San Diego International Beer Festival

June 15-17, 2018

Five Sessions. Hundreds of Beers. One Glass.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Festival?

The San Diego International Beer Festival takes place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in the Arena. The Del Mar Fairgrounds is located 20 miles north of San Diego, CA. See our Travel page for details on Parking and Transportation.

Why should I visit the San Diego International Beer Festival?

The San Diego International Beer Festival is the largest beer festival on the west coast, pouring hundreds of beers from all over the world.

Who puts on the San Diego International Beer Festival?

The San Diego International Beer Festival is planned by, owned and operated by the 22nd District Agricultural Association. Our mission is to promote a world class, multi-use, public assembly with an emphasis on agriculture, education, entertainment and recreation.

Is the San Diego International Beer Festival like a giant bar?

The goal of the SDIBF is to allow attendees to taste a variety of new brands and different styles of beer from all over the world. To allow guests to taste craft beer, samples are poured in one-ounce (General Admission ticket) or five-ounce (VIP ticket) tasting portions.

I want to go to the Festival and have beer, but I don’t want to commit to unlimited drinking. Can I purchase an individual beer?

Yes. New this year, we will have a bar at the festival offering 30+ festival beers available for purchase by the glass.

Do you accept credit cards or checks at the ticket booth and merchandise booths?

Yes. We accept cash and major credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover & American Express.

Can I volunteer to pour beer at the San Diego International Beer Festival?

We do not have any volunteer opportunities available.

I want to go to the Festival, but I don’t want to drink alcohol. Do I have to buy a ticket?

Nope. Admission to the San Diego International Beer Festival is free with Fair admission. You only need to buy a ticket if you want to taste the hundreds of beers at the Festival.

Can breweries run out of beer?

Occasionally, we may run out of a certain type of beer. The beer may be overly popular with the Festival crowd. Luckily, with hundreds of beers to sample from, there are plenty of others to choose from!

Can I smoke at the Festival?

No, the San Diego County Fair is a non-smoking event.

With hundreds of beers being served, don’t people get intoxicated?

All SDIBF attendees are expected to drink responsibly and ensure they have a safe, responsible means of transportation before leaving the facility. Any guest who is intoxicated before entering the event may be denied entrance to our facility. Guests found intoxicated within the event and causing a disturbance, will be asked to leave the facility without refund and may be subject to further consequences. The SDIBF works closely with law enforcement.

Are there restrictions on what I can bring into the Festival?

The following items are prohibited from the Festival: pets, illegal drugs, weapons of any kind (including but not limited to: guns, knives, scissors or other sharp implements and pepper spray), skateboards or roller skates, unapproved marketing materials/stickers, drones, and selfie sticks. Festival and Fair management may reject items at their discretion on a case-by-case basis.

Can I bring my own food and drink to the Festival?

Yes, guests may bring in food and drinks. All beverages must be in factory-sealed, non-glass containers, and no alcoholic beverages are allowed.

Are children allowed into the Festival?

Yes! Children are welcome at the San Diego International Beer Festival. In fact, the SDIBF takes place within the San Diego County Fair, so there is much in the vicinity for kids to do — food, animals, exhibits, etc. Children 5 and younger are free, and children 5-12 years of age are $8. Visit the San Diego County Fair website for a full list of activities.

Will there be any food or nonalcoholic beverages available?

Yes. There are a variety of food and drink options available throughout the Fair for your enjoyment.

Can I bring my camera to the Festival?

Yes, you are welcome to bring a personal camera. Tripods, monopods and selfie sticks are not allowed. Professional photographers and media outlets should arrange access in advance through our Public Relations department.