Bend Brewfest

2024 Bend Brewfest has been canceled

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2024 Bend Brewfest has been canceled

Festival-goers who pre-purchased mug and token packages will be fully and automatically refunded within 30 days. Event organizers will contact all registered brewers directly. All brewers who had submitted payment will be refunded in full.

“It’s a heartbreaking decision,” said Beau Eastes, Marketing Director for the Old Mill District and Hayden Homes Amphitheater, the organizations that put on Brewfest. “Supporting the craft beer industry over the years has been a major point of pride for us. We really wanted to bring Brewfest back in all its glory. Unfortunately, to be able to put on the festival to our standards, there were just too many hurdles.”

Founded in 2003, the Bend Brewfest was held annually at the Hayden Homes Amphitheater every August through 2019. The three-day festival was canceled in 2020 and 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic and a smaller, two-day version of the event was held on the east side of the Deschutes River in the Old Mill District in 2022. Last year the Brewfest was postponed with the goal of bringing it back to the amphitheater in 2024.

“This isn’t a decision we take lightly,” Eastes said. “We’ve put a significant amount of time and resources into trying to resurrect Brewfest following the pandemic. At this point of time, though, it’s just not feasible.”

Organizers remain hopeful that Brewfest, which has raised more than $150,000 for local non-profits since its inception, will return in some form in the future.

“We love this event, it’s something we’ve been honored to host over the past 20-plus years,” Eastes said. “And we’ll do everything in our power to see that it comes back in a safe, stable and sustainable form.”

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