San Juan Brewfest
The Brewfest is always held the weekend before Labor Day weekend (August 26 and 27, 2022; August 25 and 26, 2023)
The San Juan Brewfest is the biggest and best beer-tasting festival in the Four Corners. It typically features up to 40 breweries, over 100 beers to taste, live music, and benefits United Way of Southwest Colorado. It is always held on the weekend before Labor Day weekend in Downtown Durango at Buckley Park. Tickets go on sale June 1, and ticket options include a VIP ticket, a General Admission ticket, and a Designated Driver ticket. Prices range from $30 to $100.
2022 is a two-day event. Friday, August 26 from 5 to 8 pm is VIP only day with just 500 tickets sold, so no waiting in long lines. VIPs receive a souvenir 5 oz tasting glass, unlimited tastings from the participating breweries, live music from Ryan Chrys and the Rough Cuts, a meal from 2nd Deli and Spirits, and Cream Bean Berry, and San Juan Brewfest merchandise.
Saturday, August 27 from 1 to 5 pm is General Admission day. Attendees receive souvenir 5 oz tasting glass, unlimited tastings from the participating breweries, live music from The Crags and Warsaw Poland Bros., and food is available for purchase.
The Brewfest is a fundraiser for United Way of Southwest Colorado, and produces about $50,000 annually for this great, local charity!
The Brewfest was born at Purgatory Resort in 1998, so is in its 23rd year in 2022. It was held at the ski resort through 2007, and in 2008 moved to Downtown Durango where it became a fundraiser for our local United Way. Over the past 14 years, the event has grown from 300 attendees and 15 breweries to 2,000 attendees and 40 breweries. The Brewfest sells out its tickets every year and has become one of Durango’s best annual events.
The Brewfest enjoys a unique partnership with the Thirsty 13 Half Marathon. Runners are offered an option to buy a half-price ticket to the Brewfest when registering for the race, and both events are always held on the same day.
If you like craft beer, live music, and raising money for charity, the Brewfest is for you! Durango is a busy place in summer, but the Brewfest is always at the tail end of our high season when most families are no longer traveling for their summer vacations. The weather is always nice at this time of year, and Buckley Park is a wonderful venue in Historic Downtown Durango for this event. Downtown offers over 200 unique shops and restaurants and bars for your enjoyment before and after the event. Hotels are reasonably priced. Getting around Durango is easy with public transit, which is FREE on the day of the San Juan Brewfest. There are direct flights daily to Durango from Denver, Phoenix, and Dallas. Get here, park the car, and enjoy our town and some amazing beers!