FAQ – Ask away

Check out everything you ever wanted to know about the Georgetown Craft Beer Festival. More Qs to come as they become FA.

What is included in the ticket price?

Admission includes access to the Trafalgar Sports Park, a “Head for the Hills” Georgetown Craft Beer Festival mug, and 4 tokens to buy 4 samples (4 oz. each) of delicious craft beer. The chance to have fun with your buddies is included, too… and THAT is priceless!

What is this "VIP Experience" I’ve heard about?

Well, we’re glad you asked. The VIP experience gets you great perks AND maximizes your contribution to our benefiting charities. What could be better? Add on a VIP upgrade to your ticket (in addition to the regular ticket price), and you get these perks:

  • Express entry to the event (goodbye line-ups)
  • Exclusive VIP seating area with coverage (chill out rain or shine!)
  • Luxury VIP washroom trailer (it’s nicer than my house)
  • 4 extra tokens upon entry (yay, more beer!)
  • Preferred parking (shorter walk to the good stuff)

Good perks AND good karma. You can upgrade your ticket to get the VIP Experience on our regular ticket purchase page.

Will there be tents for coverage?

Heck yes. One thing we’ve learned after years: tents ROCK, rain or shine. This year we’ll have more coverage than ever before….we’ve got you covered.

What alcoholic beverages are available?

Amazing craft beer and cider made by 40 craft beer artists… yes it’s an art!

Are non-alcoholic beverages available?

We have plenty of water available free of charge, and some of our breweries will also be offering non-alcoholic options this year. Soft drinks and other non-alcoholic drinks are available for purchase from our many top-notch food trucks.

How much is it for tokens to buy additional beer?

We are shocked that you want to buy more than 16 ounces of beer over a 7 hour event, but hey, you can buy tokens to sample more beer. Our price is 2 for $5, tax included. Bring a DD and you can try as many as you like!

Can I bring my child?

Heck no… we want you to have a good time! But in all seriousness, the event is 19+++, so no one under the age of 19 is allowed entry. No babes in arms or babies in strollers are permitted entry.

Can I bring my own chairs and stuff?

Not unless we get to keep ’em! In all seriousness, no personal lawn chairs or wagons etc. are allowed. Blankets (if you wish to hang out on the grass) are permitted.

Are pets allowed?

Accessibility animals are permitted, however pets are not allowed… no matter HOW cute they are! Sorry folks, although we’re outdoors, the event has to comply with permits and no pets will be permitted entry.

Who is putting on this shindig?

Four Georgetown service clubs…the Kinsmen, Kiwanis, Lions and Rotary clubs have combined to raise funds for the Georgetown community, including our featured charity “Food 4 Kids North Halton”. Raise a glass, drink some beer, do some good!

Is there parking close by?

Yes, right at the Trafalgar Sports park, but parking is limited and fills up quickly. There is no parking on the street near the festival, this is dangerous and you will be ticketed and towed. THAT’s a buzz kill. Our friendly neighbours from the Town have also offered the Robert C. Austin Operations Centre and Town Hall parking lots for overflow, but spots aren’t guaranteed.

Don’t want to take a chance with the parking dance? Take our FREE shuttle buses, running all day around town. If that doesn’t work for you, consider other alternatives like drop-offs, cabs or ubers, and carpooling.

Do you provide Designated Drivers?

No, we don’t, but YOU do, if you arrived by car. We also have free buses travelling around Georgetown and Acton and a taxi stand right on the premises to get you where you are going safely.

The local bus route will run from 11-6:30pm on Saturday.  Buses will arrive at stops approximately ever 35-45 minutes. Stops and timing to be announced on our website and social media closer to the event.

Can I get to you from out of town?

Heck yeah! You can take the GO Bus to Georgetown or Acton and hop on one of our free local shuttle buses to go straight to the event.

Is food included?

Food is not included in your entrance fee. However, there will be GREAT food for sale from a wide variety of gourmet food trucks. These top-notch eats are designed to pair well with Beer. (No quail, escargot or caviar will be offered).

What kind of food will be sold?

The delicious kind, like… smoked meat sandwiches, pulled pork, pizza, burgers, poutine and MORE!

Can I buy tickets at the door?

Yes, provided that the event is not sold out. However, the price is higher at the door (rather than the early bird prices) due to your inability to commit. But hey, it all goes to charity, so we promise you won’t be ticked about it. Play it safe, buy yours here.

Do I need to bring cash?

Yes, we are in a field and wild ATMs are hard to find. We accept Canadian currency and US dollars at par (we’re not stupid!). We also accept debit, VISA and Mastercard at the door and at the swag tent, where you can buy neat souvenirs of your great beer adventure in the country.

Where can I send my spouse if he/she doesn’t want to attend?

Straight to the lawyer’s office. Seriously though, Downtown Georgetown, the Glen Williams Mill (with 20+ artists) and the Toronto Premium Outlet Mall are all less than 15 minutes away.

Are there discount rates for groups or organizations?

Why yes, there are! You can buy a 4 pack for a discounted price. Click here for details. Feel free to get creative with your group! Last year there were office parties and even Bachelorettes! Our policy: the more the merrier.

Is the event handicapped accessible?

You betcha! Hey, everyone… we want to make it easy to come and hard to leave. If you have feedback about our accessibility or if you or someone you’re attending with has an accessibility need and would like to learn more about accommodation options, please contact us at info@headforthehills.ca.

Are there washrooms on site?

Oh yes. After the Great Porta Potty Deficiency of 2015, we will never make that mistake again! This year there will be more washrooms than you care to count. However, we WILL miss watching people dance in the line to hold it….

Do you provide refunds or exchanges for bad weather?

We have a no refunds policy. HOWEVER, remember, there is no such thing as bad weather… only bad DRESSERS! We go on rain or shine…..so bring your sunglasses and bring your ponchos. You never know what’s up next!

What are you doing with the proceeds of this event?

We support hundreds of community groups via the four service clubs who participate in this event. Exactly 100% of the profits will be donated to local charities. This year’s featured charity is Food4Kids North Halton, a group that provides nutritious food for schoolchildren across Halton to take home over the weekend. Our goal is to make sure our cheques to charity keep growing.

Why does the event end at 6pm?

Well, it’s not because we turn into pumpkins when it gets dark.  We want to make sure things keep going off without a hitch. Follow-up this blast of a daytime festival with an after-party at your house (or even better…your neighbour’s house…) OR one of our fabulous local institutions nearby.  Who knows, maybe one day we can grow the festival. Until then, we’re going to leave you wantin’ MORE!

What is the smoking policy?

All the attendees will be dressed in casual chic and smokin’ hot! However, smoking via your lips is not allowed within the perimeter fencing. You may smoke outside the park entrance and you can re-enter the festival anytime, provided you are wearing a cute stamp on your hand featuring a duck, a moose, a monster face or something not offensive that we haven’t designed yet.

What’s the security like?

With 6,000 people drinking craft beer, you better believe we’ve got a few folks on standby! There is security at the door and throughout the event. Sharp objects aren’t permitted, but sharp wits are!

Intoxicated Guests:

This is not a question, but here’s the policy. All guests of “Head for the Hills” Georgetown Craft Beer Festival are expected to drink responsibly and ensure that they have a safe, responsible means of transportation before leaving the park. Any guest who is found intoxicated before entering the event, may be denied entry to the park. Any guest found intoxicated within the event and causing a disturbance, as determined by the management, will be asked to leave the park without refund and may be subject to further consequences. (You can read this as “We have a police presence and we’re not afraid to use ‘em, so behave yourself!”)