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Craft Beer Festival


  • Craft beer festival at The Morton Arboretum
  • Two visitors enjoying a sample of beer
  • Many visitors walking on the grass
  • Visitors sitting on lawn chairs or blankets in the shade of a large tree

Schedule and Location

Saturday, June 22, 2019
General Admission 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. (last pour is 4:45 p.m.)
VIP Admission early access at noon.



Toast to the trees with our sixth-annual Craft Beer Festival. Sip on local favorites while enjoying the beautiful surroundings of The Morton Arboretum. Bring a chair or lie down on a blanket to soak in the summer sun. This event is rain or shine; please come prepared.


Arrival and Parking Location

All Parking (and ride share drop-offs) for Craft Beer Festival is located at 1001 Warrenville Rd in Lisle. Plan ahead to park and take our free shuttle for door to door entry to the festival! Learn More >


Participating Breweries

View the full list of breweries and the beers that will be onsite  LEARN MORE>


Ticket Details:

VIP Tickets:

$65.00 member; $75.00 nonmember
Beat the crowd, avoid long lines, sample special and limited release beers, and more! Perks of being a VIP:

  • Early entry to the festival at noon
  • New! Separate seating area in the White Pine Pavilion with VIP only restrooms
  • New! Welcome drink! Enjoy a special tasting, generously donated by Alter Brewing Company in Downers Grove, before you enter the festival area.
  • New! First samples of the limited Beer Floats
  • First samples of cask beers (finished in a firkin). These beers are in very limited quantities and are only guaranteed to VIP ticket holders from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
  • And everything included in General Admission


General Admission:

$45.00 member; $55.00 nonmember
General admission ticket holders are admitted to the event at 1:00 p.m. and receive:

  • New! 20-3oz tastings
  • A souvenir tasting glass
  • Live music by The Stingrays


Designated Driver Tickets:

$15.00 per person
The Morton Arboretum encourages safe driving with designated driver tickets.

Designated Drivers ticket holders receive:

  • Complimentary water and soda
  • Admission at 1:00 p.m. If accompanying a VIP ticket holder, the Designated Driver ticket holder will be admitted at noon.


Speciality Brews:

Beer Floats:

Cool down with a scoop of ice cream topped with a sample of beer!  

Cask Beers:

What is a Cask? - Unfiltered beer that is transferred into casks, carbonated, sealed and then undergoes a slight final fermentation in the cask. The result is a beer that has a much gentler level of carbonation, a rounder mouthfeel, and since it is unfiltered, usually shows a slightly more complex flavor and aromatic profile. It is often slightly cloudy, and is best served at cellar temperature (around 55°F). It’s considered “live” beer since it is unfiltered and has live yeast in the cask (which is how we get the final fermentation and carbonation).


Food Options:

PDF iconArbor Taco Bar
Authentic street tacos, elotes and house made agua fresca

Ginkgo Grill
Hamburgers, hotdogs and other favorites

Gnarly Knots
Bavarian pretzels stuffed with delicious yum-yums

Grumpy Gaucho
Handcrafted empanadas and Argentine grazery

Tidbits Fun and Food
Apple Cider Donuts


After you sip, stop over to the Famous Liquors tent and pre-order your favorite beers. When you're ready, pick up your selections at Famous Liquors in Lombard or Forest Park. 10% of all sales will be donated back to The Morton Arboretum!


Parking and Other Things To Know Before Your Visit:

Be prepared and make the most out of this festival. Learn More >

Fees and Admission

Fees and Admission
VIP Entry: $65.00 member, $75.00 nonmember
There is a $5 charge added to ticket purchases made on the day of the event.

General Admission Entry: $45.00 member, $55.00 nonmember
There is a $5 charge added to ticket purchases made on the day of the event.

Designated Driver: $15.00 member, $15.00 nonmember

*This is a 21 and over event. No one under 21 will be allowed into the festival.


Registration Information

BY PHONE: 630-725-2066, Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m.−3:00 p.m.

IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours

ONLINE: Buy Tickets Now