Your Ultimate Guide to the Rocktown Beer Festival

Brew lovers will not want to miss the annual Rocktown Beer Festival hosted by Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance. Breweries from across the country will be serving up their unique brews alongside local restaurants, which will offer a variety of food options. Held at the Turner Pavilion and Park, this event doubles as a music festival with a lineup of bands playing throughout the day.

While planning to attend the Rocktown Beer Festival, be sure to download our complimentary Shenandoah Valley Vacation Guide! This handy travel planner is packed with local insight and recommendations on area attractions, restaurants, and outdoor activities. Plus, learn more about By the Side of the Road’s rooms, suites, and accommodations!

What to Expect at the Rocktown Beer Festival

Tickets to the Rocktown Beer Festival can be purchased online directly from the event website. We recommend that guests buy in advance as the price rises on the day of the event. With the ticket, guests will receive access to tons of breweries and a commemorative glass. The ticket does not include food, so bring extra cash if you’d like to have something to eat.

Tons of Beer

Rocktown Beer Festival is a celebration of the country’s colorful craft beer scene. Participating breweries have been carefully selected, and each will bring a signature brew as well as a unique or seasonal beer. Chat with reps from the brewery to learn more about their brewing style and flavor profiles.

Over the years, Rocktown Beer Festival has welcomed a combination of big-name companies like Dogfish Head and Terrapin as well as small-town brewers like James River Brewery and Pale Fire Brewing Co. Many Harrisonburg breweries will be in attendance, so visitors can get a sense for the local beer scene. Stop by Blue Mountain Brewery to try their handcrafted beers made with hops grown on their farm.

Tasty Local Food

Downtown Harrisonburg restaurants serve delicious burgers, pub grub, pizza, and more to complement the fantastic craft beers. In years past, even local coffee roasts have set up shop. Fuel up at the festival food stands and take a caffeine break to help you enjoy the full day of beer and music! At the Rocktown Beer Festival in 2018, Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint cooked up mouth-watering burgers, perfect to pair with a refreshing beer.

Awesome Music

Outstanding local acts hit the stage at Turner Pavilion playing a variety of genres to satisfy everyone. Sip on an ice cold draft as you sit back or groove along to everything from funk and blues to rock and country. The permanent home of the Harrisonburg Farmers Market, Turner Pavilion attracts more than 3,000 attendees during this festival every year. To see this year’s lineup, check the online music schedule.

Come Back to a Room at By the Side of the Road 

Relax in one of our comfortable, luxurious rooms after a long day at the Rocktown Beer Festival. You can choose to stay in one of our cabin and cottage rooms or the Manor House suites.

The 1790 Suite offers the perfect mix of tradition and modernity. Located in our historic mansion, this room’s decor is a tribute to its centuries-old existence but with contemporary amenities. Relax by the gas-log fireplace, enjoy the view from your private balcony, and soak in the gorgeous clawfoot bathtub. Plus, you’ll receive a delicious, homemade breakfast delivered to your room each morning!

Check our room availability today and start planning your Shenandoah Valley getaway!