Beer lovers, this one’s for you! The Bend Brewfest will return to the Hayden Homes Amphitheater in 2024.
“The Bend Brewfest is back home,” said Beau Eastes, the Old Mill District’s Marketing Director. “We’re confident the festival will be better than ever while staying true to what local craft beer enthusiasts have come to expect and enjoy.”
Since 2002, the annual event at the Hayden Homes Amphitheater has been a hugely popular craft beer and cider festival. However, the event was last staged at the venue in 2019. The three-day festival was canceled in 2020 and 2021 during the pandemic. More recently, the event’s organizers announced that they would postpone Bend Brewfest 2023 due to ongoing renovations at the amphitheatre.
Return to the Amphitheatre
The event returned in 2022 at a new location. While the amphitheater underwent renovations, Bend Brewfest took place along the river trail behind the Old Mill District shops.
That festival and the new location were a success, but organizers earlier this year decided to postpone the brewfest until it could return to the larger amphitheater venue after this phase of upgrades.
“The Bend Brewfest is a beloved tradition in our community and it’s been sorely missed,” said Phil Phifer, Food & Beverage manager for the Hayden Homes Amphitheater. “Like the rest of town, we’ve felt the void created by its absence and are thrilled to bring back Central Oregon’s largest and longest-running craft beer festival.”
The Bend Brewfest showcases the most creative and innovative craft breweries in the Pacific Northwest.
When is Bend Brewfest 2024?
In years past, the three-day event has attracted more than 40,000 fans. Additionally, it included more than 70 vendors serving up 200 beers, ciders, wines and other fermented beverages like hard seltzers. Pre-pandemic, the fest was hosted August. During the Hayden Homes Amphitheatre renovations, the event took place during the late spring.
This year, Bend Brewfest will take place October 3 through 5 2024. Phifer hopes the Brewfest’s new October dates will make the festival easier for craft beer aficionados to attend.
The Bend Brewfest will continue its tradition of philanthropy, donating to local organizations making positive impacts on our community. Since the festival began more than 20 years ago, it’s generated more than $100,000 for local non-profits. These organizations include the Latino Community Association, Northwest Youth Discovery, Bend Fire Community Assistance Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon, NeighborImpact, the Deschutes River Conservancy, and Out Central Oregon.
Additional details, including the brewery application process, will be coming soon at BendBrewfest.com.
“We hope this announcement gets some delicious, creative juices flowing at breweries all over the Pacific Northwest,” Eastes said. “Come October, they’re going to have a huge, thirsty crowd eagerly waiting to see what they’ve come up with. We cannot wait.”
About Bend Brewfest
Founded in 2002, the Bend Brewfest annually showcases the most creative and innovative craft breweries in the Pacific Northwest in a gorgeous setting along the banks of the Deschutes River in the Old Mill District. The Bend Brewfest has become known as an event where brewers can highlight their specialty, hard-to-find brews on the festival’s X-Taps. Find more information at BendBrewfest.com.