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Upcoming Cape & Islands Fairs and Festivals

Cape Cod Brew Fest • September 26

A Celebration of Food, Beer and Merriment

Previews of six upcoming fairs and festivals—with details on many more

Saying goodbye to summer may be bittersweet for some, but what better way to welcome fall than with the great taste of some American-made brew and pub food? Sound appetizing? Why not ring in the season at the Cape Cod Brew Fest!

Held Saturday, September 26 at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds on Route 151 in Falmouth, Brew Fest features representatives from more than 100 different breweries who will be on hand with samples, beer for sale, and more. The event offers a full lineup of both established companies as well as newcomers to the brewing scene—and beer aficionados will be pleased at the wide selection of lagers, ales, ciders, and IPAs available from around New England.

The event runs from 3:30 to 7 p.m., and the cost of admission (tickets cost $50 before September 1—$55 after) includes unlimited samples and a commemorative Brew Fest glass. Adding to the fun, attendees can play cornhole, enjoy live music throughout the day, and visit a number of food trucks.

According to Matthew Gray of Gray Matter Marketing, the host of Brew Fest, the event has expanded since its inaugural year in 2012 as more breweries and vendors have signed up—and visitorship has increased.

New for 2015, Brew Fest has partnered with Uber, the mobile taxi service company, to help ensure that all attendees get home safely following the event. Gray says a special Uber code will be announced in the coming weeks, which will offer a discounted ride for Brew Fest attendees. In addition, designated drivers will be offered a discounted ticket fee; for $15, they can enjoy water, soft drinks, snacks and a commemorative glass.

As the event has grown, Gray Matter Marketing has also been able to donate more and more funds to the Barnstable Agricultural Society Scholarship Program. “We hope to continue to see Brew Fest grow,” Gray says, “and we love hosting it.”

Brew Fest is a 21+ event and no one under 21 will be admitted. Free parking is available. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit, or call 401-318-2991.

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