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Like Busch Gardens and beer? This is for you

This year’s Bier Fest will run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Aug. 16 to Sept. 2 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Busch Gardens)
This year’s Bier Fest will run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Aug. 16 to Sept. 2 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Busch Gardens)

As summer begins to wind down, Busch Gardens is helping patrons stay cool in the remaining summer heat with its annual Bier Fest.

This year’s Bier Fest will run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Aug. 16 to Sept. 2 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and feature more than 100 beers, live local bands and traditional German food, park officials announced in a news release.

This year, there will be new beer and food selections, as well as “brewery talks” given by popular craft brewers, according to the news release.

Beer, some of which is from local Virginia craft breweries, will be served in both bottles and on draft at beer bars throughout the park.

The Bier Fest is free with park admission, but only available to guests 21 and older. Beer must be purchased for an additional fee.

For those who work up an appetite, there will be returning offerings such as turkey legs and beer-battered bratwurst. New selections include a bratwurst burger slider and pretzel bites with beer cheese and bacon, according to the news release.

The Busch Gardens Burgermeister will host a firkin keg-tapping ceremony on each Friday between Aug. 16 and Sept. 2.

Live music includes: 

  • Daily performances from The Happy Dutchman
  • Aug. 17: Good Shot Judy, a big amp jazz ensemble
  • NEW! Aug. 24: Martin & Kelly, traditional and new country music
  • NEW! Aug. 30 – 31: Broke Royals, new American rock
  • Aug. 31: Vinyl Headlights, variety of rock, pop and dance music
  • NEW! Sept. 1: Bennett Wales & the Relief, rock & roll quintet
  • Sept. 1 – 2: Kevin MaC, “Southern Swag”
  • Sept. 7: Jesse Chong, reggae-infused jam-rock
  • Sept. 8: Buckshot Band, modern country

More information on Bier Fest can be found on the Busch Gardens website.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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