If music, food, and 64 craft beers sound like the keys to a day well spent, the Rocktown Beer & Music Festival coming up in downtown Harrisonburg is for you! April 21st will mark the festival’s second year celebrating beer, music, and our local community. In Rocktown’s first year, the festival drew a crowd of over 3,000, so I can’t imagine what the second year will have in store.
On April 21st from 2:30 to 9 pm, the Turner Pavilion will be the place to be in downtown Harrisonburg. Over 30 American microbreweries will be featured at Rocktown, with 64 beers for patrons to sample. On top of the multitude of brews waiting to be tasted, food from local vendors, including Billy Jack’s Wing and Draft Shack and Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint, will be available with tunes from No BS! Brass Band, The War on Drugs, and Yarn.
Tickets are currently available for early purchase online for $32 each. Remaining tickets will be available at the gate for $40; however, last year an estimated 500 people were unfortunately denied entry because the festival had reached capacity, so purchase tickets while you still can!
Entry to the festival includes 10 4-oz pours and a 14-oz souvenir mug. 12-oz pours are also available, as well as a $5 Rocktown pint card for 4 additional samples. Individuals who are under 21 or not drinking can still enjoy the festival for a reduced price of $22. Children under the age of 10 have free entry.
If you would like to help with the festival, the 2nd shift is still open for volunteers! Along with getting to expand your beer knowledge, volunteer perks include free entry into the festival, a volunteer t-shirt, a souvenir mug, and 5 complimentary tasting tickets. On the day of the festival, you’ll find me volunteering behind the lines pouring beer- they gave me a free t-shirt. Beginning at 5:30 pm, 2nd shift volunteers will pour beer for patrons or assist with ticket sales at the gate and help shut down until 10pm.
The week leading up to Rocktown Beer and Music Festival, April 16th to the 21st, is Beer Week- 6 days spent celebrating craft brews culminating with the Rocktown Festival.
Monday: Jack Brown’s will kick off beer week with Belgian Beer Night- try a beer from Stillwater Artisan Ales, Brewery Ommegang, Duvel, Mardesous, or Liefman’s and leave with a ceramic chalice!
Wednesday, Jack Brown’s is back with Devil’s Backbone Steal-a-Pint.
Thursday, stop in at Billy Jack’s for Brewery-on-Brewery Love with Left Hand and Terrapin.
Friday, Downtown Wine & Gourmet will have Stillwater Artisan Ales from 5 to 7pm, with an opportunity to meet the brewer and sample beers. Starting at 6:30, the Joshua Wilton House will be offering a specially-crafted dinner menu paired with beers from Sixpoint Brewery.
Whether you’re volunteering or attending, make sure to join in on Harrisonburg’s biggest celebration of brews, the Rocktown Beer & Music Festival. Look out for specials leading up to the event and stay tuned for more Rocktown Festival updates!
Photos courtesy of the Rocktown Beer & Music Festival Facebook page.
Katina Stevenson is the Promotions Intern for Spring 2012. She is a senior Communication Studies major with a concentration in Public Relations at James Madison University.