, etc.) will be asked to go through a walk-through metal detector, similar to the units used at all major U.S. airports and professional stadiums and arenas. Backpacks are prohibited for this event and all items are subject to screening. The added security precaution represents GABF’s ongoing approach to balancing safety and fun.

There will not be a coat check and lockers are not available for rent. Backpacks are not permitted in the festival, so please plan accordingly.

You must be 21+ with a valid photo ID to enter the festival. 

The Great American Beer Festival has a no re-entry policy. Please plan accordingly.

There will be a variety of food, water and sodas available for purchase onsite.  This includes food trucks, as well as a selection of other concessions. Complimentary water stations are also provided.

Empty, CLEAR, reusable, plastic water bottles are permitted e.g., Nalgene bottles (32 oz. or less). Glass and aluminum bottles are prohibited.

As this event draws an estimated 62,000 people over the course of three days, downtown parking can be difficult. Public transportation is always recommended when drinking alcohol. We would like to offer a few alternate options for you.

  • Stay at a downtown hotel, and take a taxi or walk. Taxis will be available after all sessions.
  • There is a Regional Transportation District (RTD) bus stop a few blocks from the Convention Center, and the buses run until 1:00 am.
  • Denver’s Light Rail is also a convenient option. There is ample parking at the Cinderella City Station (located at the intersection of Santa Fe Avenue and Hampden Avenue). The Light Rail stops directly in front of the Convention Center.
  • Designated Driver tickets are available for a discounted rate.
  • Looking to see the city by bike? Denver B-Cycle offers short term bike share rentals at dozens of stations around the city, including one right by the Colorado Convention Center. Please do not drink and ride!

The Colorado Convention Center is a non-smoking facility. A designated smoking area is located on the loading docks just off the festival hall. Vape pens must be used in the designated smoking area.

GABF Prohibited items include, but are not limited to:

  • Outside alcohol
  • Bottles
  • Cans
  • Outside food/beverages
  • Metal water bottles (clear, plastic water bottles permitted)
  • Weapons (i.e. knives, pepper spray, stun-guns, any concealed weapons, firearms, etc.)
  • Illegal drugs
  • Chemicals
  • Fireworks, smoke bombs, etc.
  • Tripods
  • Selfie sticks
  • Backpacks (i.e. a multi compartment/multi strap bag) suitcases, large beach bags, etc.
  • Smoking (including the use of e-cigarettes or vape pens) inside the Convention Center
  • Skateboards, roller skates, ice skates, use of roller shoes, etc.
  • Unapproved pamphlets, handouts, advertisements, etc. (see “Marketing”)
  • Other items as determined by facility management

Event management reserves the right to handle each occurrence on a case by case basis. Depending on the item, the guest may either be asked to remove the item from the facility or dispose of the item, or may be ejected from the facility.

All bags, jackets, and guests are subject to search upon entering the event.

Items which have varying policies include: cameras, video/audio recording equipment, and signs/flags/banners/posters.

For more festival information, please visit the Great American Beer Festival Website.

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