When is Omaha Beer Fest 2018?

Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7, 2018

What time is the festival?

Friday 6-9 PM (5 PM entry for VIP ticket holders)
Saturday 6-9 PM (5 PM entry for VIP ticket holders)

When will tickets be available?

Tickets will go on sale at 10am on March 1st online.  Tickets will also be available at the Information Window at Horsemen’s Park and Lincoln Race Course   beginning March 1, 2018. Other ticket locations to be announced soon.

How much are tickets?

The ticket prices will be:

  • General Admission $30 during the Month of March; $35 in advance beginning April 1st, $40 at the door
  • VIP $75 which includes close VIP Parking (limit 400 available); During the Month of March, receive a FREE Designated Driver ticket when you buy 2 VIP tickets
  • Designated Driver $10 (available at the door only)

The Information Window inside of Horsemen’s Park and Lincoln Race Course  will accept cash and credit cards. Avoid long lines at the ticket booth and buy your tickets in advance.

Who is the designated beneficiary of Omaha Beer Fest 2018?

Since 2011, your attendance at Omaha Beer Fest has benefited Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.  PPMD is leading the fight to end Duschenne, the most devastating form of muscular dystrophy. There will be raffle prizes available during the festival so bring your dollars. 

Can I purchase or bring my own pretzel necklace at the Omaha Beer Fest 2018?

Patrons are welcome to bring their own pretzel necklaces or stop by the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy booth… they are giving away pretzel necklaces with the purchase of raffle tickets. 

What is included in price of admission?

General Admission and VIP tickets include a tasting glass (which will be filled to 2 ounces), unlimited tastings of craft beer and cider. VIP tickets are available for Friday or Saturday and include early entry (5 PM either Friday or Saturday), close VIP Parking and access to the VIP Lounge with pub food and reserve beers. During the Month of March, receive a FREE Designated Driver ticket when you purchase 2 VIP tickets.

What is the difference between General Admission and VIP tickets?

VIP ticket holders will enjoy early entry on Friday or Saturday, one hour before the general admission gates open. This is your chance to visit the most popular booths and mingle with the brewery representatives before the masses come in. There is also a VIP Parking area that is close to the East Entrance, a VIP Lounge featuring delicious pub food and specialty beers not served in the brewery tents.

Where can I buy tickets?

Tickets will be  available on March 1st  online.   They will also be available at the Information Window at Horsemen’s Park and Lincoln Race Course beginning March 1. Starting June 8th, tickets will be available at various retail locations  (locations to be announced soon).

Please note that online ticket sales will end on Friday, July 6, 2018 at Noon.

Do you sell Designated Driver tickets?

Yes, Designated Driver tickets will be sold at the door only for $10, and include 3 non-alcoholic drink tickets.

What if I have problems with my print-at-home tickets?

For ticket problems purchased online, please contact Showclix at 888-71-TICKETS. Note – you can bring either the printed ticket or the ticket QR code can be scanned from your smartphone at the gate.

Can other people use my ticket?

Yes, tickets are scanned at the gate. It does not matter whose name is on the ticket.

Is the event just for 21 and over?

Yes, only those age 21 and over with proper ID will be allowed entry.

What forms of ID will be accepted at the door?

Acceptable forms of ID are driver’s license, state-issued ID, military ID or passport.

Are pets allowed?

No. Only guide dogs and service animals will be allowed entry.

Is re-entry allowed?

Yes, re-entry is allowed on the same day only. You will be wristbanded at entry and stamped upon exit for those that wish to re-enter.

Where can I find a list of beers/breweries available at the festival?

The brewery list will be updated here. Upon entry, you will receive a program with map of each brewery location. Please note that all breweries and beers listed are subject to change. We do anticipate that some beers may run out – so be sure to visit your favorite booths first. If you are concerned about certain beers running out at the festival, you may want to consider purchasing a VIP ticket, where you can enjoy early entry and have time to hit some of those booths before the crowds arrive.

Who will be pouring the beers at each tent? Will I have an opportunity to meet the brewery representatives?

Most participating breweries will have their own representatives at the booth to answer questions and discuss their beers. For those breweries that are not personally able to attend, volunteer beer pourers will sample their product and answer some questions.

Is there a fee to attend a Beer Academy session?

Beer Academy sessions are free and included in your general admission and VIP ticket. The Beer Academy runs during the day on Friday and Saturday with sessions each hour at 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm.  More details to be announced.

Can I bring food/drink into the festival?

No outside food or drink is allowed into the festival with the exception of water bottles and pretzel necklaces. We will also allow Camelbak-type water bladders and hydration packs. We have water stations throughout the festival grounds that can be used to refill water. All attendees are subject to a light search.

Can I bring my own chair into the festival?

Yes, seating will be limited, so attendees are welcome to bring camping chairs.

What items are available for sale at the festival?

In addition to other vendors at the festival, Omaha Beer Fest merchandise tent will have t-shirts, bottle openers, soda, water and more.

 Will the event be cancelled or moved due to inclement weather?

No, the event is rain or shine – please watch the weather forecast and be prepared. All brewery booths are tented, as well as the Beer Academy and VIP Lounge.

Are there volunteer positions available with the festival?

Yes, we rely on the help of over 300 volunteers for Omaha Beer Fest. Volunteers receive a free Omaha Beer Fest t-shirt and a complimentary general admission ticket to the festival. Volunteer Sign Up will begin in April. Grab a friend and sign up!

Sponsor/Vendor Opportunities

Interested in becoming a corporate sponsor/vendor of the festival? Send an email to Christy Harris, charris@lincolnracing.com.

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