Events

Cider and Ale Festival

Sample ciders and seasonal beers amid rich fall color at the Cider and Ale Festival.

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Savor hard cider and seasonal beers from more than 30 local breweries and cideries. Breathe in the fresh autumn air and stroll among the trees while you sip. Tasting booths will be spread out along the Meadow Lake, Frost Hill, and Conifer walking paths.

Ticket types

VIP early entry:

  • Early entry to the festival at noon
  • Commemorative beer can glass with featured leaf
  • Private restroom access
  • Welcome drink – Enjoy a special tasting before you enter the festival area
  • First access to all 80+ beers, ciders, and meads at the festival
  • Everything included in the general admission ticket (with the exemption of the tasting glass)

General admission:

  • 20 – 3 ounce samples
  • Souvenir tasting glass
  • Live music provided by AD3 Acoustic Trio from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Ticket purchasers must be 21 or older and present a valid I.D. at check-in. All Cider and Ale Festival tickets include admission into the Arboretum on Saturday, October 22.

Non-drinking and Underage guests

There is no Designated Driver ticket for this event. Non-drinking and underage guests are able to join ticket holders along the tasting route, but are required to reserve a timed-entry pass before arriving at the Arboretum. General admission is limited due to capacity restrictions. Reserve your passes before they are sold out.

 

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Tasting booths will be spread out along a mile-long, paved walking path that begins near the Visitor Center and Parking Lot 1. This path is accessible for wheelchairs and walkers; it includes a few hills. The tasting tables will be stationed on the grass within ten feet of the path. View the Accessibility Guide for more detailed information.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • No, alcohol is not permitted in the Children’s Garden.

  • Each ticket purchase includes twenty 3-ounce samples. In some cases, higher ABV beverages such as meads may be less than 3-ounces. No additional samples will be available for purchase.

  • Yes, Arboretum admission is included with your Cider and Ale Festival ticket. Visitors are allowed to remain on-site for the duration of the day. The Arboretum will close at sunset.

  • Various beer-related and art vendors will be dispersed throughout the event area so attendees can shop while they sip.

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