San Marco Beer Fest returns to the Square: Local craft brews, live music headline Spring festival

San Marco Beer Fest returns to the Square: Local craft brews, live music headline Spring festival

After its successful debut last year, the San Marco Beer Fest is on tap with big plans underway to celebrate year two on Saturday, April 1. Balis Park, in the heart of San Marco Square, will again play host to the family-friendly event — complete with activities and entertainment for all to enjoy — including, this year, four-legged friends.

The San Marco Merchant Association (SMMA), alongside host Aardwolf Brewing Company, is preparing for the local community to come out, join the fun and soak in the sun while embarking on tastings of the finest craft beers in town. The afternoon wouldn’t be complete without classic rock by String Theory, who will return to take the stage; following will be John Lumpkin Institute with a performance of jazz selections. Alongside the musical entertainment, 25 vendors will also be present to offer goods and items for sale, not to mention, food trucks offering a wide variety of dining and beverage options.

With local experts and brewers on-hand, the sudsy event — complete with commemorative tasting glass — is the perfect afternoon for locals to unwind and enjoy their neighborhood. Options outside of the standard beer tastings will also be offered, to include gluten-free options and some non-alcoholic beverages; there’s something for everyone to sip on.

“We are excited to expand on the overwhelming success of last year. We feel this year’s event will really cement the San Marco Beer Festival as a unique neighborhood staple and community-based fundraiser,” shared Preben Olsen, owner of Aardwolf Brewing Company.

The SMMA Board encourages people to come out and meet neighbors, greet shop owners and mingle with other business partners that value the beautification, maintenance and success of San Marco’s merchant corridor.

“The event captures the charm of the whole neighborhood, it’s what makes it [Beer Fest] unique…from the beautiful park in the middle of the Square to its shops and restaurants that offer options for enjoyment,” said Leah Roesler, SMMA president. “For many beer festivals, you’re in a festival space in a parking lot, a grassy field or event venue that doesn’t have this charm, that’s what makes it special and takes it up a notch.”

If your company, organization or family wishes to contribute to the quality of life in San Marco, please reach out to Whitnee Dash-Braithwaite via email — [email protected] to sponsor, donate or participate as a vendor or volunteer. Ticket purchasing and other details can also be found by visiting, or by visiting — enter San Marco Beer Fest for ticketing details.

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