Beer Festival

Toronto Festival of Beer
Exhibition Place
200 Princes’ Blvd.
416 960-8499
Price: $40-50
When: Every August
Age: 19+

The Toronto Beer Festival is a celebration of Canada’s rich brewing history, hosted by experts of the brewing craft from around the country. The festival hosts major and microbreweries from Canada and abroad featuring more than 200 brands of beer on-site, this is Canada’s premier celebration of the golden beverage. This festival is also known as Beerlicious or Beerfest.

Beerfest is held annually in August and usually falls on the same weekend as the Taste of the Danforth street festival. This event used to be held on the historic Fort York grounds however the festival is now located at the Exhibition grounds in Bandshell Park.

You need a ticket to enter the beer festival which runs the entire weekend. Tickets are $40, which includes entrance and 5 beer tokens to start you off.  Extra tokens are $1 each, with one token getting you 4 oz of any beer of your choice. Tickets may be purchased online or at any beer store.

Beyond all the beer guzzling, the Toronto Beer Festival also hosts several music bands every year. Another fun activity is down by the Steamwhistle tents where you can get a box made into a hat depicting anything from a plane to a Mohawk.

The first Toronto Beer festival was held in 1995, and since then its popularity has grown significantly attracting people from all over southern Ontario. If you plan on attending the Beer Festival it is recommended to purchase a ticket in advance as the festival could have limited tickets closer to the event date.

Beer Festival Prices

Ticket Prices are $40 – $50
Extra Tokens are $1 each

The skinny: You need to buy a $40 ticket to enter the Beer Festival. This ticket allows you entrance into the festival where you will be given a cup to keep throughout the day. You will also be given 5 beer tokens which will allow you to drink from any beer stand. The cost of a full cup is 2 tokens and the cost of half a cup is 1 token.

Tip:  Your tokens will last longer if you only get a ?half? cup. If you really like a beer, you are better off getting 2 half cups then 1 ?full? cup. From our experiences this results in more beer!

Hours of the Event

Thursday: 4pm – 10pm
Friday: 4pm – 10pm
Saturday: 1pm – 7pm
Sunday: 1pm – 7pm

Directions and Map to the Beer Festival

By Car

We don’t recommend you drive to the Beer Festival however if you are not a heavy drinker then here is how you get to Exhibition place;

From East: Take the Gardiner Expressway west to Spadina / Lake Shore Boulevard cutoff and follow the signs for Lakeshore Boulevard.  Take Lake Shore Boulevard to the Princes’ Gates (just west of Strachan Avenue).

From West: Take the Gardiner Expressway east to Lake Shore Boulevard/Jameson Avenue. Stay on Lakeshore Blvd. east There are three entrance points (at the traffic lights) to Exhibition Place from Lake Shore Boulevard – British Columbia Drive, Ontario Drive and Newfoundland Drive.

By Public Transit

29 Dufferin Bus -Take the Bloor subway to Dufferin Station, board the #29 bus south to Exhibition Place.

511 Bathurst Streetcar – Take the Bloor subway to Bathurst Station, board the #511 streetcar south to Exhibition Place. There are two streetcar stops at Exhibition Place, at Strachan Avenue, and adjacent to the Horse Palace/GO Station.

509 Harbourfront Streetcar – Take the Yonge-University subway to Union Station and proceed to the Queens Quay platform. Board the #509 streetcar west to Exhibition Place. There are two streetcar stops at Exhibition Place, at Strachan Avenue, and adjacent to the Horse Palace/GO Station.

For more information, visit the TTC at or call 416-393-4636

By GO Train

From East: Take the Lakeshore West line and exit at Exhibition

From West: Take the Lakeshore East line and exit at Exhibition

For more information, visit the GO Transit at or call 416-869-3200

Map of Beer Festival Location

Video of Beer Festival

Contact Beer Festival

Email: info at
Phone: 416-960-8499

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