It’s back!

Canada’s oldest beer festival is returning to Victoria after 2 years due to the pandemic.

The 28th annual Great Canadian Beer Festival (GCBF) will returns to Victoria on September 9th and 10th.

The longest running, craft-only festival in Canada, GCBF first took place in 1993 at the Victoria Conference Centre with 2,000 attendees.

The event, now two days long, takes place outdoors at Royal Athletic Park and hosts up to 9,000 thirsty, craft beer fans.

Organizers say this year’s festival will feature a diverse range of more than 50 craft breweries from British Columbia along with local cideries and food trucks.

As was done in 2019, an expanded array of breweries from across Canada will also be joining the field of Royal Athletic Park.

The line-up is expected to be announced in late June.

“We are so excited to be back this year after two years away, and look forward to continuing to provide a great experience for craft beer lovers at Canada’s longest running craft beer festival,” said Glen Stusek, co-founder and director of the Victoria Beer Society.

“The lineup of breweries and beers will be better than ever, including many coming from elsewhere in Canada.”

Tickets for Victoria Beer Society members go on sale Friday, June 10th at 10 a.m. Members can purchase before the general public and receive a 25 per cent discount on single-day tickets for Friday and Saturday. Non-members can buy tickets starting at 10 a.m. on June 20th.

The cost for tickets are $35 for Friday, $45 for Saturday and a $80 for a weekend pass. Member will receive a 25% discount.

Tickets and memberships are available at

Great Canadian Beer Festival

  • When: Friday September 9th and Saturday September 10th
  • Where: Royal Athletic Park, 1014 Caledonia Avenue

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